Every year, my maternal grandmother has the ladies of the family make Christmas crafts while the men are passed out asleep in the warmth of the wood burner after a huge holiday meal. None of the crafts came from kits. My grandmother would prepare a lot of the items ahead of time for our use.
This is my absolute favorite Christmas tradition, and I think it’s one of the things that led to me being a crafter. If I ever breed minions, I will carry on this tradition with them.
What I didn’t realize when I was younger is that those crafts would make up the majority of my Christmas decorations as an adult. And I wouldn’t have it any other way. What decorations I haven’t made have been made my family members, which makes them even more special.
Here are a few of my favorites that I’ve made:
And here are some favorites made by family members:
Cinnamon applesauce ornaments are really easy to make. The Frugal Girl has a great tutorial on her blog if you’d like to try it yourself.