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Get access to my FREE virtual advent calendar filled with crafty gifts to craft a Christmas you'll LOVE!

A handmade gift from the heart will do more than expensive gifts from the stores, many of which are hard to come by this year. I am encouraging you to give with your heart this holiday season, by giving with mine this December.

This December 2021, I want to encourage you to be a "merry maker" by sharing 25 days of holiday decor and gift ideas!

I'm teaching you how to make everything from easy, fast, and inexpensive decor and gifts to full-blown projects and step-by-step tutorials for heirloom-quality gifts. You can make these projects on a machine or by hand if you don’t have one.

Each Merry Maker project comes with a printable shopping list and a free pattern and/or cut file, and many also have a detailed video showing you how to make it and a printable step-by-step photo tutorial. No strings attached!

25-Day Gift-Away

Sign up to my Merry Maker Gift List to receive a free DIY project from me, Jennifer Maker, every day for 25 days in December!

This is my 5th annual December gift project! This year I'm calling the event the Merry Maker Mingle — it is a virtual holiday countdown party with special gifts for YOU!

This is a show of my LOVE for your support and encouragement of my blog, channel, and academy over the last five years.

My Merry Maker projects and patterns are COMPLETELY FREE!
There is nothing to buy, other than your supplies and tools.
This is my special gift to you.
I want to make your spirits bright this year, and help you do it for others, too!

Sign up for the Merry Maker Gift List free now and you'll get:

  • SNEAK PEEKS at many of the free decor and gift projects I am planning to share and teach you how to customize!
  • PREVIEWS for most of the project supply and tool lists so you can shop online and get things in time!
  • EARLY ACCESS to the projects on each "mingle" day through my special delivery emails ... that means I'll tell you before anyone who is not on my list!
  • SPECIAL BONUS holiday game entries to increase your chances of winning a Merry Maker Mingle prize!
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How This Works

For 25 days during the month of December, I will put a new ornament on the Felt Christmas Tree and reveal a gift!

Felt Christmas Tree Advent Calendar

Like this Felt Advent Calendar? You can make one for yourself with my FREE pattern and tutorial, which I will send to you when you signup for the Merry Maker Mingle! You can make it from felt as I have, or just make it with paper!

Prize List

We have over $6500 in holiday prizes, too!

  • Day 1: Cricut Maker 3 cutting machine
  • Day 2: Cricut Coach Playbook Digital + Print Bundle / $50 Amazon Gift Card
  • Day 3: $50 Amazon Gift Card / Scholarship to Design to Shine Platinum
  • Day 4: $50 Amazon Gift Card / Cricut Explore 3 Cutting Machine
  • Day 5: Scholarship to Design to Shine Platinum / $50 Amazon Gift Card
  • Day 6: Sewing ShortCUTS Digital & Hard Copy Bundle & 1yd JenniferMaker Fabric from Spoonflower
  • Day 7: $50 Amazon Gift Card
  • Day 8: Cricut Coach Playbook Digital + Print Bundle
  • Day 9: Sewing ShortCUTS Digital & Hard Copy Bundle & 1yd JenniferMaker Fabric from Spoonflower / Janome Arctic Crystal Sewing Machine
  • Day 10: $50 Amazon Gift Card / Scholarship to Design to Shine Platinum
  • Day 11: Cricut Maker 3 cutting machine / $100 JenniferMaker Gift Card
  • Day 12: Cricut Joy cutting machine + Cricut Mini Press + $50 Amazon Gift Card Bundle / JenniferMaker Bundle: Cricut Coach Playbook Digital+ Print Edition and Design to Shine Platinum Scholarship
  • Day 13: Cricut Coach Playbook Digital + Print Bundle
  • Day 14: $50 Amazon Gift Card
  • Day 15: Cricut Easy Press 2 (Mint)
  • Day 16: $50 Amazon Gift Card / Cricut Mug Press
  • Day 17: Cricut Explore 3 cutting machine, Cricut Roll Holder, three rolls Smart Vinyl / JenniferMaker Bundle: Cricut Coach Playbook Digital + Print Edition and Design to Shine Platinum Scholarship
  • Day 18: Sewing ShortCUTS Digital & Hard Copy Bundle & 1 yard JenniferMaker Fabric from Spoonflower / $50 Amazon Gift Card
  • Day 19: Cricut Easy Press 2 (Raspberry) / JenniferMaker Bundle: Cricut Coach Playbook Digital+ Print Edition and Design to Shine Platinum Scholarship
  • Day 20: Cricut Mug Press, Cricut mugs, six rolls of Infusible Ink, and Heat Resistant Tape
  • Day 21: GRAND PRIZE #1: Cricut Maker 3 cutting machine, Cricut Roll Holder, and a $100 JenniferMaker Gift Card
  • Day 22: GRAND PRIZE #2: Cricut Explore 3 cutting machine, Cricut Roll Holder, $50 Amazon Gift Card, and a Cricut Coach Playbook Digital Version
  • Day 23: GRAND PRIZE #3: Janome Arctic Crystal Sewing machine, 1 yard of JenniferMaker Fabric from Spoonflower, Print Edition of Sewing ShortCUTS, and a $50 Amazon Gift Card
  • Day 24: GRAND PRIZE #4: Cricut Explore 3 cutting machine, Roll Holder, five rolls of Smart Vinyl, Essentials Tool Kit, Transfer Tape, and two Pen Sets
  • Day 25: GRAND PRIZE #5: 1:1 Craft Session with Jennifer Maker, Cricut Maker 3 cutting machine, and a Scholarship to Design to Shine Platinum

