We’ve seriously downgraded our Christmas decorations this year thanks to the fact that we have a new addition to our family, Monty who’s a 10-week old Bichon Frise, Shih Tzu cross puppy. He’s into everything so we thought a smaller tree would be good this year as our usual one is floor to ceiling and quite bushy.
I didn’t want to buy an artificial tree so we went with a real one that was small enough that we could stand on a table in the living room out of Monty’s reach. It’s cute but a little wonky and because it’s smaller than usual, we decided to really cut back on the tree ornaments!
Mr Frugal seems to have left half of the decorations in the loft this year although he promises me that it wasn’t intentional! Normally, I would have sent him back up there to get the rest but seeing as we’re not going all out, we decided to make do with the things he did get down this year. On the whole, I’m OK with that but I’m definitely missing some of our homemade decorations from over the years.
The tree does look lovely though, even if it is a little wonky and mismatched! 😉
Over the years we’ve made so many Christmas decorations that we could have a whole tree dedicated just to our homemade loveliness. There are so many things you can do and you can make them as complicated or as simple as you want to depending on what you have to hand and how crafty you and your children are.
I thought I’d share some of our favourite homemade ornaments with you today along with lots of other lovely ideas from some fellow bloggers. We’ll start with the ones we’ve made over the years to hang on our tree…
(1) A salt dough bell dipped in glitter, (2) cinnamon sticks tied together with ribbon (3) a piece of card painted with a hole punched in the top for some ribbon and (4) a star cut out of card and decorated with a hole punched in for ribbon.
(1) A pom pom, (2) pipe cleaners twisted into a star, (3) a boot cut from shiny card with scrunched up paper for the furry top and (4) a cut out of our gingerbread cookie cutter.
Simple lolly sticks glued together to look like a Christmas tree.
All of our homemade ornaments are simple and they probably don’t look amazing to most people but they make me smile because I remember the fun we had making them all.
Here’s another little lot of homemade ornaments ideas from some lovely bloggers who are way more craftily gifted than me…
A wish tree from Becky at Simple Parenting
Paw Print Ornaments from Ann’s Entitled Life
Christmas in the Barn Kid Made Nativity Ornament from Something 2 Offer
Fingerprint Christmas Tree Ornament from Mommy’s Bundle
Christmas Tree Gift Decoration from Coombe Mill
Sensory Snowman Cards from Joy at the Sensory Seeker
Corduroy’s Christmas Surprise Handmade Ornament from Something 2 Offer
Homemade Snowflake Ornaments from Honey and Lime
DIY LEGO® Holiday Wreath Photo Ornament Craft from Honey and Lime
Handprint and Footprint Keepsake Ornaments from Living Montessori Now
Guess How Much I Love You? Ornament from Emma Owl
Craft Stick Reindeer Ornament from Gift of Curiosity
DIY Egg Ornaments from Thrifty T’s Treasures
Candy Cane Ornaments from Modern Preschool
Beaded Christmas Ornaments from Just One Mommy
Snowman and Santa Handmade Ornament Crafts for Kids from The Preschool Toolbox
Sparkling Star Mason Jar Lid Ornament from Domestically Blissful
Upcycled Reindeer Ornament from Little Bins for Little Hands
Star Photo Frame Ornament from Messy Little Monster
Baby Memory Ornament from Little Bins for Little Hands
Sparkly Craft-Stick Christmas Tree Ornament from Living Montessori Now
Paper Plate Baubles from Arty Crafty Kids
Cinnamon Christmas Ornaments from Gift of Curiosity
Snowflake Ornament from Mommy’s Bundle
Owl Moon Ornament from Freshly Planted
Christmas Stocking Ornament Craft from KC Edventures
Cupcake Liner Christmas Tree Ornament from Raising Little Superheroes
Scrap Ribbon Tree Ornaments from Fireflies and Mudpies
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