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The holidays are coming, and it is time to decorate our homes. There is nothing quite as special as homemade decorations and you and your kids will enjoy making these five easy Christmas decorations together.

Salt Dough Ornaments

Use cookie cutters or make ornaments free hand, then decorate them with marking pens or paint. Add glitter or sequins for glitz and glamour.

Salt Dough Recipe

½-cup salt

1-cup flour

½-cup water

Mix until dough is sticky. Roll dough to a thickness of ¼ inch. Cut out with cookie cutters and use a skewer to make a hole at the top of each ornament for hanging. Bake at 200 degrees for 4 hours.

Add a colorful ribbon for hanging your salt dough ornament.

Personalized Christmas Ornament

Use any purchased plain ornament. Have your children personalize their ornaments with stickers, glitter, sequins, buttons, or material scrapes. Additionally, they can paint their ornaments with stripes, stars, or other designs.

Decoupage Ornaments

Use pages from old songbooks, sheet music or colorful pictures from magazines. Colorful comics also work well. Make a simple decoupage medium by mixing three parts white glue with one part warm water. Stir or shake in a closed container. Glue your choice of paper to a plain glass ornament and cover with your decoupage medium. You may wish to add more than one coat.

Toy Ornaments

These ornaments look expensive, are fun to make, and will last for years, becoming treasured keepsakes. You can either use small toys from the bottom of your kids’ toy box or purchase bags of small plastic toys from a discount store. Miniature animals, dolls, small balls, and toy trucks are just a few of the many choices available.

If a small toy is a solid color, you can paint either parts or it or the whole thing. While the paint is still tacky, roll in glitter if you wish. Use ribbon or ornament hooks for your hangers. You may need to hot glue the hangers to the back of the ornaments.

Scent the Season

These two ornaments are super simple, cost almost nothing, and add fragrance to your Christmas tree.

  • Citrus Circles

Slice oranges, lemons, or grapefruit into thin slices. Place on a cookie wire rack on a cookie sheet. Sprinkle slices with powdered sugar and bake in a low oven for two to three hours. When the slices are dehydrated, add a colorful ribbon hanger by punching a small hole at the top edge of each slice. These ornaments resemble stained glass and add a pleasing citrus scent that will last throughout the holidays.

  • Rosemary Wreaths

If you have rosemary in your garden, this project is almost free. Pick rosemary twigs and form into small wreaths. Secure the ends with ribbon. You can then decorate the wreath with buttons, bows, beads, or sequins – anything you wish.

Cookie Dough Ornaments

Use your favorite sugar cookie dough. Roll out and cut with Christmas themed cookie cutters. Poke a hole in each cookie with a skewer so you can hang it. Decorate with frosting, or, since they are not intended for consumption, use paint. You can add sparkles, colored sugar crystals, or even sequins and glitter. If you have toddlers or pets, hang these ornaments high, and discard after the holidays – they will not last.

A Few More Quick Ideas

  • Hang family photos with colorful ribbon or string.
  • Use old Christmas cards, either the entire front portion, or cutout pieces.
  • Bundle cinnamon sticks with pretty ribbon.
  • Dip small pinecones in glue and glitter.
  • Do not stop with candy canes on the tree. Try cellophane covered lollipops also.

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