5 Easy-to-Make Christmas Ornaments
Cooking and gift-wrapping are great creative outlets at the end of the year, but all that labor ultimately evaporates into intangible good memories. This year, channel that energy into a longer-lasting result by making your own ornaments. After the holidays are over, you can pack your diminutive masterpieces away for next year and the next. You'll need a few hours on a snowy afternoon (a rainy, windy or dry one will do, too), some inexpensive basic and specialty craft supplies and a few good ideas. Here are five, easy-to-make ornament ideas. Make them your own by bringing in themes from your family's life and any bits of brilliance that come along as you work.
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Make the Salt Dough
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Simple Christmas Tree Decorations: Bit of Birch Ornaments
Cut and Drill
Cut a few slices of birch on your own, drill a small hole in the top, or buy the bare ornaments from a craft store. Gather rubber stamps, colorful stamp pads, beads and other light-catchers. Experiment with designs on a sheet of paper before creating your masterpiece on the birch itself. Hang it from one of these 12 alternative Christmas tree ideas.