By Trieschman from Carmel, IN
One year we made large sugar cookies, one for everyone with their name painted on before baking to hang on the tree. This included teachers, etc, too. We wrapped up in paper or foil lifesaver candy rolls, candy boxes, etc. Tied them with colorful yarn to attach to the tree. You can make the clove apple or orange sachet balls ahead of time to hang on tree when ready. It takes a little while for the sachets to shrink down.
If there are babies in the family, small baby rattles can be hung on the tree. The ideas are endless, use whatever you have at home. Let your imagination run wild.
I usually buy a roll of ribbon every year and use it with craft notions I've collected. Sometimes, I buy something new like bronze colored leaves and use them with notions I already have like crystal clear and gold beads strung on copper wire to make little flower shapes and bunched then together with silver and gold ribbons. It's a really rich, Victorian look that is put together with almost no money.
This can serve many needs, not just for ornaments but even for adding spark to table decor or gift bows!
Now, with 9 grandchildren, the oldest being 19 years old, we have no need for other ornaments as these completely fill the tree. On Monday the 19 year old will move into her own apartment so we have bought her a small tree and will give her the box with her 19 ornaments in it to decorate her tree. With a string of lights she will have all she needs to begin her new Christmas traditions herself.
Any grandchildren who happen to be here at tree decorating time get to put their own decorations on the tree as well as those of the cousins who are not present. They love choosing a cousin to do this 'favor' for.
I need ideas for thrifty Christmas tree decorations this year. I would like to try a different theme, such as country, etc.
When those little colored beads that children use for their birthday parties break, don't throw them away...you can cut them into little pieces about four or five inches long, more or less, and then hang them on the branches, they make little candy cane shaped ornaments when you hang them on the end of a branch....
I am 52. When I was very young my mother and I had the most beautiful glass ornaments with a filigree design along the outside of the ornament. Over the years they have disappeared. Every year as we decorate our tree I think of these ornaments. They were very special to me.
Does anyone know where I can find true vintage glass filigree ornaments ?
Go to local Goowill Stores and second hand stores. Have seen lots of them there. And at yardsales.