Jill Yutan’s Christmas trees won last year’s contest. (Deb Lindsey/FOR THE WASHINGTON POST)

The ghouls and ghosts had their fun over the past week. Now it’s time for the wreathmakers and stocking-knitters among us to gear up for the 2011 Holiday Crafts Contest.

Readers sent us hundreds of entries last year and we hope to see that same enthusiasm this season. Today through Dec. 5, readers can enter our contest by submitting photos online of their handmade creations.

Crafts entered in the contest must be inspired by winter. They can be sewn, woven, knitted, molded with plain paper or papier-mache, or created with any materials you like. Robert Devers, an assistant professor of fine arts at the Corcoran College of Art & Design, will help judge the submissions.

The winner will receive a $200 American Express gift card and be featured in an article in the Dec. 22 issue of Local Living. Get all of the contest details at washingtonpost.com/holidaycrafts.

Last year, Jill Yutan won the grand prize with 13 needle-felted trees. The landscape architect for Arlington County spent 40 hours over several weekends creating the trees, which vary in size. The trees were dotted with beaded pins and some were topped with white felt stars.

In addition to Yutan’s winning trees, last year’s contest had three runners-up: Eileen Doughty’s threaded leaves in red, blue, purple, yellow and green; Maria Carey Jackson’s glittered paper card featuring Washington landmarks, and Rusty O’Connor’s wool sweater garland.

We hope you’ll show us your handmade art and be a part of this year’s contest.

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