This week’s task is one of my favorites, and though I start it the weekend after Thanksgiving, it lingers until December 24. I like the personal challenge of upcycling, going handmade, and otherwise thirfting as much as possible, and the kids love this just as much as myself (if not more).
I bet it’s one of your favorites, too.
Once the Thanksgiving dishes have cleared, the football games have been won (Hook ’em!), and the naps are snoozed, I like to think about Christmas decor. General public, you can have your Black Friday. I’d much rather stay home and don our dwelling.
Last year we went almost completely handmade, because most of our Christmas decor was still in boxes overseas. Now that they’re back in our home, though, I don’t think much will change. I say simple, frugal, and handmade wins almost every time.
We’ll bring out the string balls we made last year, and probably make a few more. I like the idea of stringing them together for garland.
I’ll also add to the felted garland with another wool sweater that needs a second life.
We’re keeping the Thankful tree out for December, and reusing it as our Jesse Tree.
It doesn’t get much simpler—a mason jar with twigs and ribbon around the top. Done. (For more info on Jesse Trees, check out Ann Voskamp’s free devotional download.)
But this year I’m trying my hand at more permanent Jesse Tree ornaments a la Shrinky Dinks. I never used it before, so I asked you guys on Twitter, and the consensus was it couldn’t be easier. You’re right—I cut out a 3-inch circle, punched a hole in the top, drew with Sharpies, and stuff them in the toaster oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 2 minutes. Done.
I made a yarn sweater wreath a few weeks ago.
It was simple but time-consuming—I kept the supplies in the car and wound the base yarn whenever I was a passenger. Once that was done, I had the wool felt diamonds and contrasting criss-cross yarn done in a movie’s worth.
For the first time ever, I also made an advent calendar—it’s because I finally remembered before December 1.
Photo from The Inspired Room
I’ve got a few more ideas up my sleeve, of course found on Pinterest. Here’s what’s grabbed my eye so far:
- Sweet and simple felt tree cone
- Add glitter to dollar store animals
- Epsom salt to nest candles, and also to frost the jars
- Cinnamon bird ornaments (I’ll probably just make the dough and let the kids do whatever)
- Christmas scene paper cut-out
- Popsicle stick snowflakes
- Pinecone elves
And of course, there’s the main decoration—the tree. For us, that’ll come the first week of December.
What’s your favorite handmade way to decorate for the holidays?