|Clockwise starting at the top. Christmas Word Ornaments, Felt Owl, Wooden Stockings, and Felt Polar Bear|
Times haven't changed too much around here. I still shop at the dollar store and I still like to make a lot of our Christmas decorations. I thought I would share some of my favorites:
The embroidery hoops I did last year are a lovely reminder of the reason behind the celebration. I love the typography and color and size they add to the tree. It can be difficult to find an economical way to add oversized ornaments to a tree, but I feel like every tree needs a few. You can read all about how I made the embroidery hoops here.
The felt bear and owl were also made last year. I didn't really appreciate the awesomeness of felt until last year, otherwise I would have been making these all along! I plan to make a few every year. I hope to have a menagerie eventually. You can find a ideas for making felt ornaments like this here.
The oldest ornaments here are the wooden stockings. I made those when my oldest was a newborn. I purchased wood stocking cutouts at the craft store, painted them white, and then mode podged some gorgeous tissue paper onto each side. I still love them.
My very favorite homemade trimming though is the metallic, circle garland you see throughout the photos. That was a serious labor of love. It was a simple process, but making 30 feet of garland takes time.
I circle punched metallic card stock then sewed the circles together on the sewing machine. Each circle you see is actually two circles. I wanted the garland to be double sided, but the paper wasn't, so I placed two circles back-to-back.
This is a great way to save money if you're pinching pennies because garland is expensive. However, if money isn't too tight and you find garland you love at the store, just buy it! You can always wait for the after Christmas sales or use a coupon, but I wouldn't recommend making garland unless you really enjoy a good crafty project or want something unique. I wanted to try this and I love the result. I also love that since I didn't use traditional Christmas colors, this garland can be used for lots of occasions.
Well, those are my favorites and here's how they look on my fabulous White Fir tree. I love me a live Christmas tree!