Hope you had a great weekend, mine not so much. Our boiler went out Friday night after the office closed which left me with no heat. I bundled up Saturday and tried to be positive and tell myself I could make it to Monday morning, but caved when I woke Sunday morning and could see my breath. Nothing like losing heat when the temperatures are below freezing, by a lot!
Anyway, it’s time for more frugal ideas for Christmas. I have a treat for you too, it seems some of the ideas I’ve shared caught the eye of a couple of readers who then made their own version.
Jen at Winter Owls collected pine cones from her mother and free cedar pieces for her students to create Christmas trees. This is just one of the lovely pine cone trees, you can see the rest here
And Sarah made this candy cane wreath, she also make a gingerbread house from scratch, you can get the recipe from her post.
If you have created something this year, feel free to send me a picture and I will include it in next weeks frugal Christmas post. You don’t have to be a blogger to share.
I participated in the Done by December 1 series again this year, I fell a bit short of reaching my goal due to the number of gifts I was making, but I can say other than adding a few more Barbie outfits I am officially done. This would be a quick gift to make, yet would be cherished for years.
:Purposely Frugal shared several quick and easy gifts perfect for anyone on your list from homemade granola to gifts children will appreciate.
Do you have small leftover pieces of candles? You can melt them down to create lovely ornaments that would also be nice gift tags. Frugal Hacks shares how to do this and how you can add more scent if you want yours scented. Isn’t this cute?
Johnna is back again with her Christmas Crafting Calendar. Johanna amazes me with 4 little ones, that each year she sets up a craft a day for her children to decorate the home or to make as gifts. I am directing you to her home page, where you can click on the link at the top for the Christmas Crafting Calendar where you can select either last year’s projects or this years. These are easy and inexpensive, best of all they will keep the little ones occupied and involved in the joy of giving. Here is one of this years projects an evergreen door mat
Looking for a food gift? Why not give these hot chocolate balls. When dropped in warm milk they melt and create a delicious cup of hot cocoa. Recipe can be found on Mel’s Kitchen Cafe.
I love the photography on Joy’s blog, now you can own a piece as she is selling her favorite photos from Joyfully Green. This one would probably be my favorite, at least at the moment.
Stacy of Down to Earth Digs has opened an etsy store where she is selling her heirloom (yes organic) seeds from the garden. You still have time to order a couple of packets for Christmas for the gardener on your list, or yourself. I wont’ tell. :-) Look at these gorgeous tomatoes she grew.
For us winter and Christmas go together and one thing my boys needed all winter was a natural chap stick. The problem was keeping them from misplacing them. Their stockings would have several in them to hold them over till spring. This would have been great, although I would have had to change out the flower. Complete tutorial is here.
Jewelry can be expensive, but not if you make it from paper. Just a piece of decorative or scrapbooking paper and some modge podge will make a super fast necklace.
Okay so you are probably close to being done with gifts. But what about food? Here are a few simple ideas for your guests. If you have over night guests, like I do, this yogurt bar would be so easy to set out for breakfast.
One secret I have to making a meal for guests is to use the crock pot as that way I only have one pan to clean. I can see myself making this crock pot hot chocolate, substituting almond milk, for Christmas eve when guests arrive. It would stay the perfect temperature in the slow cooker.
And how cute is this to set out for a festive touch to the table? You can get more appetizer ideas here.
I’ll be back next Monday with more ideas to finish up your Christmas, including inexpensive ways to wrap your gifts.
Are you ready for Christmas?