Handmade & Homemade Christmas Ornaments

Itís time to trim the tree! Looking at a familyís Christmas tree is like looking at their family history. Through the years ornaments are added that means something special. This year, make some ornaments using some unique materials and then enjoy the memories for years to come.

Salt Dough Ornaments:

Mix 1 cup salt and 2 cups flour. Add in half cup water, then gradually add another half cup water. Knead until the dough is smooth, this can take up to 10 minutes.

For flat dough ornaments roll out the dough. You can also be creative and make odd shapes and wreaths (takes longer to bake.) Use cookie cutters, cut-out templates, or just use your hands. on't forget to use a straw or toothpick to make a hole so you can hang the ornament. The baking time varies based on thickness of ornament. Start with about 1 Ĺ hours at 325įF or until dry. Let cool and then paint with acrylic paints. Glue on beads, buttons, or any fun accessory. Coat with acrylic varnish when everything is dry.

Reindeer Hats:

These arenít hats for reindeer, they are reindeer made out of hats! Purchase some small straw hats (at craft stores in the doll section). Poke one end of a brown pipe cleaner up through the back of the hat and the other end up through the bottom, about a half inch over. Twist another small piece of pipe cleaner around each end of the first pipe cleaner to make antlers. Add googly eyes and a red nose. If you want, add a ribbon and jingle bell and a greeting or the year the ornament was made with paint.

Shivering Snowmen: Keep your snowman warm with cute ear muffs!

Take a round glass ornament and remove the top hanger piece. Fill it with shredded white paper and replace top. Cut a 3 inch piece of pipe cleaner and use glue or glue dots to attach it to either side of the ball so that it forms an arch around the top. Add a pom-pom to each end of the pipe cleaner to finish the ear muffs. Add black craft foam coal eyes and mouth and an orange carrot nose.

Notebook Ring Wreath:

Cut about 10 Ė 12 pieces of ribbon into 6 inch lengths. Take a 2 inch notebook ring and tie the ribbons all around. Suspend a photo in the middle of the wreath.

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