Everything Christmas: Last Minute Crafts + Recipes

by Leanne Vogel (Healthful Pursuit) on December 17, 2011

I couldn’t go without sharing some of the festive crafts and recipes that I’ve been collecting over the past few months.

That, and we got to the airport way too early this morning which has left me with plenty of time to dream of Christmas feasts and crafting parties.

Is there such a thing as a crafting party?

If so, I want to be invited to one next year.

Anyways… if you’ve run out of inspiration or haven’t had the time to plan your Christmas efforts as well as you’d hoped, here are a couple of things that may get your creative juices flowing! ;)

Gifts + Crafts

Easy Potpourri

To make the house smell festive, naturally.

Crafts for Kids

There’s nothing like 400 craft ideas to keep the kids busy!


Sallie has put together a list of 10 of the best looking gift-in-a-jar recipes, including this cute Cookies for Santa jar. Complete with labels!

Cinnamon Stick Candles

Beth created these amazing candles that would be great to decorate your home or give to your guests as a party favor.

Cranberry Centerpiece

Spice up your table with this easy centerpiece.

Homemade Gift Baskets

If you’re like me and left your gifting to the very last minute, Christmas baskets are easy to put together. Not only that but they’re inexpensive, thoughtful, and if you have a troop of kids at home, you can get them to help you with the crafts that will fill each basket!

When I gave my Dad his basket yesterday, his eyes lit up with excitement.

I just love Christmas and all the crafts that come along with it. Thanks to Pinterest, organizing my favorites has been so easy!

If you’re looking for more great craft ideas, I’ve collected a bunch on my Christmas DIY board.

Festive Recipes


A couple of my favorite holiday themed recipes from the blog.

Listed from left to right, top to bottom:

Some other recipes you may want to check out:

May the cooking, baking, and crafting begin!

I’ll be back soon with an update on our first day in the Dominican. Time to board our plane :)

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Rebecca @ Naturally Healthy and Gorgeous

So many great craft ideas! Have a great holiday!


Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga

last night I was in an aruba grocery store and saw a huge bag of cinnamon sticks for like 3 bucks and didnt buy them thinking I’d never use them. and now I see this candle craft. Fun!



Wow, luv these great ideas!! Happy Saturday! :)



That cinnamon stick candle idea is awesome! I hope you have an amazing time in the Dominican Leanne!


Jessica @ Dairy Free Betty

My girl friends and I had a crafting party this year, each girl brought a craft and enough for everyone else!! so many awesome ideas – but I think we will do it differently next year and make it a whole day thing – because a couple hours wasn’t enough.


Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

Oh my gosh, that sounds magical! How fun :)


Jessica @ Dairy Free Betty

ps. Merry Christmas if I don’t pop by the blog before then!! Hope it’s a wonderful one for you and your family!!

And congrats on the Martha Stewart thing!! What an honor!!


jessie ann james

this post is amazing! thank you so much for the hard work!!


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