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Finding The Joy Of The Season In Christmas Crafting

December 08, 2023

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Crafting during the weeks before Christmas is one of my very favorite parts of the season.

It's a holiday tradition that I've been enjoying for decades. As a child, my mom bought me ornament making kits, styrofoam ball with beaded pins.

Remember those?

Finding Joy  In Simple Things  This Holiday Season

She'd pick up paper doll Christmas villages, that I'd construct and play with for hours on end.

Occasionally, she'd even join the fun, and we'd make pinecone wreaths or trees together, while Mitch Miller sang in the background.

And while decorating and shopping, visiting with friends and planning family get togethers are all exciting, I still find my zen, during this hustling and bustling month, in DIY and crafts.

Although, for the past few years, I have to confess, that I often let my blog dictate what I decided to make.

Would people be able to replicate this craft? Are the supplies readily available? Does it look like something you'd buy in store?

Wire Christmas Wreath Frames

I'd even consider if it would it photograph well.

Unfortunately, that mindset made Christmas crafting more work and a whole lot less relaxing.

Well, this season, I've thrown all that out the window and I've just been making things that make me smile.

Those upcycled gingerbread row houses and the burner cover Santa wreath come to mind, first. I literally giggled my way through those entire processes.

Thrift Store Doorknob Craft

So when my husband and I were at a Christmas fair this weekend and he showed me this $1.00 doorknob hanger, at first I bristled.

Frankly, that fad had come and gone, years ago, no one was going to be interested in upcycling one of those.

If they could even find one in a store.

And what was I going to go with it?

That's when my husband said, It'll be a challenge. You love those projects and this one's blank on the back. It's begging to be Exquisitely Unremarkable.

Doorknob Hanger Makeover For Christmas

He was so wide eyes and sweet, trying to help me with my holiday crafts, that I bought it.

And came home stumped.

Then when I was cleaning up my craft area, I saw those Santa napkins again and I was ready to have some fun.

First, I added the decoupage to the hanger and let it dry.

Decoupage Doorknob Hanger DIY

Next, I placed my Santa face napkin on the doorknob hanger, put the parchment paper over it and ironed it on using the same process I used when I made my decoupage Christmas tile coasters.

Iron On Decoupage Method

Then the fun began.

I decided to add some fluffy glitter snow with a plastic knife to the furry parts on Santa's hat.

Decorating A Paper Santa With Fake Snow

I painted glitter onto his mustache, beard and eyebrows.

Adding Glitter To Decoupage Santa Face

Lastly, I added a bow with my glue gun.

Adding A Bow With Glue Gun

So cute. And very vintage me all those warm, sentimental childhood Christmas feels.

I can't tell you just how much fun I had making this one. It was truly a happy holiday moment. Trying to figure out what I was going to add next to my one dollar trash to treasure find.

Playing with ribbon and that textured foam paint made me feel like a kid again. And who doesn't love a little bit of glitter?

I was singing along to the soundtrack of Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer, my family was in the kitchen with me and I was just having fun by glow of little white lights.

Vintage Style Christmas Doorknob Hanger Decor

That is what Christmas crafting is all about. The joy. The pure, uncomplicated delight of doing something you love.

No matter the outcome.

Or wondering if it's suitable for sharing. Or photographing. Frankly, I wasn't even going to share this one. It was a just for me, kind of of DIY.

But then I thought, no, I am going to share, but not for the DIY, although it did turn out pretty cute, but rather for the message.

Thrift Store Doorknob Hanger Makeover

The idea that this is that special time of year when we need to put down all the "shoulds" and do what we want.

Celebrate in a way that brings the joy of the season into our homes.

And our hearts. Spend time with the people you love, make memories, start new traditions and revel in the old ones.

Forget about those perfect Instagram trees and all the holiday bucket lists that get posted this time of year. Ignore the advertisements and the Tik Tok Shop. Give the gifts of time, love and kindness.

Sing out loud.

Santa Doorknob Hanger DIY

Dance by the tree.

And craft away to your heart's content.

As if the only one who's watching is Santa.


What's bringing you joy this Christmas season?

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  1. Oh my dear friend, so well written. xx oo 'Give the gifts of time, love and kindness.'
    .... you are so right.
    Happy Christmas!!

