Instead of spending a lot of money on glass and plastic Christmas ornaments this year why not try making some out of natural items. These can be used not only as Christmas ornaments, but also as decorations around your house through out the winter and even for the Thanksgiving holiday. They will give your home a wonderful inviting, cozy smell that reminds you of holiday baking. These easy tree decorations are made from re-using common household foods and spices paired with natural outdoor items. Below are instructions for making these easy natural Christmas tree ornaments.
This natural Christmas Tree Ornament is so simple to make, you can do this one with your children. It is similar to a sting of popcorn for your Christmas Tree. This decoration adds a wonderful pop of color to your tree. You will need a bag of dried cranberries from the grocery store, thin string, plastic needle and scissors. Using a plastic needle for safety you take the string and thread it through the cranberries. Be sure to take your time so you do not tear the cranberries apart. You can make your cranberry garland as long as you want. To finish it off be sure to tie the end in a knot large enough so the cranberries do not slide off. When you are through decorating your tree or house be sure not to throw it away. You can recycle it by cutting the string and take off all the cranberries, you can then feed them to the birds and squirrels outside, a wonderful winter treat for them.
One of my favorite of these natural holiday decorations are the spiced orange ornaments. The combination of the citrus and clove smell reminds me of the way my grandmothers house smelled around the holidays. To make these you will need small Clementine oranges, whole cloves, ribbon, scissors and a skewer . First you start by tying your ribbon around the orange, secure it at the top and then wrap around the orange again and tie at the top with a knot or bow whichever you prefer. Now you are ready to stick the whole cloves into the orange, use the skewer to make the holes in the orange. Then you just push a clove in each hole. You can use as many or little cloves as you like and in any decoration or pattern you choose. Then you are ready to hang up your natural decoration. If you want you also can hook a Christmas ornament hook to the top of the ribbon to make it easy to hang on your tree.
Christmas Tree Star
It is easy to make a Star Christmas Tree Topper out of natural items like leaves and branches. The supplies you need are five twigs, not too thick in the length of your choice you can always cut them, thin wire, recycled cardboard, Eco-friendly glue, pencil, scissors, three leaves all with five points in different colors and sizes and five dried flower heads. Use the piece of recycled cardboard to do a rough drawing of your five point star. Make sure all your twigs are trimmed to the same length, I did mine about 12 inches long. Be sure to remove any dried leaves if they have any. Lay your twigs on top of your piece of recycled cardboard, arrange them to mimic your star pattern you have drawn. Then using your thin wire one joint at a time attach the points where the twigs meet. Secure well and be sure your wire is twisted well so you have no sharp points sticking out. Attach a wire loop to what will be the top of your star, this makes it easy to hook to the top of your Christmas Tree. Now you are ready to put your leaves on your star. Since they are delicate I suggest gluing the three layers of leaves together then gluing them to your twig star frame. Then you attach your dried flower heads to the back of your star where each flower head peeks out from behind the leaves. That is all you are now ready to adorn the top of your Christmas tree with your easy natural star.
Cinnamon Stick Bundles
The last natural Christmas tree ornament is probably the easiest and smell so wonderful. You take six or seven cinnamon sticks, tie them together around the center with a beautiful country ribbon, twine or raffia. Then you glue on star anise or a dried orange slice to add even more fragrance to your decoration. That is all you are ready to place them around your home for a wonderful fragrance, or use a hook and hang them around on your Christmas tree. The mixture of the pine scent from your tree with the cinnamon bundles are heavenly at the holidays.