21 #SoAnchorage Holiday Delights: #17, 10 budget-friendly DIY gifts with Alaska Knit Nat

Guest post by Natasha Price of Alaska Knit Nat

Christmas is fast approaching. There’s not much time to find that perfect something for your spouse, sibling, landlady, garbage man or white elephant gift exchange; and most of the big stores’ holiday decorations are pretty sparse by now. This late in the game you’re setting yourself up for misery by trying to go holiday shopping. With these 10 easy holiday craft projects, you’ll not only avoid the masses but you’ll most likely save a few bucks. These aren’t your typical Popsicle-stick projects. They’re fun, frugal, festive and best of all – they require little to no artistic skill.

  1. DIY Photo Holiday Cards


If you’re like me, you haven’t yet mailed out Christmas cards and you’re contemplating sending general holiday cards to avoid the December 25 deadline. Make your own collage-style cards with a free online design program and print them at your local drugstore.

  1. Free wrapping paper


Packing peanuts are on their way out and I’ve found that many packages are stuffed with yards of craft paper. Put that paper to good use and wrap a few gifts.

  1. Free Festive Door Decoration


Go outside and trim some branches off a spruce tree. Tie them together with wire and add a ribbon. Ta-da!

  1. Soda Bottle Kitty Planter


Cut up a plastic soda bottle, paint it and put a plant in it. Could an upcycled gift get much cuter than this?

  1. Kitschy Desk Caddyimg_2743

It’s a well-known fact that if you coat anything in metallic paint it automatically looks fancy. Add some bling to any office by painting an old ceramic planter. Head on over to Lazy Dog Antiques or the Pack Rat to find a treasure trove of inexpensive, soon-to-be awesome desk caddies.

  1. Felt Tree Garlandimg_2714

If you’re one for mindless, monotonous tasks then this is the project for you. Add some handmade cheer to your tree with a stack of felt and some scissors. Note: a sewing machine is required.

  1. Quick Party Snack IMG_2684

When you find yourself on the way to a holiday party without something to bring, this tasty treat can be prepared in no time at all – because what’s more important is changing outfits four times, doing your hair three different ways, applying, removing and reapplying makeup before heading out the door.

  1. DIY Heart ShirtIMG_2830

This craft is always a winner. Just look at these ladies. Need I say more? (I’m the one on the left).

  1. Paint Chip Gift Tagsimg_2753

This is another great way to take something free and seemingly useless and create something mildly useful. Cut paint samples into gift tag shapes and give your wrapped gifts that extra DIY feel.

  1. Pompom Ornaments img_2767

If you’re a knitter then you probably have too much yarn right now. This is a great stashbuster and perfect for those folks who have toddler tree syndrome. The top half of our tree has all the fancy ornaments and the bottom is stuffed with soft, non-breakable trinkets like these.

For more simple DIY projects, recipes and knitting patterns visit my blog at alaskaknitnat.wordpress.com. Have a crafty Christmas!

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