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

This December 2023, 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 7th 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 seven 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 giftaway 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 open a door and reveal a gift!

Jennifer and the Paper Villages

Like this Paper Village? You can make one for yourself with my FREE pattern and tutorial, which I will send to you on Day 1 after you signup for the Merry Maker Mingle!

Giftaway Game Prize List

We have over $7000 in holiday prizes, too!
(this list contains affiliate links)

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, 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 2023! 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 2023 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, share tips and tricks, and do something fun 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 five 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 2023 MERRY MAKER projects often come with a free printable PDF you can use to cut 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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