We had a lot of fun this Christmas making “real food” ornaments for our Christmas tree.
There is something about homemade ornaments that make Christmas feel that much more special.
Dried Orange Christmas Ornaments
I got a box of Mandarin oranges from Chaffin Orchards and I was trying to think of ways to use them up.
Then I saw this post on Pinterest and I decided to give it a try.
They were really easy to make. I just sliced them up and put them in my dehydrator.
Then you just string ribbons on them and hang them on the tree.
In the original post from Pinterest, they said to add powdered sugar. Quite honestly, I did not notice any difference by adding the powdered sugar so you can probably skip it.
Funny, though, my husband found the Tupperware container full of dried orange ornaments, before I had a chance to put ribbons on them and put them on the tree. He ate some of them and later told me they were really good! LOL!
The housekeeper also thought they were garbage and threw them away — we had to fish them out of the trash.
Orange and Clove Pomanders
I saw this pin on pinterest and it took me back to my childhood. My mom and I used to make these decorations.
All you need for this decoration is some oranges and whole cloves.
Pine Cones and Potpourri
Kate and I found some pine cones at one of our homeschooling park days. I put them in a bowl with some Christmas potpourri.
Popcorn and Cranberry Garlands
We also made a popcorn and cranberry garland.
You need some popped popcorn (no added butter), cranberries, some thread and a needle.
Bubbe (Kate’s grandma) worked on it for a while. She’s an amazing knitter but she wasn’t exactly thrilled with this craft.
Construction Paper Garlands
Stringing popcorn and cranberries turned out to be a little too hard for a 5-year-old, so we decided to make garlands out of construction paper instead.
All you need is construction paper, scissors, and a glue stick or Scotch tape.
We didn’t have the time or patience to finish any of our various kinds of garland, so our tree ended up looking a little “silly” (Kate’s word). But it’s homey and warm and the house smells amazing — like pine and orange and cloves.
Do You Make Homemade Decorations?
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