Are you making any Christmas gifts this year? I know, I know. It’s December already! It might seem like you’re running out of time but really, there are still plenty of options left. In fact, I’ve got a bunch of ideas for Christmas gifts you can make while watching TV!
Woven mug rugs – Once you have made your loom (a one-time investment of about 10 minutes), each of the mug rugs takes me 20 minutes or less to make. Instead of making a square loom, make a rectangular shaped one and you can use it to make some coffee cup wraps instead.
Paper quilling images, jewelry, or ornaments – There is some prep to this in terms of ordering your supplies (it’s hard to find them in stores so I rely on Amazon). You can certainly cut your own paper but it’s rather time-consuming and tedious. Once you have your supplies and get the knack of rolling your coils, this is a quite simple mindless activity. I tend to make all the coils I need for my projects one evening and then assembling and gluing them the next.
Adding basic embroidery to purses, makeup bags, and other small items – Check out dollar stores or thrift shops for inexpensive options for the bags. Or sew together a couple of pieces of fabric (in any shape you’d like), embroider, and stuff to make simple pin cushions, sachets, or shoe pillows (to stuff in the toes of shoes to keep their shape).
A pompom wreath, basket embellishment, or photo frame – Pompoms whip up in almost no time, making them the perfect multi-tasking sort of craft. Make a bunch and attach them to a photo frame, basket, wreath, or whatever else you can think of!
Luggage tags – There are tons of ways you can make luggage tags using all kinds of different materials. They’re great projects to use up scraps and make fantastic gifts for your traveling friends.
Hand/arm knitting – Obviously, regular old traditional knitting and crocheting are great crafts for working on in front of the TV. I, however, can’t knit to save my life. So, arm or hand knitting is my preferred method. You can make an entire blanket in under an hour!
Corking – Also known as French knitting or using a knitting Nancy. You can use corkers in a variety of diameters to make things like hot pads, mug rugs, hats, scarves, and so much more.
Leather tassel keychain – A great stocking stuffer idea! These are so simple but chic.
Paper beads and pendants – Use scraps of leftover paper or make use of old magazine pages. Kick them up a notch by wrapping some with wire and tiny beads or pretty threads and fibers.
A simple macrame wall hanging or a bracelet – Macrame has made a comeback! A simple wall hanging or bracelet can be made in 30 minutes to an hour. The bracelet would make another great stocking stuffer.
Rag dolls – Put together simple rag dolls for the kids on your list! You can personalize by making the eyes and hair the same color as the recipient.
A coffee cup wrap – Pick up a pair of socks at the dollar store and make a couple of these simple coffee cup sleeves. You can hand sew or use fabric glue on the edges. This makes a great gift along with a coffee mug, mug rug, and a bag of coffee.
Small hand quilted projects like coasters or place mats – Quilting never goes out of fashion. Whip up a set of coasters or place mats for someone special. Have a baby on your list? Make them a simple hand tied quilt!
Cord keepers – If you’re like me, you’re always carrying around your ear buds and phone charging cord. And they’re always getting tangled up. Make a simple cord keeper in almost no time! A leather one would go perfectly with the tassel key chain.
See? There are lots of ideas and something for nearly everyone on your list. Giving a handmade gift really is very special and you still have plenty of time to make at least a few!