Store-bought ornaments are nice, and those made by master-crafter friends get a special place on the tree. But the all-star ornaments that we most look forward to unwrapping every year at Christmastime are those made by the kids. Sure, they may be slightly lopsided, and the color combos are not always in keeping with our decor, but they're hands down the most meaningful. Take an afternoon during the next couple of weeks and get crafty with your children, then share the joy by having them gift friends and family with their creations.
You might not automatically associate seashells, puzzle pieces, or soda cans with Christmas, but when it comes to upcycled tree ornaments, they fit right in. This holiday season, try your hand at crafting your own adornments from readily available objects, and either keep them for yourself or gift them to others to spread the DIY love.
Although ornaments famously add that much-needed glitz and glamour to our Noble firs, give them a new role in holiday decor by styling them beyond the tree. With a little creativity, you can add pops of color to garlands, vases, tablescapes, and more. Refresh old ornaments or put the extras to good use, adding a little shine to unexpected places. After all, isn't that what holidays are all about?
Holiday ornaments needn't be confined to the Christmas tree; there are plenty of other places to hang them to give your a home a more festive look. Check out these ideas for inspiration!
To decorate for Christmas this year, my daughter and I strung popcorn and hung it from the ceiling in front of some gold mirrors that I'd picked up here and there at thrift stores. We completed the look by tying bows on gold Christmas ornaments and hanging them from the ceiling with ribbons.
Pottery Barn's extended Black Friday sale comes to a close today, so you've got a few more hours to save 20 percent off all ornaments, garlands, and wreaths. I adore this Silver and Gold Mercury Ball Ornament ($8, from $10) with a hand-etched snowflake pattern. And I'm also sure that this Live Eucalyptus and Berry Wreath ($79, from $99) smells like heaven. Pick up just a few items and you'll be on the fast track to a sophisticated holiday! Here are some of my favorites from the sale:
As much as I love a glittery glass bauble dangling from my Christmas tree, there's something about the texture and the weight of porcelain ornaments that's much more precious. I made plenty myself during my grade school days, but my family also had a nice collection of store-bought and artist-made porcelain ornaments. Whether you make one yourself or you buy it from a boutique, a handmade ornament really can't be beat. So I decided to round up some of my favorite handmade porcelain Christmas ornaments from Etsy. Ranging from $5 to $33, there's something that will fit every budget — and every Frasier fir.
For those of you who begin decking the halls right after Thanksgiving, or sooner, by the time the New Year comes around, you may be ready to box up your ornaments and other festive knickknacks right away. Others may let the Santa hats and the angel statuettes linger a bit longer. How about you?
Interior stylist Selina Lake, author of Bazaar Style, never ceases to impress with her design skills. So it's no surprise that her Christmas presents look like works of art. For a December feature in BBC Homes & Antiques, she wrapped these gifts in rich, jewel-toned paper, and finished them off by tying ornaments to ribbon to make them extra special. It's a simple trick that's easy and affordable (drugstore ornaments will do), but it really makes an impact. I also love that despite an alternative palette, the boxes couldn't look more festive.
Photo by Debi Treloar
Because I will be traveling through most of the holidays, I found some different ways to display my ornaments.
Many more pics and details can be found here . . .