Have An OLD FASHIONED Christmas

Remember Christmas when we were young; when we’d draw names and spend hours making the perfect present or bake something to take and share? Every year Momma would hang the homemade ornaments on the tree and tell a story about each one. Why not let this holiday be an Old Fashioned Christmas; make a few special items to decorate your home or give to someone special and make your own cherished memories.

Rustic Candles

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Melt down the dregs of burned-out candles to make new ones in old flowerpots. You’ll give both items a new lease on life. 1. Scrub the inside of the pot only, leaving the outside aged. 2. Use a coin to cover the drainage hole in the bottom. 3. Insert a ready-made stiff cotton wick (sold at craft stores) or make your own wick out of cotton twine. To hold the wick upright, tie one end loosely to a pencil laid across the top of the pot. 4. Melt chunks of old candles in a pot set over a low flame or in a double boiler. Pour the liquid wax into the flowerpots. 5. Let set overnight and then trim the wick. Cost: about $2

Beyond Easy Christmas Tree Decorations

Add even more holiday cheer to your home this year with these Beyond Easy Christmas Tree Decorations. These adorable DIY Christmas decorations are super cheap and super easy crafts that anyone can make. Pick your favorite Christmas yarn and make trees of all colors. These homemade Christmas tree decorations are perfect anywhere in your home. You can place them on the mantel or use them as a cheery table centerpiece. Wherever you decide to put them,
they will look fabulous.

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http://exquisitelyunremarkable.com/2013/12/christmas-crafting-yarn-trees.html

If you have some extra coffee holders lying around, then this easy Christmas craft is for you. These Cool Coffee Filter Snowflake Ornaments are a simple, inexpensive Christmas ornament craft. Your guests will never believe these homemade ornaments are made out of just coffee filters. Don’t worry, this tutorial shows you how to cut the coffee holders into the right shape and make the fabric stiffened so they are rigid like other ornaments. You can make so many homemade ornaments with just a few coffee filters and they look frosty like snowflakes; so, if you are attempting to save money this holiday season, try out these awesome DIY Christmas decorations
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http://www.megacrafty.com/2011/11/snowflake-ornaments-and-challenge.html

“7 Easy DIY Christmas Crafts: Make Your Own Ornaments, Wreaths and More!” eBook
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Simple homemade Christmas crafts are the key to success during a busy holiday season. With everything going on during the winter months (preparing for Thanksgiving, occupying the kids during winter break, shopping for Christmas gifts, and the list goes on!), who has time to make elaborate Christmas decorations?  We know what it’s like to have a packed schedule, which is why we put together this special collection homemade Christmas crafts that can be made quickly and don’t require a ton of supplies.
Read more at http://www.allfreeholidaycrafts.com/Christmas-Ideas/7-Easy-DIY-Christmas-Crafts-Make-Your-Own-Ornaments-Wreaths-and-More-eBook#VRmUiqqHGfZSU3Ai.99
And here are a few more web sites that can help get you started:
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And if you happen to be ALL THUMBS when it comes to crafting here are some EEZY PEAZY cookie recipes – some are even NO – BAKE.

Oreo Cheesecake Cookies

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Notes

These cookies are amazing as no bakes, but you can also bake them! If you want to do that instead make these changes- use only 3 oz. cream cheese, use chopped Oreo’s that have had the creme removed and regular sized chocolate chips for the stir-in’s. Just preheat your oven to 350 F and have a sheet pan lined with parchment. Follow the same steps, including rolling balls in cookie crumbs. Bake in oven for 12-15 minutes or until edges become slightly golden and the cookie is puffed. Cool on the pan for two minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 4 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup semisweet mini chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped Oreo cookies (with creme), plus 1 cup crushed Oreo crumbs (without creme)

Instructions

  1. In a mixing bowl, cream together the butter and cream cheese on medium speed until smooth and well-combined.
  2. Add the sugar and vanilla extract and mix until the ingredients are well-combined. Add the flour and mix on low until the flour is incorporated. Stir in the mini chocolate chips and chopped Oreo’s with a rubber spatula.
  3. Place the Oreo cookie crumbs in a small bowl. Scoop the cookies into about 1 1/2 to 2 inch balls and then roll in the cookie crumbs. Place the cookie balls on a sheet pan and cover with plastic wrap then place in the freezer until set.
  4. Store airtight in the refrigerator.

MERRY CHRISTMAS

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