Make your own Christmas decorations and cards to personalise your holiday decor Homemade cards that you can send to friends and family are more meaningful when they are graced with a personal touch. Decorating your home with homemade ornaments, wreaths and garland is one way to create a distinctive holiday ambience.
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Christmas Memories Card
Create a customised Christmas memories card that honours Christmases past in a scrapbook style. Make a photo collage for the front of the card that includes old family/friend photos, inspirational verses or pertinent comments. Duplicate the design by scanning it into your computer. Print the scanned image as a photo and attach it to the front of a folded sheet of cardstock. Write a personalised message inside each card.
Pine Cone Decorations
Decorate conical-shaped pine cones to resemble Christmas trees using spray paint, glitter glue and colourful glass beads. You can use the miniature pine cone trees as place cards for your holiday table or group them in a cluster to decorate an occasional table top. Spray paint the pine cones if you prefer a coloured background, and then brush glitter glue on the tips for a bit of sparkle. Make a small beaded garland or glue beads to the pine cones to resemble ornaments. To turn the pine cone tree into a card holder, wrap one end of a 6-inch long strand of 22-gauge craft wire into a flat spiral. Wrap the other end around the top of the pine cone. Insert the place card between the wire in the spiral.
Create a homemade bell-shaped Christmas ornament to hang in the window, doorway or on your holiday tree. Cut a bell shape from a piece of felt or scrap fabric. Cover both sides of the fabric with jingle bells; viscous craft glue works as an adhesive. Make different sizes of bell ornaments and string them together to make a garland.
Sea Glass Garland
Another type of homemade garland you can use to decorate your Christmas tree, staircase or doorways is a sea glass garland. Sea glass can be opaque or translucent; each piece is distinctive. Wrap individual sea glass pieces in colourful craft wire with a loop on each side. Hook the glass pieces together with more craft wire to create the garland.
Decorate a holiday wreath for your front door with ornaments and ribbon. Purchase a pre-made wreath covered in silk greenery from a craft store. Cover the front and the sides of the wreath with colourful ornaments by attaching the ornaments to the silk stems with craft wire.
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