6 GREAT HOLIDAY
ORNAMENT ADD INS
This year our boxes of Holiday decorations were moved around in our attic. I just could not find some of them. It felt as if a piece of Christmas was missing because I had been mindfully collecting my ornaments in particular for so long. We ended up spending some time making some new decorations to fill in the gaps on our tree. I tried to stick to a specific colour palette, but as a mixed media artist, I appreciate so many colours, textures and materials. I have included my tween children's ornament favourites from this year's family project of "Add In Ornaments".
1. HAND SEWN ELEMENTS
This peace dove was one ornament that was not displaced. I had carefully designed it and sewn it years ago. It took me back to that year as I unpacked it and placed it one the tree. I had also made some others for gift giving as well that year. RESOURCE: Custom orders for events, holidays and weddings are available on my shop.
2. PAPER SNOW FLAKES
- 1. Fold a square of paper into four.
- 2. Cut round, oval and diamond shapes into the folded sides of square.
- 3. Open up and hand tie with red yarn.
My son, Damon remembered making these symmetrical snowflakes with me as a little one. He hand tied all of the yarn ties here as well the cookie cutter ornaments below. This is a great dexterity practice for tween children whose hands are always on their phones, devices etc. Outside the snow was falling as we made our decorations casting a comforting wintery shadow in these pictures.
3. COOKIE CUTTER ORNAMENTS
- 1. Collect several cookie cutters.
- 2. Cut same size yarn lengths.
- 3. Tie, then make two knots, one at the cutter and one with the ends as shown.
4. HAND STAMPED TAGS
These all purpose heart tags are handmade tags are hand stamped and created by me each year. They can be used as gift tags or ornaments all year round.
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5. POPCORN &
- 1. Make 3 cups of popcorn.
- 2. Leave over night to get stale for better stringing.
- 3. Thread a needle and make a pattern of 6 pieces of popcorn and then one felt flower.
- 4. Knot thread.
- 5. Hang on tree.
My daughter Chloe, made this popcorn and felt flower popcorn string last year. This took me back to my kindergarten class of making strings of popcorn and dried cranberries for out school Christmas tree.
6. GLASS ORNAMENTS
My son Damon, store bought this little donkey to help fill in our tree. I appreciated my son's style contribution to our Christmas tree "Add In" project.
Having this little bear on my tree, made me happy, bringing me back to childhood when our tree was filled with glass ornaments like these. For a moment, I jokingly imagined him being Little Bear from The Three Bears with my kids.
Creating, sorting and collecting these extra simple decorations for your tree is a fun family project. This a great time to teach creativity, caring and talk about past Christmases. Tree trimming at our home begins December 1st so we can have some time enjoy our decorating skills and artistic creations. We also have a tradition of trimming my parents tree with them. This brings out my years of ornament making since nursery school but that's another story for another post. It's wonderful to see that tree. It is like a nostalgic art journal of creativity and holiday memories.
TRY IT: Collect natural, paper, handmade and cute glass animal ornaments. Involve children, friends and family in the ornament creation and tree decorating process.