Trendy Tuesday – DIY Last Minute Christmas

by Katherine Elliot

So it’s here, Christmas Eve.  If you are reading this post, I could guess…one, you have a little free time from work or holiday preparations and could squeeze in another project… or two, you really need some last minute inspiration for the one or two things left to make.  Does either apply to you?  If so, I found a few things created by some very talented people to help you add a little trendy flair for your last minute Christmas crafts.  Grab a few things you have on hand, or download a digital project, to make some quick, last minute Christmas projects.

Banners are still trendy of course, and a short banner can be an easy last minute decoration for your home or to create for a gift.  Choose a short word, like “JOY,” add some trendy embellishments, and your banner is done in a jiffy!

Joy Banner by Jennifer Sootkoos, image source Sootywing Studios

Do you have a Christmas wreath that could use a little refreshing?  Check your stash of supplies, or download some digital trendy images, like these little birds, owls and feathers from Pretty Little Studio, and cut them out to add a fresh look to last year’s holiday decoration.

LSpiegel-12-2Decorated wreath by Lisa Speigel, featuring Woodland Christmas Collection, image source Pretty Little Studio

 Digital downloads are terrific, instant gratification crafting tools.  If you are up for something a little more ambitious, check out these really cool 3-D shapes you can create from Silhouette and the Cutting Cafe.

Silhouette 3-D Little Pink House by Samantha Walker, assembly instructions and image source Samantha

Sewing Machine gift box by Sean Covert,  featuring The Cutting Cafe Sewing Machine Set, image source Scrappy Boy

Handcrafted decorations on your tags or packages can also be a quick way to personalize your gifts and use up a few leftover scraps.  Got a few brown paper packages tied up with string?  These are some of my favorite things!  No cutting needed if you are willing to tear some of your unused patterned paper to wrap around a simple, plain paper package.

Paper craft packaging, more DIY packaging ideas and image source from Apartment

Adding a few trendy decorations to a plain kraft box also makes gifting super simple.  Some stamping, a chalkboard label, ribbon and embellishments make a plain box look so festive!

Decorated Kraft Box by Kristi Schurr, image The Kraft Journal

 Package a few candies or home made goodies and decorate the bags or jars using your papers, die cuts, and tools.  These are great stocking stuffers and last minute gifts, too.

DSCF9700Treat bags with die cut topper by LeAnne Pugliese, image source WeeInklings Decorated mason jar by Kathy Martin, image source Two Peas in a Bucket Gallery

Mini muslin bags, like those available from Stampin’ Up!, are simple and chic, too.   These are fun to decorate and easy to stash with a little bitty surprise or two… Stampin up stampinup muslin bag mini buy order stamp it pretty holiday love & joy gold encore inkMini Muslin bag by Mary Fish, image source Stampin Pretty

A decorated mug filled with some cocoa mix or candy is an easy treat to prepare as well.  A doily tied around a mug, embellished with your favorite stamps or diecuts, can look very pretty for gifting. Decorated mug, image source Stampin’ Up! blog

…or grab some crafting felt to shape around your favorite to go cup, and embellish for a reusable coffee sleeve that is as useful as it is pretty.  Hot Cocoa kit by Aly Dosdall, image source WeRMemory Keepers blog

Prepare an easy hostess gift by decorating a favorite bottle of wine or other gift beverage with a handmade topper and matching card.  Dies from Taylored Expressions make a bottle topper easy to recreate quickly, or grab your punches and scissors to make your own version and you’ll be ready for that last minute invitation.

Wine topper and matching card by Shannon White, featuring Wine stamp sets and  Bottled Up die from Taylored Expressions, image source Enchanted Ladybug Creations

While the adults enjoy that bottle of wine, give the kids something fun to do at a holiday party.  Giggles are sure to start when you bring out empty toilet paper rolls with your scrap papers and show them how to make these cute little reindeer, designed by Izzy Anderson.

Toilet roll reindeer by Izzy Anderson, image source Write Snap Scrap

Ready?  Set? Celebrate!  Enjoy making a few last minute crafts, or bookmark this for next year’s holiday.  From everyone at Paper Crafter’s Library, have a very Merry Christmas!

3 replies on “Trendy Tuesday – DIY Last Minute Christmas”

  1. I was too busy before Christmas to read this Trendy Tuesday Article, so thank you so much for repeating it. There are some sweet, cute, not too expensive, and easy ideas in this Article. I am still giggling at the Toilet Roll Reindeer and this looks like a great project for my friends After School Craft Program. Thank you so much for this.

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