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.
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Years ago we made ornaments from cookie cutters. First we used an icepick to puncture the top so we could insert a piece of yarn for a hanger, then we glued decorative trim or grosgrain ribbon to the outside surface. We used glue sticks, but hot glue would work too.
One of our friends wrapped her cookie cutters in yarn, and then glued rick-rack to the edges.
I'm attaching pictures of a few, these are more than 30 years old.
One of my favorites is making a dough out of ground cinnamon and applesauce (not the chunky kind). You can mix it inside a large Ziploc to cut down on the mess. When the dough will form a ball, you can roll it our and cut it with cookie cutters. Put the cinnamon dough ornaments on a cookie sheet in the oven on low heat. They will get hard after they dry out. They smell amazing and look cute too. I especially like to make gingerbread men and decorate them with slick paint when they cool. Good luck!
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