This time of year, I enjoy seeing all the elegant trees featured in magazines, on websites & shared by people on FB. I sometimes long for those perfect trees, decorated so carefully with items that coordinate with one another. Then I look at my tree. It is beautiful in its own way but there are a few items that would prevent it from being featured in any magazine. There’s the cloth ornament with “For Dad” on one side & “Fro Mom” on the other, made by The Child when she was young. There’s the faded ornament with my name written in glitter, given to me by our church when I was a toddler. There’s the 2 angels with The Child’s name on one & my name on the other. Our names were added with labels printed out by Mr. D. who wanted us to know we were HIS angels! These decorations may not be elegant but they are packed with memories & money can buy those no matter how hard we try!
Woman’s Day offers you the opportunity to create memories with your family this Christmas. They have developed a series of DIY ornaments that you & your family can make to added to your tree this year & in the years to come. Enjoy!
Snowmen always add a touch of whimsy to your Christmas decorations. BHG has a darling selection of snowmen that you can make this Christmas. Decorate your entire home with these winter wonders or give them to friends. Either way, these snowmen are a Simple Joy this Christmas!
When I decorate our Christmas tree each year, I am filled with memories as I hang various ornaments on our tree. The pin & white knit stocking made by a co-worker for The Child on her first Christmas. The bicycle ornament I gave Mr. D. when we were first married. The ornament the church gave me when I was a toddler. And especially, the wax filled ornaments my great-grandparents brought with them from Germany.
As beautiful as those ornaments are, the ones I love the most are the handmade ornaments from friends & made by The Child as she was growing up. Do you have handmade ornaments on your tree? If not, it’s time to add some! If you do, you can always make room for more!
Country Living shares their selection of 31 easy to make ornaments. Many can be made with & by your kids. Prepare them for your tree this year. Then, enjoy the memories they stir up each year as you decorate your tree!
What is your favorite ornament on your Christmas tree? Tell us about it! Share the history & why it means so much to you!
Easy to Make Ornaments
Mix them with your traditional decorations for an extra special look.
Source: 35 Homemade Christmas Ornaments to Hang on Your Tree
As you may have guessed, I LOVE making wreaths! I work to keep them simple so my clients may add their own personal touches to their wreaths. A wreath welcomes guests to your home & should reflect your personality & your home.
While I would be THRILLED to have you (& everyone else) purchase their Christmas wreath from me, I would also be happy to know you have created a Christmas wreath for your home. Good Housekeeping shares 12 wreaths you can make yourself. If you are like me, you will make more than one to decorate your home! Enjoy!
DIY Christmas Wreaths
I enjoy having a bit of Christmas spirit throughout my home. This can be expensive if you continue to buy new decorations for your home. It can also get, well, a little boring. If you spend a lot of money on decorations, you don’t want that expense to go to waste. So, you keep using your decorations year after year. This year, add Christmas spirit to your home without the expense or bother by making your own Holiday touches. Midwest Living has 35 projects to tickle your Christmas fancy! That should stop you from becoming bored!
Kids are always SO excited about Christmas. They can’t wait for the big day to arrive & drive you almost CRAZY asking how soon it will be here. This year, help them count down the days until Christmas with an Advent calendar you (& your kids) can make. Country Living has a wonderful selection of projects that you can choose from, including this darling Box Calendar! Browse through them & pick the one that best suits your family! Advent is a wonderful way to enjoy the Christmas season all month long. What a Simple Joy!
Get into the Holiday spirit with these Christmas crafts for kids. Oh, I know it’s still a bit early but Thanksgiving falls late again this year, leaving us less time to prepare for Christmas. Also, you must begin early if you are making any Christmas gifts. these crafts can be made by you FOR kids or by kids themselves to give as gifts to family & friends. From BHG
Kids’ Christmas Crafts
Kids are always so excited during the Holiday season. As the song says, they know that Santa’s on his way! And they can hardly wait! This year, give your kids a taste of Santa early when your family creates these fun Santa crafts. BHG has found ways to share the Jolly Old Elf throughout your home. Just the thing to make the kids happy until Christmas. And remember, at Christmas, we’re all kids!
Do you & your family make Christmas crafts? What are your favorites? Please share your craft projects with us!