Not only do handmade ornaments embellish a tree with sparkle and pizazz, they infuse your decorations with memories of cherished friends and Christmases past. Craft a few of these easy ornaments to make and swap with friends this holiday season.
Thoroughly wash and dry a baby food or other small jar. Use white glue to cover the lid with silver tissue paper, and allow to dry. Using a hammer and a nail, puncture a hole in the center of the lid. Thread both ends of a piece of ribbon through the hole in the lid, and knot the two ends of the ribbon together to form a hanger. Use a piece of twine or thread to create a hanger for a jewelry charm. (We used a gold bird.) Leaving enough length for the charm to hang free, tie the thread to the knotted loop of ribbon. Fill the bottom of the jar with silver glitter and confetti. Screw the lid back on the jar, and hang on the tree.
Write a few festive words on a piece of paper. Use these as your template to bend and twist wire into the shapes of the letters. Round nose pliers will be helpful if your wire is a little stiff. Starting at one end of the wire word, begin to wrap the letters with a pretty yarn or embroidery floss. Tie an additional piece of floss or yarn to each end to act as a hanger.
Papier-mâché shapes create the perfect base for these piñata-inspired tree baubles. Cut half-inch wide strips of tissue paper, and create a fringe effect by cutting little slits down one side. Wrap these strips around shapes and adhere with a bit of tacky glue. Glue a loop of string to the top for a hanger.