Mothering Forum banner

1 - 20 of 21 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,531 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
okay, gotta redo x-mas on a pretty much no-money-for-decorations budget. all the ornaments of x-mas past are glass and this newest babe is the WRONG age at christmas '05 for that business.<br><br>
so, crafty mamas....what are you doing for a baby-friendly, budget-conscious tree? i was thinking something SUPER-retro, as in "before-the-advent-of-electricity, early-american, little house on the prairie" theme with pine cones and twigs and rafia or something. but anything goes. an ecclectic mish-mash would be good, and especially things my pre-schoolers could help in making. glue and glitter??? whatever. just so it feels fun to the whole fam-damily. the budget is there, it's just LIMITED. i can buy some supplies that we don't already have in the craft stash, i just can't do what i used to, which was: get an idea, buy accordingly in season.<br><br>
any and all suggestions so we can have a truly funky, very unique holiday decor. (oh, yeah, not just the tree, any ideas for any part of the house are appreciated!)
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
17,896 Posts
well if you wanted to go with a natrual theme you could also do the dried fruit and cranberry popcorn string, and oranges with cloves. all together the stuff would probably cost around $15-$20. and if you haev a real tree it is fun to throw it in your back yard as a wild life habitat over the winter.<br><br>
another option i bows. you can get pre-tied ones ($2 a dozen for the pre-tied ones and 2 doz. go a long way) Any special ornaments can go at the of the rtee to fill it out a bit. I have never had a problem with my children playing with the ornaments. but we have aliver tree which is a natrual deterant to curious toddlers. :LOL
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
870 Posts
I remember making apple-cinnamon ornaments years and years ago in scout, and they're seroiusly sturdy yet edible--my mom still has the things I made 20 + years ago...<br><br>
If I remember correctly, mix applesauce with powdered cinnamon (you need <span style="text-decoration:underline;">lots</span> of cinnamon, so buy cheap giganto-box at bulk store!) until dough-like, then roll, cut w/ cookie cutter and punch a hole for the string, then dry out or bake (unsure)... They smell great, too!<br><br>
Sorry so vague about details... would google, but have sleeping baby on lap looking for milk...
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,531 Posts
Discussion Starter · #4 ·
<div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
<div class="smallfont" style="margin-bottom:2px;">Quote:</div>
<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">
<div>Originally Posted by <strong>lilyka</strong></div>
<div style="font-style:italic;">but we have aliver tree which is a natrual deterant to curious toddlers. :LOL</div>
</td>
</tr></table></div>
<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/biglaugh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="laugh">: a liver tree would be a deterrent to me, too! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/ROTFLMAO.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rotflmao"><br>
sorry, i just couldn't resist because it made me and the kids laugh so hard!<br><br>
bows are a good idea and i can't believe how brain-dead i am! never thought about that. good filler since we always need LOTS of ornaments.<br><br>
so about this apple sauce, cinnamon stuff. that actually makes a doughy consistency? no flour or anything else? does anyone else know about these, they sound pretty cool and also like FUN kid stuff.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
859 Posts
My surgoute mom, to this day, does gingerbread men/women. It is a project she does with the grandchildren and they frost them. She put holes in the heads big enough for ribbons and they get hung (and eaten). She actually uses a fairly healthy gingerbread cookie recipe.<br><br>
I would have to look it up but I remember the apple cinnamon stuff being something along the lines of adding enough apple sauce to the cinnamon to make a dough, shape, and then dry in the oven at about 150 to 200 degrees F. At the time I read about this, I thought it was strange so I would look it up.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,505 Posts
I made a bunch of ornaments out of felt a few years ago. They are all about 3 inches across, and squares of felt are around 10 cents each, and I could get 2-3 ornaments out of a square of felt. I printed off simple shapes (stars, side view of bird, snowman, mittens, etc), cut them out of two pieces of felt each, and whip stitched them together with embroidery thread. I put a little bit of stuffing in them to make them a bit puffy, but they aren't actually "stuffed". Since felt doesn't fray, the stitching didn't have to be great, it was more decorative. After I was done, we used fabric paints and glitter glue and sequins to decorate them.<br><br>
I've also cut cross sections of oranges and dried them in my dehydrator until they are really dry and crisp. They are pretty with a loop of ribbon hanging them on the tree, and I bet apple slices would be pretty too, or lemons or limes...<br><br>
For the rest of the house, if you have access to a pine tree or holly bush, you can cut branches and decorate with them. I tie ribbons on the ends and put them on the mantles and stair rails. (although holly may be toxic...I don't remember and my DD is old enough that I don't have to worry about it). I put greenery and a few glass balls in a glass bowl on my mantle too. This is actually my main decoration--I love pine!<br><br>
