Christmas tree ornaments carry special memories and often a lot of history with them. Unwrapping handmade treasures from your mother and grandmother, items from your childhood, and other special decorations brings back happy times and calls to mind the joy of the season. In addition to adorning your tree, why not use your Christmas ornaments to add a bit of holiday cheer to other areas of your home? Here are five ways to decorate with Christmas tree ornaments.
Simple chandeliers with plain brass arms or metal scrolls make the perfect foundation for a holiday work of art. We all love the look of ornaments sparkling amidst twinkling lights nestled in tree branches, and some ornaments are particularly well suited for decorating chandeliers. Select a variety of ornaments of similar sizes and shapes, and plan to hang one ornament from each arm of your chandelier, and one from the center. If you have metal scrolls, you have more opportunities to hang smaller ornaments. Consider the weight of your ornaments; the box your chandelier is mounted into is meant to carry only a certain amount of weight.
Lightweight plastic or glass icicles add a bit of sparkle throughout the winter season. Handmade fabric ornaments embellished with sequins and beads make a grand statement depending from strong chandeliers on high ceilings. Photo frame ornaments hung from organza ribbons bring family to the center of the dining room table.
A Christmas tree made from holiday ornaments is fun and easy to create. If your ornaments are heavy, and highly decorated with ribbons and beads, you may be able to mound them on a raised cake platter or in a crystal bowl. For lighter ornaments, use a cone of florist’s foam as a base. Using wire or even bent paperclips, position and fasten your ornaments. Fill in gaps between them with holiday picks, ribbons, or fresh holly and pine cones. Place your finished ornament tree on a raised cake platter, and dust lightly with loose Christmas Snow for a softer effect.
Making your own table centerpiece allows you to customize your table. Color schemes, height, width, and style are all within your control. A personalized centerpiece adds a special touch to your holiday meals, and often becomes a conversation piece.
Placecard Holders or Photo Stands
Inexpensive foam Christmas tree balls can be decorated and transformed into attractive holiday place card holders. Using three sturdy hat pins or ball tipped straight pins, fasten three beads to one side of your ornament in a triangular shape. This will be the base for your place card holder. Your ornament should now stand nicely on the table. Using a craft knife, make a small slit in the ornament where the place card will go. Position a scrap board as a marker. Attach a medley of beads and sequins to embellish the opening on both sides. Use flat head straight pins to fasten snowflakes and other decorations to the front and back of your place card holder.
These unique table decorations are so easy and inexpensive to make, they may be given away at the end of the evening as party favors. As an alternative, turn this idea into a fun and easy craft project for kids. Each child can make a Christmas tree ornament photo frame to hold a laminated family photo. Position a group of these for a festive holiday display.
Filligree style ornaments like glitter covered stars and snowflakes can be wired together to form decorative door sachets. Glue a piece of netting or tulle to the backs of two snowflakes, for example; bind them together on three sides with thin florist’s wire, and fill with potpourri. Thread a ribbon through, and finish binding them together with the fine wire. Hang from door knobs for a refreshing, festive look.
Wavering, flickering candlelight brings out the gentle glitter of beautiful Christmas ornaments. By attaching small glass ornaments to flame retardant tinsel, you can make pretty candle rings to add dimension to pillar candles.
Begin by measuring and cutting several lengths of copper wire to about two inches longer than the circumference of your candle. Measure and cut two lengths of flame resistant tinsel equal to the candle’s circumference. Twist the wire and tinsel lengths together and fashion half an inch of wire into a hook on one side and half an inch into an eye on the other side to join the ends. Position and fasten the ring around the base of the candle on a plate or other wide candle holder. Use fine wire to fasten small glass ornaments into the ring to decorate it. Always watch your candles and do not let them burn too low.
Decorating with Christmas tree ornaments is both fun and effective. A bit of sparkle, some holiday cheer, and plenty of good old fashioned ingenuity can provide a surprise at every turn with unexpected holiday decorations made from Christmas ornaments. Have fun coming up with your own ideas and personalizing the ones presented here.