This holiday season I'm vowing to stick to a tight budget and not waste any money on fancy, expensive decorations of any kind. I've come to realize, as my kid's needs grow and become more costly, that while beautiful decorations are nice, they are so not necessary especially because they are used for such a short amount of time to spruce up your home. Also, although my child usually wants nothing to do with me when she's being creative and making any art at home, when it comes to the holidays, one of her favorite times of the year, she is actually thrilled to be able to help me make decorations for our home. Making holiday decorations with your kids is a really fun family activity, and it helps save money too. Here are a few suggestions to get started, and I hope you will share some of your own DIY decorating tips here too.
The first thing we have started enjoying making are pinecone decorations. We collect them on our walks to school through the park, and do few different fun and easy things with them. One is to just paint them in bright, shiny colors and hang them, either on a branch in a vase or using thumb tacks and string, from a window, for example. We also made a few that look like penguins, by just making little paper feet, a paper beak, using googly eye stickers and painting them. Those are on our table and are really cute too.
Another fun creative way to decorate with your kids for the holidays is to make garlands. You can make them out of just about anything, but what we have been enjoying the most so far is stringing different bright colored pompoms, of all sizes, onto long pieces of thread. We make them together, so I put a sewing needle on each end and we both add on at the same time. It's a fun, quiet activity that yields fast, festive results. We have strung one in the doorway to my girl's bedroom, one around a chandelier, and one in our living room under some tall bookshelves. They look great! We also are going to make some out of paper that spell out a festive message like "CHEERS" or " JOY" or "PEACE." That should look nice too.
We also enjoy making scented decorations for our home, using clementines, which we buy by the bag full, and pulling out any that look a little less than perfect for eating. Then we get whole cloves (you can buy a jar in the spice section of your market),and poke the pointy ends of these, like a little thumb tack, into the flesh of the fruit, so that the flower-shaped end of the clove is on the outside of the skin. You can make pretty rows of the cloves, or just poke them in the fruit anywhere. It looks nice and smells great too. You can also use a large orange and spell out a word with the cloves.
Do you have any fun, easy DIY holiday decorating ideas to share?