One of my favorite Christmas traditions growing up was making ornaments for our family tree.
Now that my son is a little older I can carry on this tradition with my family.
As I was looking for inspiration this year I was drawn to many of the nature-inspired ideas floating around Pinterest and decided on these for my projects this year.
To maximize our family fun we went for a hike to gather the materials. We could have bought or gathered the materials from your yard but it is much more fun to go for a hike.
sticks,pocket knife, hot glue gun, red and green yarn or string
1. Break sticks into 5 equal lengths. Clean up ends with pocket knife.
2. Use the hot glue gun to glue sticks in the shape of the star.
3. Wrap yarn or sting around where sticks cross.
Pine Cone Garland
pine cones (hopefully from hike, but they can be purchased at a craft store), glitter paint or glue and glitter, string, red or green ribbon
- Make sure cones are dry and relatively free of resin. Pop them in the oven on a piece of tin foil at 170 degrees to reduce moisture and resin.
- Paint tips of pine cones with gold paint and let dry.
- Tie pine cones to string and secure with hot glue.
- Tie two bows using ribbon and secure to end of string.
Clay (recipe below), conifer leaves, tooth pick, string, cookie cutters
slightly adapted from Marie Grace Designs
2 cups baking soda, 1 cup cornstarch, 1 1/4 cup water
Mix the baking soda and cornstarch in a heavy pot. Add the water and stir to start mixing. Put on the stove on medium heat and bring to a boil stirring constantly.
In a minute or two the watery mixture will begin to thicken and then will quite suddenly take on the characteristics of mashed potatoes… take it off the stove as soon as it does this and dump it out of the pot onto a cookies sheet in one lump. Cover the lump with a damp dish cloth and leave to cool. Once cool, kneed to make sure all lumps are removed.
Dust work surface with baking soda or cornstarch and roll clay to desired thickness. The thinner the quicker the ornaments will dry.
At this point you can either make impressions using the conifer leaves then cut into desired shaped or cut the clay into your desired shapes. My son and I did a little of both. I used my nature-inspired cookies cutters for these. Don’t forget to create a hole for the string.
The clay will dry if left out or you can pop it in a 250 degree oven until dry.
Pine Cone Christmas Card or Printable Holder adapted from lightcameramonkey.com
pine cones, hand saw
Cut bottom of the pine cone off to create a flat bottom. Cut into the top of the pine cone down about 1.5 inches to create a slot for the card or printable.
Hope you all enjoy. And remember this is about creating memories, not always perfect decorations. Check out my Pinterest board for even more ideas for nature-inspired decorating and embellishments for the decorations above.
Where do you find inspiration for your Christmas decorations this year? What are you Christmas traditions?