25 Christmas Craft Party Highlights

By Kate Riley December 22, 2011

Oh hello. I was just browsing the links at the Holiday Craft Party from last week, and all I can say is Wow.  I mean seriously. There are some very creative, talented, and crafty people out there, who all happened to link up their creations last week.  And would you be shocked to hear there are 785 of them. Yeah. How crazy cool is that?  So I just couldn’t help but highlight a few. This post is kinda like a BOTB, but holiday crafty style, and here are twenty five creations you’ve just gotta see!      

Cake circles and red striped fabric come together to form these charming and inexpensive peppermint striped placemats by Heather at Commonplace Beauty.

cake circle placemats


Glittery string snowballs made by Kelly hang from elegant branches in a rattan vase over at View Along The Way

glittery string snowballs


These mini yarn wreaths by Smile Like You Mean It had me at hello, and would you guess they’re made of shower curtain rings?  For realz.  And totally genius.

mini yarn wreaths


Yummy Mummy created her own recipe labels for homemade scones in a jar, what a thoughtful gift idea and the scones look divine.

yummy mummy scone mix printable


How pretty are these hand sketched tangerine chevron stripe ornaments from The Lucky Lass, hey Beth you were ahead of the 2012 Pantone Color of the Year

tangerine ornaments


Craft a sweet little illuminated holiday house with scrapbook paper and a battery operated tea light with Indyspotting.

illuminated holiday house


Diane at In My Own Style fashioned some simple yet colorful ornament trees with using a knitting needle to hold them all up, so smart!

ornament trees in my own style


Jody at Homey Home Design crafted this felt wreath pillow, inspired by a version from Pottery Barn. 

pb knockoff pillow homey home designs


I love these simplistic hymnal trees from Plum Doodles, they make me want to break out into a rendition of ‘O Tannenbaum’… 

hymnal trees plum doodle


Want to know how to make this whimsical and delicate music sheet star ornamentKrista Sew Inspired shows you how.

music sheet star ornament


Charm your gift recipient with this secret sliding door gift card holder, treats included too!  What a cute idea brought to you by Positively Splendid

sliding door gift card holder


Vintage postcards grouped together form this Santa tree over at Confessions of a Plate Addict, and I love how they’re embellished with glitter. 

vintage santa card tree


I was completely charmed by this mitten advent calendar garland by Ms. Layla at The Lettered Cottage, that girl’s got skills! 

mitten advent the lettered cottage


I also adore this photo garland with the burned edges swaged across Sharyl’s mantel at The Little Brown House.

photo garland for mantel


Jenna from SAS Interiors stitched up some simple Christmas stockings with drop cloths and embellished with snowflakes and ornaments, so pretty!

simple christmas stocking


Another gorgeous stocking alert, this one brought to you by Handmade & Homegrown.  Don’t miss this lovely trio of stockings made with linen, burlap, and ticking with gold accents. 

burlap and linen stockings


Donna crafted a twig garland which adds a wonderful natural element to her already amazing staircase.

twig garland


Two of my favorite decorative accessories combine to form this pinecone map ornament by Turtles and Tails, very clever indeed. 



I also love these damask and burlap bird ornaments by Harbour Breeze especially the varying textures and natural colors.

bird ornaments


Scented bay leaf trees deck the hall table over at Sand & Sisal.

bay leaf trees sand and sisal


Here’s a fun idea… use coins to embellish letters and give them dimension and detail, just like Dacia from Lemon Drop Life

penny letters lemondroplife


Love love loving the glitter and variation on these handmade Christmas letters by Ashley at The Handmade Home, seeing them really does brings me joy.  :)

handmade christmas letters


Jen from Tatertots & Jello is so smart, she built this beautiful advent calendar ladder which is also great for suspending holiday cards too! 

advent and card ladder


Red and white Holiday cheer and Christmas subway art brought to you by Balancing Home makes it easy to add festive sayings to your frames during the season.

christmas holiday printable


Finally, a little trick with cardstock and a craft punch allows you create your own custom (heart) shaped holiday bokeh thanks to Lil Mama Stuart, so whimsical and fun!

heart shaped bokeh


So cool right?  Hey there are over 750 more craft-astic links at the Holiday Craft Link Party for the next time you get the itch to create something homemade for the holiday season… whether it’s tomorrow, or Christmas in July, or next year, because before you know it, it will be here.  To see them all, just click the button below!   holiday craft links button


A HUGE thank you to all of you who linked up your creations to the party … the collection grows larger every year, and it’s the one link party I look forward to most.  I applaud all of you for taking the time to create and beautify your spaces for this most wonderful time of the year.

Cheers and happy crafting! 

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  1. Awesome features. There are so many talented people out there. I am off to check out some of these in more detail.

  2. I love these ideas. Makes me want to run out and spend the rest of my budget on crafts to make everyone an ornament! I love this.

    Thank you!

  3. I agree! There are some amazingly creative people out there! I can’t wait to try some of these crafts out! Thank you for including my Bay Leaf Trees amongst them all! Have a wonderful Christmas Kate!

  4. I have to say, that gift card holder is very inventive! Never seen anything like it! Pinnin’ that for next year…like for July so I’m not tryin’ to mail gifts three days before Christmas…off to the P.O…

  5. Wow! SO happy to see I made your BOTB holiday edition, even being the 753rd link up! haha Thanks so much Kate and Happy Holidays!

  6. The talent out there is amazing! So many wonderful projects on my list for next year :)
    Wishing you a wonderful Christmas with your beautiful family. Thanks for all your hard work you have shared with us over the past year.

  7. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! I’m running out of time! I’m determined to get at least a couple of these done before Sunday when the whole family is here. Thanks to everyone for the inspiration. Merry Christmas to you & your family!

  8. Hi Kate –

    So much creativity to be found out in blogland. I am loving so many of the projects you have featured. The pennies on the letters, the pine cone map ornament… I am going to have to start in July so I can get it all done next Christmas.
    Thanks for featuring my project. XO

    Your little munchkins are probably pretty excited right about now. :) I am sure Santa will be good to them. Enjoy! Merry Christmas.

    My best- Diane

  9. So many amazing ideas. What a fabulous linking party! Thanks so much for the feature :-). Now I neeeeeed to go look at some of these awesome ideas. Especially Funky Junk’s twig garland. That Donna is so creative! Merry Christmas to everyone!

  10. Kate, thank you so much for sharing my project! I’m am giddy with excitement (my kids think I’ve lost it!) Thanks for making my week! Merry Christmas!

  11. Thank you so much for featuring me Kate! I’m honored to be included among such awesome talent. This is an awesome way to start my holiday. Merry Christmas!

  12. Thanks so much for the lovely collection of Christmas decorating ideas, I am so excited, there so many neat ideas to try. I am in love with the pepermint table decorations. Thanks so much for sharing

  13. Wonderful roundup of Christmas creations, Kate. And thank you so much for featuring my drop cloth stockings – so kind of you!! Have a wonderful Christmas with your family – LOVED the christmas card :)

    xo Jenna

  14. Wow, my stomach did a little flip-flop when I saw my hymnal trees featured- thanks so much for including me with all these talented ladies!!! Have a joyous Christmas celebration. :)

  15. WOW Kate..With this many awesome creative ideas..where do I start?? MERRY CHRISTMAS KATE!!

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