Holiday Crafting and Gift Giving

Thanksgiving is here and tomorrow we are right into the Christmas Season. This time of year is such a wonderful opportunity to make our homes  warm and inviting to our host of family and friends that come to visit. 

I want to share with you a couple of really easy and inexpensive crafts that will delight the beholder and the crafted.

But first things first. I have been invited to be a part of a “Christmas Town Walk” and a “Creative Christmas” linky party. I want to send you and invitation to both.

Tidings Holiday House Walk

The Tidings Holiday Town Walk is sure to give you some wonderful ideas for creating a beautiful Christmas in your home.


Then a reminder to join in the fun with a Creative Christmas Linky Party! Be sure to put both of these on your calendar’s so you won’t forget them. They will be full of inspiration.

Jeweled tree black

I made up a several of these darling bits and bobs Christmas trees for gift giving as well as I’m using this one in  my own decor. I could sit for hours creating these little beauties. You can so personalize them for that special someone in your life and I know that they will be appreciated.

Pink lace

Here is a personalized tree that I made for my sister. She like myself was raised in the country on a horse farm so I put several items on it to remind her of those days. First I covered a piece of cardboard with lace.

Starting with bits & bobs

Then I sorted out the pieces I wanted to use and arranged them in the shape of a tree.

Jeweled tree finished

I used the glue gun to glue these on. This rusty old buckle came off of one of the horse blankets out to our old barn. Dad saved anything he could reuse. I love that rusty look with all of the sparkles.

Lace tree finished

One thing that is so great about crafting gifts is that it gives me the chance to think about that person and how she would like the gift to look. So it reflects the one you are giving to. I collect bits and bobs over the year. I never throw out any old jewelry or some thing that I can use to embellish with. The chain on the sides of the tree are from a necklace that was given to me over forty years ago. It was time to let it live in this collage. When I took the pictures the frame was drying so I didn’t get one with it. It is done in a gray antique and it complements the pink back ground very well.

Coffee filter wreath

Armed with a diet Coke I am ready for the next project! lol

Here is another fun project that is inexpensive and works up in no time at all. In fact I had the grands helping me with this project and every time they walk by it they say ” that ‘s the wreath I helped grandma Jo make!” They are so proud of their work.  I have always wanted to make a coffee filter wreath and have always admired them. For this project you will need a wreath form of any kind, even cutting one out of cardboard would do, I used 250 white coffee filters, and a glue gun and sticks. Make sure before you start to hang some string or ribbon around it to hang it with.

Coffee twist

Take a filter and gather it up like a flower and twist the bottom. This is what my grands did and the project went really fast.

Coffee glue

Then bend the twisted part in half and glue on the wreath form. I glued 3 rows. You can even die the filters to add some color to the wreath but I wanted a fluffy white one to resemble snow.

Coffee embellish

Now it’s time to embellish the wreath if you choose. They are beautiful as is, but I just have to embellish with pretty bling, bling.

Coffee stars

I made these cute ornaments out of old music books that I had as a child. I cut out the shapes and glued them on cardboard then glittered around the edges. Then added some small silver ornaments. This took about an hour to complete. It was a really fun project.

Coffee Collage

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I want to send you a Thanksgiving wish that your day is safe and that you really enjoy your loved ones. Best wishes to all!


My little look-alike Juliette wanted to give you a special Thanksgiving wish.

Hugs, Jo

I will be at these amazing parties this week, come and join me!


