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 old fashioned Christmas 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 old fashioned Christmas decorating ideas as well to create fun Christmas crafts and decor with your family.
Old Fashioned Popcorn Strings
What kind of old-fashioned Christmas would we have if it didn’t include Popcorn Strings! Since my little ones are still quite little, this was more of a mommy and daddy project. But if your 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!
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Old Fashioned 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 the oranges 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 them on a looped string to hang them on the tree.
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Simple Mini Pipe Cleaner 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 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 or wooden bead on the top of the person on the neck. Glue a little felt hat on their head and draw on facial features if desired.
Check out the video above for a tutorial that I found on making pipe cleaner elves. Aren’t they cute?
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Old Fashioned Cranberry Garlands
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.
Old Fashioned 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.
If you don’t have any tin foil to shape into your ornaments, you can use pieces of styrofoam, old small containers, or anything else that you think that might make a cute ornament shape.
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Cinnamon Cut Out Old Fashioned Ornaments
Who doesn’t love some good-smelling cinnamon ornaments on the tree? These are always a fun project for the little ones to make. To make cinnamon ornaments you need:
- 6 ounces Ground Cinnamon
- 1 cup Applesauce
- Cookie Cutters, Rolling Pin, Parchment Paper
Mix the ingredients together in a bowl, begin by mixing and then finish by kneading. Your hands will be messy! Roll the dough out in between 2 pieces of parchment paper until it’s about 1/3 inch thick. Use cookie cutters to make ornament shapes in the dough and place the shapes onto a cookie sheet. Fill up the cookie sheet by using all of your dough and use a straw or something else to put holes at the top of the ornament to be able to hang them up later. Bake them in the oven at 200 degrees for 2 1/2 hours or until dry. You can also let them sit out to dry for several days if you don’t want to use the oven.
The recipe in the video above is slightly different but it should give you a good visual on how to put these together. So easy!
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Mason Jar Candle Holders
Something that we don’t make but love to use to decorate our home every Christmas is Mason Jar Candle Holders. My favorites are the taper candle holders but I love the tealight holders as well. Nothing beats that comforting glow from a good candle in the winter!
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Old Fashioned Christmas ornaments are so easy and usually pretty frugal to put together. With just a few of these DIY items, your house will be looking more like Christmas in no time!
Do you decorate with any “old fashioned” Christmas decor?
These Old Time Christmas Decorations were originally published on Little House Living in December 2014. They have been updated as of November 2019.