For many, this holiday season is muted by the economic situation, but thankfully it allows for some innovative twists on the blitz of consumerism.  The internet is abuzz with instructions or free templates for do-it-yourself seasonal ornaments and decorations.  Some projects are simple paper constructions, but others include some more dedication like this intricate Nutcracker.  Make-a-Flake even lets you test your snowflake creations online before wasting precious paper.  The hundreds of free projects available from clearly talented designers allow motivated individuals to create rich holiday decorations by going to their cabinets and drawers instead of bank and stores.

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