Five Classic Christmas Crafts

Day One of Our Classic Christmas Week

Pomander with Becky Edwards

Becky and Brittany

 

The first of our classic Christmas crafts was pomanders. Becky Edwards graciously helped us make these. If you’re not familiar with pomanders, check out our original post here, were we go into more detail about what they are and their origin. Basically, they’re oranges with cloves stuck into them. Maybe you’ve seen them around, or even made them before? We love how good these lovely little decorations smell and look around the house at Christmastime! It’s also so easy–a perfect activity for you do to with your family or friends, and especially good for kids.

Pomander top view

Becky Edwards, if you haven’t heard, is running for senate. Well it turns out she’s also and avid crafter (amazing, I know)! In our original post, you can learn more about pomanders, and get to know Becky a little better as she crafts with me.

Here’s our original post on Pomanders.

Day Two of Our Classic Christmas Week

Cranberry Garlands with Ben Schilaty

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Our second classic Christmas craft was the cranberry garland, which we made with Ben Schilaty. I’m assuming you’ve seen these little beauties around at this time of year–they’ve been a Christmas classic for a long time. And for good reason! They’re beautiful, timeless, and festive–just the thing if the chilly winter weather is getting you down (that deep red does look beautiful against the snow, though).

cranberry garland

If you haven’t heard of Ben Schilaty, see our original post, where we introduce him and get to know him better as we make cranberry garlands together.

Day Three of Our Classic Christmas Week

Christmas Poppers with Romy-Krystal Cutler

Christmas poppers

Third on the list of our classic Christmas crafts was Christmas poppers! We made these with the vibrant and wonderful Romy-Krystal Cutler. If you haven’t seen our Christmas poppers before, you’re in for a treat. Literally. You can fill them up and give them to your friends, neighbors and loved ones just in time for Christmas! Romy has been featured on the blog previously, and I would encourage you to look at our classic Christmas craft post, where we feature her, to learn more.

Brittany and Romy

Here’s the original blog post! There, you can also access links to read more about Romy, after you’re done making your Christmas poppers.

Day Four of Our Classic Christmas Week

Snowflakes with Sheryl Ellsworth

Sheryl Ellsworth and Brittany

Who’s never made a paper snowflake? I would be surprised if more than a few hands went up. Paper snowflakes are such a classic Christmas craft, and have been around forever. I love a good paper snowflake! They’re extremely versatile, not to mention beautiful. I gush all about them here. And making them with a longtime friend of mine, Sheryl Ellsworth, was almost too good to be true.

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You can read more about how to make a paper snowflake and watch the video with me and Sheryl here.

Day Five of Our Classic Christmas Week

Christmas Bulb Advent Calendar with Pretty Life Girls

christmas bulb advent calendar

For the finale of our classic Christmas craft week, we invited Pretty Life Girls to make our Christmas Bulb Advent Calendar with us! Pretty Life Girls are crafters at heart. In fact, it’s what they do for a living, which means they did a pretty amazing job making this Larsified advent calendar.

Speaking of, advent calendars are one of those classic Christmas traditions that will always be on the docket for me. There are endless options, and this particular one is a favorite: it’s easy to make and equally pretty.

pretty life girls

Here’s the original post where you can read more about advents, and watch me make this one with Pretty Life Girls.

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If you loved learning about these classic Christmas crafts, you’ll probably enjoy this post where we compiled a list of our favorite Christmas decor ideas.

Christmas Bulb Advent Calendar

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Christmas Bulb Advent Calendar

We couldn’t have our classic Christmas week without including an advent calendar. Advent calendars have been around since the 19th century, when families would mark the days in December until Christmas Eve with a chalk line. Well, we’ve come a long way since the chalk lines, but the tradition of counting down the days ’til Christmas still stands! We’ve made quite a few Christmas advent calendars in our day, but decided the perfect fit for this occasion was the Christmas bulb advent calendar. We love this fun variation on an advent calendar that doubles as a playful Christmas garland filled with little Christmas goodies, and who better to share it with than the Pretty Life Girls?

