By Kathy Wilson
Sometimes filling in that holiday tree can be a very expensive proposition!
Here are some great easy and cheap projects to deck the halls without breaking
Paper fans. You can create some very elegant ornaments for your tree using paper
and a little ribbon. You'll need:
Paper, decorative preferable, old
wallpaper, wrapping paper, or even magazine pages
Stapler or glue
Ribbon to hang
Cut your chosen paper into a 6x4 inch rectangle. Fold the paper accordion style
all the way across the paper. Now close the accordion at one end, and staple or
glue to hold. Tie a ribbon around the closed end, and hang on the tree! This one
works best in larger numbers for good impact, and looks very upscale. Tip: A
slightly stiffer paper make fans that last longer, some dollar shops sell
wallpaper border for a buck!
Dipped cones. No, we're not talking ice cream here! These fit well into a
rustic, country, or old fashioned Christmas theme. You'll need:
White paint (leftover works fine) for snow
Foil or wax paper to dry on
Collect pine cones that fit the scale of your tree. If you have a small tree,
use small cones! You can also use these in a basket, mantel, or tabletop
display. Note: Use good judgment in collecting your pinecones, ask permission if
Pour white paint into an open bowl large enough to dip the pinecones in. Dip the
cone into the paint halfway, let excess paint drip off, then set on the wax
paper to dry. When completely dry, wrap a piece of ribbon around the top tightly
and tie, use ribbon to hang if desired. You can eliminate the ribbon step if you
are not hanging them.
Weathered Ornaments. You can easily and quickly create weathered, rustic
ornaments that fit into nearly any theme with a small amount of paint and some
wooden cutouts. You'll need:
wooden cutouts(You can buy them at your craft store cheaply.)
Metallic or earth tone craft paint
Dry paint brush
Ribbon or twine
Using your paint brush, dpi into paint and then dab off most of the paint so the
brush is nearly dry. In an up an down motion, brush quickly over the surface of
the cutout, giving a broken, antique look. Let dry.
Use ribbon or twine to hang, and love your simple and quick creation!
"Use What You Have" Ornaments
There are many beloved items around our homes that can be used as wonderful and
personal decorations during the holidays season, if only we open out eyes. I
love to use cookie cutters hung with ribbon to remind me of making holiday
cookies with my children. Other ideas include the silverware you got as a
wedding present 20 years ago, your children's baby booties, or costume jewelry
your Aunt Marge left you. Use your imagination, and look around your home for
things that speak of your family.
I wish you all a wonderful and blessed Holiday, and remember that a tight budget
shouldn't keep you from decorating your home for the Holidays!
Want more free home decorating ideas? Visit Kathy at The Budget Decorator
and Decorating Your Small Space