When we first started out we didn’t have 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.
Old Fashioned Christmas Decorations
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.
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
These ornaments not only look pretty, but they will also 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.
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 my sister and I 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.
Now if you really wanted to, you could string some fresh cranberries and place around your tree. Just be sure and do this closer to Christmas since they won’t last long. We love the cranberry look but have decided to use wooden bead/berries in place of the fresh. You can find them here.
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.
—Find Old Fashioned Christmas Cookie Recipes here.
Do you decorate with any “old fashioned” Christmas decor?