DIY Ribbon Christmas Gifts

If you’re looking for an easy Christmas gift idea for a neighbor, teacher, or friend—look no further! We’ve come up with a few crafty ways to make some quick and easy gifts for the Christmas holiday using your ribbon stash! A lot of us tend to think of ribbon in two ways, the lone strips on a card or scrapbook page and sometimes the additional bow. Today we want to show you just how much more fun there is to be had with these embellishing trims!

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First up is a ribbon tree! This little tree was made using a 9″ foam cone decorated by 3″ ribbon strips that were folded into a loop and attached with pushpins. The star topper is simply one of our gold glitter stickers from the Silver & Gold Complements attached to a toothpick with a glue dot! And, don’t miss those gold glitter gems circling the very top layer of ribbon. This project comes together rather quickly, is easy to make, and all of your friends will want one! Don’t be fooled by the size of this tree: it will require a lot of ribbon—approximately six spools of it. If you like the look but don’t want to use that much ribbon, talk to your Consultant for an alternate option where you use paper instead!

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Now, if you have a larger stash of ribbon, consider a ribbon wreath! This wreath is an easy assembly as well; all you have to do is tie 5″ pieces of ribbon onto a 12″ wire wreath frame.

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Once all of our ribbon was tied on, we added a few silver glitter snowflakes made from our Cricut® Flower Market Collection and created a banner for the center (also with our Cricut® Flower Market Collection).

Don’t have the time or the ribbon to make these first two projects? Try the following ornaments out!

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Crafters of all ages will enjoy making this little guy. Made up of ribbon scraps, this ornament comes together as quickly as you can tie the ribbons to a small twig (or cinnamon stick)! Once all of your ribbons are tied on, trim the edges to create the triangle shape, attach some string at the top and embellish with a sticker. That’s it!

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This last one is a slightly more sophisticated ornament, but still quite easy to assemble, making it a beautiful gift idea. Simply pick up a few small embroidery hoops at your local craft store (we used a 3″ and 4″) and add some weaved satin ribbons. Trim off any excess, embellish with Complements if you’d like, and hang with another piece of ribbon or twine.

As you’re thinking of gifts for your neighbors, teachers, and friends this holiday, consider making them one or more of these simple crafty ribbon projects.

And it just so happens that all of our fundamental ribbon packs, which we used in all of the artwork in this post, are on sale this month at 30% off! Make sure to take advantage of this offer while it lasts!


Recipes

Ribbon Tree
1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X7226C Silver & Gold Complements, Z3361 Whimsy Ribbon Pack, Z3364 Basics Ribbon Pack, Z3312 Gold Glitter Gems, 9″ Foam Cone, Straight Pins, Toothpick

Winter Wonderland Wreath
1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5947 Mink Cardstock, Z3239 Silver Glitter Paper, Z3361 Whimsy Ribbon Pack, Z3362 Adventure Ribbon Pack, Z3313 Blush Shimmer Ribbon, Z3285 Cricut® Flower Market Collection, 12″ Wire Wreath Frame

Cricut® Shapes:
Flower Market
2½” Title <a> (p. 21, MD43227)
2½” Shift + Title <A>  (p. 21, MD43227)
2″, 2½” Shift + Icon <A>
 (p. 21, MD432F6)

Ribbon Tree Ornament
Z3363 Enchantment Ribbon Pack, Z3362 Adventure Ribbon Pack, Z3361 Whimsy Ribbon Pack, Z3364 Basics Ribbon Pack, Z3323 White Burlap Ribbon, X7226C Silver & Gold Complements, Grapevine Wire

Embroidery Hoop Ornaments
1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z3364 Basics Ribbon Pack, Z4014 White & Gold Twine, X7226C Silver & Gold Complements, 3″ and 4″ Embroidery Hoops

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4 Last-Minute Christmas Gift Ideas

You’ve accomplished a lot in the past few weeks. You’ve cooked, cleaned, decorated, shopped, wrapped, and brought smiles to a lot of faces! With such a long “to-do” list, it’s no wonder that you still need a few more Christmas gifts for some loved ones.

Well, we’ve got you covered! These four gifts are adorable and easy to make at the last minute. Check them out!

