I want to make some Christmas ornaments. Does anyone have any good, thrifty ideas?
Long ago we took 2 or 3 inch styrofoam balls and some scraps of material and just place a small piece of material on the ball. With a spoon or nail file press the material in to cover about an inch or so of the ball. Use a different piece and just keep going around until the ball is covered. attach a ribbon with a pin and hang! Merry Christmas! Jean
I have used the lids from juice cans, and made punched tin ornaments. Use a nail and a block of wood, and one large nail hammered into the block of wood to secure it while you work. Certain designs, like a tree, angel, train, NOEL, 2000, star, holly are the most obvious ones. Can be accented with model paint. Others could be the frame for a cut-out picture or photograph. Hang with a ribbon through the hole at the top.
Anything you can get your hands on is a potential ornament. Think about it.
Last year my daughter (6) and I made ornaments for our tree which are also momentos.
Here's what we did: 1st we took out pictures of all my children, especially when they were younger. We then cut out colored construction paper 1/2 wider than the picture.
We made about 15 of these and my children and everyone else that came to our home last year was thrilled to see something about their happy past on our tree.
We even gave them the ornament as a gift for their tree. My children were so blessed. It will always remind them of their holidays.
Use the spring type, remove the spring & discard. Paint or stain the clothespins brown (liquid shoe polish works.) Cut a piece of red 1/4" ribbon about 8-1/2" long.
It's real cute. You could also make a pin
by gluing a pin back.
I used this for my nursing home craft class and it was a big hit.
Ms. Syd Barr
When I was young, Mom made ornaments out of 'tin' can lids. She used tin snips to cut out designs such as stars, etc. One really pretty one was a circle than had cuts toward the center evenly spaced around the edge and bent upward. It looked like a mini turbine.
Another ornament that Mom made were beautiful fabric shapes, trees, patchwork squares, stars, stockings, etc. stuffed with batting and closed. She made use of the tinest scraps of material this way.
I have seen woven straw ornaments at garage sales. (I buy Christmas ornaments regularly at garage sales.)
Ornaments can be made out of sewing supplies, old Christmas cards, wrapping paper, ribbon (perfect for bows) and dried flowers and weeds.
You can melt old styrofoam cups in the oven on a cookie sheet. Set the oven at 250 degrees and place used cups, right side up into the oven. Watch them carefully as they will melt down and take on different shapes. When they start to take shape, take them out of the oven, let them cool, and use you creativity to decide if they are hats, or santa bags.
Warning: Do this in a very well ventilated room as the styrofoam will smell as it melts.
I have made these and sold them at church bazaars, and people love to find out that they are recycled!!
I made great ornaments from CD's They are shiny and a good size.I put family photos in the center with evergreen and small oraments around the circle.
I even made a clock. Went to the dollar and got a clock so I could use the mechanism . Attach to back of cd Looks great.
Glue Paper gold doilies around a paper drinking cup that has a point at the end fill with silk flowers or baby breath. Attach a ribbon. Victorian
Decorate an Altoid box punch holes top and bottom put ribbon into holes and hang on tree
Hope these ideas will help Lenore
Save all the colored paper that comes home from the kids school or from junk mail. Cut into strips and then make the strips into loops and make a paper chain.
Any ornament your kids make will always look wonderful on your tree even years from now.
I've seen walnut shell halves decorated and hung from ribbons.
The balls from a sweet gum tree spray painted and hung with a string or ribbon make great ornaments. Try using the seed heads from thistles or other weeds.
An old curtain ring made into a Christmas decor. First I washed them then let them dry (alternatively painted them) then sketch a design on it with glue and sprinkled with glittering dusts.
These are so easy to make and look so elegant. All you do is remove the lid from each ball ornament and fill each ornament about 1/2 way to 1/3 way with the artificial snow.
Looking to trade Cracker Box ornament kit instructions. I need "Very Berry" and "Baubles, Bangles and Beads". I have other rare and retired instructions to trade.
Leighton from Orlando, FL
When I was a kid, I always wanted a themed Christmas tree like you see in stores or in the movies. We had the kind of tree with mismatched ornaments that had been handed down or picked up secondhand. No one can really afford to have all their ornaments match, right?
These are little hand made stuffed chairs I am giving as ornaments. You may be able to see they open. One has a little teddy bear inside.
I live at the beach and constantly pick up interesting shells and rocks. I have been wanting to use them in an interesting craft and decided I would start looking for very tiny shells and very tiny rocks.
Take old scraps of quilting if you have some or your favorite fabrics and cut out a few hearts and sew up leaving a small place to stuff them and then whip stitch them shut. Then hot glue green and red antique or old buttons on them for extra charm.