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Christmas Craft Ideas: Part 1

I know, I know, we’ve only just moved into November and it seems a little bit early to be talking about Christmas! Except, when you want to create handmade gifts and decorations you need to get a head start. The beginning of November may seem early in many ways, but those few weeks between now and December 25th soon pass by (especially when you consider that most gifts need to be ready to be passed on to the recipient before the big day!)

When I’m being super organised (which isn’t very often, admittedly!), I try to start my Christmas crafting during the summer months. It gives me time to work on gifts at a more leisurely pace and avoids the last minute rush that can take away the joy of Advent. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy staying up late in the evening, putting finishing touches on gifts whilst my family sleeps upstairs and I watch a Christmas movie. But I only enjoy that when they are small finishing touches, not mad rushes to complete an entire project!

Which is why I thought it might be a good idea to start sharing some Christmas Craft ideas now, so that if you want to have a go at making a few gifts or decorations this year you can do. I’ve tried to find quick and easy ideas, that are completely doable even with the smallest amount of free time and the tiniest of budgets. And you know what – there are some amazing ideas out there.

So I’ve split it up into smaller updates – today’s will focus on Christmas Craft Ideas I’ve found on Twitter. You might not think of Twitter as the automatic place to look for craft ideas, I know I didn’t. But actually there are some amazing finds on there to rival the likes of Pinterest and Instagram, and so here are some of my favourites.

If you try any of these out, be sure to let me know – I’d love to see what you make!

Crochet Chat: Hats, Cowls, and Gloves, Oh My!

Welcome to another installment of Crochet Chat. I’m really enjoying doing these Facebook Live chats all about crochet, and this week it was great to connect with Aly from Bug, Bird, and Bee to discuss easy projects for winter gifts.

I’m rather late in posting this video, because life simply got in the way last week. I initially did a Crochet Chat broadcast last Wednesday, but for some reason the sound simply didn’t work and I had to do it again on Thursday. I then got caught up on Friday between physio and attending my first ever Parent/Teacher Association meeting (in which I ended up volunteering to be the Secretary, and so had the minutes to type up) so didn’t have chance to post it last week at all.

And then we celebrated our 6th Wedding Anniversary at the weekend, so I was not going to spend it online. And so here were are, almost a week after my initial attempt at Crochet Chat number 3… better late than never, hey?

This week I talked about quick and easy gifts you can create with just a few basic stitches, and a single ball (or skein) of yarn. These gifts are ideal for keeping you warm throughout the bitterly cold Winter months, and so they would make great Christmas gifts too. I’ve included links to the patterns I mention underneath the video. As always, do leave me a comment to let me know if you want any more information!

Built for Speed Beanie from Crocheters of Awesome

Broom Broom Boy’s Beanie from Bugalugs Handmade

1-1 Cowl (One Skein. One Afternoon) from Between My Fingers

I’m a Fan Cowl from Between My Fingers

Crocheted Shell Wrist Warmers from Drops Design