1. Quick N’ Easy Shadow Box

Try these last-minute Christmas gift ideas! #ctmh #closetomyheart #gifts #christmas #craftingSpice up your friend or family member’s wall with a beautiful shadow box! Creating a unique page to place inside can be as simple as choosing a Cricut® shape you like, and cutting it at a size that fills the entire page. Adding a mini banner inside also adds a fun touch.

2. Base & Bling Necklace or Key Chain

Try these last-minute Christmas gift ideas! #ctmh #closetomyheart #gifts #christmas #craftingWith Base & Bling, you can create personalized jewelry in a jiffy! We also recently showed how these can be put to great use as Christmas tree ornaments. But did you ever think of using the Base & Bling to create key chains? Personalize it with a family photo to make a fashionable accessory for important gals or guys in your life! You can even add cute charms like these to add some extra sweetness.

3. Mini Spa Kit

Try these last-minute Christmas gift ideas! #ctmh #closetomyheart #gifts #christmas #craftingEveryone loves a little pampering, especially after the holidays. Decorate a My Creations™ pint-sized container, and then fill it with some spa essentials. For a special touch, add some White Pines confetti and this cute penguin tag!

4. Family Display Tray

Try these last-minute Christmas gift ideas! #ctmh #closetomyheart #gifts #christmas #craftingEveryone loves home décor that celebrates family, so get a Designed Décor hinged display tray, and fill it with their family photos. Create your own decorative cards, or use our Picture My Life™ cards for an even quicker finished product. We especially love the personalized monogram here made with leftover embellishments. It’s beautiful!

Wanting to create some of these yourself? Go for it! With the recipes below, your creativity, and a little Christmas spirit, you’ll be giving the cutest gifts of the season!

Be sure to tell us which one is your favorite in the comments below!

Recipes

Life Is Sweet Shadow Box
B1484 My Acrylix® Jennifer’s Hand, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5769 Thistle Cardstock, X5777 Fern Cardstock, X5770 Glacier Cardstock, X5775 Sapphire Cardstock, Z1829 Black & Grey Glitter Paper, Z2648 Sapphire Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z891 VersaMark™ Ink Pad, Z2016 Designed Décor Colonial White Shadow Box, Z3102 Fundamental Assortment Glacier, Z3039 Glacier Extra Thick Twine, Z1752 Sparkles Clear Assortment, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z2068 Ranger™ White Super Fine Embossing Powder, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Z555 Craft Heater, Z3167 Cricut® Artistry Collection

Cricut® Shapes:
Artistry
10″ Background <Mother> (cut 2, p. 39)

Base & Bling Keychain
Z3174 Base & Bling Lovely Blooms Style Sheet, Z3151 Base & Bling Square Pendant—Faux Silver, Z3153 Base & Bling Circle Pendant—Faux Silver, Z1967 Base & Bling Square Glass Covers, Z1966 Base & Bling Circle Glass Covers, Z3133 Base & Bling Bow Charm—Faux Silver, Z3143 Base & Bling Teal Bead Charm—Faux Silver, Z3161 Base & Bling Rhinestones—Faux Silver, Z679 Liquid Glass, Z1903 Base & Bling Adhesive Dots, Key Ring

 Base & Bling Necklace
Z3173 Base & Bling Affirmations Style Sheet, Z3159 Base & Bling Chain—Faux Gold, Z3152 Base & Bling Square Pendant—Faux Gold, Z1967 Base & Bling Square Glass Covers, Z3109 Base & Bling Heart Charm—Faux Gold, Z3140 Base & Bling Black Bead Charm—Faux Gold, Z3162 Base & Bling Rhinestones—Faux Gold, Z679 Liquid Glass

Spa Pint-Sized Container
D1666 My Acrylix® Believe In Christmas, C1627 My Acrylix® Reindeer Bells, B1483 My Acrylix® Season’s Greetings, X7200B White Pines Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2650 Fern Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2652 Poppy Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2123 Goldrush Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, 44751 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3137 My Creations™ Pint-Sized Container, X7200C White Pines Complements, Z3104 Fundamental Assortment—Black, Z3093 Fern Thick Twine, Z1809 Black Shimmer Trim, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z3188 Paintbrush Set

