It’s my absolute favorite time of year. The “HOLIDAYS” – such a significant chunk of time in the year that it has it’s own special label in my mind. The traditions, the smells, the decorations, the thoughtful searching for the perfect gift to show your loved ones how much you care, and did I mention decorations?
Do you remember making Christmas ornaments when you were little? I still have really strong memories of making Christmas stuff and decorating with my mom. It’s my absolute favorite time of year. I wasn’t more than 6 or 7 but the images are so vivid. Nothing was incredibly complicated. Just simple homemade Christmas ornaments. Sometimes they went horribly wrong and were just downright ugly! Mom and Sissy you know what I’m talking about.
But we’ve still got most of our Christmas creations. And every year as we lovingly unwrap them, it’s like unwrapping all those Christmases all over again.
I strive to give my daughters the same special memories. So every year we try and make a couple of our own Christmas decorations. The early ones were pieces of paper cut out into unrecognizable shapes hung on yarn, some with pop-cycle sticks, glue, and glitter. But all of them are special and made with love.
They’re mostly variations on a theme. Lots of pine cone. And twigs. And scraps of old ribbon. And some of them – in true family Christmas tradition – have been utter disasters. Last year, the mess I made from a bit of cardboard, washi tape, and wire had to be seen to be believed 🙂
But these are some of our simple homemade Christmas faves. That we come back to year after year. And you can easily put together in a cosy hour after school.
Simple Homemade Christmas Ornaments
For so many – myself included – the Holidays means pine cones.
In a big bowl in front of the fire. Piled up haphazard on the mantelpiece. Spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove (Recipe Instructions Here). Hidden in various areas of the house to add a little extra ambiance.
A few hanging elegantly with ribbon bow like these… (Instructions)
Don’t forget these simple yet beautiful bleached pine cone ornaments. (Instructions)
A couple of our other fun favorites – which are super easy for kiddos to make – are these twig trees with scraps of ribbon or leftover fabric for the branches. Have an adventure gathering the perfect twigs with you little ones and then come back inside to construct these cute little trees (Instructions).
Check out these cute twig and raffia stars! (Instructions)
I also really love this simple collection of fir twigs strung on ribbon. It’s basically just a freestyle Holiday arrangement but definitely an advocate for less is more! (Instructions)
Another lovely freestyle idea that the kids can do their own way, are these adorable wool stars. I love the natural look of this wool, but your kiddos may prefer the random bits of bright stuff leftover from craft kits or finger knitting. Mine did! (Instructions)
Finally, if you’ve got some old Christmas Tree ornaments, you can give them a natural makeover with just a few strips from an old book or a newspaper. (Instructions)
I hope you and your family enjoy these simple natural ideas for homemade Christmas ornaments as much as my family has over the years. Wishing you the Happiest of Holiday Seasons from my family to yours!!
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