The holidays are here, and you might have halls to deck and gifts to give. It’s the perfect time to tap into your creative side, and you may feel inspired to get crafty. A handmade ornament as a gift is going to mean much more than something bought at the store!
But making things extra merry and bright isn’t the only reason to start crafting.
For many, the holiday season triggers depression. It’s important to stay on track with your self care and check in that you’re receiving the support you need. Perhaps you’re looking to fight the blues or simply want to have some fun. Enter crafting.
The benefits of crafting are manyfold, and scientific evidence shows that crafting can help our mental well-being in many ways. Recent survey evidence from the The British Journal of Occupational Therapy found that knitting helped ease depression over time. Crafting is also an excellent way to ease stress and help you wind down after a long day. The nature of the activity can help you tap into that mental state commonly called “flow.” When you find this state you’re so absorbed in your chosen activity that little else matters. This can help us achieve similar effects to meditation, which has major neurological benefits. It’s also so gratifying to create with your hands, and tactile experiences help us connect with our bodies in an increasingly digital age.
Read on for 7 holiday DIY ideas our team loves. Try these to boost your mood, decrease your stress, and help you enjoy the holiday season. Gift them to your loved ones or yourself!
1. Gift Toppers
From yarn pom-poms to honeycomb ornaments, these colorful creations add pizzazz to otherwise humble packages.
2. Homemade Paper Ball Ornaments
Leftover scrapbook paper in complementary colors makes a stunning ornament when cut in strips and then looped together.
What you’ll need: (for one ornament) six (3/4″ x 10-1/2″) strips of paper or card stock, approximately 6″ of wire (will be trimmed), two wood beads and twine/ribbon.
3. Christmas Star Ornaments
Little ones will love helping you craft these star ornaments!
What you’ll need: yarn, Christmas scrapbook paper
4. Popsicle Stick Snowflakes
Easily create a dreamlike, snowy indoor wall scene.
What you’ll need: popsicle sticks, gold paint, white paint
5. Lantern Display
Fill lanterns with colorful ornaments for a warm and welcoming outdoor display.
What you’ll need: lantern, assorted, ornaments
6. Palet Sign
You’ll want to make these tiny signs using all of your favorite Christmas expressions.
What you’ll need: white paint, twine, a few blocks of wood and a set of hammer and nails.
7. Glowing Garland
Christmas lights combined with Christmas garlands? There’s never been a better – or simpler – combination.
What you’ll need: ribbon, burlap, Christmas lights
Happy crafting! We’d love to hear from you if you enjoyed crafting any of these ideas. How did you feel?