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Decorating your Christmas tree with homemade Christmas tree decorations can make for some fond holiday memories spent your family.

Looking back over homemade Christmas tree decorations can transport you back in time and remind your family of fun times.

Homemade Christmas tree decorations can also help stretch the holiday budget.


Here are some ideas for making your own ornaments and decorations for your Christmas tree.

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Use some air-popped popcorn and red beads to make a pretty popcorn chain. You can also do this without the beads.

Thread a sewing needle with upholstery thread. Push the needle through the popcorn kernels one at a time and push them onto the thread.

Don’t cut off the length just yet; unwind the thread as you go until you reach the desired length.

Then cut it off and tie in a knot at both ends to keep the corn from slipping off.


You can make cinnamon-scented, permanent, non-edible ornaments out of dough. They last for years and look lovely.

In a bowl, mix together:

1 cup ground cinnamon

1/4 cup applesauce

Then add:

1/2 cup white craft glue

This mixture forms a stiff dough that smells wonderful and looks like brown gingerbread. All that’s left is to roll out the dough and cut out the desired shapes.

When the dough is still soft, decorate with dried cloves, buttons, beads, etc. After they dry, you can paint them. Don’t forget to leave a hole at the top for the hanger.


Do you have a button collection sitting around? There are several kinds of ornaments that can be made with buttons. Here are some ideas.

  • Wreaths – String buttons on wire pieces about 9 inches long. You can use floral wire or thin copper wire. Use needle-nose pliers to make a small loop at one end of the wire before you string on the buttons. Then bend the button-covered wire around into a circle and use the pliers to attach the straight end of the wire to the loop. To hang, tie a ribbon to the juncture where the wires meet and use another ribbon to make a bow where the ribbon tie is.
  • Garland – Buttons can simply be strung on a string to make a garland, or used to augment a popcorn garland.
  • Decorative balls – Glue buttons to plain Styrofoam balls or worn-out commercial Christmas balls.


Use holiday cards to make ornaments.

You can simply punch a hole in the upper folded corner and hang with ribbon, or you can get more elaborate.

Try cutting out two circles from the card, and cut a slit halfway across the middle of each circle. Push the slits together to create a 3-dimensional ornament. Punch a hole at the top for a hanger.

You can also make your own Christmas coasters using old Christmas cards.

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Janet Lance

Friday 3rd of December 2021

Love this article on "SIMPLE IDEAS FOR HOMEMADE CHRISTMAS TREE DECORATIONS". Some great ideas that I will certainly try.