Crafting And Buying Christmas Tree Ornaments
You can make beautiful Christmas tree ornaments using acorns, paint, metallic chenille stems and hot glue. Gather some acorns and paint them different colors. Cut the chenille stems in half and bend over so both ends are together. Use the hot glue gun to attach the chenille stem to the top
of the acorn to work as a hanger.
Free patterns and directions for making various decorations are available online. You will need thin cardboard, paint, glue, and miscellaneous supplies such as glitter, sequins, ribbon, beads, rick-rack, buttons, felt and yarn.
Tips For Decorating Artificial Fiber Optic Christmas Trees
Decorating artificial fiber optic Christmas trees is ultimately about proportion. When hanging decorations put the largest sized ones at the bottom and the smallest at the top. You can select a color theme – sticking to gold, silver, and red or pink and gold only or you can style the tree after traditions such as the German style tree (decorated mostly with food), the Victorian style tree (decorated with tiny detailed ornaments and lots of angels), and the country style tree (decorated with glass balls, wooden ornaments and plenty of flocking to simulate snow).
How To Decorate With Christmas Tree Toppers
Christmas tree toppers are the finishing touches of your Christmas tree. Like other Christmas tree decorations, these ornaments originated in 19th century Germany. There are a lot of choices: the traditional star or angel, or for those who favor a more worldly tree topper, Santa, bows, teddy bears, snowflakes, snowmen, reindeer and nutcracker soldiers. Don’t feel obligated to use a standard Christmas tree topper, however. If your Christmas tree has a unique theme you can certainly use a tree topper particular to that theme.
You can buy Christmas tree toppers that glow with fiber optic diodes that twirl, play music and blink on and off. It is not hard to make your own Christmas tree topper, however. Perhaps the simplest adaptation is a cardboard star wrapped in tin foil. Often the home-produced decorations and tree toppers have more sentimental value than the store bought ones. Once your topper is up, make sure you disguise the base of the tree with some kind of Christmas tree skirt.
Making Christmas Tree Skirts
Making your own Christmas tree skirts can be as simple as swathing a length of material under your tree or as intricate as making a custom needlepoint skirt. Cut a piece of fabric about 4 to 5 yards long and wrap it around the base of your tree if you decide to go with the first option. Your skirt will give a refined look, color and feel to the base of your tree until the big day, even if your family doesn’t put gifts under the tree until Santa arrives on Christmas morning.
Since candles were used to light trees until electric bulbs came about, a mat or “skirt” was often placed on the floor below the tree to shield it by catching the dripping candle wax, and also to collect fallen needles. Nowadays the skirt is often embroidered with nativity scenes. The difference between a mat and a tree skirt is that usually a mat is placed under the tree stand, while a skirt is placed over it, with a hole in the middle for the trunk, and a slot cut to the outside edge so that it can be placed around the tree easily.