Family Display Tray
B1482 My Acrylix® My Story, Z3180 Picture My Life™ Going Places Scrapbooking Program, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5762 Lagoon Cardstock, Z2195 Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2649 Peacock Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2641 Glacier Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z1838 5″ x 7″ Hinged Display Tray, Z2013 Sequins Silver Assortment, Z3122 Enamel & Glitter Duos Blue Dots, Z1853 Aqua Dots, Z1752 Sparkles Clear Assortment, Z2010 White Enamel Stars, Z3089 Grey Enamel Gems, Z726 Sponge Daubers, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen

All these products are available through one of our Independent Consultants. To find a Consultant near you, visit closetomyheart.com and click on “Find a Consultant” in the top right corner of the page.

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Sprucing the Tree and Spreading Good Cheer

Do you have some scraps or sheets of leftover holiday-themed paper in your stash? We’ve got a great idea that will help you add some Close To My Heart bling to your tree:Use your Base & Bling and extra supplies to make Christmas ornaments! #CloseToMyHeart #ctmh #Christmas #decor #gift

Aren’t they sweet? In addition to being an adorable touch to your tree, they are so quick to make! First, pull out your 1″ circle punch, and cut yourself a circle from your extra holiday paper. Using Glue Dots™, attach that circle to the center of a Base & Bling circle pendant—then embellish it to your heart’s content!

Simple, right? All you have to do now is string a piece of twine—maybe Poppy or Fern—through the top and hang it on your tree!

Unless you’d rather hang it on someone else’s tree!

We recently had the opportunity to donate the materials for this project to Primary Children’s Hospital—a local children’s hospital that is always looking for holiday crafts to do with their patients. We gathered up some of our older holiday papers, Base & Bling pendants, Glue Dots, and twine, boxed up all the crafting fun, and took it to the hospital. We felt privileged to visit a place dedicated to helping kids feel happy and healthy!

Use your Base & Bling and extra supplies to make Christmas ornaments! #CloseToMyHeart #ctmh #Christmas #decor #gift

It’s rewarding to know that you’ve brought someone joy, even if it was in a small or simple way. If you’ve got a closet brimming with items you don’t use—and we know you do!—consider donating them to a worthy cause. That could be someone’s fundraiser, or else a local hospital, school, daycare center, church, or local arts program, just to name a few!

We know that helping those around you creates the merriest memories of the season, so join us in helping out your local community! Thanks and blessings to you in advance. 🙂

Recipes

Glacier Ornament
X7200B White Pines Paper Packet, Z3153 Base & Bling Circle Pendant—Faux Silver, Z1752 Clear Sparkles, Z3093 Fern Thick Twine, 1772 Memory Book Glue Dots

Cheer Ornament
X7200B White Pines Paper Packet, Z3176 Picture My LifeWhite Pines Scrapbooking Program, Z3154 Base & Bling Circle Pendant—Faux Gold, Z2012 Sequins Gold Assortment, Z3093 Fern Thick Twine, 1772 Memory Book Glue Dots

Tree Ornament
X7200B White Pines Paper Packet, Z3153 Base & Bling Circle Pendant—Faux Silver, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z3093 Fern Thick Twine, 1772 Memory Book Glue Dots

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3 Handmade Gifts from the Heart

Handmade gifts, crafted with tender love and care, can be the most meaningful gifts to give—you can customize them specifically for the individuals you are giving them to, while also adding unique touches that can only come from you. With some time to spare before Christmas, make your loved ones something that’s one of a kind—just like them! We’ve got three amazing gift ideas you can try out this holiday season. You’ll definitely want to check this list twice!

1. Masculine Shadow Box

Give your loved ones a handmade gift from the heart this Christmas! #CloseToMyHeart #ctmh #Christmas #gifts #handmadeWe sure love feminine artwork (the hearts, the flowers, THE GLITTER!), but papercrafting can certainly cater to the men in your life, too! And is it just us, or are they also some of the hardest people to shop for? Look at this shadow box that’s “reel” perfect for your husband, father, son, or brother to hang in their favorite space. ☺Give your loved ones a handmade gift from the heart this Christmas! #CloseToMyHeart #ctmh #Christmas #gifts #handmadeThe Urban paper packet and its coordinating Complements make “masculine” papercrafting a breeze. If your guy is the outdoorsy type, try using fun accents, like this deer head, from the Cricut® Artistry collection.

