Look around your house, your closet, your garage. What do you see? Probably a lot of knick-knacks and leftovers. But look closely now, you're not gazing at items to be thrown in the garbage, you're looking at all the material you need to create and hang Christmas decorations outdoor! Its fun and easy and a great way to spend some time with your kids.
Let's start by using leftover wire to create Christmas decorations outdoor. Wire hangers - and you know you have dozens of them hanging around (no pun intended) - are the basis for our first batch of Christmas decorating ideas. A hanger can be twisted and bent into just about any shape - from a simple Christmas tree to an elf or even a reindeer! With the help of pliers you should open up the hanger and straighten it out. Safety is the rule number one, so make sure you cover the ends with a small piece of duct tape.
The easiest way is to draw a simple picture on paper first, and then bend the hanger into shape while you trace the picture. The wire is pretty pliable and you should be able to create the item of your choice. For example, draw a simple Christmas tree and follow the design with one straight hanger by bending it in the center, then bending a few inches in at the bottom of the hanger. For a larger tree, take two or more hangers and fasten them together and bend accordingly. In less than a half hour you'll have yourself a tree! But these Christmas decorating ideas don't stop here. With leaves and pine cones and needles that you collect from out side, paste or tape them all over the metal frame. Use your imagination and you'll come up with something good! Now take the completed tree and any other item you created following these decoration and place the Christmas decorations outdoor on your door or gate!
Other types of "hanger art' can be made into the shape of a star. Again, trace off your design and bend into shape and then take tinsel and weave it around the shape you created. Make a big-enough star and you can even string Christmas lights on it. Again, now all you need to do is take the Christmas star and place the Christmas decorations outdoor at the top of a tree or your front door. Impressive? You bet!
Now what would Christmas time be without an outdoor holiday wreath. Again, thanks to our good friend my coat hanger, you can make an outdoor wreath by taking one or more hangers (depending on the size) and creating a circle. In fact, if you limit the size to the one hanger, you can incorporate the hook that is already part of the hanger! Go back outside and collect some twigs and pine cones and whatnot and then take the completed wreaths and place these Christmas decorations outdoor on your door or gate or mailbox!
Who'd have thought you could have so much fun with a coat hanger! Of course now all your pants are lying on the floor of the closet! Well, that's the price for being creative!
Don't limit your Christmas decorating ideas just to coat hangers though! See what you have lying around. A good friend of mine takes hard-boiled eggs and then paints them to resemble little elves! Great idea and you can eat them as well! You can follow the same "template" of the coat hanger but make your Christmas decorations outdoor and out of wood instead!
You don't have to be a great artist to make these decorations. They are first and foremost for you and your family's enjoyment! Merry Christmas!