Welcome to the Finding Joy series! Here I will be sharing activities that help me to find joy in my life despite whatever my current situation may be. My hope is that you can also find joy in your life. Whether it be through any of these activities I share, or hobbies and experiences that you love. Want more Finding Joy? Check them out how my hobbies bring me joy.
Christmas is just 16 days away! Have you decked your halls yet, or hung your stockings? I don’t know about you, but my favorite decorations are the ones I make myself. I have Pinterest and Google to thank for all the DIY crafts that I attempt. I say attempt because I am no professional when it comes to crafting, but I still enjoy doing them. Crafting brings me joy, and if you are like me and like the idea of Christmas crafts, but feel like you aren’t good enough to create your own, keep reading. I’m giving you my best tips on how to enjoy the DIY-ing no matter your skill level.
Tips For A Great Experience With Christmas Crafts
Throw out the Pinterest Expectations
Pinterest is a great place to get ideas on what you want to make. However the mistake I have made, and I believe many others make as well, is thinking what I do is going to turn out exactly like the picture. Odds are your crafts won’t look exactly like the picture, but if they do, that’s fantastic. Does this mean we should just throw in the towel and never buy another art supply again?
The answer: yes and no. If it gets you worked up and downing yourself, then maybe crafting isn’t for you, but if you enjoy the process of creating Christmas crafts, don’t give up! Don’t let a picture of a craft made, most likely, by a professional crafter with years of experience, get you down. Do your crafts for you if it makes you happy. Not everything needs to be Instagram worthy. This is true with life in general as well.
Surround Yourself With Christmas Cheer
I’ve found that the key to a great craft experience is to make it an experience. You’ll be having too good of a time to worry about how your project turns out. Throw on your favorite Christmas album, bake your favorite Christmas treat, and get crafting. Make it a party by inviting your girlfriends over for a craft night. At the end of the day, we remember memories more than objects. If you want to associate crafting with good memories, then go make some memories.
Be realistic with your projects
If you know your skill level, pick projects that match said skill level. If you know you aren’t good at painting, don’t do as many Christmas paintings. I’m not saying you shouldn’t attempt these things ever. However, if you find yourself getting triggered and overwhelmed while creating your project, then that may not be the right project for you.
Give Yourself Time
Never participate in Christmas crafts while in a rush. The experience will be less enjoyable, and your work, no matter your skill level, will be sloppy. Give yourself time to be creative with your work. Craft projects are best done when you don’t have a clock looming over you the whole time.
Practice Makes Perfect-ish
Edison didn’t create the lightbulb in his first try, so it’s perfectly normal for your first attempt not to work out. Instead of giving up scrap the project and get going on a second attempt. Doing this more often will only make you better, and eventually, you’ll get to a place where you’ll only need one attempt to get the results you want.
The biggest thing to take away here is to not let the pressure of perfection get in the way of having a fun crafting experience. With so many options, Christmas is the perfect time to get crafting.
What projects are you planning on creating this year? Let me know in the comments.
This post is a part of Blogmas 2019. Catch up on other festive topics down below.
- Gift Guide Part 1
- Gift Guide Part 2
- My Christmas Bucket List
- Why I Love Christmas
- Guest Post: Holiday Blues
- Christmas Favorites
- Finding Joy: Christmas Crafts (you are here)