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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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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.

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Everyone loves a sharp dressed man and Dog

They say every girl goes crazy for a sharp dressed man. So why should your puppy dog miss out on that kind of attention? Why not let your dog sport the latest fashion! These dog bandanas are so simple to make your dog can have with a wardrobe of scarfs for every season.

Our baby choose soft and trendy buffalo plaid flannel for his fashion statement this season.



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Five simple steps

  • Fold 18″ square of fabric in half diagonally, right sides together.
  • Stitch 12″ from corner to corner on both sides
  • Turn right sided out
  • Tuck in raw edges
  • Stitch 2″ from fold and edge stitch seams

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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.

More advance design tutorials

Merry M Fold Card Tutorial

Christmas Card Ideas

Double Z Fold Card Tutorial and Reveal

From Our Gnome to Yours- Dollar Tree Inspired

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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.

MainelyDiY earns a small fee for purchase

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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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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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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