DIY Christmas with Craftsy {Giveaway}

by Lisa on December 20, 2011 · 6 comments


This post is part of the DIY Christmas Countdown. Every day between now and Christmas, we will be posting a new DIY Christmas Gift Idea or DIY Christmas Decoration. Click here to check out all the projects so far!

Today’s post is a guest post from Samantha Bryant.

It’s time for shoppers to catch their breath from the overcrowded malls this season and turn to DIY gifts. Not only is it affordable, it’s truly one-of-a-kind and eco-friendly. This year, crafts experts from Denver-based,, offer insight on how to think outside of the box and get creative with this year’s holiday gifts.

Whether it’s a knitted toy for children, an handmade wallet for dad or a unique spin on holiday décor for the family, each gift this year is easily attainable and fueled by creativity. Below are this year’s top homemade holiday gifts:

“Wee Ones” Seamless Knit Toys | This is a great gift for a kid or kid at heart. These amazingly cute and clever toys come from one pattern. Each toy, a baby elephant, adorable bunny and winsome hippo, is knit from the top down without any seams. Instructor, Susan B. Anderson, is a self-taught knitter and former teacher who loves creating fun items for children. Her online course shows how to use double-pointed needles to shape each toys head and there’s even a bonus itty-bitty striped sweater lesson.

The (Not So) Itty Bitty Giraffe | The kids will be running once they see this cuddly gift under their tree this year. Best-selling author, Susan B. Anderson, presents her soft 20-inch giraffe with quirky details. With this course, learn to pick the perfect yarn and knit in the round on double-pointed needles. Along the way, Susan also shares tips on how to add details like a pompom, mane, perky horns, hand-stitched face and stuffing secrets. This is a gift that’s sure to be treasured for a lifetime.

Baby Cardigan | For those knitters who want to go beyond giving scarves and blankets this holiday season, published author and crochet designer Linda Permann, has some tricks up her sleeve and can show ways on how to think outside of the box. Her baby cardigan makes a terrific gift for baby’s first Christmas. Additionally, Linda presents a helpful surface embellishment technique used to make monograms, flowers or any shape to add to the cardigan.

Hats Fours Ways | It may be chilly outside come holiday time, so this season warm up loved ones with a unique styled homemade hat. Published author and well-loved knitwear designer, Stefanie Japel, shares her wisdom as she teaches three unique styles of hats. Learn essential information, choose supplies and create the perfect hat for any size. Stefanie also has tips on how to make cool stripes or cables, as well as ribbing, blocking, making jogless joins and adding fun embellishments.

Project Upcycle | For those looking to go green this holiday season, they should look no further than designer and author Betz White’s sustainable gifts. She turns everyday household items into a distinctive gift. Betz shows how to finally take those old drab suit jackets and dress shirts and turn them into something fun. For example, she uses menswear to make an “off the cuff” wallet and berets. She also turns vintage linens into flirtatious wrap skirts and old sweaters into cashmere shrugs and felted totes.

Fab Felt Holiday Crafts | Instead of decking the halls with boughs of holly, deck them with one-of-a-kind decorations. Betz White shows seven projects that add the holiday spirit to a home and make for great gifts for holiday parties. Whether it’s origami ornaments, festive garland, tabletop trees, and a gingerbread house for the home to a wine sleeve, slippers and poinsettia brooch for holiday hosts. These projects make for a great family activity for kids and parents to do together.

Each instructor’s know-how is available at the click of a mouse, as presents a variety of courses year-round. These interactive HD video courses are entirely online, accessible from any computer or mobile device connected to the Internet. Craftsy courses have no scheduled class times, so they fit into anyone’s schedule and access never expires, with 100-percent money-back guarantee. Craftsy captures the magic of a live class experience, as students can interact with each other and their expert instructors by asking questions, posting projects, getting feedback and interaction. You can also post projects for feedback and kudos, plus get inspiration from fellow student’s projects. These courses are ideal for the crafter looking to enhance their skills or the beginner looking for a hands-on approach to learning. To take any of the courses above, please go to

And since it’s the season of giving, five lucky Nickels-n-Dimes readers have the chance to win a special giveaway.  You can get up to 4 entries!

1.  Like Nickels-n-Dimes on Facebook (and leave a comment that you like NND)

2.  Subscribe to Nickels-n-Dimes by email (and leave a comment that you’re a subscriber)

3.  Follow Nickels-n-Dimes on Twitter and tweet the following message, “I signed up to win a course from @nickelsndimes #giveaway #homemade” then leave a message on this post with the url of your tweet.

4. Leave a comment on this post telling us which Craftsy course mentioned above you’d like to give a try and create. The deadline to enter will be Friday, December 23.

Fine Print: Please leave a separate comment for each entry. Comments that just say “I want to win” or “Thanks for the giveaway” will be disqualified! Winner will be chosen at random using “And the Winner Is” plugin. This giveaway is open to US residents age 18 or over. This giveaway will end on 12/23 at 11:59  pm Eastern time. 

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