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I have never written any letters to Santa, maybe because i dont believe santa exists at all. I'm bad at writing letters so i never write letters to my family or even friends before, or maybe once but it super short so it doesnt count, and my family gt mad at me because of that lol But i do enjoy reading and receiving handwritten from people. I do think that emails (or others like sms etc) replaced written letters, its much easier and more convenient i guess.

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I've never written a letter to Santa, it was never something that was really encouraged and the secret was revealed to us pretty early. I really enjoy receiving letters and the idea of handwriting them is really lovely to me, I actually received a wax seal for Christmas which I can hopefully get some use out of writing to my sister or something. 😄 I do think that emails have replaced the need for the majority of written letters, but I don't think this is a bad thing. The ability to send information all around the world at the click of a button is very useful, they are also easier to keep track of and store. Not only this but it makes the times someone takes to write out a nice letter a lot more special.
 

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I used to write a letter to santa every year as a child. Though, I'm not sure I like the idea of emailing santa, now a days. I do enjoy receiving letters from famliy, although I'm just as happy with an email in that regard. I do largely think email's replaced writing, but emailing a letter to santa just seems wrong.
 

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I love giving gifts, always leave letters to Santa and visit him every year in stores. I am told that Santa is real if you believe in him but a lot of kids my age say that Santa is lie made up to make us be good. Even then I never give letters to the post office 'cause, "Santa gets enough letters and you don't have to waste stamps." so I always leave a letter by the cookies. But I love writing letters and getting them. I always try to make my fonts as handwritish as possible. I love the feel of paper letters in my hand-it makes me feel like someone cares enough to actually write and take more time than type and hit send. I still keep on contact with my friends in email though. One of my friends live a different state and we email. I think that letters get more personal but email/Gmail is ok.
 

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Welcome to the third bi-weekly chat for December, where we will be discussing festive decorative crafts! Whether functional, decorative, or an item that incorporates both aspects, decorative crafts light up our homes to give a personalised creative aspect to our festive seasons, and as they are personalised, you can make them to fit into any sized space. From hand-made holiday cards, to tree decorations, to trees in themselves, to snowmans, to garlands, to candle holders, centrepieces, there are a lot of different items that crafted for this festive season (as well as others!).

So, tell us, have you ever made a decorative craft before? If so, what did you make? What was your greatest challenge faced when starting your project, or what do you think will be your greatest challenge? Whether or not you have made decorative crafts, what would you most like to make, if anything, and why? What you choose to discuss is up to you, so long as it remains on the topic of decorative crafts!

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So, tell us, have you ever made a decorative craft before? If so, what did you make? What was your greatest challenge faced when starting your project, or what do you think will be your greatest challenge? Whether or not you have made decorative crafts, what would you most like to make, if anything, and why? What you choose to discuss is up to you, so long as it remains on the topic of decorative crafts!



So I have made different crafts t different times over the years. I usually get my inspiration when I am walking through a craft store, which I do a lot because I love them, lol. I do remember one year I bought a bunch of sticky magnets, little straw brooms left over from Halloween and some fake holly leaves and berries. A little glue, ribbon and glitter later, I had some lovely Christmas magnets to attach to the tins of cookies I had made for my co-workers at the time!/.
 

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I have a 6 and 9 year old, so we live for holiday crafts! We made paper chain for our tree, and the kis=ds designed their own cards, which we printed and sent. How finis that? And half the ornaments on our tree are hand-drawn. We have also made candle holders and decorative clay tiles to paint. Try it yourself, but make sure you have a cup of mulled wine on hand! HA!

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I'm not one in making crafty stuff. The only thing I could remember making is a card for my parents. I usually had to make 2 cards one for my mom and one for my dad. We usually made our Christmas Cards and decorations at school. The teacher wanted us to get a pine cone and she supplied the rest of the materials we needed for the project. She had us paint our pine cone green Then we glued pom poms on it. and a shinny gold tinsel for the top. It looked like a tree. I remembered this because she had me look for the decorations in the garage, and when I opened up one tub there it was in a clear plastic inside a box. It made me smile
 

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In the past I've made wreaths from ponderosa pine cones collected in the woods, with cedar boughs and a red velvet bow. I've also made popcorn/cranberry strands to wrap around the Christmas tree. One year when I was a child we all made our own, personalized felt stockings. That was a long time ago but it was a lot of fun. I don't make any festive decorations anymore, but I have good memories of the ones I used to make.
 

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So, tell us, have you ever made a decorative craft before? If so, what did you make? What was your greatest challenge faced when starting your project, or what do you think will be your greatest challenge? Whether or not you have made decorative crafts, what would you most like to make, if anything, and why? What you choose to discuss is up to you, so long as it remains on the topic of decorative crafts!



I have made macrame wall hangings and lampshades in the past. I used to find the repetitive knotting very relaxing. I still have a couple of them in storage, we don't use them anymore, but they used to cast interesting shadows on the walls of a room. I have also knitted scarves and jumpers. I think I might have even knitted some socks too!

Apart from that, I made some ceramics - just samll pieces like dishes and bowls.
 

