Tuesday, December 1, 2009

By Brittany Garner

Homemade Christmas decorations are some of the most unique. They are also a lot of fun because you can enjoy them with your family. Below are four fun and easy to make homemade Christmas decorations:

Popcorn Threading

If you like threaded popcorn, it is actually simple to make. Start with a big bowl of popcorn (unbuttered, of course) and string it piece by piece using a common sewing needle and thread. Make sure there is enough of popcorn because, if you are stringing it for garland, you're going to need a lot.

Cranberry Threading

Much like the popcorn stringing method, many individuals used to thread cranberries using a standard needle and thread. Again, make sure there is enough to go around if you are going to use it as garland. Most importantly, and I know it is tempting, don't eat all the decorations. Keep some for the Christmas tree.

Paper Strings

One of the excellent memories of decorating for Christmas, as a child, has to be the traditional paper chains. Using green and red construction paper, cut flat strips of every color. Fold them into a circle and stamp with tape. Scotch tape is advocated and, if you use this when your child is young, the smell will incessantly prompt them of Christmas. It will credibly become "Christmas tape" to them. Once you have a perfect circle, take another strip in an alternating colour and run it through the first circle. Next, fold it around and seal with tape. Complete this step until you have a big strand of paper garland in red and green. You and your kid will enjoy doing this together and it will create wonderful memories for you both.

Bright Garland

If you love the look of a bright wreath, but don't quite have a budget for one of the more expensive ones, look at another choice. You can purchase a plain green wreath very inexpensively. A small strand of lights can cost anywhere from one dollar to three dollar. However, put them together and you have the look of a professionally bright Christmas wreath. For this project, you could use either clear or multi-colored Christmas lights. Only take the plain green wreath and enfold the lights around in a design similar to the stripes on a candy cane. Once you have gone all the way around, gather the last light into the green of the wreath. Make sure that you place it near an electric wall plug because there won't be a lot of additional cord. Now that you are ready, plug it in and see your very own design. A red bow is a good touch, but not required. As people drive by, they will see a attractively bright garland in your window and they will have no thought that you saved a few dollars by wrapping the lights yourself.

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