On the first day of Christmas, Francofile is celebrating the joy of homemade Christmas trees. My family has made a lot of holiday decorations together, & I have many memories tied to particular ornaments–from my mom’s dancing elves ornaments, made when she was in Girl Scouts, to the blue beauties she got me the Christmas before I got married so that I could begin decorating my new family tree.
Nothing says the holidays to me like taking some time to do holiday crafts, & a few of my friends have shown me some great examples this year. (Plus, Pinterest is exploding with Christmas.) One of my incredibly talented friends (knitter, chair-fixer, wine-maker, professional baker…) pointed some of these out to me, & I went crazy looking at fun crafts for coming years. Here are some fun things to make your chilly afternoons merry & bright.
The Kids-Can-Help Christmas Tree
- from Good Housekeeping, a simple, fabric-covered “kissing ball” with mistletoe (plus 6 other fun ideas)
- from Christopher & Tia, yarn-wrapped, tiny wreaths
- from Meed the Dubiens, the Model Magic take on traditional plaster of Paris ornaments (love those ornaments)
The Traditional Christmas Tree
- from McCormick, cinnamon ornaments (just cinnamon & applesauce–who knew?!)
- from Pecuniarities, fragile & elegant painted egg shells (obviously not a craft for me)
- from the God of Crafts, simple citrus slices
- and again from Martha Stewart, “snowy balloon ornaments” (let me know if you get these to work, as I’ve failed several times)
- from HoftheHH, how to make a (lasting, successful) popcorn & cranberry garland
The Cute Crafts I Don’t Have Time For (but hope you do)
- from House Revivals, snowflakes from strips of books or newspaper pages
- darn you, Martha Stewart–cute wreaths of woven ribbon
- from Betz White, awesome felt ogees
- from pilli pilli, a great idea for using up my extra muslin & increasing my embroidery skills
- from curbly, an awesome button-covered ornament
I will never buy ornaments again! So much fun to be had. Enjoy.