December 5, 2011

Homemade Ornaments

It's Christmas time! We love this time of year! 

I was so excited to start decorating for Christmas this year!  I went out to our storage to get everything, and then realized... we had left our tree and decorations at Evan's parents house during the move... Bummer.   My excitement immediately turned into disappointment.  I told Evan the sad news and he said his parents could bring all our Christmas things down in a couple weeks when they come down. A couple of weeks??! Ohh shucks. 

We were out shopping a couple days later at one of our favorite thrift stores and guess what I found?!! You guessed it! A 10 dollar Christmas tree.  I was so excited!  We bought the tree and some cheap lights, then brought it home to decorate it.

Evan had the idea to make our own ornaments this year since we really don't have the money to buy new ones.   I started looking around the house for things I could make to decorate our newly found tree.  

I was able to come up with a few fun ideas and It was actually a lot of fun making all the ornaments!  I want to make it a family tradition and do it again next year.

Here are some pictures and directions on how we made the ornaments.  Feel free to make some of your own! In fact we would encourage you to make some,  It's a lot cheaper then buying them!

Things you will need;
-Mason jars with lid
-Tin Foil
-An old book

Mason Jar Ornament

1. Cut a piece of twine and tie it to the lid
2. Screw the lid on the jar
3. Put the candle in the jar, hang it on your tree and then light the candle.  (You can also use battery operated candles)

Fan ornaments
1. Cut out the book page and fold it back and forth
2. When you're done, open up the fan and then roll up the ends 

Fabric Ornaments

1. Cut fabric into small squares
2. Poke fabric into Styrofoam ball 
3. Make a loop with a small piece of twine then stick the ends with a pin to hold them in place.  (You could also use hot glue it on)
4. Cover the pin with the last piece of fabric.  Then hang it on your tree!

Star/Marshmallow toothpick ornaments
(Self explanatory)

Tin Foil String

1.Cut the tin foil into strips.
2.Form the tin foil into a ball around the twine.
3.Once you have the desired length, wrap it around your tree. 

(For the tree skirt, I used fabric I already had laying around the house.)

We hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas!!!

1 comment:

Jamie said...

your tree is beautiful!

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