This ‘almost’ the season to be jolly. While some of us are trying to prepare for Halloween, many have skipped over that holiday in pursuit of being prepared to have the best Christmas ever.
As the nights start to draw in, the heating starts to come on by itself, and we swap our sandals for boots; we might find ourselves more likely to gather around the kitchen table engaging in quiet tasks than going out in the cold and dark weather.
If that sounds up your alley, this piece will discuss some do-it-yourself ornament designs you can make ahead of the festive period.
Having fresh greenery in your house can bring so many benefits to those who live there, and as with all of the changing seasons, new plants, trees, and blooms come into their own to thrive.
Fresh garlands made from pine, pinecones, and holly will be sure to brighten up your home, make it smell incredible, and also offer some natural rustic decor for the festive season.
There are plenty of ways you can display garlands around your home to create interesting looks, including draping them off door archways, using them as festive centerpieces for evening dinners, or even using them as natural tinsel!
Cookie Tree Ornaments
Baked ornaments are some of the cutest decorations going, and not only do they look great hanging on the walls or the Christmas trees, but they are super easy to make, too, especially if your children want to get involved.
All you need to do is find a recipe for ornament dough and cut and shape the dough exactly as you would like the ornaments to be. If you want them to look professional and precise, then invest in some cookie cutters, which come in so many different designs you will be spoilt for choice!
After the ornaments are baked in the oven, just leave them to cool, and then you can start getting to work on decorating them. Paints, sequins, sprinkles – whatever comes to your mind, stick it on there and create a Christmas masterpiece you can hang up every year. Just be sure to finish with some sealant spray to keep them protected and preserved.
Dried Orange and Clove Ornaments
Dried orange and clove ornaments are such a classic when it comes to Christmas. Not only do they smell INCREDIBLE around the house, infusing the air with that cozy, Christmassy scent, but they are also super easy to make.
To make your very own dried orange and clove ornaments, you will need:
Some decorative ribbon
First, dry the oranges out. If you are unsure of how to do this, then check out an easy step-by-step guide!
When your orange slices are dried, simply ‘poke’ through cloves into the orange flesh however you like, and then pop a hole in the top to feed a decorative ribbon through. There! All done!
You can hang these anywhere in your house for a lovely scent, such as the bathroom, or pop them on the trees as decorations!
Some of us will remember back when we were in school, making paper ornaments to hang on the trees in the countdown to Christmas, and while there is a slight chance you might have upskilled your drawing and cutting by then, the joy will still remain when making these delicate items.
A reindeer and a snowman are a great place to start if you want to get back into the spirit of things, but if you want a look that is a little more sophisticated, you could teach yourself how to make a delicate paper bauble design, which will look stunning in your festive displays.
Spruce Up Existing Ornaments
Do you have a couple of baubles that are a little lackluster? Perhaps their paint has been scratched off, or maybe they look a little too basic for you this year. Well, do not go out and splurge on some more if you feel like getting creative.
If you have some spray paints and rhinestones to hand, you could transform your dull ornaments into something enchanting. Top up the color and then stick on rhinestones, sequins, or glitter to bring them back to life!
Create Your Own Christmas Scene
Thanks to the hobbyists who enjoy creating mini-scenes with setups such as doll houses and train tracks, you can also get hold of these sweet little figurines to make your own Christmas scene. Why not have some people walking their dogs in the snow? Or a figuring picking out one of many Christmas trees? This definitely makes for a unique ornament and one you can express yourself in and make personal.
A Natural Wreath
There is something so peaceful and calming about making a wreath for Christmas, and using real plants, pinecones, holly, and other festive trimmings can really make your wreath come to life. Not only is this a great activity to do with others over a glass of mulled wine, but all wreaths will be unique in their finished design, which is great if you want an original piece for Christmas one year.
These can also make sweet gifts, and if you do end up making a wreath with others, why not do a wreath swap and hang each other’s on your doors as a reminder of quality time spent together. This time is all about building memories and connections after all.