Making Homemade Christmas Tree Decorations - Some Simple Craft Ideas
Making your own homemade Christmas tree decorations can be a great way to spend time with your children, or to add that personal touch to the centerpiece of your Christmas celebration.
It doesn't matter whether you use a real tree or an artificial one, the homemade Christmas tree decorations will turn that tree into a one-of-a-kind focal point in your home.
Times have changed and the Christmas holiday has become a commercial enterprise, and with the major Christmas tree decorations being released to great pomp and circumstance in July every year, it can be easy to forget that there was once a time when the decorations that people hung on their tree at the holiday season actually meant something to the person. Each decoration had significant meaning.
These homemade Christmas tree decorations don't have to be fancy
Sure, you want your Christmas tree to be a work of art. You want the family and friends who will be visiting your house this year to see the wonderful centerpiece in your home that you took the time, and spent the money on, and you want them to be impressed.
Yet, while you may not realize it, when a Christmas tree is decorated with homemade ornaments, it will actually hold far greater value, both aesthetically as well as artistically, than anything you can buy in the store.
Homemade Christmas Tree Stars
A simple homemade Christmas tree decoration is the Christmas tree star. With some colored aluminum foil and some cardboard, you can make just about any kind of star to place on the Christmas tree. The star is an important symbol of Christmas for it was the star that the Three Wise Men followed to Baby Jesus. The star guided them through their journey.
Cut out a star shape (a five-point star) and wrap it in aluminum foil. Whatever color you choose for the aluminum foil will be fine. If you want more than one dimension for your star, cut out two or three equally shaped stars, then cut out a space along the bottom of one and the top of the others and this is where they can be joined together to make a three-dimensional star.
Instead of lights, a traditional homemade Christmas tree decoration is a string of popcorn. Simply pop a bag of popcorn (and the kids can eat some themselves), then attach the popcorn to a line of string. There's plenty for the popcorn to grab onto and stay on the string. Add some red ribbon here and there and you have a great decoration to add to the tree.
For homemade Christmas tree decorations, you can also have kids make paper snowflakes. Of course, it can get quite complicated when it comes to making snowflakes from paper, but the simplest way to accomplish this is to take a single piece of paper, fold it in half, and cut out a random shape like a snowflake. Of course, they will only be cutting out one-half of the snowflake since the other half is folded under and will look identical when opened. Cut out patterns in the middle of the paper and unfold. Voila.. instant snowflake.
There are dozens of homemade Christmas tree decorations that you can do with your children, and when you hang them on your tree this year, you will be adding the personal touch that makes a tree special.
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