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Introducing Liz and Sam of the Pretty Life Girls

If you haven’t heard of the Pretty Life Girls before, you are missing out. This was my first time meeting Liz and Sam in person, and wow, I was blown away by how fun they are! They are truly kindred spirits–crafters and bloggers at heart, they’re creatives who love making beautiful things and sharing them. Here’s their website if you’d like to learn more about them.

Brittany and Pretty Life Girls

The whole time they were in the studio, it felt full of life and Christmas cheer! We could have talked all day, and it took some self-restraint to keep the video to a realistic length. As you can imagine, as crafters themselves, they took the trickiest of our classic Christmas crafts of this week and made it look easy. Oh, and bonus, Sam brought her adorable baby with her.

Here’s the video of me, Liz and Sam making a Christmas Bulb Advent Calendar together:

How to Make your own Christmas Bulb Advent Calendar

For a full tutorial on how to make your own Christmas Bulb Advent Calendar, we would recommend visiting our original tutorial that takes you through step by step. You can find the tutorial here.

christmas bulb advent calendar

How to Style your Christmas Bulb Advent Calendar

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. One of my very favorite things about this advent calendar is how amazingly versatile it is! You can hang it on your mantlepiece, yes, but you can also drape it on your Christmas tree, hang it in a window, around a door, on the wall, or on the bannister. Seriously, the options are endless, and I’m sure there are more I failed to mention. This advent calendar’s bright, poppy colors are such a fun way to celebrate the holidays and add a little pizazz to your traditional seasonal decor.

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We would love to see what you do to style your Christmas Bulb Advent Calendars. Let us know!

Christmas Bulb Advent Calendar

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If you loved this episode of our classic Christmas week, we feel sure you’ll love the others! Pomanders with Becky Edwards, Cranberry Garlands with Ben Schilaty, Christmas Poppers with Romy-Krystal Cutler, and Snowflakes with Sheryl Ellsworth.

Paper Snowflakes with Sheryl Ellsworth

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Paper Snowflakes

Paper Snowflakes are one of those tried and true Christmas crafts that just never get old. Honestly. There are so many endless variations, and it’s something almost everyone can participate in! They’re delicate, beautiful, and instantly douse a room in Christmas cheer. If you’d like, you can reference our full tutorial for making paper snowflakes here. Our Christmas gift to you is offering a template for making paper snowflakes, so if you’re not confident in your abilities to design a snowflake yourself, we’ve got you covered!

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Introducing Sheryl Ellsworth

Those of you who’ve been following the blog for a while might recognize Sheryl. That’s because this isn’t the first time you’ve seen her featured here at the House that Lars Built! For a few years now, we’ve invited her to speak to us on Juneteenth about her experience as a black American and it’s been amazing to have her. You can read our Juneteenth posts with Sheryl here and here, and learn even more about her here and here. Well, to say we were excited to have Sheryl back to help us make paper snowflakes is definitely an understatement. We were beyond thrilled (I love any chance I can get to see a good friend!) and loved the energy she brought with her to this snowflake-making session!

Sheryl Ellsworth and Brittany

Here’s the video of us making paper snowflakes together:

Here’s how to make your very own paper snowflakes:

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Making Paper Snowflakes

  1. Take a standard 8 1/2″ x 11″ piece of paper and fold it in half diagonally. It should look like a triangle now.
  2. Fold it in half again, diagonally, so it’s a smaller triangle now.
  3. Now, fold the paper in thirds. It will look like a flattened ice cream cone when you’re done.
  4. Cut off the top, excess portion of the paper so you have a neat little narrow triangle.
  5. Now you can use your template to trace the snowflake pattern onto your folded piece of paper.
  6. Cut out your snowflake, being careful not to cut too far into the other edge!
  7. Carefully, unfold your snowflake and press flat.
  8. Done!

