My favorites! Cinnamon cut-outs! They're environmentally friendly, smell amazing, and make adorable ornaments and package decorations.
Preheat oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit. Mix 3/4 cup warm applesauce with one 4 oz. container of cinnamon and mix well until dough forms a smooth ball. Using additional cinnamon for dusting your cutting board and rolling pin, roll out to about 1/4" thick. (You can also roll out between two sheets of plastic wrap or waxed paper, but I prefer the dusting method.) Cut out with holday-themed cookie cutters, poke a hole in the top of each one with a drinking straw or skewer, place on cookie sheets and dry in the warm oven for 2 & 1/2 hours. Remove to racks and allow to cool and continue curing overnight. Tie a ribbon on each one and hang on the tree or use to decorate gifts (they look amazing on brown-paper packages tied with twine or raffia... very rustic!)
One idea...take a clear plastic cocktail-size cup or those plastic wine glasses. it'll be upside down. cut out a cardboard/cardstock/plastic circle to fit the opening. fill it with anything. we did the fluffy snow and little plastic deer , some old greenery for trees. or you can fill it with lots of curling ribbon of different colors. or, if using for gifts, something that suits the receiver.
get a package of clear ornament balls take the top off of the balls put a drop of 2 different paint colors put top back on and shake make sure to cover the whole inside looks cool when done and simple enough to do with kids
Canned food cans; wash them,remove all labels, then use a can opener (old school) that you would pierce the top of cans with (makes a triangle shape in the tin) arround the top and sides of the cans. Then crush the can to half its size, place a tealite in the small ones. The large cans of food, are beautiful with sand in the bottom and a candle for luminairies. No need to paint them. Some look silver, and some look gold when you light the candles. When the larger ones are crushed, the indentions flare and create a beautiful lite flare. Fun and Cheap way to decorated.
Buy glitter pipe cleaners, i.e. silver, gold, red and/or green. I cut them in half which should be about 6". Gather 6 or 8, depending on how full you want it, twist them together using a needle nose pliers in the center and twist them tight. Spread them out like a sunburst. I will take the ends and make a pin curl on each one or you can wrap each one around a nail. Pull the nail out and you have a cork screw. Extend it a little. Intermix the colors with the glitter ones. Make some solid, etc. Attach the real tiny bells you find at Michael's on some, etc.
Make Xmas card pictures. Use cards that have different scenes on them. cut them out, small enough to make a nice ornament. Get a box of round toothpicks , a good glue stick or Elmers glue, colored yarn and glitter if wanted. Glue a tooth pick around each side of the cut out. keep repeating this process until it looks like a picture frame. Then attach a length of yarn by glueing it to the back of the picture to use for hanging on the tree. The toohpicks can be colored by food coloring or felt markers or purchasing colored ones. The yarn can be a single strand or braided. On the back of each picture you can write who gave you the card and year. Or put the name of your children who helped make the ornaments. I still have some of these priceless ornaments that me and my daughter made over twenty years ago. Have fun with this and make some precious memories.
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You could string, alternately, air-popped popcorn and cranberries on strings,and make rustic garlands. They can be hung outside to feed the birds, Or you can take pine cones, dip them in melted wax that has been colored with crayon stubs (keep colors separate), then roll in glitter while the wax is still soft. Can be used as decorations or as fire starters for fireplaces.
there are several pages on the internet you can go to... Familyfun.com, BHG.com almost all have homemade things to make for your home... are you crafty? are you a clutz? funfoam ornaments are pretty much fail proof. pinecones in a basket with some long cinnamon sticks look pretty. pinecones with glue and glitter look pretty on a tree.... construction paper chains, strings of popped corn and berries look cute and feed the birds... scratched CD's can be hung with ribbon.... browse and you shall find.....