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Christmas Crafts inspired by Nature

Bring in some nature to add warmth and charm to your holiday. Many of the designs are not only for Christmas extending your decor from fall through the new year and then some.

Scroll down to see all our nature Christmas crafts.

This post will be updated every few days throughout December so keep checking back every couple of days for new Christmas au Naturel inspiration!

Logger Deer

Even more save fire wood. Here we have three mini deer with small log bodies and spruce cone heads or log heads with twig antlers. Small spruce cones also work for tails. Legs and necks are made from barbecue skewers.

Big Foot is coming for Christmas.

Wiley Coyote ran into a brick wall trying to figure out what to get you for Christmas.

Think beyond what you’d normally think as traditional holiday ornaments. Hope this inspires you to add some fun to you wood slices.

Rudolph the wooden headed reindeer

Another rescue log from the fire makes a fabulously fun Rudolph. Drill holes in the top of head for his pine cone antlers, Add hot glue for added security. Glue on pipe cleaner mouth, pom-pom nose and googly eyes to bring your character to life.

Stumpy the Tree Gnome

You guessed it, this gnome started with a tall tress stump. Stumpy’s beard is tree bows lashed on with a heavy rope which is also knotted to form his nose. His head is stuffed with more tree bows and stapled onto his stump. It is fun to watch is whiskers in a strong wind bringing him to life.

Nature’s Star

Made from descaled pine cones which were hot glued to a piece of heavy star shaped card stock. To add some sparkle and shine, I brushed the tips with white glue and sprinkled with glitter.

You’re a mean one Mr. Grinch

Paint the background of a log slice leaving eyes and nose unpainted. Draw on an evil grin and facial features with a black Sharpie. Fill in eyes and nose with a blue Sharpie. Next add highlights with a silver Sharpie. Keep tuned into MainelyDiY.com for more inspiration.

Log Head Gnomes

Take a log from a branch, a pine cone hat, some faux fur and embellishments and add a touch of imagination and you have a may find you have a whole village of sprightly gnomes.

Applause for Dog Paws

Again we saved some birch wood from the fireplace. This one was made by cutting vinyl with my Cricut machine. You could also make a stencil and paint of the paw. Use a sharpie to label back with your pets name ’cause every dog deserves their own ornament on the family’s Christmas tree.

Birch Reindeer

Look who came to visit. Adorable deer was make from fallen tree. Our dear crafting kitty fell in love and got all starry eyed when this birch deer came inside for a holiday visit.

Silver and Gold

Spray paint pine cones silver and gold and use to add sparkle to your decor. Fill a bowl for a simple yet spectacular center piece. They also look cool on glass candle stick holders.

Nuts for Nature Candles

Love pistachios? Well here’s a project where you get to snack and have a craft to show for it. I call that a win win situation. Start with a cardboard circle. Trace the outline of the tea candle in the middle. Next hot glue shells from the outside edge of the candle layering as you go. Add candle and finish gluing shell and you are done. Or maybe not as this craft can be as addictive as eating the nuts.

Nature’s Flowers

Fallen trees are perfect for crafting. Here’s the first design I’m sharing with a wood slice as the base. The flowers are made pine cone scales arranged in a pleasing pattern and hot glued the wood slice. Adding a simple twine hanger and bow complete the rustic charm of this Nature’s Flowers project.

Pine Cone Gnome

Long pine cones lend themselves for this simple craft. Got pitch on your cone? Perfect to highlight your gnome’s beard. Hats are sewn from felt. Hot glue is another option. His nose is a pom-pom.

Pine Cone Wreath

I chose this idea to be the first in this series as it is probably the most timing consuming. I used a dollar store wire frame for the base and just hot glued the pine cones on. The curved surface of the wire frame adds a nice dimension to the wreath. Some of the pine cones were trimmed into flower shapes adding to the beauty of this wreath.

Nature Candle

Here’s a blast from the past. Check out the link below for detailed howtos.

Nature Candle

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Elfin’ Candles – a new kind of Elf on the Shelf

Looking for a super simple and inexpensive craft for this Christmas season? These cute fun elf candles are just what you need to spark your crafting creativity! Step by step pictorial instructions include pro tips I learned along the way to make your results look professional.

