Some of the best memories you can have at Christmas is making your home look festive and warm. I would like to share with you some of the best ideas that I have come across over the years for decorating at Christmas time. The Christmas Wreath is the staple decor of the holiday. It is the first thing most people see as they pass by your home or stop in for a visit. I made this wreath many years ago and I received many compliments on it. It was absolutely breathtaking. All you need is fresh cranberries, tooth picks, red spray paint, green felt, and some red ribbons to tie a bow on or suspend from the door. The finished product will look like this.
I got this idea from a show I watched on Martha Stewart and was able to locate the video. She has many tutorials for all types and styles of wreaths, but this one I have made myself and it is absolutely amazing and very easy to do. You need to give yourself a few hours to complete this project because it is very time consuming.
Another idea I would like to share with you I got from Walt Disney World video tape that I ordered many years ago. This is funny to do with children because they absolutely love to help decorate. My nieces and nephews actually ate the finished project which I thought was way to sweet for the average adult to handle, but they loved it. What you will need is some pointed ice cream or waffle cones, icing, and green food coloring. This only takes a few minutes of your time, but can make memories that last a lifetime. This is the finished product and how it should look.
Be sure to add some sprinkles to your trees to give them that authentic decorated look. You can really creative with these trees by add gummy bears, berries, and even smarties candies make them look cute. For the topper place a little cranberry on top and the children will love it. You can also set these around a gingerbread house to really ring the Christmas spirit to your holiday. This is a relatively inexpensive idea that will have a huge impact. Top your village off with Christmas village pieces if you. have any stored away from past Christmas'.
Another fabulous idea is to freeze letters in ice block and push in the snow to spell words. I don't have a picture of this, but I can show you something similar so you get the idea. First you want to take a large casserole pan and place water in it. After it begins to freeze you want to center sticks in the middle of pan to form a letter. For example, may the letter N for Noel. Cover with more water an let set until frozen solid. Next repeat this process for the letter O. Do this until you spell NOEL. You can use sticks or peppermint or whatever you can think of to make these letters. To loosen your blocks from pan let thaw a little or run warm water over the bottom of the pan. When you have a hard freeze with snow. You can go press these upright into the snow outside where your neighbors can see them. The example I have here is one of a sun catcher made using the same technique.
I think you get the idea now and hopefully you are inspired to create these projects or come up with your own ideas. Christmas only comes once a year and memories are forever. I wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas.
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Mommie Poppins Blog