I've made the applesauce/ cinnamon ornaments...use a recipe where you bake them. Mine you were just supposed to leave them in a warm place until dry, and they got moldy. Ugh.<br><br>
Good luck...natural decorations are fun <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
652 Posts
I have used origami cranes as ornaments and also strung them together and draped them over mantles and shelves. You really don't need origami paper either. You can just make any kind of paper perfectly square and off you go.<br><br>
My grandparents always used candy canes.<br><br>
Cut-out snowflakes would be pretty for hanging in windows. Depending on the age of the kids, they could either make them themselves or decorate them with crayons, glitter glue, etc.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
6,061 Posts
Some ideas:<br><br>
Have the kids cut out paper snowflakes and tape to the windows or all around the house.<br><br>
Candy canes can hang on a tree good and can also be eaten later.<br><br>
We did gingerbread cookie ornaments and tied with string.<br><br>
If you can't spend money on a tree, cut out a giant "tree" from green paper and put on the wall. Then the kids can make their own paper ornaments and decorate it. You can set you presents on the floor next to your "tree". You can add a star on top or do whatever you like. Very fun project.<br><br>
Rent Christmas movies from the library.<br><br>
Along the same lines as the paper tree, have each kid make an indoor snowman and decorate it.<br><br>
Mistletoe, use something creative in a doorway.<br><br>
For presents buy something that has multiple pieces or more than one item and then wrap each item individually. This way the get to open more presents. If you buy candy for the stocking, wrap the candy bar. Use newspaper, comic section, as newspaper. Or have the kids decorate plain brown grocery bags as gift bags.<br><br>
Play Christmas music.<br><br>
Make Christmas activity sheets for the kids to do. Handmade crossword puzzles, word searches, trace a reindeer, connect the dots. Make each kid a booklet.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,995 Posts
You've gotten some pretty good ideas for ornaments. I have a suggestion for your tree.<br><br>
As long as I can remember, my mom, grandmother, etc. Have been hanging their christmas tree from the celing. It's great because the cats, kids, etc. can't pull it down.<br><br>
You take a length of electrical wire and make a noose sort of thing. Put it far enough down the top of the tree so that it will hold it. Hang from a sturdy hook attached to a beam in the celing. (i guess it would be kind of hard if you are renting). Then use thin floral wire or something of the sort and hang a large coffee can or something like that from the bottom. I do it ever year, never had a problem. In fact, I hear one of my friends every year talk about their tree falling over/off the stand and things like that. I don't think that it has EVER happened in my family. Oh, we always use a live tree. Hope that idea was okay. Good luck! I love some of the ornament ideas!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
17,896 Posts
You may laugh at a liver tree but it is very lovely and full of iron <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">:
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,531 Posts
Discussion Starter · #11 ·
<div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
<div class="smallfont" style="margin-bottom:2px;">Quote:</div>
<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">
<div>Originally Posted by <strong>lilyka</strong></div>
<div style="font-style:italic;">You may laugh at a liver tree but it is very lovely and full of iron <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">:</div>
</td>
</tr></table></div>
ah it just gets better! thanks for having a good sense of humor! i just love people like you! (do you have any i can pass on to stuffy ol' DH? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> )<br><br><br>
the ideas are GREAT! keep them coming b/c as it turns out, lots of my neighborhood is in the same boat so i am thinking of having a crafting party or something like that as a playdate-with-theme.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,531 Posts
Discussion Starter · #12 ·
oh yeah, and rigging the tree to the ceiling sounds like one of the smartest things i have heard in a long time! breakable or not, i don't want to be putting all those darn ornaments up AGAIN when the tree gets knocked over...
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
7,928 Posts
The applesauce/cinnamon (sp?) ornaments are easy, but it does use an amazing amount of cinnamon. That's all you do is put the applesauce in a bowl, and start mixing in the cinn. Eventually you'll get a good dough-like consistency and then you'll be able to roll it out (you can "flour" the rolling pin with more cinn.), and cut shapes with cookie cutters. I've just left them out to dry overnight (and then some depending on local weather), and then you can get glitter glue or puff paints if you wish to embellish them.<br><br>
Also, you can take some family pictures and make frames with either craft sticks, real sticks you find outside, or even felt or paper, and hang those ... they'll personalize the tree, and leave memories for years to come.<br><br>
Also, if you have some Christmas cards from years past (or buy some that you like), you can cut the picture off the front and also frame that to hang.<br><br>
Trace your children's hand(s) on cardstock or heavy paper, cut out, and hang up too ... (I like things that bring back memories <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> ).<br><br>
And yea, oranges covered in cloves would make the house smell super yummy and look very pretty too ... you could tie a pretty ribbon 'round each one and hang a few of them ...
