12 Days of Handmade Christmas via lifeingrace

I’ve hosted the 12 Days of Handmade Christmas for the last few years, but this year, I had too many deadlines.  So, instead of 12 Days, I’m sharing my favorite 12 projects from the past few years, including a few I posted this year.    Hope you will find some inspiration for making the holidays more meaningful and more handmade.  Enjoy!

For a full list of the past projects, 12 Days 2009, 12 Days 2010, 12 Days 2012!

1.  The Handmade Dishmat

I’ve made this project so many times.  It’s my favorite thing to give for Christmas, with my favorite cookbook wrapped inside.  This mat takes about an 1 1/2 and everyone I’ve ever made one for LOVES it.  I have my friend, Darby, to thank.  It’s the gift that keeps on giving.  My sister just made me one and I’m in heaven!

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2.  The Linen Flower (Pin)

This is my new favorite project.  They’re so fun to make and are perfect plate/table decorations as well as beautiful flower pins.  They take 1-2 hours to make.

12 Days of Handmade Christmas via lifeingrace


3.  Large Zippered Make-Up Bag

Thank you to Miss Jan for this awesome project! I’ve made it for gifts many times and it’s easy and fun and easy to personalize!

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4. Large Photo Prints (mounted to foamboard)

These would make great gifts for kids, teens, or adults.  They’re so easy and so personal!

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5. DIY Alphabet Crayons

Thank you, Meg, for sharing this awesome project so many years ago.  So colorful and fun, just like Meg!

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6.  Fabric Camera Strap

I’ve made plenty of these, too! They’re so easy and make the perfect gift for your friends who love their cameras!  Cheryl shared this project with us several years ago and it’s still one of my favorites!

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7.  Hand-knit Dishcloth

This is THE perfect time of year to learn to knit and this is THE perfect project on which to learn.  These make wonderful little gifts wrapped up in soaps or homemade dish soap!

12 Days of Handmade Christmas via lifeingrace

8. DIY Felt Scarf

Thank you, Julie, for sharing this project last year.  I’m determined to make one this year and can’t wait to try one in a gold/mustard color!

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9.  DIY Monogrammed Candle

Amy shared this project during our very first 12 Days and it’s still THE most popular 12 Days post. (Thank you, friend!) Make one or 12 for your favorite family and friends!

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10. Grannie’s Homemade Fudge

This is my favorite gift to give away.  And my favorite holiday treat to make.  It’s so easy and SO delicious!  Thank you, Grannie!

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11. DIY Crayon Roll

The super talented Lindsey shared this post with us and it’s been one of the most popular of the 12 Days posts.  Make some for traveling gifts for your own littles or for all the lovely littles in your life.  Thank you, Lindsey!

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12.  Homemade Honey Wheat Bread

Perhaps, THE perfect Christmas gift!  I usually gift it with some homemade strawberry jam or local honey.  It’s love at first bite.  I get these clear cellophane bags from Amazon and give bread away all year!

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Have you made any of these projects?

What’s your favorite (easy-ish) handmade gift to give to others?  Leave links or descriptions in the comments.

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9 comments on “12 Days of Handmade Christmas (all in one day!)”

  1. I made the camera strap, the felt scarf and the dish mat for friends and family last year. I make toffee every year for aunt/uncles and other extended family and friends, it is a huge hit and fun to make! I sew and machine embroider so this year I am embroidering some Columbia button down shirts for my sisters and firends–big monogram on the back flap — can’t get more southern than a big ol’ monogram! Happy Crafting!

  2. Love this wrap up of tutorials!! I’m not sure I have ever commented on your blog before but I just love it! You are such an inspiration. I feel motivated to get started on some gift-making. I definitely want to make those flowers.

  3. Edie, I am so glad you did this as it has become part of MY holiday traditions! Do Not Underestimate Yourself. I am sure many others look forward to this offering each year.
    Most Sincerely, with Hugs, Trudy K

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