    P.S. I love this handsome Santa.

    1. Thank Carla!! Happy Christmas my friend. ❤️

  2. So cute! The perfect little dash of personality.🥰

    1. That Santa really does have a personality, doesn't he? 😉

  3. I love the DIY and the message!

  4. I love this! The craft, the message and Mr Exquisitely Unremarkable for suggesting it. He knows you well and it's so sweet!

    1. Thanks Mari, he's what my mom used to call a good egg!

  5. This is really clever and cute. Hugs. Kris

    1. Thanks Kris, it was definitely one that took me back to Christmas in my childhood home

  6. CUTE as cute can be----reminds me of the projects I did years ago with kids and Santas in mind. Love it--always share what you love-that is what is really special. xo Diana

    1. Thanks so much, Diana! This Santa pattern and this particular craft remind me so much of the kind of decorations that were in our house when I was growing up. Those tiny paper houses with the glitter, that laughing Santa all just brought me back and made me smile...and think about my mom. I hope you're enjoying your holiday prep! xo

  7. Your message here is so heartwarming, Kim! I'm for all of it, for everyone. I immediately started remembering crafts with a favorite aunt who adored Christmas crafting. How I miss her and those crafting times. The first place we always went when I visited with her and my uncle was the craft supply store downtown. I love your cheerful Santa doorknob hanger but I especially love the confidence your husband has in you and I have to think that he's very proud of your talents too. Sweet!

    1. I used to craft with my favorite aunt, too, Dewena. She was a master at everything and a very accomplished seamstress. We used to spend summers with her and I learned a lot. That's funny about your visits to the craft store, she used to take us to the fabric store. At the time it wasn't my favorite, but oh if she could see me now!! 😉

  8. So cute! Such a great message. Your hubby was so sweet to encourage you. You made me recall doing my own little crafts which my mom while I was growing up. We would make ornaments and string popcorn for garland.

    1. Oh stringing popcorn sounds like fun! I've never done that. Those memories of crafting when we were kids are so special, aren't they? I love looking back...

  9. I know exactly how you feel, Kim. All too often, I find myself getting bogged down by the technicalities of a craft blog, rather than just crafting for the fun of it. Thank you for the wake up call

    1. Sometimes those technicalities really do interrupt the creative process, don't they? This season, I've really just been trying to enjoy the crafts for what they are and worry about the sharing part later...

  10. Your little craft turned out so cute! I love that your hubby encouraged you to make it. I’d have to stop at the glitter part as I’m definitely not a fan of glitter!! Sorry!
    My happiness is in baking. I used to love doing crafts, but not so much any more. Enjoy December and all the joy that it brings.

    1. Thanks Kitty!! Haha...glitter. Yes, I think it's a love it or hate it kind of craft supply. I was a kindergarten teacher so I guess I'm a love it girl...well, until I have to vacuum it up. Then not so much!! Happy December and thanks so much for the visit!!

  11. Our husbands are two peas in a pod; my husband does the same thing! What would we do without them? I can just imagine the fun you had doing this. And I agree; the gifts of time, love and kindness are what really matters!

    1. He's quite the enabler, Sara! I'm very lucky that he enjoys going to thrift stores with me and he's very patient while I sift through all the treasures. Sounds like your guy is the same!! Lucky!

  12. Kim, I love this Santa craft and that your husband helped pick out for you. You did a great makeover and I'll have to try this craft after the holidays.
    I know you do a lot of crafting for each season - What do you do with everything after all these years? Do you keep everything, give it away?

    1. Hi Julie! I do a lot of crafting that is for sure. Some items I hold onto and some I give away as gifts. Now that my kids are moving out and collecting things for their own homes, I've been letting them pick what they like...which leaves me with room for more crafts!! Haha!!

  13. Kim,
    Another great idea!! I actually have a few wood door signs like this in my stash so thanks for the inspiration....I planned on doing a lot of crafting for Christmas but I ma convinced that I need to do it in the Summer when I seem to have a lot more time....I am usually stuck in the house because of my intolerance of the heat and humidity so I might as well do some crafting....We are on baby watch now...My DIL is in the hospital and wee are waiting for oue twin grand daughters to be born....