Make Easy and Economical Holiday Ornaments

If you’re wondering how to make cheap holiday decorations, look no further than your own backyard or kitchen cupboards. Using materials that are generally safe, non-toxic and economical, you can craft adorable Christmas decor worthy of passing down to the next generation.

Decor Inspired by Nature

Evergreen boughs, pinecones and berry stems all make holiday decorations that are a tribute to the nature that surrounds us.

  • If you’re wondering how to make holiday wreaths, begin by drying your own slices of oranges, lemons and limes in the oven at low heat with the door cracked. Invest in a few wire forms at your local craft store and attach evergreen boughs using 28-gauge wire. Decorate with hot glue and dried-fruit slices. Display your handmade designs in windows and on doors. Or, bind boughs into a garland using green florist’s wire, making a festive drape for your fireplace mantel.
  • Drill holes in a medium-to-large piece of driftwood and insert three-to-five tapered candles. Give your centerpiece a holiday appeal by adding red berry stems and a light coating of spray-on snow.
  • Fill a polished apothecary jar half-full of small pinecones, add the lid and a festive Christmas ribbon. Use jars of varied sizes and group them in sets of three on an entryway console table to welcome guests into your holiday home.

Ornaments Crafted With Love

Easy decorations to make include ones using nothing more than the ingredients found in most kitchen cupboards.

  • Mix up a batch of aromatic cinnamon applesauce ornaments using nutmeg, ground cloves, applesauce and cinnamon. Cut them into Christmas shapes with cutters, add holes for hanging and bake for several hours on low heat. Add decorative ribbons and hang them on the tree for ornaments that pack a cinnamon-scented holiday punch.
  • Stir up a bowl of salt dough using nothing more than flour, salt and water. Knead it into a clay texture, cut with Christmas cutters, add a hole for hanging and bake at 325 degrees for about an hour. Encourage the kids to add paint, beads, glitter and more. Coat with spray varnish to preserve.
  • Make a gumdrop ball by sticking toothpicks into a foam ball form and adding colorful gumdrops. Hang it on the tree or stack three-to-five in a decorative glass bowl on the coffee table.

Repurposed Decorations

Moms of little girls who purchase all those pretty little seasonal hair bows and barrettes have a leg up when it comes time to decorate a wreath or embellish a pillar candle. Using nothing more than a hot-glue gun, you can attach a festive hair clip or pretty bow that your little one has outgrown — effectively repurposing it into holiday decor.

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