If you’d like a little more guidance, see our full paper snowflake tutorial here.

paper snowflake

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If you loved making paper snowflakes with us, we’re sure you’ll love these festive Christmas crafts, too! Holiday Napkin Folding, DIY Paper Christmas Cactus, DIY Christmas Bulb Advent Calendar, DIY Patterned Christmas Poppers, DIY Bottlebrush Tree, and DIY Accordion Christmas Village.

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Christmas Poppers with Romy-Krystal Cutler

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Christmas Poppers

If you’re not familiar with this traditional Christmas craft, you’re in for a treat! Christmas Crackers originate from British Christmas traditions, where these individual candy-filled poppers are set at each place at the dinner table, and playfully popped open before dinner.

These are the perfect holiday craft that can be transformed into a neat little gift package stuffed with holiday goodies. They’re small, colorful, and just the thing to brighten up the season. We’ve taken it upon ourselves to make a template, so all you have to do is download and print, and you’re ready to make this simple, eye-catching classic Christmas craft! A few years ago, we released an in-depth tutorial on making these bite-sized Christmas packages that you can find here. I should add, too, that Romy was the perfect choice to help make these delightful little bundles.

Christmas crackers

Introducing Romy-Krystal Cutler

You might have noticed that this isn’t the first time we’ve featured Romy-Krystal Cutler on our blog. Last year, we invited Romy to participate in our Becoming series. If you’re interested, you can read more about it here. You can also read more about what she does on her website. It was a joy to get to know her more then, and a joy to have her back again this year! She has such a fun presence and did a phenomenal job making these little Christmas poppers. We’re excited for you to get to know her!

Brittany and Romy

Here’s the video of us making Christmas poppers together:

Making Christmas Poppers with Romy-Krystal Cutler

And now, here’s how you can make your own Christmas poppers:

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How to Make Christmas Poppers

  1. First, simply follow along with our Christmas Poppers tutorial, found here.
  2. As a note, feel free to customize and use any paper you like! Experiment with ribbon and wrapping paper combinations and see what you like best. We loved the way it turned out using our custom wrapping paper! You can find it here.

One of my favorite things about these Christmas Poppers is how versatile they are. You can display them around your house, but you can also stuff them with goodies and gift them to your neighbors, family and friends. You can also use them to wrap your Christmas gifts, especially for small treasures, like jewelry.

We’d love to see what you do with your Christmas poppers!

Christmas poppers

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If you had fun with this tutorial, you’ll probably love these other Christmas crafts and traditions, too! Christmas traditions from around the world, Bottlebrush Christmas tree, DIY Custom Christmas Stockings, DIY Holiday Friendship Bracelets, and DIY Paper Honeycomb Ornaments.

Cranberry Garlands with Ben Schilaty

Cranberry Garlands

We’re excited to be making cranberry garlands today! These are such a fun, festive tradition and the ruby red berries look so beautiful amidst all the green pine boughs and other Christmas decorations. We were curious how cranberries became associated with Thanksgiving and Christmas, so we did a little research. We found that cranberry garlands became popular in the 1800s in colonial Massachusetts, partly because of their long shelf life. They were also harvested in the fall and winter, making them the perfect candidate for holiday decorations and food! Their beautiful red color sealed the deal and we’ve been hooked ever since. If you’ve never made a cranberry garland before, this is such a great Christmas craft to add to your repertoire. It’s so easy, and the result is magical. I had such a fun time making mine with Ben Schilaty!

cranberry garland

Introducing Ben Schilaty

First of all, Ben is my next-door neighbor! I didn’t know him nearly well enough, so I thought making cranberry garlands would be the perfect opportunity to get to know him a little better. If you didn’t know, Ben wrote a book called A Walk in My Shoeswhich is about his experience being a gay member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I would highly recommend! He also hosts a podcast with his friend, Charlie Bird (who is also a gay member of the same church), called Questions from the Closet, which also addresses being gay and members of their religion.

