Follow these instructions to make your very own homemade Christmas decorations. These crafts can be used in your own home or given as a gift! They also work well as family activities and activities for kids.
Quick, Easy Staples
The easiest, most stress-free option for adding some homemade holiday cheer to your home involves some ribbon and scented candles.
Red wired ribbon is perfect for creating bows – both small and large – to put on doors, outdoor lights, bushes and other household fixtures. The wire in the ribbon allows you to create the perfect bow shape,and keeps the shape throughout the season. These bows can be attached to fixtures with a small amount of wire.
Scented candles really spice up a home, making it more cozy and welcoming during the holidays. Try Christmas related scents like Christmas Tree, Christmas Cookie or Gingerbread from the Yankee Candle Company.
A Sweet Treat
A candy train is an adorable holiday decoration that is also a tasty treat. To make a candy train, you’ll need a roll of Lifesavers candy, a 5-stick pack of gum, 4 round mints, a Hershey kiss, one fun sized Hershey bars and one Rollo. Leave ALL candy wrapped. You will also need a hot glue gun.
Using the hot glue gun, glue the pack of gum to the top of the Lifesavers roll. Flip over so that the gum is on the underside then attach the mints placing two mints at the upper portion and two in the back, so that they act as wheels. On the top of the Lifesavers where the back of your train will be, glue the Rollo. Glue the Hershey bar horizontally on top of the Rollo. Finally, attached the Hershey kiss upside down at the front, on top of the Lifesavers pack, to act as a smokestack.
These trains can serve as household decorations, party favors, activities for children, tree ornaments or stocking stuffers.
Purchase traditional Christmas tree ball ornaments at any local craft, home goods or dollar store. Use craft or puffy paint to decorate the ornaments. Stickers, gems, fabric, felt, yarn beads and other small items also work well for decorating ornaments. Remember to be careful, as Christmas tree balls are very delicate. Hang using wire or fish hooks.
At your local craft store, such as Michael’s, you can find wooden cut out shapes, such as stars, pine trees, Santas and various animals. These can be colored with craft paint and hung using string.
Decorated ornaments can be hung on Christmas trees or around the house, given as gifts and also work well for holiday related activities for kids.
A Snowy Center Piece
Using Styrofoam craft balls and a few other materials for embellishments, you can create your very own Frosty the Snowman center piece!
You’ll want to decorate each body part before stacking the Styrofoam balls on top of one another. So be sure to plan out which piece will be the head, middle section and bottom.
For materials, use felt for a jacket and hat. These can be glued or pinned on with sewing pins. Use beads, gems or felt for eyes, a nose and a mouth. Using two small sticks from outside, push them into the middle section for arms. You may want to glue the bottom of Frosty to a small piece of decorated cardboard so that he remains stable.
Smaller snowmen can be hung on trees, while larger ones may serve as table center pieces.
Sounds of the Season
As you begin your holiday cooking and cookie baking, be sure to save your empty egg crates. The amount of egg cartons you’ll need depends on how big you want this project to be. You will use the egg crates to create your own mini baby (noiseless) bells.
Cut off the top of the egg cartons and throw away. Then, carefully cut each ‘egg holder’ off individually. You’ll know you’ve done it right when you have several little ‘cups’. Using the prong of a fork delicately slice two notches close to each other at the top of each cup. You’ll need these notches to string thread through.
Lay the cups facing down on a piece of newspaper. Cover with spray paint and then detail with acrylic paint once the spray paint is dry. You could also roll the outside of the cups in Elmer’s glue and then roll in glitter. The options for decorating are limitless.
Once the bells have dried, string the holes with thread or yarn. These bells can hang in trees or be strung up like garland.
These decorating and crafting tips are sure to brighten any home during the holidays. Enjoy!