This year I decided to start early on my Christmas decorations and crafts. I know that a few people will protest and say that Halloween is barely over and it is much too early to start on Christmas crafts. For those of you who are not ready to start thinking about Christmas crafts, I hope that you’ll follow my Pinterest Christmas Crafts board, bookmark this page, and come back when you are ready to start thinking about holiday crafts. For everyone else please do all of the above and keep reading!
I am starting on my holiday crafts early this year because I think handmade crafts and decorations are a nice way to show love for family and friends, but I also like to actually spend time with family and friends doing things other than crafting and I simply don’t have enough time between Thanksgiving and Christmas to do all of the crafts that I would like. The lovely green velvet fabric that has been sitting in my craft closet for almost a year waiting to be made into stockings is testament to that. By starting early, I hope to craft at a more leisurely pace and also give you time to make any projects on the blog that strike your fancy.
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Although as a child I dreamed that one day my own Christmas tree would look like those that graced the pages of dad’s architecture magazines, with white lights and a few silver ornaments, now that I am an adult, I find myself a bit nostalgic for the ornaments that graced my family’s tree every year. Many of the ornaments were acquired as gifts from family and friends over the years and many were handmade either by my family or others.
Almost every Christmas decoration has a story — the miniature bubble lights, the little dough angel that one of my parents’ friends made for me when I was a baby, the walnut mice I made with my mom as a child, the beaded insects my younger brother made en masse one year, the crochet snowflakes made by a family friend, the stitched plastic canvas snowflakes made by my mom, the tree toppers fashioned by my dad, the cross-stitched stockings made by my mom, and the plastic plates my brother and I made each year in school as gifts for my parents.
Jaime and I have slowly been acquiring our own set of mismatched, but much loved Christmas ornaments. I decided I’d give our little ornament collection a jump start by making some ornaments. I made these reindeer Christmas ornaments with a good friend using clothespins.
To make the body of the reindeer I cut a small piece of Styrofoam off a block. I used a piece of sandpaper to round the edges of the piece of Styrofoam. I covered the Styrofoam with pieces of newspaper dipped in glue and let it dry.
To make the reindeer ornaments I used the following:
- Craft eyes
- Flocking powder or pom-pom (for tail)
- Hot glue gun and glue
- Glitter glue
- Embellishments such as flocked paper, ribbon, and bells
- String for hanging