Feeling Frantic? Check Out These Last-Minute Goodies–Perfect for Stitchers and Crafters Alike

Can you believe that Christmas is just a week away?

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If you’re like me, the next seven days are jam-packed with holiday-related activities. As the classic embodiment of “last-minute Lulu” (to borrow a phrase from our sister blogger emeritus, Christie Batterman), that means I’m scrambling for clever (translate: quick, easy, and budget-conscious) ideas for–among myriad other seasonal activities–secret Santa and ornament exchanges and for freshening up our usual holiday décor.

Enter Pinterest. (Okay. I’ll admit it. I’m hooked!) During a recent browse, I came across a little goodie that was a perfect match for my time, pocketbook, and “in stock” materials.

Button and Yarn Snowman ornament from funEZcrafts

Button and Yarn Snowman ornament from funEZcrafts

Immediately I clicked on the link to find the source, and discovered a delightful DIY site called funEZcrafts. This site is loaded with great ideas: simple, fun, and–in many cases–utilizing materials already on hand in the workroom of any enthusiastic quilter/crafter. For the Button and Yarn Snowman Ornament, the required items were a few white, red, and black buttons (Buttons? Do I have buttons?!!); a bit of red yard; a scrap of narrow red and/or green ribbon; scissors; a ruler; and a toothpick.

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Bingo! I was in business. Within minutes, I had a cute little snowman, ready for the tree.

My version of the Button and Yarn Snowman ornament from the FunEZcraft website

My version of the Button and Yarn Snowman ornament from the FunEZcraft website

Enthusiastically, I returned to the funEZcrafts site. Here are a few other sweet and disarmingly “doable” projects to be found under the Christmas Crafts tab. For example, I loved this jaunty Felt and Twig Snowman.

Felt and Twig Snowman from funEZcrafts

Felt and Twig Snowman from funEZcrafts

Or how about this colorful Button Wreath Ornament?

Button Wreath Ornament from funEZcrafts

Button Wreath Ornament from funEZcrafts

Do you have any crocheted “bits” tucked away in your stash? A Doily Sachet Ornament might be just the ticket.

Doily Sachet Ornament from funEZcrafts

Doily Sachet Ornament from funEZcrafts

This Quilter’s Angel Ornament requires just a wee bit more in terms of time and materials, but it still ranks high on the easiness scale. I found her under the Angel Crafts tab.

Quilter's Angel Ornament from funEZcrafts

Quilter’s Angel Ornament from funEZcrafts

Each project on the funEZcrafts website includes a chart and photo illustrating the necessary materials and clear, step-by-step, photo-illustrated instructions. Hint: Looking for something to keep the kids or grandkids busy, engaged, and entertained in the countdown until the big day? You’ll find terrific ideas on this site for great kid-friendly gifts for teacher, babysitter, or grandma. Check under Felt Crafts for such diverse projects as a business card holder, cosmetic pouch . . . even a cupcake paperweight. (Just be sure the young ones are old enough for projects that involve small items such as buttons or beads.)

Felt Cupcake Paperweight from funEZcrafts

Felt Cupcake Paperweight from funEZcrafts

Many thanks to Sara at funEZcrafts for granting permission to use photos from her site. Oh, and by the way: It didn’t take long to realize that my button Frosty ornament had other possibilities as well. Here, he becomes a festive “add on” to a secret Santa gift.

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In Friday’s post, I’ll reveal what’s inside that package, along with instructions for making the contents.

‘Til then, happy stitching (and crafting)!Darra-signature

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10 Responses to Feeling Frantic? Check Out These Last-Minute Goodies–Perfect for Stitchers and Crafters Alike

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  3. Carol Barringer says:

    What absolutely adorable ornaments! I’ve been trying to pump out enough to use as gift tags/package decorations, and this will add variety — and ease! and fun! – to my task! Thank you!

  4. Elaine says:

    Love that snowman. i look for simple crafts that I will be able to do with my 3 1/2 and 11 mon. old granddaughters in the future and the snowman will be next years project. Thank-you for sharing it!

    • Darra Williamson says:

      I’m glad you liked him, Elaine. Do check out Sara’s site. There are some really cute things there. It was challenging to choose just a few to show! Darra

  5. Sara says:

    Hi Darra,
    Thank you for highlighting my Button and Yarn Snowman and the other projects from my website, funEZcrafts.com.

    I love your version of the Button and Yarn Snowman – especially his hat. With just a little imagination, I can picture him outside on a snowy day with a bird or two perched on that hat.

    Thank you – again – and I hope your visitors enjoy making some of my fun and easy projects.

    Sara

  6. That snowman ornament is being made at my house. Thanks for the tip.

    • Darra Williamson says:

      Have fun, weddingdressblue! I have the buttons sorted to make a few more myself before the big day next week. Darra

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