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November 28th, 2003, 6:00pm
Ok, I caved in and bought the kids an artificial xmas tree for their bedroom at Target (it was a steal this morning). However, I have informed them that except for the one string of lights I shelled out $1.62 for, the ornaments have to be handmade by them. I did buy some xmas balls and they glittered all over those....mighty pretty. But everything else has to be made with something at home. I've strung one strand of popcorn (man, I forgot how time consuming that is) and will probably be doing that all night. Right now they have construction paper, sequins, glitter and popsicle sticks and are having a blast creating. Thought you creative types could give me some ideas on other things. Anyone? Any help is much appreciated by Joey and Jake. Thanks. :)
November 28th, 2003, 7:44pm
salt dough ornaments
You can also mix food coloring into regular glue and pour it into construction paper "frames" to make "stained glass" ornaments.
We used beer tabs in college, but I guess that isn't exactly appropriate. :laugh:
November 28th, 2003, 9:54pm
Please post pic of Joey and Jake's tree when they are done, I would
love to see it! :) It's all about the fun and memories...and it
sounds like they are off to a great start. :)
November 29th, 2003, 1:35am
Pine cones - put glue on them and sprinkle glitter onto the glue.
My daughter and I made all of our ornaments after my ex and I split. I cross-stitched some, made some from felt and stuffed them, did salt-dough, and bought an inexpensive set of wooden ones which we painted. Maybe the kids could make some from cardboard and paint them?
November 29th, 2003, 8:32am
Thanks you guys for the suggestions. We are starting to have a pretty cool tree but still working on it. The important thing is the kids are having a blast and keep going to look at it. I'll try to get a pic up after it's all said and done. Thanks again! :)
December 2nd, 2003, 3:22pm
Hopefully you are still working on the tree, because I have another suggestion. We took foil tart tins (the super-mini pie type) and those peppermint candies and made little wreaths. Nearly any hard handies will work, and the clear ones can look like stained glass, etc. We just put them in the oven, but I don't know what temperature or for how long, so just turn the light on and keep an eye on them. To do wreaths, we just put them around the outside and left the middle empty. While they are still warm when they come out, you can poke a hole for a ribbon hanger. I remember having lots of fun with those.
And there are always gingerbread men and women, which are a blast to decorate. We did an entirely edible tree one year...the dog loved it! :laugh:
December 2nd, 2003, 5:40pm
Basic & old but I have always loved paper chains! You know construction paper circles linked together. They can write good wishes or dreams & hopes on them ...or any number of things.
I just like the look esp. on a homemade style tree.
December 2nd, 2003, 9:56pm
Well, ya'll have helped me make my next weekend plans! Thanks for the ideas....keep em coming, still have bare spots! :)
December 2nd, 2003, 10:09pm
These might give you some ideas!
Good luck! :)
December 3rd, 2003, 7:49pm
I like to go online and print out Christmas pictures (gingerbread men, stockings, etc.) that can be used as basic templates to create neat stuff out of fun foam. One year my son did gingerbread men ornaments with dark brown fun foam and gave them as Christmas gifts. You can use any type of sequins, glitter, etc to decorate and then punch a hole in the top, tie red string or yarn on it and they are Really pretty.
December 4th, 2003, 5:54pm
Paper doilies in different colors--we would cut out the center and glue it to a tin can lid--Dad would punch the hole in the lid and then hang. Old fashioned clothes pins painted to look like santa, nutcrackers etc. Thumprint animals on cardboard. Take a sturdy piece of cardboard, have them put their finger in paint or an ink pad. Press onto the cardboard and add little ears, eyes and a tail --yield one little mouse to hang on the tree. You can make owls, whatever their imagination wants. They can do it each year and see the change in the size of their fingers. Take small or sample perfume bottles and fill them with water and glitter--tie with a ribbon and hang. Small lemons or other small fruit studded with cloves--these should last through the holidays and the smell is wonderful. If you have any trees outside--have them go on a hunt for an old birdnest for the tree.
Little squares of paper painted then fanfolded into tiny fans--tie with a ribbon and hang.
This is a link to an webpage that has fairly easy origami instructions. They come out really cute!!
Do you have a dog? Have them tie a ribbon on a tiny dog bone for a doggie treat on Christmas. Old cookie cutters, hung with a ribbon. Any old little toys they might have laying around. My kids have hung everything from monopoly pieces, to parts from old games, old costume jewelry, to figures that came in Happy Meals.