How to Make Christmas Crafts for the Home


Making Candy-Themed Crafts

Here is the completed Candy Cane Doorknob Decorations.
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Here is the completed
Candy Cane Doorknob Decorations.

Candy canes are over 350 years old and were first invented as a Christmas tree decoration. Here are some other great Christmas-candy crafts.

Candy Cane Doorknob Decoration

This simple craft would be a great project to try with small children. Here's what you will need:
  • 7x9-inch white posterboard
  • Felt: 7x9 inches white, 1x12 inches red
  • 18-inch length of 1/8-inch wide green satin ribbon
  • 5/8-inch jingle bells: one each red, white, green
To construct a Candy Cane Doorknob Decoration:
  1. Using the pattern from the template, trace and cut four candy canes -- two from posterboard and two from white felt. Download the template here. Lay the posterboard canes on your work surface so the top curves face the center. Starting on the left side, glue the felt cane onto the posterboard cane. With the canes still facing each other, glue the other felt cane onto the right side.

  2. To make the stripes, cut the red felt into two 1/2x12-inch lengths. Cut each into four 2-inch lengths and one 4-inch length. Before gluing, place the stripes diagonally on the canes with the 4-inch lengths at the top curves. The ends of the stripes will overlap the edges of the canes. One at a time, glue the stripes onto the canes. After gluing, turn over each cane. Trim the excess red felt so the ends are even with the edges of the white felt.

    Cut the felt into 2- and 4-inch lengths and lay over the cane before gluing.
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    Cut the felt into 2- and 4-inch lengths
    and lay over the cane before gluing.

  3. To assemble, overlap the canes at the top and bottom to form a heart shape. Glue the overlapping areas. Cut the ribbon so you have 3-, 4-, 5-, and 6-inch lengths. To attach the bells, insert one end of the 3-inch length of ribbon through the red bell loop. Bring the ends together and glue. Repeat using the 4-inch length of ribbon with the white bell and the 5-inch length of ribbon with the green bell. Glue ribbon ends to back bottom of the canes. Tie a bow in the remaining 6-inch length of ribbon, and glue it to the front bottom of the canes.

    To assemble, overlap the canes at the top and bottom to form a heart shape.
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    To assemble, overlap the canes at the
     top and bottom to form a heart shape.

Sweetest Birdhouse

Look good enough to eat? If the witch's house looked this good, it's no wonder Hansel and Gretel were lured into danger! Add this charming birdhouse to your Christmas keepsake decorations and enjoy its whimsical appeal year after year. Use as a centerpiece in the middle of your cookie tray or add a small bird on the perch and listen to the comments of your family and friends. Everyone you know will want to make one! Here's what you'll need:

Here is a completed Sweetest Birdhouse.
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Here is a completed Sweetest Birdhouse.

  • Medium chalet birdhouse
  • Acrylic paint: mink tan, snow white, dark chocolate, baby pink, boysenberry, mistletoe, forest green, cadmium orange, lavender, ebony black, yellow light, cadmium red, French grey/blue, russet, clear glimmer
  • Brushes: 3/4-inch flat, #2 flat, 3/8-inch angle, 10/0 liner
  • Pencil
  • Tracing paper
  • Snow texturizer medium
  • Matte spray finish
  • Download the various design templates here.
To construct a Sweetest Birdhouse:
  1. Always apply each application on dry paint. Basecoat house walls, bottom board, and under eaves with mink tan. Basecoat perch, roof, and roof edges with snow white.

  2. Measure 1/4 inch off each corner and draw pencil line for peppermint stick corners. Trace and apply front door and top window patterns. Trace large window and apply to sides and back wall. Center patterns between the peppermint sticks found at each corner. Prebase all windows, gum-drops, and peppermints with snow white for a truer color. Basecoat door and wood thickness with dark chocolate.

    Make a mark a quarter inch in on each side.
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    Make a mark a quarter inch in on each side.

  3. Basecoat sugar wafer shutters with baby pink. Basecoat frosting center of wafer with boysenberry. Paint one gumdrop of each color around window as follows: Base-coat mistletoe, float a shade with forest green; basecoat cadmium orange, float with transparent forest green; basecoat lavender, float with transparent ebony black; basecoat yellow light, float with transparent lavender. Line wafer with boysenberry. Additional wider line is transparent boysenberry.

  4. Float a highlight on wafer with transparent snow white. Heart in center of wafer is cadmium red.

    Highlight the wafer with transparent snow white paint.
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    Highlight the wafer with
    transparent snow white paint.

  5. Line all peppermints and peppermint sticks with cadmium red. Create an additional line on roof peppermint sticks with mistletoe. Let dry. Float a shade on all peppermints with French grey/blue. Optional float on all cadmium red is russet. Let dry. Highlight all peppermints with a line of snow white.

    Highlight all peppermints with French grey/blue.
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    Highlight all peppermints
    with French grey/blue.

  6. Float shade on all mink tan with dark chocolate. This includes unused space in the windows between gumdrops.

    Shade all the tan areas with dark chocolate.
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    Shade all the tan areas
    with dark chocolate.

  7. Apply clear glimmer to all gum-drops for a sugared look. Let dry.

  8. Apply snow texturizer to roof, on some window sills, over the door, on gumdrop bushes, and on base of birdhouse.

    Apply snow textures to the base of the birdhouse.
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    Apply snow textures to the
     base of the birdhouse.

  9. Seal entire birdhouse with matte spray finish.
In the next section, we will learn how to make bird-themed Christmas crafts.