Many families already have the traditions of making popcorn strings to wrap around the tree, or hanging up special ornaments the kids bring home from school, or ones that were accumulated from each child’s birthday. Often, many of us who do not have hundreds of dollars to spend on enough ornaments to fill up the tree, find ourselves looking for solutions to cover up all the bald spots. There are several crafty ways to make the tree full, beautiful, and memorable. Make this year’s tree decorating a whole family event.
Popsicle People Ornaments
For popsicle tree ornaments, you will need scissors, glue, markers, yarn, string, and any kinds of loose material scraps. If you have not had the opportunity to save popsicle sticks, you can find them fairly cheap at a craft store. I suggest having fine point markers around to draw the face on the sticks. The yarn, of course, can be used to glue hair on the popsicle people. The material, can be used to make mini shirts, skirts, pants, or outfits to glue to the sticks. For those with younger children in the household, parent’s can pre-cut the materials for the children. The whole family can have fun while mixing and matching clothes and making these crafty ornaments. After all the hair is glued on, clothes are secured, and the faces are on, you can glue a piece of string in a loop fashion on the back of the stick to hang on the tree.
Glassy Glitter Ornaments
For the glassy glitter ornaments, you will need several clear glass ornaments with the tops that pull out. These can usually be purchased at a low cost in several craft or retail stores, such as Michaels or Walmart. You will also need a clear type of glue (Elmers makes a craft glue which is clear), and plenty of glitter or various confetti designs. You start off by taking the tops off of all of the bulbs. Then, you want to squeeze as little or as much glue into the bulbs and roll it around for the glitter or confetti to stick to. You then pour a substantial amount of glitter into the bulb. After you put the top on the ornament, you shake the ornament all around so the glitter spreads. You would do the same if you were using confetti (like the kind you see on tables at special events such as weddings, showers, graduations, or birthdays). You can even get a bit more creative, ditch the glue, and fill the bulbs up with beads, sand, colored sugar crystals, or anything else that can fit through the opening of the bulb. This will be a creative and tasteful way to help fill up the lonely branches of the tree.
These are two different ways listed to help make decorating the tree, a fun, frugile, and enjoyable event for the family. You can get creative with many different things, other than bulbs and sticks to help put some fillers on the branches. Whether it be using paper decorations, bulbs, or old materials, any tree with home made ornaments will carry on as a great tradition for years to come.