Making your own Christmas ornaments and decorations add a personal touch in my personal opinion.
DIY means Do It Yourself!
DIY Christmas Ornaments
Christmas decorating is a big part of the Christmas season. Bins are taken out of the attic or garage, and decorations are once again given their opportunity to shine for several weeks before being packed away again.
My aunt use to make me and my sister some beautiful wood crafted Christmas decorations. I still have them too.
Among the many decorations families use to deck the halls are ornaments that were made by hand. This year creating homemade ornaments can be a crafty project that helps families make new Christmas memories.
Christmas tree ornaments come in all shapes and sizes and often tell the stories of Christmas traditions. There are several different ways to create personalized, do-it-yourself (diy) ornaments and leave the cheap, easily broken ornaments from the dollar stores behind.
Fun photo ornaments showcase how a family has changed and grown over the years. Experiment with different ways to create these ornaments. You can glue a photo to a ceramic ornament and cover it with decoupage glaze to set it permanently. Try purchasing clear, glass ornaments, then remove the top of the ornament, which is usually spring-loaded, before slipping a photo inside and replacing the top. You also can laminate a photo, punch a hole in the top and affix a ribbon.Ceramic ornaments
The popularity of paint-it-yourself pottery has led to an increase in ceramic and crafts shops across the country. During the Christmas season such shops offer many Christmas items that can be painted. Often the store will then fire the pieces after they are painted so that they are shiny and hardened for display. Those who want to do their painting at home can visit their local craft or hobby shop, where typically there are unfinished ceramic ornaments that can be painted with acrylic paints found right in the next aisle. A finishing coat of clear glaze will help protect the ornaments from year to year.
Many of today’s craft centers have expanded to include sections devoted to unfinished wood items. Everything from letters to animal cutouts to boxes and rocking horses can be purchased and finished. Turn keepsake boxes into painted and ribbon-adorned gift boxes. Stain a treasure chest that can be used to store reindeer snacks for Santa’s crew. Turn small decorative pieces into ornaments for the tree. Paint and affix wood initials onto stocking holders to identify to whom each stocking belongs. Crafty individuals also can turn plain wood plaques into signs with clever sayings, such as “Park your sleigh here.”
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Young children can use any medium for making ornaments. Garlands made of macaroni or popcorn are traditional. Fabric scraps can be sewn and stuffed with potpourri for homemade scent satchels. Handdrawn pictures can be made and laminated and hung on the tree. The only obstacle with regard to DIY ornaments is a limited imagination. Homemade items can add whimsy and a personal touch to the Christmas season.
Article Compliments of Metro. First published November 28, 2015. Last republished or updated December 5, 2018.