2. Calendar

Give your loved ones a handmade gift from the heart this Christmas! #CloseToMyHeart #ctmh #Christmas #gifts #handmadeWith a new year right around the corner, Christmas is the perfect time to give someone a handmade calendar—and everyone needs a calendar, right? Our My Creations™ calendar gives you the chance to create a gift that is useful, personalized, and absolutely stunning!

In our example above, we filled the top section with a beautiful quote (stamped with the My Acrylix® Handwritten Print stamp set), and surrounded it with some beautiful stamped flowers. You could also fill this 12″ x 12″ space with photos, papers, embellishments, and any artistic decorations you want in order to give a gift with a truly personal touch. Stamping definitely comes in handy when filling out the calendar portion, both for creating monthly titles and for stamping the numbers in the boxes. That’s what’s great about this calendar—it’s a blank canvas, and you’re the artist extraordinaire!

3. Monogram Stationery

Give your loved ones a handmade gift from the heart this Christmas! #CloseToMyHeart #ctmh #Christmas #gifts #handmadeWe all know someone—a mother, grandmother, or friend—who doesn’t need a special occasion to send thoughtful letters to others. Wouldn’t this person love to have beautiful personalized stationery to do just that? With some simple stamping, gold glitter paper, and our My Creations™ journaling cards box, you can create a beautiful stash of stationary for the letter writer in your life.

Which gift idea are you most excited about? Tell us below! Your loved ones deserve the best, so turn on the Christmas music, and put on your Santa hat: It’s time to become a crafting elf!

Recipes

12″ x 12″ You Are A Great Catch Shadow Box
Reflections: Main Frame—Tied Together™
C1584 My Acrylix® Feathers, B1482 My Acrylix® My Story, X7204B Urban Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5642 Cocoa Cardstock, X5775 Sapphire Cardstock, Z1375 Kraft Cardstock, Z2123 Goldrush Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2651 Saffron Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2114 Cocoa Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, X7204C Urban Complements, Z3164 Fundamental Stickers Enchantment Pack, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen

Cricut® Shapes:
Artistry
1″ Shift “Great Catch”
3½”Shift+Icon-1 (p. 45)
3¼” (p. 45)
3¼” Shift (p. 45)

April Calendar Spread
B1484 My Acrylix® Jennifer’s Hand, D1663 My Acrylix® Floral Banners, D1665 My Acrylix® Blossoming Expressions, E1030 My Acrylix® Handwritten Print, Z2105 Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2650 Fern Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2653 Pomegranate Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2652 Poppy Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2505 Enchantment Exclusive Inks™ Mini Pigment Pads Set, Z3184 My Creations™ Calendar, Z2463 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Sap Green

Monogram Stationery
E1033 My Acrylix® Inked Alphabet, D1636 My Acrylix® I Do, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5780 Pomegranate Cardstock, Z3076 Gold Glitter Paper, Z2648 Sapphire Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2653 Pomegranate Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2170 Ruby Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2650 Fern Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z1752 Sparkles Clear Assortment, Z1953 My Creations™ Journaling Cards Box, X254 White Cards & Envelopes Value Pack

All these products are available through one of our Independent Consultants. To find a Consultant near you, visit closetomyheart.com and click on “Find a Consultant” in the top right corner of the page.

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3 Ways to Use Our White Pines Picture My Life™ Cards

December’s knocking! Around here that means hot cocoa sipping, gift giving, gingerbread house making, tree trimming, and Christmas caroling—all the Yuletide merriment that makes this the most wonderful time of the year.

We know these memories are precious, and we want to preserve every single one. That’s why we’ve made the Picture My Life™ White Pines scrapbooking program different from all the others—in addition to an array of adorable journaling and title cards, this collection also includes a card for each of the first 25 days of December! Today, we’re going to share with you three great ways to use these cards.

1. The 25 Pages of Christmas

Three ways to use our White Pines Picture My Life™ Cards this holiday season! #Christmas #PML #closetomyheart #ctmh

Create a pocket scrapbook page for each day leading up to Christmas! Our Picture My Life™ White Pines cards make it quick and easy to document each day because you can add your journaling, and then slide the cards and photos into place.

