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As we turn our calendars to December, we’re officially ushering in the holiday season! As DIYers, we’re always thinking of projects we can create both to decorate our homes and to gift to others. This year, to make your celebrations a little bit more festive, we’re rounding up 5 of our favorite DIY Christmas decoration projects.

5 Christmas DIY Project Ideas

No-Sew Christmas Countdown

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Remember when you were little and you couldn’t wait for Christmas to come? This cute, reusable Christmas countdown helps you and your kids or grandkids keep track of how many days are left until Christmas.

Sew a Tree Skirt

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Making your own tree skirt allows you to create a skirt that perfectly matches your holiday décor or that fits your style. If you have a less traditional Christmas tree you might want to use colors or styles that aren’t available in stores. The style is all up to you!

Make a Christmas Stocking

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Make yourself a new stocking to hang by the fire with care this year, or create a whole set of matching or coordinating stockings for your family. Visit Sailrite.com and search for the blog (#300046XHT).

Make a Monkey’s Fist Ornament

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Give your Christmas tree a nautical look with a homemade monkey’s fist ornament. Learn how to make this ornament with our easy to follow video. These would also be fun gifts for fellow boaters! Visit Sailrite.com and search (#300047XHT).

Wrap Gifts in Fabric

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Using fabric in your gift-wrap is a great way to use up those scraps in your fabric stash and give your gifts a unique look this year.


We hope these projects will make your holidays a little merrier this year! Be sure to follow the blog for even more holiday projects throughout the month of December.

You can find all the materials needed to make these projects and much more at Sailrite.com.

Have you made any of these projects before? How did they turn out? What’s on your sewing list this season? Share your experiences in the comments.

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If you’re looking to decorate for the holidays in a way that incorporates your love of the water, we have some great inspiration for you today! Every year we put up a Christmas tree here at the Sailrite Headquarters and, naturally, we decorate it with a nautical flair. This year we thought we’d share with you how we bring a little sailing to our tree. These ideas can all be scaled up or down for a large tree at home or a tiny tree on your boat.

1. Use a Nautical Rope as Garland

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Instead of stringing up metallic garland or ribbon this year, try using rope. We use 3/8″ Sta-Set Double Braid in red, but the green or white with green fleck are also festive choices. For a more rustic, natural look, you could use plain, manila rope too. Just start at the top and wrap it all around the tree.

2. Hang Sailboat Ornaments

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What is a sailor’s Christmas tree without at least a couple of sailboat ornaments? Nautical themed ornaments like sailboats, lighthouses, anchors, and even shells are widely available and will give the perfect accent to your nautical tree. The Sailrite tree is about half decorated in various sailboats. Bonus points for a sailboat tree topper!

3. Create a Monkey’s Fist Ornament

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A great nod to your rope garland and the seafaring lifestyle is to hang a monkey’s fist (or several) from your Christmas tree. This is also a really fun holiday DIY. Need help learning how to tie this iconic knot? Check out our tutorial for making these ornament-sized monkey’s fists.

4. Make a Custom Tree Skirt

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We made a new tree skirt for our Sailrite tree last year and shared the tutorial right here on the blog. Ours is a festive red and white, but this is a really easy way to make your tree feel more nautical or beachy. You can use a fabric with knots, coral or even fish! In fact, we have a whole category of nautical fabrics to put the finishing touch on your tree.

To see even more holiday DIY and decorating inspiration, check out our Christmas at Sailrite board on Pinterest!

Do you have a nautically themed Christmas tree? Tell us about it in the comments or send us a photo at marketing@sailrite.com.

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Remember when you were a little kid and you just couldn’t wait for Christmas to come? You could make a paper chain or open the doors of an advent calendar to count down the days. Today we have a reusable, no-sew idea for a Christmas countdown or advent calendar that you can make for your kids, grandkids, or even just for yourself! For this Christmas countdown we made 25 little fabric pouches, one for each day in December leading up to Christmas. Inside the pouches you can hide candy, gifts or even ideas for holiday activities. We added an ornament hook to the back of the pouches so you can hang them on a tree or a garland to make a display. There are many different ways to modify this project to make it your own. For example, we used two different fabrics, but you could make your pouches all look the same, or you could use up scrap fabrics and have each pouch be unique! Also, we used tags to display the numbers, but you could use a fabric marker and write the numbers on the bag or use iron-on numbers. The possibilities are endless!

Christmas Countdown Materials:

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  • • 2 yards of fabric
  • • Cardboard or something to make a template
  • • Scissors
  • • Christmas Candy or other filler
  • • Tags or other numbers
  • • Twine
  • • Ornament Hooks (optional)

How to Make a Christmas Countdown

1. Create a template for your circles. On a piece of cardboard, measure out a circle that is 11 inches in diameter and cut it out. 2014_November-advent-calendar-2 2. Using your template, trace your circles on the fabric. If you stagger the circles and keep them close, you can get all 25 on two yards of a 54” fabric. 2014_November-advent-calendar-3 3. Cut out the circles using pinking shears. 2014_November-advent-calendar-4 4. Take one circle and lay it out flat. Place several pieces of candy or a small prize in the center of the circle. 2014_November-advent-calendar-5 5. Gather the fabric around the candy, cinching it with your hand right above the candy, creating a little round pouch. 2014_November-advent-calendar-7 6. Wrap a length of twine tightly around the bag where your hand was, to cinch the pouch tightly shut. Tie the twine in a bow so it’s secure but easy to untie later. 2014_November-advent-calendar-8 7. Prep your number tag. We used pre-made tags and I wrote the numbers on them with a marker. Tie your number to the twine, and snip off any excess string from the number. 2014_November-advent-calendar-9 8. If you want to hang your bags from a tree or garland, slide an ornament hook under the twine at the back of the bag. Pinch the hook shut to secure. 2014_November-advent-calendar-10 9. Now you’re all set to display your Christmas countdown! 2014_November-advent-calendar-11 You can find great fabrics for this project and many more at Sailrite.com. Does your family keep a Christmas countdown? How do you keep track? Share your traditions and stories with us in the comments!

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