Party Time: Make Holiday Jewelry and Gifts with Family and Friends + A Recipe!

It’s time to start getting serious about making holiday jewelry and gifts! I think this year is finally the year I'm going to get friends and family together to make Christmas cards, ornaments, and other holiday gifts.

Wouldn't it be fun to have a big pot of soup (with a skillet of Mama's cornbread), some homemade cookies, and a pot of cocoa or cider and just spend a chilly afternoon laughing and being creative with loved ones? I think for my holiday jewelry-making party, I'll do brunch so we can play all day long. Then I can make Mama's breakfast casserole. (It's super yummy and oh-so-easy–only three ingredients. I'll share the recipe below if you'd like to try it!)

For our projects, I'm going to offer the tools and supplies to make a few of the pieces in our holiday jewelry eBook, 10 Holiday Wire Jewelry and Ornament Designs. I'll print out the instructions to have on hand and make a sample of each of the projects we'll try.

O Tannenbaum chain maille Christmas tree earrings by Shelly Hubbs

O Tannenbaum chain maille Christmas tree earrings by Shelly Hubbs

I love the projects in this eBook because of their versatility. Colors of wire and jump rings (and beads, where used) can be modified to suit your own taste and style. Many of the designs can be elements on holiday cards when paired with mixed-media techniques like paper, resin, glitter, paints, and more.

Many of these 10 projects aren't limited to jewelry and ornaments. The single designs are shown as pendants, brooches, and ornaments, but you could also add them to gift bags and packages, holiday cards, napkin rings, hang them from garlands and doorknobs, and on and on. Make two of the same design (perhaps on a smaller scale) and voila!–you have earrings. Some of these designs are ideally suited to be connected in groups as garlands, necklaces, or other décor, such as the wire and bead holly leaves and the chain maille snowflakes. I'd love a string of those snowflakes as long as I could get it for me (or my tree) to wear this winter!

Tied Up A Bow flat-wire bracelet by Lilian Chen

Tied Up A Bow flat-wire bracelet by Lilian Chen

The bracelet designs can be festive holiday wear for you–or for your pillar candles and gift bottles of wine or cider, as two gifts in one. I know I'd love to get Lilian Chen's bold Tied in a Bow flat-wire bracelet as a gift, and I'd love it even more if it was given to me draped around a bottle of bubbly!

The project styles range from fun and festive holiday pieces to sleek and elegant evening wear, but they're all perfect for holiday parties and events. They cover so many techniques–chain maille, various wire work, even a Viking knit bangle–and they're accessible to all skill levels.

Trumpet Viking knit bangle bracelet by Beth Helberg

Trumpet Viking knit bangle bracelet by Beth Helberg

Whether you're making holiday gifts for or with friends and family–or both!–you'll love the festive projects in our holiday jewelry eBook, 10 Holiday Wire Jewelry and Ornament Designs. Instantly download yours now and have fun making wire holiday jewelry and gifts this weekend!

 

Chain Maille Snowflakes by Rebeca Mojica

Chain Maille Snowflakes by Rebeca Mojica

P.S. If you want to try my Mama's breakfast/brunch casserole, here's how:

 

1. Brown a roll of breakfast sausage in a skillet and drain it well. You can even rinse it.

2. Mix that with a package of softened cream cheese.

3. Unroll a roll of crescent rolls (say that three times fast!) on a 9×13 baking dish, leaving them connected. Pinch a bit along the seams to make sure they stay together.

4. Layer the sausage and cream cheese mixture over it, spreading it around.

5. Top with a second roll of crescent rolls, pinching to be sure the seams stay together. Pinch/press a bit around the edges to connect the top and bottom layers.

6. Bake according to the instructions on your package of crescent rolls.

Enjoy–but don't tell anyone how easy it was to make!

 

 

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