We live in an apartment and storage is always a consideration, so consequently we don’t have many boxes of Christmas decorations. I thought I might liven things up by making some decorations using things from outside or around the house. Some of them turned out well, but some didn’t, and I wanted to share them all with you.
We made a string of buttons and suspended it as part of a garland over the fireplace (photo above).
The Advent wreath from the kitchen is going strong, and we’re lighting it at dinner time each night.
I do like how the walnut ornaments turned out.
I wanted to string orange slices into a garland, so I sliced them thin and dried them in a low-heat oven for a few hours. They looked good in the beginning, but I don’t think they’ll last much longer. I may have baked them instead of dehydrating them.
I had a rosemary table-top tree, and it was so pretty. Then it suddenly died. It turns out that rosemary is a really high-maintenance plant when it’s inside. Now it’s outside in the cold, shriveled up and brown. It couldn’t be helped.
I also tried to make some wooden snowflakes by gluing pretty mesquite branches together, but I had a hard time. They turned out rather precarious.
The tree…the tree is glorious. That’s because she’s fake. It happens to be our very first Christmas tree, and I love sitting next to it while I work on these projects at home.
We resisted the urge to fill it up with new ornaments. We have a small collection of ornaments that we used to hang on a garland in our previous, smaller apartment, and we add a new ornament each year. We didn’t have a star, so I put a hat on top. I think we’re going to make a star at some time, but the hat will do for now. We won’t put presents under it until Christmas Eve, partly so Lane won’t go crazy, but mostly because they’re not ready yet.
It would have been so much simpler to order a couple of toys from Oompa like we did last year, but this year the gifts we wanted for both of our kids needed to be handmade.
I’m working on a quilt for Tom, and Doug is working on a dollhouse for Lane.
Each night we spend time on these projects together, and it’s been extremely satisfying to work on them.
You can tell the quilt is in its early stages in this photo because there are only two mugs on the dining table so far. I think I may finish it today, and then I’ll have a lot of cleaning up to do!