You may not want to believe it, but the holidays are just around the corner! The end of October ushers in the official start of the holiday season with Thanksgiving making it’s appearance less than four weeks later. This time of year usually means more family and friends get-togethers and the doors of our homes open in hospitality.
And what better way to spread holiday cheer than with lovely holiday decor that brings warmth and joy? (Raise your hand if you immediately thought of holiday cheer= singing loudly for all to hear.) One way to create an inviting holiday space is by making handmade christmas decorations. This doesn’t have to be incredibly complicated or involve a thousand items from Michaels or Hobby Lobby. In fact, you can take a step back and decorate as your great grandparents might have… with natural elements like pine cones, fruit, berries, and other items nature gives us this time of year.
Handmade Christmas Decorations
Last year, my family and I visited Tryon Palace in New Bern, NC. It was the colonial capital of North Carolina, and they decorate the palace each holiday season in the same way it would have been done in the 1800’s. There are lots of greenery boughs, fruit, and conifers. These handmade christmas decorations are truly beautiful. Why not take a page out of the colonial holiday decor guide and craft some of your own handmade Christmas decorations this year? For the past several years, I have used tree trimmings to create miniature Christmas trees with upside down tomato cages. They’ve been a huge hit with visitors, who all think they’re a real tree. These trees only take about 30 minutes to assemble, and they’re free since I use tree trimmings from a local lot, and tomato cages from my summer garden. Most handmade Christmas decorations use what you have available in your own yard, so it’s a perfect way to use what you already have on hand to create something beautiful.
Homemade Christmas Decorations, Where to begin?
Need a helping hand to get your handmade Christmas decorations going? My friend Patti, at Hearth and Vine, recently published Handmade for the Holidays which has 25 natural decor crafts for the holidays. Here’s a peek at some of the crafts that are included:
- Multiple Centerpiece ideas (perfect for Thankgsiving!)
- Dried fruit wreath
- Greenery Ball
- Topiary Crafts
- Twig Christmas Trees
- Rolled Beeswax Candles (Your guests will be amazed!)
- Sugared Fruit
You can find Patti’s book, Handmade for the Holidays, on Etsy. Or you could win a copy for FREE just by entering below! What a great way to get inspired for creating your own handmade Christmas decorations. The giveaway will run through 11:59 pm on Friday, November 2nd, and the winner will be announced on Saturday, November 3rd.
Not typically lucky? Or ready for inspiration now? Patti is offering her ebook at 30% off just for The Kitchen Garten’s readers! That’s you! All you have to do is go to her Etsy listing here, and enter the code TKG30 at checkout. So, try your hand at the giveaway or snag a copy of your own (or for a friend) on Etsy. I can’t wait to hear all about your handmade Christmas decorations! Have a great week and good luck!