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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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Otterly Flippin’ Fun Waterfall Card

Have you tried a waterfall card yet? Turning a waterfall card on it’s side creates a flip book style-something we could not resist with the otterly adorable stamp set we found. There are lots other cute stamp sets out there that will work equally well. It’s a fun fold card. What’s a fun fold card? Folds are strategically placed to give the card action or let the card open in unexpected way.

Otterly Adorable and Flippin’ Fun

Let your stamp set dictate the size of your flip features. Add borders to make the image size 2-3/4 or 3″. Made to cut the mechanism to the same size as your bordered images. Your first score mark mark with need to match as well with subsequent score marks each 3/4″ more. We made the height one inch less than the width. You can also use paper stock -just mount it to a piece of card stock to give it stability. We like the look of a border around paper stock.

A word about theses product recommendations- We love ceramic rotary cutter blades for durability, safety and the ability to swap between paper and fabrics projects without changing blades. We like the ergonomics of the Fiskars cutting tool. Add an eighth and quarter rules are great for simple yet accurate borders. We like Creative Grid rulers for the stability provide – less slippage. There are lots of fine scoring board and cutting mat options. Choose what suits your size needs.

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Back Slider Fun Fold Card

Got some card stock with a great motif in the corner or along one side? Learn how to make the best use of its design with a back slider fun fold card. It is super fast and super fun. After all it’s a fun fold card. What’s a fun fold card? Folds are strategically placed to give the card action or let the card open in unexpected way. Why call it a back slider card? Because the back slides out from behind the front of the card to reveal your greeting and special message. Warning! They are additive.

Fantastic birthday, special or every day card!

Watch the video to the end to catch all the tips.

Let your card stock dictate the size of your card. We made the height one inch less than the width. You can also use paper stock -just mount it to a piece of card stock to give it stability. We like the look of a border around paper stock.

For inside mechanism, cut the width of letter sized card stock (8-1/2″) by a least 1/4″ less than the height of the card. Score in half and then in half again – at 2-1/2″ and 4-1/4″. If your front is smaller, adjust size accordingly. We used some stock that was only 7-1/2″ long, scored at 1-7/8″ and 3-3/4″, and it worked out fine.

A word about theses product recommendations- Tombow Glue is the adhesive of choice for this project. We love ceramic rotary cutter blades for durability, safety and the ability to swap between paper and fabrics projects without changing blades. We like the ergonomics of the Fiskars cutting tool. Add an eighth and quarter rules are great for simple yet accurate borders. We like Creative Grid rulers for the stability provide – less slippage. There are lots of fine scoring board and cutting mat options. Choose what suits your size needs.

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Quick Gift Tag Christmas Cards

Want to make quick Christmas Cards? Use some large gift tags and you will have a stack of cards in a flash! Select tags with a sentiment, add some embellishments and you are ready to mail holiday greetings to friends and loved ones.

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Merry M Fold Card Tutorial

Whether you call a W fold or a M fold card, whom receives your homemade greeting card will be merry upon opening it. These action cards have a pop-up motion thanks to the…you guessed it the M-fold.

See the M-fold in Action

Best suited to display small designs stamps, stickers, and the like or just pretty paper. These are simple to make with spectacular results.

Cutting and Scoring Chart

DescriptionQuantityCut SizeScore at
Base/Back14-1/4″ by 11″5-1/2″
M-fold12-1/4 by 11″2-3/4, 5-1/2, & 8-1/4
Front Artwork (Landscape)13-3/4 by 5″
Pieced for Stamping42″ by 3″
Border for Stamped Pieces42-1/2″ by 3-1/2″


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Double Z Fold Card Tutorial and Reveal

Wonder what is in Echo Park’s Christmas Salutations 6×6 card stock package? Check out this quick reveal.

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Next check out how ideas on utilizing this pack with the fun and quick double z fold card tutorial.

What is a z fold card anyway? It’s an action card that seems to move as you open it. These fun folds are extremely addictive. Watch the video until the end to learn from some of my boo-boos plus all my tips for making them.

Let the size of your art work for the front of your card dictate how to make your card. Typically you have 4 1/2″ in length by 3 to 4 inches high to work with. In our samples, we used greetings from a card stock package. Into stamping? This is a great place to feature your designs. Cut-outs, stickers, drawings – the sky in the limit. So let your talents shine!

