Christmas is the time of year when you want to go all out dressing your home to the nines. Making your own decorations will add a personalized touch and provide a fun holiday activity the entire family can enjoy. If you are thinking of making handmade decorations this Christmas, here are a few great ideas.
Dried Orange Garland
Dried oranges will look festive and give your home a rustic look that’s perfect for the holidays. It will also infuse your interior with a spicey, seasonal aroma. Sliced oranges can be dried by putting them in the oven on 250 degrees Fahrenheit for 2 to 3 hours. Once they are done, you can tie a ribbon through them to hang them on a real or store-bought garland that can be draped around windows. Alternately, you can tie the oranges directly to your Christmas tree branches so they serve as a unique ornament.
Mason jars make terrific Christmas decorations. You can paint the outside and fill the inside to create Christmas scenes. For instance, a bit of cotton makes for a terrific snowy ground and you can add scenic elements to the jar’s exterior. Alternately, the jar makes a great container for gift items, seasonal candies and more.
Scented Christmas Candles
Scented candles make a home look warm and cozy and infuse interiors with a delightful aroma. To make your own, put a tea light in an attractive terracotta pot that contains any household items that may smell good. Vanilla and cinnamon spices and extracts, fresh coffee beans and dried flowers are all recommended.
Painted Christmas Lights
Christmas lights burn out quickly, but you can recycle them in a delightful way by simply dipping them in paint. Attach them to a garland to make a colorful decoration that can be hung around the house and in the windows. You can also paint lights when they are new to add pizzazz to your holiday décor. Why do the same old red and green when you can add vibrant tones like yellows, blues and purples?
A stocking can be made from just about anything. If you are handy with a needle and thread, or even glue, you can make a stocking from a dish towel, a piece of felt, an item of clothing or an old burlap sack. Then decorate it with your favorite theme such as a cute animal, a nature scene or Santa himself.
Cactus Christmas Tree
Do an original take on a Christmas tree by decorating a cactus instead. Simply buy a larger potted cactus and decorate it with lights, garlands and ornaments as you would any other tree. It will provide a fun and unique look that sets your décor apart. These are perfect if you live in a warm, dry climate.
If you are looking to create decorations that make your home stand out, these are all great ways to do it. So gather some of your arts and crafts items and get ready to have fun. Which of these will you be trying this holiday season?