Homemade Christmas decorations

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  1. Motomom34

    Motomom34 Moderator Moderator

    The material stuff we buy in the stores never lasts. So why not make your own and create memories while doing it. I have also found that homemade Christmas stuff is a great gift. Jill at Prairie Homestead is living the life I dream of. She has some great ideas.

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    Please follow the link for extra directions and more ideas.
    Please follow for more ideas & comments- Rustic Homemade Christmas Decorations • The Prairie Homestead
     
  2. GOG

    GOG Monkey+++ Site Supporter

    Nice, thank you.
     
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  3. stg58

    stg58 Monkey+++ Founding Member

    So your not into aluminum Christmas trees.:)

    I remember going to houses with aluminum trees and the color wheel..
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  4. techsar

    techsar Monkey+++

    Saw a couple of those old aluminum trees for sale, sans color wheel...would make a nice energized lawn display, but don't want to injure the local squirrels ;)

    We used to make interlocking craft-paper-ring chains along with threading popcorn. for the tree.
     
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  5. BTPost

    BTPost Old Fart Snow Monkey Moderator

    In our house, we have a 4 generation tradition, of Christmas BubbleLights, and Silver Bells... AlaskaChick has a Complete Set of Wallace Silversmith SILVER Bells, and her parents give us the New one each Year for Christmas... I am not sure we are going to do a Christmas Tree this year, AlaskaChick is traveling now, and I am just not ALL that fired up, to do a Tree, by myself.... Maybe just a Chrstmas Piano, like the years AlaskaChick wasn't here for the Holidays....
     
  6. yeti695

    yeti695 Monkey

    Thats awsome. More people should do this. We dont decorate for Christmas. Its just something that my wife and I have never done.
     
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  8. Pax Mentis

    Pax Mentis Philosopher King Site Supporter

    Living in a pine and fir forest we made large balls, discs, tree shapes and stars from wood, painted them bright colors and hung them in yard trees. We also used small 110v lights and solar powered spots to illuminate them.

    EDIT: When I say "large", I mean 8"-12" range.
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  9. Ganado

    Ganado Monkey+++

    Pax whut no pics?
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  10. Ganado

    Ganado Monkey+++

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    This project comes to us straight from the Miniature Garden Guru herself, Janit Calvo. Janit is the author of the wildly successful book Gardening in Miniature. You can see more of Janit’s miniature garden projects here on Garden Therapy, or over at the Two Green Thumbs Miniature Garden Center.

    Materials

    • dry twigs
    • branch cutters, hand pruners, and/or pruning saw to cut the twigs
    • drill
    • sand paper
    • wood glue OR hot glue & hot glue gun
    Make it!

    Use branch cutters (long-handled pruners) so you can get some nice straight cuts of wood without any effort. Stand on the end of the branch to keep it steady while making small pieces or cutting on the diagonal.

    Make a rough layout of all the pieces you need first. Remember the tiny details like the neck and tail.[​IMG]

    Cut twigs on a diagonal to fit into each other seamlessly. Drill holes where the smaller twigs will fit into the branches with an appropriately-sized drill bit. [​IMG]

    Sand the edges of each piece. Assemble by adding some wood glue or hot glue into the holes and inserting the twigs.

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    Tips for Making Miniature Log Animals

    • Try to work with the same tree or shrub for all the different sizes you need. It will look more cohesive – and cuter!
    • Use a hot glue gun and glue sticks to quickly attach the critter together.
    • Keep the decorations simple to let the animal’s details stand out.
    • Add an eye hook to the top of your twig reindeer to turn it into a Christmas tree ornament.
    • Make extra twiggy creations to sneak one into your friend’s miniature gardens (random acts of reindeer?)
    To see all of Janit’s holiday ideas at Two Green Thumbs Miniature Garden Center, including smaller trees for indoor scenes, colored lights and tiny Christmas decorations, click here.

    For more on Miniature Gardening, get Janit’s best-selling book, Gardening in Miniature: Create Your Own Tiny Living World.
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    finally A use for my wine corks!

     
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  11. Pax Mentis

    Pax Mentis Philosopher King Site Supporter

    Never have posted pictures I took on any board and not starting now. Sorry.

    I think anyone wanting to try it can figure it out :whistle:

    [peep]
     
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