2. A Binder Ring Flipbook

Another idea to try out is creating a flipbook by hole punching the cards and sliding them onto a binder ring. In addition to using the cards for base pages, you can also use the 4″ x 3″ cards for matting photos, journaling, and creating tabs. The White Pines Complements make embellishing this little album quick and easy, and for a finishing touch, create a tassel out of Poppy thick twine to attach to the binder ring. 

3. Christmas Home Decor

Three ways to use our White Pines Picture My Life™ cards this holiday season! #Christmas #PML #closetomyheart #ctmh
What should you do with your leftover cards? Use them to create beautiful home décor, of course! Frame a single card, or use the dated cards to invent your own advent calendar. Here, we’ve simply cut tree shapes from a few different cards and sewed them onto a piece of cardstock. We then “trimmed” our trees with a few dainty embellishments, like our red gems, bitty sparkles, and enamel stars!

There you have it: three ways to use the Picture My Life™ White Pines scrapbooking program to celebrate the joy of the holiday season!

Want to win these fun cards? 🙂 Then check out our Facebook and Instagram posts tomorrow to start participating in our Christmas Countdown Challenge.

How does it work? Well, during the first 25 days of December, we’ll be posting daily prompts on Instagram and Facebook inviting you to take your own photos and share them using the hashtag #ctmhcountdown. These prompts are designed to help you document each special moment as you prepare for Christmas Day!

Each week, we’ll draw a winner from those who have shared their photos on Instagram and send them their very own Picture My Life™ White Pines scrapbooking program! Then, on December 28, we’ll select five winners from those who have posted every day on either Instagram or Facebook. The prize for these five winners will be a My Legacy™ Cocoa Damask D-Ring album, a Picture My Life White Pines scrapbooking program, and a Memory Protectors™ variety pack!

Go to Instagram and Facebook tomorrow for your first prompt, and join us for the festivities!

Recipes

12″ x 12″ December 24 and 25 Layout
Z3176 Picture My Life™ White Pines Scrapbooking Program, Z2012 Sequins Gold Assortment, Z1950 Memory Protectors™ Design 3, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen

White Pines Picture My Life™ Mini Album
Z3176 Picture My Life™ White Pines Scrapbooking Program, X7200C White Pines Complements, Z3090 Red Enamel Gems, Z3094 Poppy Thick Twine, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen

11″ x 8 ½” Framed Christmas Trees
Z3176 Picture My Life™ White Pines Scrapbooking Program, 1388 Colonial White Cardstock, Z3105 Fundamental Assortment Gold, Z2010 White Enamel Stars, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z3090 Red Enamel Gems, Z1151 3-D Foam Tape, Thread, Frame

All these products are available through one of our Independent Consultants. To find a Consultant near you, visit closetomyheart.com and click on “Find a Consultant” in the top right corner of the page.

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12 Days of Christmas

Hundreds of years ago, before there were such things as shopping malls or Christmas lights or songs about Rudolph and his red nose, Christmas was celebrated for not one day, but twelve. Each day brought various kinds of feasts and merrymaking, with December 25 marking the beginning of the celebrations rather than the end. Under this tradition, the finale of all the magical Christmas celebrations falls on the night of January 5, which is appropriately called the “Twelfth Night.”

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Although there are some people who continue to celebrate Christmas in this old-fashioned way, the majority of society now celebrates Christmas up until December 25, beginning their celebrations in December, November, October, or even sometimes July. (We know who you are!)

So here’s our question: Why not enjoy the best of both worlds? We love Christmas and we’re always sad to see it go, so why not beat the after-Christmas blues by paying homage to this tradition of days of old? All you have to do is give out small, wintry gifts for each of the twelve days of Christmas. It’s simple, cute, and an excellent way to stave off those January doldrums.

You can make these twelve gifts for your family, your friends, your neighbors, your coworkers, or even yourself!

Voila! Consider your wish for an extended Christmas granted. But don’t thank us; thank history. 🙂

P.S. This useful little stamp set (D1552 Magical Days) is only $10 this month when you participate in the December Deal of the Decade!

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