Millennial consumers, especially those with young children, are looking for something more than a pre-packaged Christmas. This is a generation that values experiences over objects, and now that they’re starting families, they want to create experiences that include their children.
This is even more true at Christmas time, when spending time with the family takes on special significance. Activities such as writing letters to Santa, baking and decorating cookies, and leaving out carrots for Rudolph are time-honored traditions that families can do together.
So is making Christmas crafts. In fact, there’s something almost magical about sitting down and making something together. It doesn’t matter what you make so much as that you’re making memories of good times with those you love. Put on some Christmas carols, brew up some hot cocoa, and get out your glue gun—here are some great ideas for projects that will help you create seasonal magic with your family.
Create daily anticipation in advance of Christmas with a homemade advent calendar. Numbered boxes, jars or envelopes count down the days to Christmas with small treats, suggestions for seasonal activities or inspirational seasonal messages hidden inside.
Here’s even more ideas for advent calendar fillers.
Add numbers to boxes made with the Star Box Thinlits Plus Die, fill them with goodies and hang them from a tree or mantel to create your very own advent calendar.
Custom Christmas cards are easier than ever—all you have to do is upload a photo, choose a design and everything else is taken care of. Some services will even address and mail the cards for you! While this might be fine for ordinary acquaintances, your special friends and family deserve something a little more personal! Handmade Christmas cards can be as simple or elaborate as you want—what matters is the love you put into them. If you have a lot of cards to make, get your family to help out with die-cutting, stamping and gluing. More hands mean more fun for everyone!
Check out our Christmas Hub for lots of great Christmas cardmaking ideas!
Gift wrap embellished with handmade touches makes what’s inside feel even more special. You can make gift wrapping a family affair by setting aside an afternoon to stamp and colour wrapping paper, decorate gift bags and make personalised gift tags. Just remember to keep what goes inside a secret!
Check out this tutorial for making stenciled wrapping paper with Sizzix dies!
Decking the halls is even more magical when you fill your home and tree with handmade baubles. You can make decorations from just about anything you can imagine and coming up with new ideas can be half the fun! The best part is that no matter how imperfect your family-made baubles might be, you’ll love decorating with them year after year because of all the special memories they bring back.
Check out these tree-shaped ornaments made with die-cut Shrink Plastic.
Why not replace some store-bought gifts on your Christmas list with something handmade? Home-baked gifts from the kitchen are particularly popular this time of year, as are knitted or crocheted items like scarves and hats. What about a customised journal or planner to start off the new year? Kids of all ages love soft toys, and it’s easier than you’d think to personalise items like tea towels with stencils or appliques. Don’t forget fashion—jewellery, hair accessories and personalised tote bags are all great gifts that are even more appreciated when you make them yourself!
There’s no denying the magic of making, especially at Christmas—science has even confirmed that arts and crafts activities help reduce stress and anxiety at this busy time of year. So plan a fun and relaxing time with family and friends, and make something magical!