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10 Holiday Crafts That Don’t Involve Glitter

by Sarah Bradley
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Glitter!

It’s the holiday help-all that keeps on giving — on your clothes, furniture, even eyebrows — long after you have completed the crafting task at hand.

While the ever-present seasonal sparkler brings a dose of cheer, evoking images of frosted wonderlands, the romance of the New Year’s ball-drop, and the glitz of gifts and champagne — it’s a pain to work with and is easily overused.

If you want to avoid the substance entirely or simply want to tone down busy holiday decor with something more rustic and subtle, here is a list of easy arts and crafts — 100% glitter-free.


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1. Creative Wrapping

Make wrapping paper with textiles or book pages. Get more great gift wrapping ideas here and here.

photo courtesy of Carol Gibert

photo courtesy of Carol Gibert

2. Mason Jar Crafts

Turn mason jars into candle holders (can also fill with pebbles, buttons, seashells)

3. Cinnamon Stick Santas

Spice up the tree with cinnamon stick ornaments.

4. Cork Ornaments

Turn your wine drinking into a craft project with this cork ornament.

5. Sheet Music Letters

Cover block letters with sheet music for classic carols.


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6. Wire Trees

Give Charlie Brown’s Christmas tree a run for its money — make an adorable wire tree.

7. Fragrant Fire Starters

Light up the fireplace with pinecone fire-starters strung with twine.

8. Sheet Music Wreaths

Deck the halls with boughs of music with these wreaths made of burlap sacks, sheet music, and/or twigs.

9. Earthy Ornaments

In lieu of an overly-precious glitter-doused doily, make snowflakes using twig, sprigs of pine, buttons, and twine.

10. Wooden Table

Get ambitious and create a rustic coffee table using wood logs.


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Sarah Bradley

Sarah is a San Francisco-based freelance writer, music enthusiast, and lover of the outdoors.