Christmas is such an amazing time of year and I really love making homemade decorations. It’s a lot of fun; the children can get involved and they are inexpensive and unique. This year I have formed a bit of a close relationship with gold metallic spray paint and have had to rein myself back from spraying almost everything in sight. My absolute favorite brand is Krylon Metallic Gold. I’m very impatient – so the fact that it is simple and quick drying is a winner with me.
Daughter 1 and 3 got involved shaping the air drying clay. We used all our Christmas cookie cutters and made lots of chunky stars, little feathers and other shapes to hang on the tree. Daughter 1 then sprayed everything gold and we hung them on gold thread. We used some of them to hang on our clip chain above the fireplace together with some sprigs of pine and they look really pretty.
Craft shops stock little wooden alphabet letters and these are great to stick on little miniature boards. First glue the letters or numbers on to the surface and then paint or spray them. Use them as part of a display or add ribbon and hang on the tree.
Antlers can be found reasonably cheaply and this year I painted some white and then sprayed the tips gold. They look really cute hung at the side of the fireplace or piled up in a basket.
I LOVE stars!! I would have them all over the house all year round in all combinations.
Hobby Lobby sell really inexpensive paper mache stars so I bought a heap and (again!!) sprayed them gold and gathered them up in bunches on string. They also look really nice left neutral or sprayed black or painted white.
Again… it wouldn’t be me if I didn’t play around with all the decorations and do a bit of Christmas ‘prop styling’. I used an old canvas that I had lying around, sprayed it black and then painted a simple white Scandinavian folk-style Christmas tree on it. Then added a few of my decorations including a gold sprayed twig star that we made last year and there you have it!
All these ideas are really easy to do, fun to make and as you can clearly see, its the playing around with the props at the end that I especially love.
This year is a very special one for our family. Daughter 2 is coming home for her first Christmas in two years……. These stars are for you sweet girl.
Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!!