Christmas trees are unique to each family. Everyone has a different style. This year, try some handmade ornaments to create an old-fashioned look!
Decorating our Christmas tree is one of my favorite days of the year! The decorating process may start the day we bring the tree home. Then, we continue to make ornaments throughout the weeks. An old-fashioned Christmas tree is my favorite, even though we have some bulbs we purchased from the store. We also love handmade ornaments, and the kids particularly enjoy seeing their creations!
I promise; decorating with handmade ornaments is not difficult. There are plenty of easy choices that won’t take up too much time or money.
Here are some of my favorites!
These are easy to make. Years ago, Christmas focused on simplicity, and kids received oranges in their stockings! With the same idea, dehydrate citrus fruit in your oven.
Typically, if you slice them thinly, you can dehydrate them in your oven at 175 for 6 to 7 hours. Then, cover with clear varnish and poke a hole for the string. Easy ornaments that look like stained glass! Check out Glynnis Whitwer for inspiration.
2. Popcorn and Cranberry Garland
Nothing is more iconic than popcorn and cranberry garland. It is a great activity for little hands. While bags of cranberries can be slightly pricey, popcorn is cheap. All you need is a few needles and string. We like to make ours while watching Christmas movies!
3. Gingerbread Ornaments
While the gingerbread men are popular, you can cut them into any shape you want! There are cookie cutters shaped like ornaments. Decorate with frosting and add a layer of varnish on top.
Beware, dogs may eat them if they are close to the bottom, and who can blame them? The smell is amazing! Remember to poke a small hole before baking!
These are adorable, and all you need is craft sticks, paint, glue, and twine! Because they are easy to make, each person in the family could make one or two in different colors! Check out Fireflies and MudPies for a simple tutorial.
5. Salt Dough Ornaments
Kids love to create personal ornaments. Salt dough is easy! There are dozens of recipes online for salt dough; most involve just salt, flour, and water. You will need to bake these ornaments and add a clear varnish. We paint ours different colors and let the kids be creative!
I love this idea by Sadie Season Goods! All you need is a few Mason jar rims, some twine or cords, and hot glue. Wrap the rims in whatever cord or supplies you select from the craft store. Then, add a beautiful ribbon.
Handmade ornaments do take more time than purchasing boxes of bulbs at the store, but it is a great way to increase your family time. You will make wonderful memories! These are just a few ideas! Be creative and soon you won’t need to go to the store to create your tree.