If you're anything like me, you're already thinking ahead to Christmas and the gifts you'll need to begin shopping for soon. To help keep us within the family budget, I like to incorporate handmade items into our gift giving, especially for our family. Handmade items are usually more appreciated and memorable than the store bought items that will soon be forgotten.
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In addition, I also like to find creative ways to hand craft decor items for our holiday trimmings and entertaining guests during the season.
So today I thought I would share my two favorite places for dreaming up ideas , Pinterest and Creative Live, to help you get your own head start on the holiday season! In fact, I'm even sharing a little peek into my Christmas mantle this year featuring DIY salt dough starfish that my Mom and I made then covered in white glitter!
CreativeLive is offering a variety of craft classes that are on sale right now at up to 30% off today through Friday, November 13th! (Discounts will vary from class to class).
Offer: Save up to 30% off select craft classes at CreativeLive
Valid: 11/9/15 - 11/13/15
Here's a peek at some of the creative classes that they'll be offering:
Decorative Floral Garlands — Floral garlands are not only beautiful, they are incredibly versatile. Learn basic garland-making techniques in Decorative Floral Garlands with Farmgirl Flowers. The Farmgirl Flowers team will share time-saving techniques and inspiring design ideas in this essential floral design class.
Introduction to Calligraphy — Instructor Bianca Mascorro will introduce you to the basic calligraphy alphabet and teach you beginner techniques you can use to practice making letter forms. You’ll learn about the tools and materials every calligrapher needs and how to hold and use the pen, starting with basic strokes. If you want to add special a flourish to your handwritten projects, Introduction to Calligraphy is the perfect place to start.
Fun and Festive Surprise Balls — Surprise balls infuse a bit of magic into mundane gifts and are a great way to increase the flair of basic party favors. Instructor Robert Mahar will teach you how to make these easy and unique containers for your small gifts.
Have you already begun working on your holiday decor and gifts for 2015? If so, I'd love to hear all about them!