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Ben was such a fun guest to have join us! He also did an impeccable job on his cranberry garland, I must say. This is proof that getting to know your neighbors is a good thing! Here’s the video of us making the cranberry garlands:

Making Cranberry Garlands With Ben Schilaty

And now, here’s how you can make your own cranberry garland:

Cranberry garland

How to Make a Cranberry Garland

  1. First, measure how long you would like your garland to be. Cut a piece of string to that length, plus a few inches.
  2. Now take your string and thread it through your needle.
  3. Next, dump your bag of cranberries into a bowl for easy access.
  4. Now you can start threading the cranberries onto your string! Simply poke the needle through the middle of the cranberry and slide it all the way down. Tie a knot at the end so the berries don’t slide off the end
  5. Keep sliding cranberries along the string until it’s full.
  6. Remove the needle and tie a knot at the other end of the string. Clip the excess string.

Ta da!

close up of cranberry garland

This cranberry garland is such a versatile and beautiful Christmas decoration. You can use it to decorate your Christmas tree, string it along your mantlepiece, hang it along a wall, drape it around a window, and so much more. I love the little pop of color it can add to a room, too! The best part is, cranberries (as we mentioned before) have a great shelf life. They dry out after a while, but still look pretty that way. And after you’re done with them, they’re biodegradable, too!

We would love to see what you do with your cranberry garlands!

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If you had fun making cranberry garlands with us, we would recommend these other lovely Christmas crafts: Pomanders with Becky Edwards, Paper Poinsettia Wreath, Oversized Holly and Berry Garland, Christmas bulb advent calendar, holiday nesting dolls, paper honeycomb ornaments, DIY nativity puppets.

Pomanders

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What is a pomander?

You may be wondering, what is a pomander? The name was unfamiliar to me at first, too. It turns out a pomander is an orange that’s been decorated with cloves. I’ve been making these for years, but now I can put a name with it! I explain a bit more about it in the video below, but pomanders have been around since the middle ages, and were originally used to ward off disease. Can you think of a more fitting craft to make in the middle of a pandemic? The bonus is that they smell lovely with that orange, spicy goodness, and look so festive, too. We were also lucky enough to have Becky Edwards with us to make these pomanders, which was amazing!

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Introducing Becky Edwards

Who is Becky Edwards? You may have seen signs with Becky’s name on them around town. That’s right, friends, Becky Edwards is running for U.S. Senate to unseat Mike Lee! I’m a HUGE Becky supporter and even more so now. To say she was a phenomenal guest would be an understatement. I mean, did you know Becky is a seasoned crafter herself?! How could we have asked for more? We learned just as much about crafting from Becky as she did from us.

Becky and Brittany

Making pomanders with Becky was such a treat. And look at her own cute sweater! When she arrived, she brought a bunch of festive sweaters with her, just to make sure our outfits matched. Can you say soul sister? We clicked immediately. If you think she sounds fun so far, you should watch the video of our crafting session below!

If you’re local in Utah, I’m sure you’ll be hearing more about Becky Edwards over the coming months. I’m particualry excited about her because of her attention to women’s issues, and paid leave. I believe she’s just what Utah needs. She’s a moderate who I believe will do an incredible job for us.

Making pomanders with Becky Edwards

How to make a Christmas pomander

Here are the steps to making your very own Christmas pomander:

How to make a Pomander steps

  1. First, tie a colored piece of ribbon around your orange however you’d like. Get creative and have fun! We tied ours like wrapping a gift.
  2. The next step is to take your cloves and stick them into the orange, pointy side down. It should be sharp enough to puncture the orange skin without too much trouble.
  3. Arrange the cloves in any pattern you want! Becky made hers into a heart shape, which we loved!
  4. If you’d like, you can secure the ribbon to the orange with a dab of hot glue, so it doesn’t slip off.
  5. You’re done!

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Pomanders can be displayed on a mantlepiece, shelf, countertop, or even hung as ornaments from your Christmas tree. We can’t wait to see what you do with your pomanders, and we hope you had fun making pomanders with Becky Edwards!

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If you enjoyed this post about pomanders, you’ll probably also love these other classic Christmas crafts! Christmas bulb advent calendar, holiday nesting dolls, paper honeycomb ornaments, DIY nativity puppets.