Catherine’s Quick & Easy Winter Decor
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Hello everyone, Catherine here to share a few tips on making Quick and Easy Holiday Gifts.

For me, quick and easy means using supplies I have on hand which saves me the time of going to the craft store for missing items. Easy also means using my supplies in new and unique ways. Quick and easy also means inexpensive so I tend to save scraps of paper and pick up cute little vintage things at yard sales earlier in the year with holiday crafting in mind.


My favorite things to create (besides cards) are Christmas ornaments and home decor items. Let me get started with sharing how I incorporate my paper crafting tools that I have into quick and easy ornaments and decorations your friends and family will love to receive!

PH2I use my Sizzix Big Shot Machine and an old platform to squash jello molds and use them as frames or the base for a shrine. To do this, start with just the plates and then get progressively smaller, working the platform in on the last run through to achieve the flattest mold.

Save scraps of holiday papers and book papers to use as collage elements on dimensional items.

Stamp holiday sentiments and punch with a label punch to use as an ornament decoration.

Use glitter for a wintery effect.

Metal embellishments and frames are perfect bases for snowflakes, found poetry, ornaments and other creative ideas.

Here you can see how I have incorporated these fun crafting ideas into one fun and pretty quick project. The only heavy lifting involved was having my Dad cut the wood houses out of scraps of 2×4’s.


  • Wood houses
  • Tissue paper: book text, sheet music
  • White chipboard
  • Glitter: clear, Martha Stewart Crafts (white gold)
  • Tim Holtz Frozen Charlotte doll
  • Momenta metal embellishments
  • Vintage jello molds
  • Wooden shapes: snowflakes, angel wings
  • Gesso
  • Gel medium
  • Die-cutting machine
  • Paintbrushes
  • Hot-glue gun
  • Craft glue
  1. Sand all edges of wood house. Use gel medium to attach book paper to front and back. Add music sheet tissue paper over one side. Paint a quick layer of white gesso over paper and let dry.
  2. While house is drying, flatten jello mold. Use a nail and hammer to punch a hole at top and bottom to secure mold to house. (Alternatively, use a metal punch for a cleaner, larger hole.)
  3. Brush white craft glue over wood snowflake and angel wings and cover with white gold glitter and let dry.
  4. Trim a piece of chipboard to use as a roof. Attach to house with hot glue. Cover with clear glitter; let dry.
  5. Attach jello mold to house with nails. Add embellishments with hot glue.
  6. Add a holiday sentiment to other side if desired.

THANK you so much for joining me today—have a wonderful and safe Christmas season!


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