Handmade Holiday Gifts and Crafts with Paper

I forgot how fun it is to cut up magazines and glue with glue sticks.

My paper crafts project for the Holidays by Hand festival is a pop-up doll house scene for Lane. So much imagination goes into creating scenes. It’s fun to pick out pictures to include. Lane did not want to go to bed with all the paper and craft supplies everywhere.

What I love about this:

1. Making it with your child is as fun as the finished result.
2. It uses basic supplies (no special tools needed).
3. Did I mention pop-up?!
Holidays by hand - Paper
More pictures and my simple pop-up instructions are here: Craft a Pop-up Doll House Scene

Now let’s go see the wonderful things you’ve been making!

Notebooks & Gifts

Notebook by Simply Vintage Girl

Personalized Little Notebook — from Simply Vintage Girl

A Set of Botanical Prints — from A Soft Place to Land

Fabric-Covered Notebooks — from Planning With Kids

Dates to Remember Book — from Snapshots of Us

Accordion-Style Book of Days — from Life as Mom

Mini Scrapbook Albums — from Such a Time Scrapbooking

Print Art for Infants — from Frugal Front Porch

Greeting Cards

Hand-made Monogrammed Notecards — from Vintage Mommy

Holiday Cards, & Picture Block Ornament — from Kirstyn Knits

Especially for Kids

Make Your Own Wrapping Paper — from Almost Frugal

A Self-Portrait Technique for Kids — from My Many Colored Crayons

Kid-Friendly Paper Ornaments — from Domestic Cents

Stars & Ornaments

Stars by Lost Button Studio

3D Paper Stars — from Lost Button Studio

Finnish Star – from Craft Ideas

3D Paper Snowflake — from Perspicacious

For More Ideas

Envelope Books — from Martha

Handmade Story Books — from Glitter Goods

Storybook Puzzle Blocks — from Chasing Cheerios

Paper Mosaic — from Carly and the Clan

Origami Nesting Boxes — from Martha

Thank you so much for participating in Holidays by Hand this week! I’ve enjoyed seeing your projects. Next week Kelly will host Ribbons & Thread.

If you wanted to participate this week, it’s not too late, just add a link to your project in the comments. I hope you’ve found some ideas to inspire you!

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  1. Hi Rachel! Thanks for featuring my project. There are so many wonderful ideas in this post. I’m so glad that I got to be a part of the Holidays by Hand festival.


  2. Thanks for participating in Holidays by Hand everyone! And thanks to Rachel for doing such a great job of hosting this week’s segment.

    Kelly from Almost Frugal’s last blog post..How to Look Fabulous, Frugally: Part Three

  3. Thanks for featuring my projects, Rachel! It was fun putting all the card and ornament ideas together! You received so many wonderfully creative links!

    kristyn’s last blog post..holidays by hand

  4. Rachel, I love the pop-up collage!! How fun.

    I’m looking forward to digging into the other links for more great projects.

    Vintage Mommy’s last blog post..Holidays by Hand: My Papercraft Experiment

  5. Eeeeeeeeeeeeee! LOVE the pop-up book. We are going to get right on that.

    I am deliriously excited about all these amazing links. Now I’ll for sure have some great reading awaiting me when the girls are in bed tonight. Thanks for hosting!

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  6. Hey Rachel, thanks for featuring my project. It’s the first post I’ve had featured so I’m very proud! I’m a newbie blogger and love being able to share my ideas with the world.

    Thanks again for the feature.

    Jennifer’s last blog post..Repurposing-The Creative Answer to Your Budget!

  7. What a great collection of handmade gift ideas. I love them all so very much. I’m going to try to make the personalized notebook.

    Thank you so much for sharing. I love your blog and added it to my favorites!


    Shannon’s last blog post..Polka Dots, Polka Dots, Polka Dots!

  8. I am so loving this series – such great inspiration! Thanks to all who contributed!

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  9. Thanks for linking to me!

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  10. Thanks so much for featuring me! I love all of these projects. I have lots to make and do before the holidays. Thank you!

    liz’s last blog post..toadstool shirt in action

  11. I stumbled on this site and definitely love all the ideas!

    Really excited about all these great holiday projects!

  12. Great idea. My girls are addicted to cutting out the pictures from the Sunday paper. They have “Paper Pet Shops.” The problem is these “Paper Pets” are allllll over their room and hiding under beds and couches. Argh! But, I have to let them have their fun! :)
    I will have to show them your idea and let them at it!!

    Kelli’s last blog post..Fraught

  13. What a fantastic bunch of ideas, thanks for the inspiration!

    I didn’t get mine sent to you on time {{blushing}} so if anyone is interested in making personalized coloring pages, here is a tutorial: http://problemsolvinmom.blogspot.com/2008/10/personalized-coloring-pages.html

    Steph @ Problem Solvin Mom’s last blog post..Babywearing Bliss – my journey

  14. My local Scrapbook store, Green Tangerines, has a great make and take every Monday night. For 12 weeks they are doing the 12 tags of Christmas. I do these each week with my daughter and it’s great to try new techniques and tools for a tiny investment. These tags are enough to elevate plain paper to super special status. But they would also be a stunning banner strung together or as a Christmas memory album.

  15. the pop up doll house is adorable and a fabulous idea!
    thank you for all the other great ideas as well and for hosting this homemade holidays feature. we are doing homemade this year (mostly) and it is the first in awhile. it feels so rewarding!

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  16. Hi!
    I just posted one that I think qualifies …


    I make these decoupage balls for Christmas using cards from the previous year! Sorry I wasn’t quicker with my post! :-)

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  17. smallnotebook says:

    The more the merrier, feel free to add more paper projects!