Start with tall slim candles in the color of your choice. I got mine at Dollar Tree

Pro tip: Look at top of candle and select one that has wax that is fairly level

Make a collar template by cut a 1″ wide piece of paper. Wrap this strip around candle and mark leaving extra for an overlap. Fold in half and cut a triangle as pictured. Test to make sure you like it and if not make another.

Cut 1″ strip of glitter foam for each of the following:

  • Collar
  • Belt
  • Buckle
  • Feet

Cut a 3/4″ piece from the gold strip for the buckle.

Hot glue gold buckle to center of belt strip

Use paper template to mark collar center on reverse side and then cut it of collar material. Don’t worry about the length as long as overlap won’t be huge.

Starting at center of candle hot glue collar to candle glass hiding wax level. Add glue as you go. Overlap ends and secure with glue.

Next glue belt onto candle a bit below the center so there will be room for the buttons. Make sure to center buckle

Pro tip: Overlap belt and foot to align with collar overlap for more professional results

Glue foot onto the bottom of glass

Audition button ideas. Various sized buttons, poms-poms or other embellish can change the look to match your style and personality. Choose your favorite and glue them on.

Pro tip: use an embossing tool or hair dryer to blow away those pesky glue strings.

Enjoy your elf candle and make him some buddies.

Nature Candle

Beautiful Beaded Candle with Recycled CD

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Take your playing to the next level

Two Accessories that you didn’t know You absolutely need.

Music Theory Made Easy.

Ever wonder why certain things sound great together and others sound sour? It has to do which the science of music. Simply put music theory. But who wants to learn a lot of theory? This tool takes all of the work out of it. Displays not only the chords that make up the key but also:

  • the relative position from the root chord
  • the notes that make up the chords
  • which notes are sharp or flat
  • suggested chord progressions

If you play in jam sessions with people and it seems they want to change the key from what you have music for, then this is the perfect solution.

Best of all is the education available from the manufacturer.

By the way jams are undoubtedly the best way your to improve your playing. Why? You get to see and hear what others you envy are doing. Learn from them. You likely are doing something that they admire. Teaching is also learning.

Plus it’s great fun!

Accessory #2

Who knows all the chord shapes? You don’t have to with these. In addition to the chord reference chart, all the notes on the fret board are laid out. The circle of fifths is a nice added bonus.

It’s helpful to have one of these charts for each instrument you play or are learning to play. Especially at a jam where you may be playing multiple instruments or brought an instrument other then your primary instrument. Also great when trying out a new instrument you think you want to get into.

Yes you can learn CAN play multiple instruments. It’s Excellent for your brain health!

These chord reference charts are made from heavy and sturdy card stock. Tip: I laminated mine to protect them from spills and increase their lifespan.

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Learn to Knit Series – Knit Stitch

Now that you have cast your stitches onto your needles, it’s time to learn the knit stitch!



Tips


  • Over tightening stitches will make it difficult and frustrating to knit.
  • Aim for consistency. It will come with practice.

Congratulations you just learned two new stitches. That’s right 2 new stitches! The knit stitch of course and by repeating the knit stitch over and over, row after row you also learned the garter stitch. Who’d a thought – a two-fer.

The Garter Stitch creates a fun bumpy texture. We particularly like that bumpy texture for dish clothes as it makes cleaning dishes easier. Look for our video on dish clothes coming soon!


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Legendary Tale of Jingles the Gnome

Come read all about the story of Jingles the Gnome, soon to become a Christmas legend or at least folklore.

You have heard of the Island of misfit toys, right? Well, Jingles the Gnome has been hiding deep in the darkest forest. You see just like Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer was ashamed of his shiny nose, Jingles the Gnome was ashamed of his shiny nose too! Not because it glowed but because it makes a lot of jingly jangly noise. Gnomes are supposed to be stealthy so they can sneaky up on you especially when you are being naughty.

Just like Rudolph, Jingles discovers that his special shiny nose can do something no other gnome can do. He can turn the naughty to nice. But how? He starts jingling and jangling and pretty soon everyone is enticed to sing along. And who a can be naughty when rocking along to Jingle’s hit version of Jingle Bells!

So simple Jingles the Gnome takes only minutes to make. No sewing, not even glue is required to make him. He does have a secret ingredient to make him stand up but you will need to watch the video to reveal Jingle’s secret.

