For as long as I can remember holiday time meant homemade Christmas decorations. From salt dough ornaments to macaroni snowflakes to hand-painted wooden ornaments…my parents’ Christmas tree has always been adorned with the ornaments me and my siblings made. I still remember the smell of salt clay and the taste- because come on, what kid can resist taking a bite of clay?
Although the days of sticky dough and messy glue are gone (well, maybe a bit of messy glue is still necessary!), I still enjoy making my own Christmas ornaments and decorations.
I usually try to use whatever I have on hand – pipe cleaners, felt, glue, spray paint, glitter, or paper. From paper snowflakes to sewn felt ornaments – I think homemade is the best!
This year I had a bunch of left over craft felt so I got busy cutting, sewing and stuffing and came up with these…
…super cute, and super easy. All you need is felt, rick-rack, ribbon, a sewing machine and a bit of stuffing to give the ornament dimension.
Another favorite, and super simple ornament – pipe cleaner snowflakes:
You simply cut lengths of pipe cleaner (use old scissors or wire cutters) and twist them together to form snowflakes.
This year I snagged a ton of glass ornaments on clearance and decided to decorate them with glue and glitter:
These are a bit messy and time consuming but they are really cute. Since I had the glitter out and had a bunch of dried beechnuts, I decided to glitter them as well…
I tied ribbon to them and hung them on my branch display. I love these, and so does the cat! We find them on the floor almost every morning. I knew I wanted to decorate with white branches this Christmas so in the fall I collected and spray- painted branches white and then used them for display…
And also made them into a wreath that I then wrapped with a garland I purchased at Ikea.
So…go root through your drawers and see what great things you can find to make your own homemade ornaments. Have a safe and happy holiday!