More Christmas Ornaments Picks
Handmade Christmas ornaments create a tree display that is one-of-a-kind and filled with heirlooms that can be passed on from generation to generation. There is a variety of patterns available for crocheted Christmas ornaments, many of which are elegant and can fit into even designer-styled homes during the holidays. Elegant crocheted Christmas ornaments also make stunning holiday gifts that can be tucked into cards for teachers, doormen and others you wish to give small personal items to for the holiday.
Handmade Christmas ornaments make a tree that much more meaningful, and for a Christian household, as either a decoration or a gift, a nail-cross ornament reminds the viewer of "the reason for the season." When you use an iron finish on rustic-looking clasp nails, you create a somber backdrop for a bright copper wire accent. This project is easy enough that you can make numerous crosses in less than an hour, so plan to hang at least 10 on a tree or give sets of six cross ornaments to friends and family.
Many homemade Christmas tree ornaments are designed with children in mind. Marshmallow snowmen and paper snowflakes are just a few examples of this trend. Fortunately, beautiful ornaments can be crafted with an adult's taste in mind. Using just a few household items and some craft supplies, Christmas tree ornaments can become an exciting adult craft once again.
A delicate crochet shell stitch can add an ornamental border to a Christmas tree skirt or holiday placemats, napkins and pillow. The border is created with a steel crochet hook and the cotton crochet thread used by doily-makers. A red or green border will add a festive appearance to the household holiday décor. The crochet border treatment can also be used to trim a Christmas-theme sweater. A linen handkerchief trimmed with the decorative border would make a thoughtful handmade gift.
Wondering what to do with all of those tiny, broken crayon pieces that can no longer easily be picked up by small fingers? Melt them into Christmas-themed shapes and hang for homemade decorations your kids will look upon with pride. Kids will love to help by engaging in normally forbidden behavior like breaking, shredding or grating crayons. You can even use crayon ornaments again on coloring pages, producing a rainbow of color with each stroke.
Festive decorations add to the warmth and joy of the Christmas season, especially when the decorations are homemade. Recycle old manila file folders rather than tossing them out. Make Christmas ornaments from the folders and embroidery thread as a holiday craft. Hang the finished ornaments on a Christmas tree, or turn the ornaments into a garland to hang around a window or mantel.
Rather than throwing them away, repurpose burned-out light bulbs as Christmas ornaments. Paint a snowman face on the bulb and personalize it with a hat and decorations of your choice. This homemade craft is easy enough for beginning crafters. Children should be supervised carefully when making these ornaments, however, because light bulbs are easily breakable.
Instead of throwing away those old winter sweaters or Scrabble games with missing pieces, turn them into Christmas ornaments for the tree. Making ornaments from recycled materials helps the environment, entertains kids who want to help, and the crafts become one of-a-kind trinkets to use every year. These ornaments only require some cutting, gluing and pinning, so gather the children to help out.