No doubt like a lot of families, yours spends some of it's time during the holiday season enjoying the holiday sights and sounds around them. That means looking at the many window displays in stores, and enjoying many a christmas ornament used to dress up a tree or window.
Some of the most beautiful Christmas trees aren't the ones decked from head to toe with an array of christmas ornament gadgetry that would be more at home on a space ship. No, the really memorable trees use a christmas ornament that is handmade. A christmas ornament where you can tell some thought and creativity went into its creation. A christmas ornament made with a budget in mind is often as impressive as some sequined, lacquered model that was purchased in a store. Consider the things you have a hand when you dress up your Christmas tree.
How about pasta? Think of all the types you have: short, round, star-shaped and more. How easy it is to make a Christmas ornament or garland for your tree, by simply stringing the many pasta bits together and spray painting them silver or gold! Or how about popcorn used in the same way? String the popcorn and use colored dye to make a really beautiful and low-cost garland for your tree!
Take your creativity one step further and purchase some Styrofoam shapes and figures. You can build a christmas santa out of Styrofoam and cover him with sequins or glitter. These days all the individual components are available. So a jolly christmas santa needs nothing more than a few Styrofoam balls and maybe some colored fabric for the clothing. Let you imagination be your guide!
Speaking of Styrofoam balls, that is the basic foundation for your christmas ornament. Usually, you can purchase the balls in bags of 8 or 12. After that it's just a matter of how you want your christmas ornament to look!
Children have such great imaginations, why not give yours the opportunity to make several ornaments of there own design for the family tree. Or why not give them some fabric and help them make an xmas stocking. It no more complicated that cutting the sock-shaped design out of felt and gluing the pieces together. After that, take your xmas stocking and have the kids decorate it with sequins and glitter or pieces of yarn.
For the more hand-crafted among you, decoupage christmas ornaments seem to be the latest craze. Again, using the Styrofoam ball as the foundation, you can dress up the ball with colored cloth and other fabrics to come up with something really special. There are plenty of books on the subject and the internet itself is a great source of ideas and techniques.
The holiday season can be as personal as you want it to be. Rather than take the easy way out by purchasing a few boxes of cheap ornaments that will look old by next year, why not take some time and make your own. A christmas ornament made by hand will be memorable for years to come. And when you think of all the materials at your disposal - acorns and pine needles and flowers and more -- it's easy to see that you can create quite a lot without spending hardly a dime! Happy Holidays!