You'll get the details on how to win prizes after you sign up!
You can read all the rules in advance right here.

Answers to Your Questions

Is this really free? What's the catch?

There is NO catch. I began my blog in 2016 with the intention of sharing my experience and knowledge with the world, and sharing freely gives me the MOST joy. There is no charge for any of these projects, and all of my professional-level designs, tutorials, and videos are entirely free. This is my thank-you gift for the love you've shown me over the last five years, and my gratitude for catapulting my blog and YouTube channel to such breathtaking heights. I am ever-thankful for your support and love.

Do I have to sign up?

No, you do not — free is free! The projects will appear on my blog, and may also be on YouTube channel, Facebook page, Instagram account, Twitter page, and/or TikTok for you to see. BUT, if you sign up on this page, you do get extra goodies, such as reminders of when the Mingles (live videos) begin each day, a sneak peek at the upcoming projects, a preview of the supply and material lists, first access to each project each day (via email notification), and some bonus entries for my holiday games. It's worth it to sign up. I send my Merry Makers the best stuff, and sometimes only you will see it!

Also, while I think this goes without saying, I just want to reassure you that your name and email address are totally safe with me. I protect this information, never ever sell it, and value it highly.

Didn't you do this last year? Is it the same projects?

The projects are ALL NEW for 2021! My team and I picked these project ideas from your requests, and by listening to what you requested over and over, and I know you're going to love our December 2021 projects!

What days will you share projects?

Everyday from December 1 to December 25 there will be a gift for you to open. The link will arrive in email for you! The gifts are usually projects, but it's a surprise what you get each day! But rest assured that everyone will get the same gift each day so you can make these projects with a friend or family member.

When are your live "mingle" parties?

I host a live "mingle" on special days during December! We'll open the day's new gift, talk about what you need to make it, and sometimes even make something easy together! Get on The List to be notified when I go live for all the fun!

Do you have a list of the projects you'll be making?

You can get a sneak peek of many of the projects immediately after you sign up FREE!

My friend made one of your holiday projects and I love it! Will you be teaching me how to make that?

I have a TON of holiday project tutorials already online from the last three December events, and you're welcome to begin making them right now. Here are links to the projects from previous years:

Can I make your projects even if I don't have a cutting machine or sewing machine?

In most cases, yes! My 2021 MERRY MAKER projects often come with a free printable PDF you can use to cut or sew by hand.

If you're in the market for a cutting machine, I am a big fan of Cricut cutting machines. Read this post to learn the difference between the Cricut Maker and Cricut Explore to help you decide which one is best for you.

How do I get a list of what you're giving away as prizes?

Check out the holiday prize list earlier on this page!

Can I suggest a project I want to learn how to make?

Yes! While I may not be able to make the project in December, I can at least begin researching it and I can include it in an upcoming tutorial. Submit your project ideas here! All of the projects I'm showing you how to make in December were at one time or another requested by readers and viewers, too!

I signed up, but I'm not getting your daily emails. Can you help?

I send emails to those on my Gift List. If you aren't receiving them, you can contact us at and we'll check to be sure your email address is receiving them, and if not, help you get back on track.

I love everything about this project and I want to tell others. How do I share it?

Just tell your friends to go to or and they'll see this page to sign up, too!

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