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10 Vintage Christmas Crafts from the BH&G Archives

We dug into the Better Homes and Gardens archives to bring you the best old-school Christmas crafts that deserve to be remade this year. From ornaments to wreaths and centerpieces, these ideas are our favorite ways to make your own merry.

String and Glue Ornaments, November 1967

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With super basic supplies including string and tacky glue, you can show the kids how to create these ornaments in an afternoon crafting session. Adding colors is a fun touch, as is making them as detailed or simple as you like. Challenge the kids to come up with their own designs—just as you do too!

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Pet Pillows, Sept 1983

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Transfer any of the five basic animal designs onto cotton fabric and embellish to your heart's desire. We can think of so many kids who would love to have—or help make—a dog or cat pillow. The project gets bonus points for being super straight forward. Plus, it would work with leftover fabric remnants and you can add embroidery or notions like buttons to bring the animal to life!

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Snowflake Ornament, November 2001

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With the help of scissors and a little glue, you can turn plain paper doilies into these stunning snowflake ornaments to decorate the tree or share with friends. They look so intricate, but thankfully involve a basic method so even the most novice crafter can make a set!

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Gift Ornaments, December 2005

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Tiny boxes, felt, and ribbon from the crafts store are all you need to whip up a set of pretty packages to decorate the tree. You could even make a set to string on a ribbon as a garland to adorn the mantle, or use them individually as gift tags.

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Yule Tide Lawn Ornaments, November 1995

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Bring the festive décor out front this year with these giant holiday lawn ornaments. These were apparently a big hit with readers when they debuted since they are easy to cut out from basic lumber and can be stored flat and used year after year. They'd likely be extra merry if you outlined each in string lights too!

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Cookie Garlands, December 1938

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Bake up sugar cookies cut out in the shapes of hearts or stars and pierce a hole with a toothpick while they're still warm. Once fully cooled, all you need to do to dress up the mantle (or tree) is to string them on a festive ribbon! You could make this into a holiday countdown calendar by piping on 1-25, or hang them around the tree.

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Cutouts for Christmas, December 1955

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With 7 fun holiday shapes to choose from, these cut outs are a wonderful decorating option for doors, over the mantle, or to simply add holiday cheer around the house. The snowflakes would be lovely on front windows throughout the whole winter too and we love the way that Santa's beard curls.

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Yule Candle Display, December, 1937

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Using a classic English approach, this natural holiday display is made from pine, pine cones, and boxwood. It's simple, yet evocative, and can be used on a side table, on a mantle, or as a centerpiece. It's also a nice reminder that holiday decorations don't have to be elaborate to be lovely—and fill the house with the scent of fresh evergreen.

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Wreath Spruce Ups, December 2000

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Adding just a few craft stores supplies to basic and traditional greenery can make all the difference when it comes to sharing holiday spirit. Transparent star ornaments and simple ribbons are all this holiday wreath needs—and it won't take more than a few minutes of your time, which is likely all you have to spare!

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Sparkle Coaster Ornaments, December 1966

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Combine the groove of the 1960s with craft store supplies and you get these Meri Mekko-esque ornaments to adorn the house. We love that these use paper and cardboard coasters, paper napkins, and sequins—a pretty unexpected combination of supplies!—to create festive and unique strands. Make a whole set to revamp the look of your tree.

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