Christmas Crafts – Make The Holiday Yours
Christmas decorating begins in earnest this week! Sooner for those with faux trees.
I thought I might share some craft ideas to involve design, creating together, and bring the magic of the holiday into your home without a siege of your decor.
Vignettes placed around the house are wonderful, particularly when seen at close proximity as people mingle around the room. Martha Stewart is in my mind a queen of Christmas decor, but like the color trends I have shared all year, I suggest reinventing the ideas of others to create your individual interpretation – let’s start with Martha.
Look for a branch in your backyard (or buy a faux one at a crafts store).
Tools and Materials
Small craft brush
Glitter in various textures and hues
Thin lametta tinsel
1. Using brush, coat a bird’s tail with glue; sprinkle spoonfuls of glitter on top. Let glue dry; shake off excess glitter. Repeat with wings, then body and head.
2. Secure tinsel to one end of the branch with glue, then wrap branch, tucking in a new piece of tinsel when necessary. Tuck end of last piece under to secure. Fasten birds to branch with the wires on their feet.
It looks great, and the tinsel is at Target for $3 per spool – but if you head out to your local crafts store, you will probably find nary a single craft bird…don’t dismay. Just add your own twist!
While walking the dog, I saw these particularly lovely lichen-covered branches in a neighbor’s rubbish pile. I love lichen! Lichen is that minute growth occurring on rocks and tree bark resembling moss, and becoming particularly visible after a soaking rain.
Cut your branches to the size you desire.
Experiment with what decorations you like when you create your project – I tried out some cardinals with a bit of glitter, but decided to go with a forest dweller theme. I wanted to embellish the look of lichen, so I bought some glitter – true crafters will laugh, but the scope and evolution of glitter reall surprised me! I went with velvet glitter, because it resembled the texture of lichen.
To simulate the lichen form, I roughly about hot glue in layers. I chose colors that seemed consistent with the colors of lichen and added some peacock blues and greens. I show this unfinished, but the whole branch can be embellished, and to keep the lichen a prominent feature, you need only mist your branches every few days.
Handmade things by the people you love. Some of these ornaments are 2 decades old, and the hands that created them are helping their kids create their own Christmas treasures – it just makes them all the more special!
Tiny mini-lights add an extra dimension, at less than $8 per string – the battery case is buried in the bead garland.