Some people like to get all their Christmas decorations up and finished the day after Thanksgiving. Me, on the other hand, I like to let my turkey digest, get together with friends and family, and make the Christmas decorating a long-term event. The decorations aren’t complete until the celebration begins, and each year we add new decorations, new traditions, and a unique look to the house for the holidays.
My favorite thing to do, instead of buying all the Christmas decorations, is to make time to create them myself. This might sound like a daunting task, but you’d be surprised at how many beautiful trinkets you can create with a minimum of simple craft supplies.
It’s easy to make a country-cozy Christmas tree with the family. I strongly recommend a faux tree – these are beautiful year after year, are easily stored, don’t leave a million pine needles all over your carpet for the rest of time, don’t have to be disposed of, don’t present a fire hazard, and – best of all – don’t result in the deaths of trees. So pull out your faux tree, and get to work. A string of white lights starts off the decoration and makes a twinkling foundation for the rest of your imaginative decorations.
Less than 30 cents will buy you tiny grapevine wreathes from any crafting supply store – pick up a slew of these guys, tons of tiny red bows, a glue gun, and some twine, and you’re ready to make beautiful Christmas wreathes with a country touch to add to your tree. Look around the craft store for anything you think would be perfect to add to your tree. It’s easy to tie a piece of twine to almost anything and hang it off that puppy to make unique, hand-made decorations.
Make sure to pick up Styrofoam balls, ribbons, bells, glitter, snowflakes, and anything else that catches your eye. Why spend money on breakable glass balls when you can sit down with the family and make exquisite decorations limited only by your imagination? Wrap your balls in ribbons and bows, sprinkle them with glitter, and place them amongst the rest of your decorations. And don’t forget to top it all off with a great, bit glittery barn star or angel to set everything off.
Pick up Styrofoam cubes or find small cardboard boxes around the house. Wrap them in Christmas paper, cover them in curly ribbons and bows, and set them around the house and under the tree for a festive, generous look, even if you can’t buy a million presents. Don’t forget adorable stockings that can be personalized with glitter and fabric paints to hang on the mantle or the banister.
Carry the country cosy theme over to garland with grapevine garland decorated with berries, pine cones, poinsettia blossoms and anything else that catches your eye. Fill glass bowls and vases with winter branches dipped in glitter, pine cones dotted with bows, and stems with berries – put a layer of snowflake glitter pieces inside the vases for extra effect.
Use your imagination, and get your family involved. The holidays are a big event, and doing crafts, decorating, and celebrating together will help you create happy memories to last a lifetime.
Do you have any tips for Christmas decorations or themes? Leave a comment below and share them with the world. If you have any questions or subjects you’d like to see covered, just let me know and you might find your question answered in a blog. Coming soon: What Makes Christmas Special?