If your split an letter sized piece of card stock in half lengthwise at 4 1/4 inches, you will have 2 card bases. This is the recommend size and shown in red in the cutting chart. The front should be 1/2″ narrower than the back and 1 inch shorter than the back.

Rectangles have two size options. Option A will have a eighth inch border whereas option B will have a quarter inch border. One rectangle should be a light color as it is a place to write your personal note. The second rectangle is purely decorative and depending on the front card stock you may decide not to use a second rectangle.

Cutting Chart

Back/BaseFrontRectangles ARectangles B
4 x 113-1/2 x 102-1/2 x 3-1/4 2-1/4 x 3
4-1/4 x 113-3/4 x 10 2-1/2 x 3-1/2 2-1/4 x 3-1/4
4-1/2 x 11 4 x 10 2-1/2 x 3-3/4 2-1/4 x 3-1/2
4-3/4 x 11 4-1/4 x 10 2-1/2 x 4 2-1/4 x 3-3/4
5 x 11 4-1/2 x 10 2-1/2 x 4-1/4 2-1/4 x 4

Score or fold the 10 and 11 inch pieces in half lengthwise. Next score or fold one half in half again.

Score Guide

ItemScore 1Score 2
Front (10″ Long)2-1/25
Back/Base (12″ Long)2-3/45-1/2

Watch the video for assembly tips, tips to make the most of your materials and learn from my mistakes.

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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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From Our Gnome to Yours- Dollar Tree Inspired

If you are in love with ever popular gnomes, join the club. These mystical woodland creatures and they love to be shared. What better way than through handmade greeting cards. But where can you find a ton of gnome images to work with AND at a cheap price? Look no further than your local Dollar Tree. While this video is not on card making, we’ve shared some of ours.

Love to see and share yours projects using these gnomes



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Last Minute Gift Tags – 8 Fresh Ideas

You’ve got your favorite Christmas music playing and you are happily wrapping those holidays presents when oh no! you run of gift tags?!

Here’s what to do!

8 ideas to save you from running to the store for gift tags. You’ll save money & recycle too!

These ideas are great as you can use what you have and likely were going to throw out in the trash anyways. Yup, you get to recycle too! If it’s bows you’re out of see our solution for that at the bottom on this page.

Materials? Those Christmas greeting cards or scrap card stock and some scissors. Check out of all the ideas.

Does it have a pretty design? Simply cut it out!

Got decorative scissors? Fancy edges will take your design up a few notches.

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We bet you have stickers! The kids will love to join the fun with this one.

How about paper punches? Don’t forget you can get two for one by gluing the punch out to a tag AND backing the hole cut out with contrasting paper.

Rubber stamps are always fun. A simple outline, color them in, emboss them ….what suits your desire and schedule.

Adding a hole with a regular hole punch and adding twisted two color string or a festive ribbon not only gives it pizzazz but a professional flare as well.

This post is dedicated to Mom who is the source of many of our inspirations. She designed and made every one of these tags.

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3 Jovial Elfish Jester Gnomes

Gnomes are often known as the Guardian of Treasures. So what secret treasures are these Jester Gnomes the keeping? The answer is of course your smile! With their curled toed shoes, these little elves are sure to tickle every one they meet.

Make excellent gift tags and ornaments.

Why not add some to your holiday greeting cards? Or send along the cut shapes and let your recipients mix and match pieces to create their own Jester Gnomes – a great way to share the love of crafting.

Endless design combinations.

To use our svg files:

  • Download and upzip the files (available below).
  • Upload them to your Cricut Design Space (or similar software specific to your machine.)
  • Resize to desired size. We made ours 4″ tall.
  • Make a duplicate of the shapes and mirror image the duplicate copy.

Get our svg file here. They are $1.50 each or all three designs for $3.00

Jester Gnome delivered via email as a zip file. The zip file contains both pdf and svg file formats. Cost is $1.50 USD

Wonky Jester Gnome Duo delivered via email as a zip file. The zip file contains svg file format. Cost is $1.50 USD

Fat Hat Jester Gnome delivered via email as a zip file. The zip file contains svg file format. Cost is $1.50 USD

Jester Gnome Set delivered via email as a zip file. The zip file contains svg file formats Cost is $3.00 USD

A free printable pdf template for Jester Gnome is available in our

Pdf includes both red and green bodies. Print it and hand cut the designs.



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