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5 Christmas Crafts To Start in July

Last week we were browsing the videos at the library and I came upon a funny Christmas movie. When I pointed it out to my son he was like, “It’s summer. I don’t want to be thinking about Christmas.”

What? The most wonderful time of the year? Yes, he has a point. Let’s enjoy summer while it’s here, but if you could bring yourself to think ahead half a year, it isn’t too early to hunt and gather for supplies for your Christmas crafts.

I don’t know why “Christmas in July” was invented, do you? I say let’s create our own meaning…and that is to start some beautiful DIY projects so we don’t have to scramble in the cold and snow later on.

Craft Supplies for Christmas in July

DIY christmas cork wreath

1. Corks – Wine corks present themselves year-round but if you were perhaps interested in making this really cute wink cork Christmas wreath, you’d want to start collecting now possibly.

pinecone on car Christmas decoration

2. Pinecones – There are so many things you can do with pinecones at Christmas time, and they’re in abundance in July. Now is a perfect time to gather them (with tongs) and let the sap dry before December.

3. Twigs – Okay, these skates from Michele Made Me are beyond adorable. You can also conclude that it would behoove you to snip some branches now rather than in winter. True. True.

4. Driftwood – These elegant ribbon and driftwood Christmas trees from Hola Mama are really divine, and so is going to the beach in the summer vs. the winter. You catch my driftwood? Sorry, I couldn’t help my puniness!

penguin painted rocks

5. River Rocks – hand painting rocks can be fun in any season. So if you’re collecting rocks this summer, save a few to make these super cute penguin. Photo credit: WytcheHazel on Flickr

christmas cross stitchBonus tip:

If you’re into needlework, you may want to start some

Merry Christmas in July!

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3 Responses to 5 Christmas Crafts To Start in July

  1. Jenna Pizzigati-Coppola July 8, 2014 at 4:30 pm #

    Great DIY crafts… I’m ready to start early this year too!!

    Thanks for sharing,
    Jenna
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  2. Shannon July 10, 2014 at 12:35 am #

    What funny timing. I was looking at the drawer I toss wine corks into wondering if I would do anything with them or hand them over to the neighbor kids for school projects. How about some Christmas wreaths instead? Thank you! The little twig skates are ridiculously adorable.
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  3. Femme @ femmefrugality July 10, 2014 at 1:08 pm #

    Oh, wow you are getting so super prepared! These are all super cute..think my faves are the skates and the penguins!
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