I’m back. Yay!
I still have presents to wrap and some cooking to do, but I wanted to drop in here and share some projects I did last week for Christmas.
Historically my Christmas tree has been a “no touch” affair. One of my favorite collections is my crystal tree ornament collection. For about 15 years now I’ve been collecting Christmas tree ornaments, mostly Waterford, but there are a few Swarovski in there. With white lights and silver accents I think they make a stunning tree. NEWSFLASH TO SELF: You have a 2-year-old and there is a train under your tree…you can NOT have an entire tree full of breakable things. Can. Not.
So this year, the ornaments stayed in their gorgeous, satin-padded box…and we covered the tree in (mostly) handmade ornaments and other not-easily-breakable things. I’m quite smitten with it.
One of the projects was making some big red and green ball ornaments to go on the tree. Because, actually, I didn’t have very many kid-friendly ornaments outside of the ones they have made at school.
Yarn wrapped around small balloons, dipped in glue…hang to dry, pop the balloon. How fun are those?
I found the instructions on Pinterest. And if you aren’t addicted to that yet, by all means, click through and prepare to waste an hour or two. My boards can be found here. And the link to these ornaments is here.
A little tip: the more you cover the balloon with yarn the easier it is for the balloon to “pop” after it has been covered with glue…it will kind of stick to the yarn of course. I tried to use water balloons because I thought they would be the best size, but I couldn’t blow them up. Seriously. So I just used regular balloons, barely filled. And a pair of tweezers will come in handy to get the balloon pieces out.
Here’s my favorite handmade ornament – my oldest made it in his preschool class last year:
I’m pretty sure it is a plain glass ball covered with glitter and tissue paper. Lovely.
My youngest’s ornament from last year…hand-print snowmen. Those teachers are so clever.
Of course, we must have the requisite photo ornaments:
And there is always a selection of memorial ornaments:
As much as I adore my fancy-schmancy ornaments, I really loved having a tree totally decorated by my boys…and not caring that 90% of the ornaments were bunched on the bottom third of the tree!
If we make more of these yarn ornaments next year, I’m going to add silver yarn into the mix. And who knows, maybe we’ll string popcorn and cranberries, too. It might be awhile before my crystal sees a tree again.