When you open that box of Christmas tree decorations, memories of all the joys of the season come popping out. All your decorations, especially the ones that are handmade, may embody warm personal messages. Who does not have a selection of special ones-your child’s hand print in plaster, a glued macaroni celebrity, or an elegant hand-sewn Santa? Making your own ornaments offers you the joy of production, lasting decorations for your tree, and cherished gifts for friends.
All ages, from kids to grandmas, will find delight in creating their own ornaments. Children like to use simple, quick materials and methods to create ornaments. Artists use their technical skills to create them out of blown, fused, or stained glass; engraved gold or silver alloys; modeled and fired clay; or stained wood. The skill level required for many jobs in this book fits in between. They concentrate on readily available materials and reveal doable practices.
Christmas is celebrated in many lands and lots of ways. Knowing some of the lore makes the theme of every Christmas decoration more interesting. Others reveal more recent themes like Santa’s, stockings, toys, gingerbread houses, and elves. No decoration shape is much more lasting than colorful balls in several styles, and not one signifies Christmas over a star on top of the tree.
Together with these bits of classic lore, you will discover full-color photos of each decoration, lists of materials, patterns, illustrations, and instructions to create them.
Ornaments, by their nature, are delicate. At our house, some of these lovely glass balls burst on the hard floor each year. The delicate ones are like blossoms, meant to blossom a brief while and then fade. Yet when packed with care, even delicate decorations, such as your handmade paintings, may last for many, many years.
Choose lightweight, yet sturdy materials to build your decorations. Heavy ornaments will lead to tree limbs to sag. Ornaments that are too delicate will not survive until next year. By way of example, the folded Christmas tree can be created from an assortment of newspapers, thin sheets of plastic, or even rigid cloth.
Store your decorations in sturdy boxes. Wrap the delicate ornaments in tissue paper and pack them in these different compartments. Over the summer, ensure that your decorations are stored away from extreme heat or dampness.
You may leave the lights and decorations on an artificial tree, for those who have somewhere to store it. If so, make certain to bend the pins closed, both on the decorations and the limbs, and wrap the tree in a big plastic bag to store (available for live tree disposal). Move back the tree in place next year, and include some new signature, like a wire-edged ribbon or particular new ornaments.
Pick the ideal sorts of glue and paint for the materials you are working with (product labels will record this information). By way of instance, some beads will need hot jewelry adhesive, and Shrink Dinks plastic requires waterproof paint or pens. For your decoration making session, gather decoration materials from everywhere-candy ribbons, costume jewelry, art papers, and on craft shop safaris.
Include family and friends in creating these tiny decorative projects. Another part is giving presents; and the decorations you make will be nice gifts.