Christmas is one of my favourite times of year – not for the gifts; that’s actually my least favourite part. Rather, I adore the homeyness a Christmas tree brings to a space. Twinkle lights are also my jam. I have them up all year round in my bedroom, but Christmas is an excuse to hang them all through the house.
This year I put “make a new Christmas tree theme” on my 29×30 list. I’ve had the same red and gold theme for almost 10 years; it was time for a change.
I had an idea while I was travelling through Thailand to use a simple theme. Wooden beads and twine. I had been gifted a crocheted twine snowflake and loved how it looked against the white twinkle lights and deep green tree (ironically, the twine never even made it into the Christmas Tree decoratings!)
As December neared, I started to research different homemade ornament ideas. I didn’t want to spend a ton of money and wanted to keep to my theme as much as possible. Joke was on me though cause between beads and puffy paint, I’m sure I spent a lot more money than planned. The first set of ornaments I made were dried out oranges. These turned out so much more wonderful than I imagined they would be. The way the lights shined through the translucent dried orange pulp was stunning.
My theme developed a little to include more neutral colours, some browns, and a splash of colour with some salt-dough ornaments painted like sugar cookies and fancy “gingerbread” snowflakes (read: cinnamon ornaments) iced with “royal icing” (read: glitter puffy paint). I’ve been obsessed with watching sugar cookie decorating videos on Facebook for the better part of a year, so naturally I took the opportunity to “practice” with a slightly different medium.
After all the ornaments were created I felt I needed some more garland so I opted for the old fashion popcorn and cranberry strings! This was my first time making them, but it was so relaxing and festive to string popcorn and watch the latest instalment of ‘A Christmas Prince’!
Some of the inspiration for these ornaments included:
- DIY dried citrus ornaments
- these DIY wood bead snowflake ornaments
- these sugar cookies and these ones
- and these super easy homemade cinnamon ornaments
Overall, I’m so happy with how my tree turned out this year. I think I’ll keep it for next year!
Do you have any handmade ornaments on your tree or any other Christmas traditions? Share your favourites with me!