Friday, November 6, 2009

Christmas Crafts--Links

I spent about an hour or so early this morning looking for things for the kids and I to do to make Christmas somewhat "homemade." I focused primarily on making ornaments for our tree.

A few of my classmates at Simplify 101 expressed interest in what I'd found, so I'm going to publish this list, as is, now. I had been going to wait and post it with pictures after we had chosen what to do (and done it!)--but hey, I can do that later, too!

So, I apologize for a (mostly) pictureless post--there are pictures at each link. (You will notice I went off on a rabbit trail chasing snowflakes. Those will be fun to do as a home school "lesson.")

Paper Chains.
Remember those? The easiest garlands, ever.
You can make them out of any sort of paper: shiny paper is nice.

Martha Stewart has a twist: make them out of ribbon instead. (Pictured above.)

The staff at Martha Stewart are truly creative. Here are a few more of their ideas which appeal to me:

Button Wreath Ornament

Fabric covered balls

Jingle Bell wreath:

For our first Christmas as a "family," (our son was three months old), I made what was probably the world's longest popcorn garland. AT MS, it's been transformed into a wreath. Adorable.


Hanging paper ornaments (double sided scrapbook paper would be best for this. As well, instructions forgot to include cutting two strips 12" long):

Pie plate ornaments:

Felt monogram ornaments:

Felt Gingerbread man ornament:

Lots of ideas to choose from at Kaboose:

Specifically, Polka Dot Glass ornaments:

More clever ideas with clear glass ornaments:
Using paint: Same idea but with easy to follow pictures for the visual learners among us:

Stuff with interesting stuff:

3-D Paper ornaments.
(Use cardboard and cookie cutters for templates. Paint, decorate.)

String and Ribbon Ornaments:

Bread Dough Ornaments.
For older children or adults, I think.

6 sided snowflakes

How to fold:
PDF File:

The Science Lesson to go with:

Hope that was helpful.


LOJO said...

I liked the button wreath ornament. I think I might try that one.

I have tubs and boxes of Christmas decorations (I've been collecting them for 20+ years now) so my big thing is trying to figure out what I really want to keep and put out and try to get rid of the rest!

Anna said...

Thanks Alana for sharing :-)

I too am drawn to that button wreath one. I have loads of buttons I can use up for this.

Bring on Christmas...!

Jenn said...

WOW Love it! Very beautiful ideas! Thanks so much for sharing!
Merry Christmas!!
Jenn (free Christmas craft and decorating ideas ebook!)

Erin @ SYL: Slipcover Your Life said...

Links is one of my all time favorite christmas decorations (I did mine in all pink this year!)

Also, just added you to my blogroll!

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