Holiday Crafts for the Not-So-Crafty

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[Published in Hood Magazine‘s Holiday Gift Guide 2017.]

Looking for some holiday craft ideas but have no idea where to start? Inspiration comes from all kinds of places, including household items. Our inspiration for these crafts comes from those things we have in the house like clothespins, incomplete puzzles, mismatched plates and candy. Try these kid friendly crafts to jumpstart your imagination with household supplies:

Reindeer Friends. Try making reindeer from old clothespins. Supplies for them include googly eyes, pom poms for a nose, pipe cleaners for antlers, ribbon to hang with and glue. Want to try something a little different? Use a few extra clothespins and some popsicle sticks to make their bodies.


Candy Crafts. You can make the reindeer out of candy canes too! Use old candy that’s gone stale from last year or the leftover Halloween sweets. Try building Santa’s train with lifesavers for the engine and mints for wheels. Cut out paper snowflake templates and glue smarties or mints in the patterns.

Puzzle Decorations. From ornaments to door wreaths, old puzzles can make gorgeous decorations. Supplies include a puzzle, paint and hot glue. Paint the puzzle pieces then hot glue them together for the base ring. Then put a layer of glue on top of the base to begin adding more pieces. Repeat until the wreath is as thick as you like.

  Credit to for the gorgeous example of a wreath.

Tiered Platter. This craft makes a great housewarming gift for those holiday parties. First, get plates that go together and candlesticks or glasses with different heights. These need to support weight but still look nice. Start with the largest plate and use hot glue or super glue to attach the tallest candlestick on top of it. Let that dry, then glue the unattached end of the candlestick to the bottom of the second plate. Then repeat the process for the next candlestick and plate. Just want a cake stand? Glue the bottom of a strong glass to the underside of a cake plate.

Photo credit to Anna Wu’s blog.

Most craft supplies can be found at thrift stores or dollar stores if you don’t already have them at home. Visit local craft stores like JAM Art & Supplies for quality art materials like paints and brushes to add some flair to your projects. Want more craft ideas? Search “DIY gifts” on Pinterest to see what you can find!

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