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You can make lovely handmade Christmas ornaments and give them away as Christmas gifts or hang them on your own tree. You can do the same thing for Valentine's Day, Easter, and the 4th of July. Yes, I have seen mini and large trees for these holidays.
Try making some Christmas ornaments out of paper, clay, dough, or even using real glass ornaments meant for crafting.
When I was little, my mother would help me trace cardboard Christmas shapes on construction paper in lots of pretty colors, cut them out, and decorate them with glitter for Christmas decorations for our tree. We would poke holes in the top of the construction paper ornaments and stick a Christmas tree hook through. These were hung all over the tree next to the glass ornaments. It was great fun.
I taught my children how to make Christmas decorations out of shells, craft foam, clay, pipe cleaners, craft feathers, and beads. Over the years, our decorations got more complicated and more grown up but we always had a great time decorating for Christmas.
We also bought some clear glass crafting ornaments from a craft store, and made swirled paint ornaments. They turned out really good and it was a lot of fun to make them.
I make Christmas ornaments out of polymer clay, like intricate angels and simple striped candy canes, bells, and bows.
I made clay dog bone ornaments that were a
big hit at the San Antonio Christmas Showcase. It seemed everyone wanted
a bone ornament on their tree for their dog.
I crochet angels with thin cotton embroidery thread, make them into pins and ornaments and give them away as gifts.
have sewn and stuffed small Christmas decorations, like trees, stars,
angels, stockings, cookies, and Santas. I have also sewn full sized
Christmas stockings, a tree skirt, holiday pillows, and a mantel scarf
in gorgeous Christmas cloths.
I have cross stitched many adorable Christmas tree ornaments on Aida cloth. There are so many simple Christmas designs to choose from. The trick is finding the smaller designs so the ornament does not have to be too big. Some of them are added to some cloth and stuffed and others are put in mini frames.
My favorite decorations to make are the Cinnamon Spice Ornaments because of the wonderful seasonal scent of cinnamon they bring to our home. It is a lot like making Christmas cookies because you make dough, roll it out, cut the dough with cookie cutters, bake, and then decorate. Just don't eat them!
My children and I have made many cinnamon spice ornaments over the years. We used to sell them at craft fairs and everyone loved them. They make great gifts. I know you will love them, too!
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