Post # 1
Everytime I have a crafty question this is the place I look for answers… generally they are totally wedding related but not tonight. lol Our household has hit a very rocky time financially, like worse than I ever expected could happen and as the saying goes, “When it rains, it pours”… Some of you will think this is a petty thing to worry about when we cannot afford to even pay the bills but to me it isn’t.
What I would like to know is if any of you craft-queens have ideas for DIY ornaments or tree decor that I can make for/with my children. (5 year old boy & 9 year old girl) Christmas has always been very important to us & I can’t handle not giving them an exquisite tree at the very least. Mr.A despises holidays and feels like the kids should understand that “just this once” we aren’t doing anything different except going to dinner with family. (He is a wonderful father figure for them except in this area lol)
My goal is to use what I have around the house to create a unique & special time. Like, since we can’t afford to buy fabric & I have a huge bag of clothes that are going to charity, maybe we can use that as a base for simple fabric ornaments. Using food items as garland is out… don’t tell the dog tho, she would love a snack! On hand I have scissors, needle, thread, sewing machine, possibly some glue & tissue paper. Pathetic right!? This is a rotten feeling for a mom & trust me, I know its going to get worse over the next few weeks, just going to deal with it as best as possible.
I dunno, any ideas are appreciated greatly!
Post # 3
If you have clothes to cut up, rock that and sew some little ornaments. You could let them pick out and cut shapes, use little fabric pieces to decorate, or pens/markers to draw on them, ect. Like this:
Or make paper chains with the million and one magazines that always come at Christmas that are brightly colored.
Oh and paper snowflakes are always fun:
I can’t find a picture for it but I know we used to use old Christmas cards to make ornaments, cut them out into pretty shapes and put glitter and such on them.
Post # 4
Salt dough ornaments were always some of my favorites.
Post # 5
You may want to check out things for a diy Christmas here:
Post # 6
You can make tissue paper angels: http://www.babycenter.com/210_tissue-paper-angel-ornament_2221.bc Just add foil from your kitchen supply. LOL I think I even remeber making these from toilet paper when I was a kid! Your kids can help you make Christmas tree cards from fabric strips and a button, like these:
Just sew the fabric down the middle on the machine or glue down. I did these one year and just sewed it down the middle, didn’t bother to glue.
If you use creamer at home or work, save the bottle and make a coffee creamer bottle snow man- just google it there are tons of examples. Oldie but goodie: save your silver foil gum wrappers to cover a cardboard star for the top of the tree!
Post # 7
growing up my mom always helped us make christmas items. my sister and I made paper angels, colored them and glittered them. 17 years later my mom still has them. we also would use felt and cut it into christmas trees and use yard and sewn them and stuff them with fabric or batting and then sew button on them for the ornaments! or we would go to the park and find pinecones and bring them home and pour glue and glitter them tie string and they were ornaments!
Post # 8
Why not do a nature tree and scout the woods or parks and pick up some things you can use like pine cones…..dip or roll in glue and dump on glittter,tiny pieces of shredded paper,foil,etc. You can find acorns and spray them or handpaint them and glue on hooks or ribbons to hang. Maybe even get lucky and find some holly and make bunches to make small sprays you can easily hang. Lots of things in the outdoors can make for some pretty decorations.
You can also use things you have around your house. Small kitchen utensils decorated with a pretty bow, cut up old shoes boxes into tree or star shapes and cover with foil or glitter, punch a hole at the top and hang…so many ways to use things that you already have by just looking at them in a different way. Go through any old costume jewelry too…sometimes those will give you inspiration to add a little dazzle to your tree.