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The following guest post is from CraftingADD
Hello everybody, my name is April and I am a craft-a-holic! I have my own blog CraftingADD where I feature a lot of awesomely talented artists and small businesses as well as feature some of my own work occasionally, I also have a kick ass Facebook page, Ape’s Custom Jewelry (and Stuff) where I showcase all of my finished work and items that are up for sale, so feel free to check them out! In the meantime, here is a little taste of what you will see on my Facebook page
Okay! Enough with the self plugging already….. Well….. Maybe just one more. :)
So I have begun a wonderful exploration into the world that is DIY. This year my budget is lower than usual especially now that I have two little bits to buy presents for, so why waste that valuable present money on decorations? Well, with the help of Pinterest and the World Wide Web, there really is no shortage of ideas for handmade projects. So I have picked my top three ideas for ornaments and decorations for this holiday season!
1) Salt Dough Ornaments
This awesome idea is great to share with the kids. You will need salt dough (listed below) and cookie cutters or other shaping tools and a spool of ¼” ribbon or some yarn. Optional additions: stamps, markers, paint, glitter, food coloring, and anything your imagination can think of for decorating the ornaments.
Salt dough Recipe:
- 2cups flour
- 1 cup salt
- 1 cup water
- 5 TBS cinnamon
- knead until smooth then refrigerate 30 mins.
- Cook at 325 for about 45-60 mins.
Once you have your salt dough prepared, roll it out flat to about ¼” inch of thickness. Then use your cookie cutters to cut out the ornaments, lay them flat on wax paper. You can use a pencil to make a hole at the top of your ornament, be sure to make it large enough to fit your ribbon through after they bake. Decorate the ornaments with fingerprints to make it a memory ornament (also an awesome gift idea for grandparents) or use stamps or paint to decorate them.
Once you are finished decorating, follow the baking instructions from your dough recipe. Once they are cool, thread your hole with your ribbon or yarn and they are ready to hang!
2) Snow Globe Ornaments
- Plastic or Glass Clear ornaments (can be found at any craft store during the holidays),
- White multi-size pom poms
- Silver Glitter
- Super glue or other craft glue
Step 1: Open your ornament, use a piece of paper shaped into a cone or a small funnel to put glitter into the ornament.
Step 2: Once you get the amount of glitter you prefer in the ornament you can add your snowballs (pom poms). Try to add different sized poms into the ornament for the best effect.
Step 3: Put some glue on the inside of the topper and put it back on the ornament be sure that it’s snug. Just wait for it to dry and you have a beautiful snow globe ornament.
Another awesome snow globe ornament idea involves yet another clear ornament, some white glitter and either a trimming from your tree or a tiny Christmas village tree. Here is an example of this style.
3) Crochet Snowflake Ornament
Crocheting has come back in a big way, if you don’t know how to crochet but would like to learn, there are tons of tutorials online that can help you learn. CrochetGeek and BobWilson123 on YouTube to find some really great basic tutorials. All you will need is a hook and some yarn and scissors to learn to crochet.
Here are links to my favorite FREE star ornament patterns: