this post was originally part of the 2011 Newsletter. Enjoy!
There are those who like to spend lots of money on decorations at the holidays. Then there are those of us who just want some pretty, warm and inexpensive decorations in their homes that are easy to make. This post is for the rest of us who either won’t or can’t spend a lot of money on decorating the house – but do want the house to reflect the warmth of the Christmas season.
I started decorating year round using found objects, flea market finds and natural items. Its especially fun to get creative at Christmas because there is so much available to work with. Most everyone has access to the great outdoors and can beg or borrow some greenery, berries, pine cones, twigs and other natural objects. Even if you don’t have access to the bounty of the outdoors, you have your kitchen and pantry.
Here are four simple ideas you can use in your home to decorate for Christmas using natural or kitchen found objects.
You’ve seen bowls of greenery everywhere in decorating, from the smallest of cabins to the most posh homes and businesses. Its easy to put one together. The three ingredients are:
The most beautiful bowl you have or other pleasing container. A crystal bowl would be nice.
Some fresh greenery.
Something for color and texture. I used pinecones, you could also use red glass balls or even nuts in their shells.
Place greenery in the bowl, add your other items in a way you find pleasant. That’s it!
I like this kind of arrangement because you can take it from place to place as needed. I have used three pressed glass containers, some cranberries, leaves and berries from the Nandina bushes outside, a favorite ornament and candles. To round it out I have
surrounded the tray arrangement with three oil lamps and a Christmas book.
Other ideas for a tray arrangement are as limitless as your imagination. Use nuts in the shell, coffee beans, glass ornaments, tangerines and cedar leaves.
Snowy Candle Holder
Use any kind of large glass container you have. A hurricane glass is perfect because it is wide and open at the top and candles can get oxygen to burn. Shine up your glass and pour in any size tapioca pearls; I had large ones on hand. Set one large or three small candles in the tapioca.
Applesauce Cinnamon Ornaments
❖1 cup cinnamon
❖1 tbsp. ground cloves
❖1 tbsp. nutmeg
❖1 tbsp. allspice
❖1 tbsp ginger
❖3/4 c. applesauce
In medium bowl, combine cinnamon, cloves, allspice, ginger & nutmeg. Add applesauce, stir to combine. Work mixture with hands 2 to 3 minutes or until dough is smooth and ingredients are thoroughly mixed.
You may want to cover your counter before putting the cinnamon dough on it to roll out. Sprinkle a little cinnamon on the
counter top. Using a little cinnamon to dust the counter and rolling pin, roll out dough to 1/4 inch thickness.
Cut dough with cookie cutters. Use a straw or pencil and make a small hole in top of ornament.
Bake on an un-greased cookie sheet at 150 degrees F for 1 hour. Remove from the cookie sheet and bake an additional hour and a half on the oven rack.
Decorating for Christmas can be inexpensive and very beautiful if you put a little of yourself in your efforts and use what you have on hand!