Old Fashioned Christmas Decorations

by Merissa on December 5, 2014

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Old Fashioned Christmas Decorations

We've never had many Christmas decorations and ornaments for our tree but since this year we are doing an "old fashioned" Christmas we thought it would be fun to put together some homemade decorations that reflect our theme and our own little family traditions.

This post is a little collection of some of the fun and simple things we've been making to decorate our home with this Christmas season to make it cozy and pretty! I hope that you might be able to use some of these ideas as well to create fun Christmas crafts and decor with your family.

Popcorn Strings

What kind of old fashioned Christmas would we have if it didn't include Popcorn Strings! Since my little ones are quite little, this was more of a mommy and daddy project. But if you little ones are old enough to handle a needle you can let them make them with you! Simply pop some plain popcorn, (I love this microwave popper, no oils or butter needed!) thread a needle on some sewing thread and start stringing popcorn!

Dried Orange Ornaments

Dried Orange Ornaments

These ornaments not only look pretty, they will make your tree smell nice too!

To make these simple ornaments you will just need a few oranges. Cut into thick pieces (at least 1/4 inch thick, otherwise they will burn) and place them on a cookie sheet into the oven at 225 degrees. Bake for several hours and remove when the peels are dried. (The insides will dry more as they sit). Place a small dab of hot glue at the top of each of the pieces and stick on a looped string to hang them on the tree.

Mini Elves

We don't do Santa at our house so elves are rather meaningless, however when I was growing up my Dad had a handful of these little bendable elves that me and my sister just loved getting to put somewhere on the tree! I thought they would be a fun thing to make so here's what we did!

Take pipe cleaners and bend them in the shape of a little person with a neck. Give them clothes by sewing or hot gluing a few pieces of felt onto the elf. Give them a head by placing a little ball dowel on the top of the person on the neck. Glue a little felt hat on their head and draw on facial features if desired.

Jute Ornaments

These are fun little ornaments to make that really have the "rustic" look. They are simple and you can make them in any shape you want! Just take a piece of tin foil and shape it into any shape. Use jute or any kind of string to wrap around the shape and create the ornament. You may need to add a dab of hot glue here and there to keep the string on the shape.


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1 Jayme Logan December 5, 2014 at 8:34 am

Thank you so much for all your posts and hard work putting it all together. I love these ideas do you have any pictures of the jute ornaments? I would love to make them with my kids. Thank you.


2 Merissa December 5, 2014 at 8:35 am

I meant to get some before this post went up and I totally forgot. I will try to add some this weekend 🙂


3 Jayme Logan December 5, 2014 at 8:36 am

Thank you 🙂


4 Juliane December 5, 2014 at 9:48 am

For hangers for the orange slices, you can also use a needle and thread to make a loop to hang them, or even pierce the top of the slice with a ornament hook.
They look so pretty with white lights on the tree behind them- almost like stained glass… 🙂


5 judytee December 6, 2014 at 12:48 am

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have a lot of time on my hands and enjoy reading about your lifestyle and your values. Thank-you..


6 Deborah Davis December 8, 2014 at 9:32 pm

I just hopped by from Turn it Up Tuesday to read your post and explore your lovely old fashioned christmas decorations. As I prepare to decorate our home and trim our family tree this year, your old fashioned decorations have inspired me.! Have a Happy Holiday!


7 angie December 11, 2014 at 10:29 am

love the old fashioned décor , it brings back memories of the time we used what we had the aroma was amazing and the scent of Christmas was very present in those days


8 Jill December 14, 2014 at 8:15 pm

What lovely ideas for decorating! I bet your house smells amazing!

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9 Susan December 3, 2015 at 5:38 am

I’m also doing a homemade tree this year. I’m crocheting stars and Christmas trees, gathering pine cones and making other ornaments to go on our tree. I just want it to feel homey instead of “store bought”.


10 Charlene Asay November 22, 2016 at 6:40 pm

I love the dried oranges.


11 Gail December 22, 2016 at 8:56 am

Granny-aged me Love your ideas Surrounded bu young moms trying to make a joyful home life on a shoestring!!!!


12 GlueGirl December 23, 2016 at 10:09 am

I love some of your ideas. We also like a very basic holiday and don’t do the santa thing. we also like to make salt dough ornaments with 1 part salt, 1 part water and 2 part flour. you can add any food coloring and air dry. any ribbon or string that is left over from other crafts works great t ties to hang them with. and you can paint them if you want also with acrylic paint. we also like to make applesauce cinnamon ornaments.


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