More Gnomes



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Gnomes Really Do Grow on Trees

Gnomes are good luck. Some live underground and protect the ground, especially minerals and buried treasures. Others protect gardens and livestock. And the special woodland gnomes protect the forest. They have become so integral to tree live that they literally grow from the trees and are attired with buffalo plaid hats.

Don’t believe me? Check it out for yourself!

Print pattern full sized on 8 1/2″ by 11″ paper. Can’t sew? Use glue from hat as an alternative.



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Get over 25 Bonus Images

plus Gnome for the Holidays Reveal

You found the perfect card stock or paper package. Using this cool tip I was able to get nearly 30 extra images from my package. And if you would like to see just what comes in the featured pack, then look no further.

Did you see the ceramic blade I used of cutting? I absolutely love these. They last almost forever. You can go from paper to quilting cloth with ever changing the blade. And it is really hard to cut yourself but accident.



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Give the Ultimate Holiday Gift, The Gift of Music, a Ukulele

Whether your a seasoned player, a beginner, a want-a-be, or your child is interest in playing, we picked out a great ukulele. One of the most important things is to start with a good instrument as it is frustrating when an instrument won’t stay in tune or has other issues. Everybody wants to have success at playing and make beautiful music.

How come ukuleles make a great gifts? They are almost magically. For a child, it can a hobby that lasts and is never outgrown. They say as we age we should learn new things. This makes a ukulele an ageless gift. Ukuleles are little and relatively small in both size and price, yet they can bring joy that endures a lifetime.

You wondering why with a recommend a this Flight Salamander Ukulele? Sweet sound, great looks and durability at a good price to boot.

The majority of this instrument is made from ABS. What is that? Well it is plastic. This is Flight’s specialty and they don’t apologize for it not should they. Because is has an ABS body, neck, and fret board it is durable and not subject to changes in humidity which can wreak havoc on wood instruments. These two factors make it perfect for travel. We take ours everywhere. Another advantage is that because it is molded plastic you get consistently good instrument every time.

Features

The top is a walnut laminate that is not only a beautiful wood to look but also has bright tone- some says as bright as Koa. Koa is considered the best as it is the authentic wood of Hawaiian ukuleles. The sound hole features salamanders.

The body is arched which gives lets the sound resonate freely and have more volume than most other ukuleles of the same size. The body has a nice texture to it making it easy to grip. There is even a strap button.

Since the neck is ABS, it won’t warp with the weather. The finger board has a nice faux wood grain. The frets will never be sharp.

The zero fret and bridge construction give this ukulele a low action. A low action means the players doesn’t need to press hard making it perfect for the beginner and those whose hands find higher actions difficult to play due to finger strength. The construction keeps the tone consistent as well.



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Jazzy Snazzy Musical Pizzazz

Are you bored with the plain look of your stringed instrument?  Why not jazz it up and make it your own snazzy piece?  We drew our inspiration from the Mandy Harvey Learn to Play Signature Series Ukulele from Kala brand.  Start this do it yourself project with a nice sounding yet inexpensive ukulele or instrument of your choice and you can create your own personalized version at a fraction of the price. 

One of a Kind Ukulele or Guitar

We cut the adhesive backed vinyl for this project with our Cricut. Click the Cricut banner to get your supplies. Learn how to design and make the Sound Hole Decal


Mitchell MU40C

We used a Mitchell concert sized ukulele for this project. The model number is MU40C. It is easy to play right out of the box. A lot of schools buy Mitchell products to teach kids so you know they have to be durable. It stays in tune and has a nice sound. Check out the sound in this video and note I’d only been playing for a couple of months.

Learn more about selecting a uke

Inspiration

This beautiful Kala Tenor Ukulele – the Mandy Harvey Learn to Play Signature Series – gave us the idea to decorate one of your ukuleles. Certainly if you can afford a Kala uke – Go for it!



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It’s Good to be Tacky!

Make Cricut Mats Sticky Again

Has your cutting mat lost its stickiness and just isn’t tacky enough? Whether it’s a Cricut, Silhouette, other another brand, chances are it is just dirty.  Watch this quick instructional video to learn how to easily rejuvenate those dirty mats with our simple and fast cleaning hack. 

You will save tons of money with this tip as it will extend the life of your cutting mats several times over.

Surprisingly once the cutting mat has been cleaned, the adhesive properties magically reappear.  We are using everyday household products that you have on hand for this process. 



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