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I made Christmas ornaments out of beads , using wire , safety pins, pipe cleansers, from Santa, Angel, Ice Skaters, Crosses. I also crochet , blankets , hats and scarfs. I love making Christmas wreaths , I have done that since i was a teenager, and its how I made extra money for Christmas presents for my sons. I use to sell the ornaments or give as gifts . I are so many things i have done over the past years ... and probably still love doing them...I also love learning something new ,
 

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I also did some crochet in the past but i don't remember what i made - maybe place mats or coasters. Or maybe bikinis?
 

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Well, I tried a fair few Christmas crafts in my time! I've done cross stitch to make ornaments to hang on the tree and a festive cross-stitch picture. I have done paper chains, honeycombed paper ornaments and some Christmas origami (stars). I've also done some quilling to make Christmas cards, made decoupage Christmas cards. I have made my own Christmas crackers (I had to buy the snaps for them though!) I have knitted Christmas jumpers for my kids when they were little and make hats and gloves for the homeless to go the shoe boxes that are given out at Christmas. I've had a go at pinning sequins to polystyrene balls to make baubles for the tree, and I used the same technique to make orange pomanders using cloves and ribbon (although I had to pierce the holes with a cocktail stick!) I have used wire and beads to make baubles for the Christmas tree. I have done pottery and made my own nativity figures and stable (although annoyingly one of the shepard's crook broke!) However, I am always game to have a go at something new on the crafting front. I would say my biggest challenge was keeping my kids and cat from fiddling with my materials and making it a complete shambles, but that's family life for you!
 

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So, tell us, have you ever made a decorative craft before? If so, what did you make? What was your greatest challenge faced when starting your project, or what do you think will be your greatest challenge? Whether or not you have made decorative crafts, what would you most like to make, if anything, and why? What you choose to discuss is up to you, so long as it remains on the topic of decorative crafts!


Does, uh, Gingerbread House decorating count? I do that almost every other year.. It is quite fun, though the icing can be tricky.
I have also made dioramas before.. those were quite tricky as well, figuring out what will go where, and how.
I have tried weaving, and have done some interesting patterns, but other than that, no yarn work.
Snowflakes, Origami bags, some paper air planes... I have also decorated a model rocket..
At work, we have butcher's paper and we try to make a scene with it, by painting it with a theme, like for Halloween, we did black grounds, and grey/purple-ish sky, and then with the consumer's artwork we try to place it accordingly. During the spring, we were learning about garden ecosystems and did a garden scene with green and brown for dirt, we may have done fences; we went over butterflies; snails; ladybugs; sunflowers.
I honestly am not much of a crafty person, even though my mom works at a craft store, and arts and crafts sort of run in the family (black sheep maybe??), my 3x great-grandmother, Vida Luther, did a painting...oil(?) of a cabin and a lake, winter scene. (yes, Luther. descendant of Martin Luther)
If I have to/want to make something, it is usually with markers/colored pencils and coloring pages... I try my best to add depth, shades, etc to my piece. I am not sure what my next craft would be.. so we will see.

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My little sister and I made a paper chain this year for our living room. It was Disney themed.

A Christmas decoration I've never made but would love to is a gingerbread house. They look so cute and yummy!

I often don't do decorative crafts because I don't have the time or patience, but if I did, I would love to make all sorts of stuff. To be honest, I would probably go a lot crazier at Halloween than Christmas where decorations are concerned 😂
 

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I have made decorative crafts before, but they were almost all from primary school. Now I can hardly find the time, so if I do make something it's primarily functional.
But I've made ornaments, garlands, pottery, all sorts of stuff. Most things were of questionable quality, but some I'm actually still proud of. I love doing them, but since for example, cooking is more important on a day to day basis I get creative with that nowadays.

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I have! I made Christmas crochet ornaments and decorated some presents with them! I think my greatest challenge was to learn to read a pattern, which I had never done before. It is definitely things I will do again, especially Harry Potter ornaments

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Have you ever made a decorative craft before? If so, what did you make?
Yes, I have. Christmas Ornaments, paper cards and gift cards. Those are the ones I remember right now.

What was your greatest challenge faced when starting your project, or what do you think will be your greatest challenge?
I think having a nice idea first is the greatest challenge. And then getting all the materials you need and figuring out how to use them if you never worked with them before.

Whether or not you have made decorative crafts, what would you most like to make, if anything, and why?
I'd like to make more things with concrete. I like the look of it and how many things you can do with it.
 

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I like to weave- nothing crazy, I only have a smallish handheld loom thing. I like making patterns, but have never tried to make a picture before. Maybe that'll be my next step. I used to knit a bit as well, but I find weaving a lot more satisfying. Other than that, I'm not really into crafts.
 

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I don’t make any crafts myself, but the art teacher in my school did. It’s my job to help the teacher and the students. Some TAs in my school do the artwork for the kids, but I don’t like that. If the student can’t hold a crayon or cut with scissors, we are there to help. I really love helping the kids to learn to be more independent. I just wish they didn’t bite! This year’s art teacher does more music than art and sometimes upsets the music teacher. I miss the arts and crafts projects. But not enough to do them at home. I’ve gone back to school, so it’s HEX & homework at home for me.
 

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