Make eight or ten popcorn balls, and insert a candy cane in the center of each. You can then heap them on Read more
Your place cards may range from tiny individual trees t0 the simplest of decorated cards. Here are four ideas for easy to make Christmas Place Cards. Read more
For that special Christmas party, why not give your guests a Christmas corsage? Various kinds of corsages can be fashioned from a little greenery, fruits and berries, cones Read more
Evergreen ropes, garlands, or festoons are made in much the same manner as wreaths. Fairly heavy wire, an old rope, or an old electric light cord is recommended for the base or frame unless you are making a short decoration. One end of the cord or wire should be fastened to a stationary object, such as a door knob or chair, to make your work easier.
Short evergreen sprigs, about 3 to 4 inches long, are then fastened on with florist's wire in the same fashion as in making the wreath. To add color to the decoration, attach cones, fruits and berries - or even fresh fruits - at regular intervals. Your favorite Christmas cards may also be used.
Festoons, garlands, and ropes make very good pieces for exterior door and window decorations, for staircases, or for the front of fire places.
If you are fortunate enough to have an old set of sleigh bells you have an excellent base for an interior rope or garland. Attach your sprays of evergreen at the top and bottom of the bells, but do not cover them. You may also find loos sleigh bells at your local dollar store or craft store.
In addition to the regular wreaths, there are many other ways of decorating front door so that it will say "Merry Christmas" for you. Such decorations are quite colorful, and should be large enough to be enjoyed by passersby as well as visitors.
Sprays are very useful, and even easier to make than wreaths, since they use a Read more
Striking formal wreaths may now be made by wiring in glass ornaments, fitting them into the greenery in any desired pattern. Cones and colored ribbons, too, serve the same purpose.
Gourds can be wired around the entire circle. Use them in their natural colors, or enamel them first.
You can add shellacked fruit and nuts for something a little different in the way of color. This is called a Della Robbia.
Cones and red ribbon make an attractive natural looking decoration. Have you ever seen "flowers" made by cutting larger cones in crosswise slices? They are quite different from the usual cone treatment, and very easy to make. Just cut crosswise
through the cones, leaving two or three layers of scales to each rosette for easy wiring.
A word too, about the ribbon you choose -remember that Christmas-time weather is likely to be damp instead of snowy.
It's wise to invest in special waterproof ribbon or use a substitute, such as oilcloth, for the bow on your outdoor wreaths. An oil cloth bow looks less stiff if cut with pinking shears. The freshest and perkiest wreath loses its appeal when the bow is drooping and dejected; for this reason the oil cloth bow may be a wise choice if wreaths are to be shipped.
Try crossed candy canes; either real ones or the plastic foam kind which are available in dollar stores. The plastic foam types can be striped with red Scotch tape, instead of satin ribbon, so theyl'l be weatherproof.
Bells can be wired to the wreath to provide a welcome as musical as it is colorful. Pipecleaner pom pons are effective with the bells. You make them by fastening pipe cleaners tightly together at the center. then arranging them so that the individual cleaners spray out in all directions. The same technique is used to make pompons from cellophane straws. The pipe cleaners have the added advantage here of being able to take a little rain or fog.
Small Christmas boxes, wrapped and decorated in bright oil cloth, are unusual when three or four are wired to a wreath.
A child's toy drum or trumpet makes another attractive design. Fortunately, these toys are available in metal or plastic so they, too, won' mind a little bad weather.
Finally, if you have a helper who is handy with saw and drill, you might try making a replica of a set of child's blocks, each about 1 1/2 inches square. Drill a hole through each for the wire, paint them in bright colors, and spell out your Christmas greetings on your wreath.
You can learn to make your own wreath on the "How to Make a Wreath" page.
How to Make Wreaths
Shears, thread, wire, evergreens and willow switches - or a wire frame- are your five basic ingredients for a wreath. With just a little practice, the technique becomes easy. Read more
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