Christmas is a lovely time of year for all the family to come together and give thanks for all the wonderful moments you’ve had through the past year. It’s a time for giving, and showing how much love you have for the special people in your life. Even though it’s the thought that counts, there is nothing quite as special as making a gift with your own two hands. Here are some craft ideas – which if you’re quick – you could have all finished and wrapped for the big day. Never mind hitting the busy shops, get your (Source) needles out and relax.
Cross Stitch Family
If you enjoy making pieces of artwork with a needle, this is a great idea that will continue to bring a smile to the faces of the family recipients. Draw out a cartoon sketch of your loved one’s family – animals as well – and trace it onto some Aida cloth ready for stitching. Cross stitch is quite a basic stitch and easy to learn, so it’s not the end of the world if you have never done it before. You can use colours that represent each member of the family’s favourite items of clothing, and use a running stitch to add each name underneath, or do a larger version of the surname. Frame your masterpiece to finish it off – a frame that has both a wall hook and standing support will mean they can place it in pride of place in their house for everyone to view.
Woolly Scarf and Hat
With the winter months stretching ahead, it always nice to receive a unique and lovingly made woolly set. Everyone has a favourite colour that they love to add to any outfit to make it complete – so be sure to investigate subtly which colour each member of the family will prefer. Many beginners in knitting tend to go for a basic garter knit scarf as it is the simplest, so don’t rule this out if you haven’t tried your hand at knitting before. If you have the time and are experienced with knitting, you could knit the gloves as well.
Monogrammed Family Pyjama Set
If you have the whole family together for Christmas day and opening presents, this is a simple but lovely idea to get everyone into the Christmas spirit. Grab a matching set of pyjamas in everyone’s different size and use your sewing machine to monogram everyone’s initial on either the top pocket or leg. Not only fashionable but lots of fun! If you haven’t got a sewing machine or your one is getting on slightly, you may want to consider getting a new one. Taking a look at a Brother 1034D Serger Review or similar will help you to make a decision on which machine will suit your needs best. This is a good present to give out on Christmas Eve so you can all get into your matching pyjamas, wrap up with some cocoa and wait to hear the sleigh bells. If you take a photo of everyone together, you could even have made the front of the next family Christmas card.
Hopefully, this has given you a few craft ideas for any last minute Christmas makes, or you can write them in your diary for next year ready. Happy holidays!