Amaze Me Monday @ Dwellings-the heart of our home

Make It Pretty Monday @ The Dedicated House

Something to talk about @Karen’s Upon the Hill

Inspire me Monday @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia


The Scoop @ Cedar Hill Farm

Trash to Treasures Tuesday @ Kammy’s Korner

Roses of Inspiration @ The Enchanting Rose

Let’s talk Vintage @ Bella Rosa Antiques

Inspire Me Tuesday @ A Stroll Through Life


Vintage Inspiration Party @ My Salvaged Treasure

WOW @ Savvy Southern Style

Moon Light and Mason Jars @ Cherished Bliss

What’s it’s Wednesday @ Ivy and Elephants

Before and After Wednesday @ The Dedicated House


Treasure Hunt Thursday @ From My Front Porch to Yours

Share Your Cup Thursday @ Have a Cup with Mrs. Olson

Share your Style @ The Essence of Home

Blog Hop @ Katherine’s Corner

Idea Box @ Mila’s Little Things

Vintage Charm @ Blue Willow House .com


Home Sweet Home Party @ The Charm of home

Anything Blue Friday @ The Dedicated House

Home Matters Linky Party @ Life with Lorelai

Simply Sweet Fridays @ Rooted in Thyme

Friday’s Furniture Fix @ Patina Paradise


Pretty Pintastic Party @ Seeking Lavender Lane

Upcycled Linky Party @ Funky Junk

Inspiration Spotlight @ Dear

Best of the Weekend @ Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Share it One More Time @ Shabby Fufu


Sunday’s at Home @ Thoughts from Alice

Silver Pennies Sunday @ Silver Pennies

Submarine Sunday @ Navy Wifey Peters Aboard the USS Crafty

40 thoughts on “Holiday Crafting and Gift Giving

  1. I liked the idea of the tree from little bits and bobs in the frame. I may just have to make one for the little space by my side porch entrance door. This Thanksgiving I am especially thankful for the recovery of my husband who had a small bout of congestive heart failure back at the end of September. Also, I am thankful for your blog and the inspiration you have provided to me and to so many others. A very happy Thanksgiving to you and your family (esp. to pretty, little Juliette) all the way from Dover, Delaware from a native Brooklyn, New Yawker!


  2. I’ll look forward to the Christmas walk! I love that brooch Christmas tree, but then again I’m a bit of a brooch junkie ;).

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours Anne, from another native New Yawker living in Massachusetts!



  3. Jo,
    I love the tree you sent me and this new one you made is gorgeous too. You have so much talent when it comes to re loving bits and babbles. Love the wreath too. Your granddaughter is adorable.
    Happy Thanksgiving.


  4. What a special gift that tree will be to receive! I just love the vintage blingyness to it! I too save everything so I could probably put one of those together with what I already have! Your coffee filter wreath is beautiful. I like that you left it white with your cute homemade ornaments on it.


  5. My Grandma had a similar jewelry tree display in her home, too, for treasured pieces. Such a lovely idea! yours is so beautiful! And, my daughter had the same boots as your Juliette. My kiddo wore them every single day, even if it was 75degrees out, until she wore a hole in the bottom.


    • Hi Audra, I think that is exactly what my Jules will do she really loves them. I love the old jewelry trees that have so much sentiment that go along with them. They are so lovely and would cost a small fortune to reproduce. Have a great day. Jo


  6. Your little trees are such fun! Like you I keep all the broken jewelry I can find because you never know when you’ll find a use for it. For me, it’s mainly in my crazy quilting projects.


  7. Jo, as always; you have made some gorgeous things. Love the jewelry trees! That’s something I have thought of making, but haven’t yet. I love coffee filter wreaths and have made a few of them. They really are a fun project. Love the little music ornies you added. Your little look alike is a cutie! Looking forward to the tour and link party. Thanks for sharing with SYC.


    • Thank you so much Debbie I’m so glad that you stopped by. I try to keep my projects simple, inexpensive, easy. This Christmas season I have only purchased one thing to decorate with, everything else I’ve done I have either made it over or had the supplies. I like that. Have a wonderful day! Jo


  8. I hope you enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving day with family and loved ones. I did! I love the Christmas tree created with all of the jewelry/bits/bobs and things! So sweet! Blessings, Cindy


  9. You are incredibly clever and talented, my friend. Your coffee filter is a work of art….I love how full it is 🙂

    You have certainly given me some delightful ideas for Christmas crafts. Bless you for sharing with Roses of Inspiration. Hugs to you!


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