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
362 Posts
what about paper chain garlands? We did this for our tree last year and it was a big hit. Cut strips of paper and loop them together and staple closed. Im sure you could glue them but then you have to wait for the glue to try.<br><br>
What about popsicle stick frame ornaments or get from the craft store some ornaments to paint. They have them for as little as twenty five cents and you just paint them with acrylic paints. Also check out oriental trading, they have TONS of ornament kits to make and they are cute and a lot of fun. Most kits are like 5$ a dozen and especially if you get together a crafting party you can get a whole variety to make!<br><br>
Also, the fabric store has those foamy sheets and shapes, I know they have lots of kits to make ornaments. If anything a pack of the shapes can be used on the popsicle sticks for frames or other neat ornaments. Felt is also good.<br><br>
What about cinnamon sticks tied with pretty ribbon? Smells yummy and makes a cute ornament. I know I have seen some reindeer made out of cinnamon sticks too.<br><br>
The only other thing I can think is check out your library. I know ours has tons of holiday crafty idea books (ours even puts together a little book they hand out to the kids in the childrens section) Hopefully you can get some more ideas there too. good luck!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,995 Posts
We made salt dough ornaments last weekend. It was great! We had a blast. It was so easy!<br><br>
You just use 2 cups flour<br>
1 cup salt<br>
2 tablespoons vegetable oil<br>
1 cup water<br><br>
Combine all ingredients to make a dough. Flour counter and rolling pin. Roll out to a little bit thicker than pancakes. Cut with cookie cutters..place on baking sheet and bake in a 250 degree oven for 2 hours turning over half way in between.<br>
Let them cool and paint with water based paints, for the kids.Sis-in-law and I used acrilyc paint and they came out soooo nice! It was fun. I hope someone else enjoys it too, this way you don't have to use an amazing amount of cinnamon.<br>
Oh, you can spray it with clear coat afterwards to protect them if you want.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,792 Posts
another vote for the applesauce/ cinnamon ornaments. they smell GREAT even a couple of years later (we have a few that have survived 2 moves and us not being gentle with them...!) we got our cinnamon from the dollar store for those. worked great. It does use TONS of cinnamon though, so be prepared.<br><br>
I've also made salt dough ornaments in the past. they're really nice to paint because they are white to start with so the colour shows up.<br><br>
I decorated a whole tree with origami one year... cranes with strings attached, some cool Christmas balls, fish, any other animals I could find in a library book etc, etc. It looked really cool.<br><br>
The old standby at my house was old Christmas cards cut with the pinking shears into an oval with a hole in the middle. If you glue 2 together and then cut you get a double sided one. If you cut 3 and then fold in the middle and stick them together you get a cool 3 sided thinger.<br><br>
I've also made paper chains, popcorn strings (it works better if you air pop the popcorn and leave it overnight, otherwise it breaks really easily.) snowflakes, construction paper stars with glitter or paint, candy canes, tinfoil stuff (either covering cardboard shapes or just crunched up into shapes) little people out of milkweed pods, teezle angels, sheep made from cotton balls and pipe cleaners and probably lots more! hope that helps!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,574 Posts
I slice apples and oranges and dehydrate them and hang them on the tree. Kumquat pomadores. Sliced dried starfruit (pricey). Popcorn and cranberries strung for garland.<br><br>
Have also strung spice drops and fruit loops. Very colorful! Hot glue candies into ribbon.<br><br>
We also tie cinnamon sticks on with ribbons.<br><br>
Our tree always smells delicious, and I don't put things in the basement every year to take up space. We put the tree in the yard for the squirrels and birds.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,210 Posts
<div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
<div class="smallfont" style="margin-bottom:2px;">Quote:</div>
<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">
<div>Originally Posted by <strong>MyLittleWonders</strong></div>
<div style="font-style:italic;">Trace your children's hand(s) on cardstock or heavy paper, cut out, and hang up too ... (I like things that bring back memories <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> ).</div>
</td>
</tr></table></div>
I love the idea of tracing thier hands to make ornaments!! You could use felt, fabric, paper, cinnamon dough...and glitter them or paint them or...all sorts of things. A tree full of little hands...
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,531 Posts
Discussion Starter · #19 ·
i may have to PM you mamas who mention dehydrating oranges if you don't respond this way, but i'll try - how thin d0 the oranges need to be and how long and what temp? i think i did my first dehydrator-full wrong - maybe too thick? they were about 3/8 inch (??) and they have been at about 95 degrees for almost a WEEK and they are still shooting juice if you squeeze the little cells of orange pulpiness. i did everything, including the ends of the orange and some of those pieces were thinner and seem to be about dry. and tonight i cranked up the dehy temp so we'll see. i gotta get 'em dry so i can start another load - we have a BIG tree to cover, here!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
5,523 Posts
if you do your child's handprint in brown then flip it finghers down you can add antlers and a face on the thumb to make a reindeer. I am doing that on salt dough this year.<br><br>
my first year on my own my roomates and i didn't have ornaments so we hung little toys and such on the tree.<br><br><br>
courtney
 
1 - 20 of 21 Posts
Top