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
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
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?