Holiday Crafting Charities

It’s the season of giving. While we may not always have the money to give, we definitely have the talent! Put your scrapbooking skills and supplies to good use this holiday with these ideas.

Scrapbooks Etc.’s Craft It Forward campaign is in its last month. The campaign features a monthly craft project and encourages you to donate that project to someone in need or an organization that can help spread some cheer. This month’s project is an easy paper Christmas tree. Go here to download instructions and see ideas. We recommend you donate the trees to an assisted living facility, a transitional living facility, or a domestic violence shelter. Or make the craft a charity in itself by volunteering your time and supplies to help a group make these trees. When you’re done crafting, upload a picture of your tree for a chance to win $500 AND $500 to the charity of your choice.


Michaels craft stores are hosting a “Make It! For Good” contest on their Facebook page. Simply submit photos of your homemade gifts and Michaels will donate $1 to charity for every submission up to $25,000. You can also vote daily for your favorite entry and Michaels will donate $1 each time you vote. One winner will receive a craft room makeover. Michaels is also offering a special blue gift card (see stores) that donates 5% of the amount loaded to a national charity.


Operation Write Home is always in need of cards. These cards can be blank themed cards that allow soldiers stationed all over the world to send cards home to their family and friends or cards with encouraging messages inside. Currently, OWH is looking for Valentine’s Day cards, as well as general birthday and miss you cards. See the deadlines here.


Susan K. Weckesser is hosting her 3rd Christmas Love Campaign. It’s goal is to inspire others to use their crafting skills to spread love and kindness. Simply craft anything (a card, jewelry, knitted projects) and give them to anyone–this act can brighten someone’s day. Upload your project pictures to their Facebook page, share your story, and be entered to win prizes.



What other organizations do you donate to? How do you spread cheer during the holidays?

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