When my husband and I got our first tree I bought a bunch of light green and red ornaments from Target that came in big packages and were pretty generic. They were great for the first few years, but as we’re getting older and our family is expanding, we have started to get more personal ornaments. As much as I like the matchiness (yes, I just made up a word) of the green and red ornaments, the other ornaments had meanings for us that those cheap, unbreakable ones from Target did not. Each year I replace a few of the old ones with new ones that give our tree it’s own personality. Now that we have a toddler, I decided our tree needed some more toddler friendly homemade ornaments. I love the way felt ornaments look, and they aren’t breakable, a big plus in my book! They’re also really easy and cheap to make! I used felt scraps I already had, and I already had the red and green grosgrain ribbon. I bought the red and gold ric rac and the blue ribbon at Joann for $.89 each (70% off Christmas ribbon!), so the grand total for this project was $1.78! I sewed my felt ornaments, but you could just as easily use hot glue them if you’re not into sewing.
I’m sorry I missed yesterday, I had a very busy day after work yesterday. So today I have two projects for you to make up for it! The first is a felt tree for toddlers to play with. As soon as I saw this idea, I knew I needed to do it. If you have a young child (or two) around your house, your tree is probably like mine. It looked so nice that first night I put up all the ornaments after the little one went to sleep. But she had other plans. This hasn’t completely stopped my little girl from trying to redecorate the tree, but she has really loved this felt tree. She is 16 months, so she still has a little trouble getting the ornaments to stick on, but for the most part she can do it herself. Just be warned, cats loved this toy too…
I used a half a yard of felt which was on sale for $2.99/yd and approximately 6 sheets of felt that were $.34 each. So my grand total for this awesome quiet toy was $3.52!
The next project I have for you all is an ornament wreath. I have wanted one of these for a couple years, and I decided to try to make my own this year. It really was easy. Here is a great tutorial for how to make this simple wreath.
Here are the supplies you will need to start with:
I used ten packages of ornaments from the dollar store which ended up being around 70 ornaments. The hanger I already had and the ribbon I got on sale for $1.99. So my total for this wreath that would was $11.99! I do wish I had stuck with only gold and silver or silver and red ornaments, rather than all the different colors, but I had a cranky toddler with me and was trying to very quickly get my supplies and get out of the dollar store!
I love apothecary jars, I think there is something so classic about them. They are so versatile and can be used for any season. I bought this big one for Cora’s first birthday party this past summer. The theme was The Very Hungry Caterpillar and on the dessert table I set up a display with each of the fruits the caterpillar eats and I used this big apothecary jar for the oranges. And since then I’ve been using it to decorate with. This fall I filled it with hedge apples and pine cones, and now I have made a Christmas display in it. I used dollar store ornaments, scented pine cones from Joann (this part could easily be free if you have any pine trees around you), and epsom salt. You can use any kind of glass jar or vase to make your display. I got this one from Marshall’s for $9.99 but Hobby Lobby usually has some pretty ones and they put their glass 50% off pretty often. I didn’t count the cost of the apothecary jar since I already had it, but they are relatively inexpensive. My cost for this project was $1 for the ornaments (I mixed and matched my ornaments from a bunch I bought at the dollar store, but I used about as many as were in a package), $3 for the pinecones, and I already had the epsom salt, but I think it’s generally around $1.50. So my total was $4! This is a really simple, easy to throw together Christmas decoration!