A great way to bring back the traditional holiday feeling is to give primitive Christmas gifts to your friends and family. Over the years we have added a more commercial approach to how we handle the Christmas Holidays. Gone are the days when friends and family would make their Christmas gifts for their loved ones. Over time we have moved from the DIY primitive Christmas gifts we use to give to now just giving gift cards to friends and family that we picked up a the local grocery store or gas station.
Well things are moving back to a more simpler time for some people. We are now seeing a movement of people who not only want to make their own gifts to give to loved ones but we also are seeing a handmade movement exploding online. In addition to the handmade movement we are also seeing a trend with people moving towards a nostalgic rustic approach to home decor and fashion. The modern Christmas industry is also following these trends as well.
Wood – Homemade wooden toys, ornaments, barn board crafts, and furniture make great primitive Christmas gifts to give to your friends or family.
Wool – Hand knitted wool scarves, socks, and sweaters are Christmas presents that your loved ones will truly cherish.
Metals – Personalized signs, crafts, and nick knacks make touching gifts that tell your friends and family you were will to take some time to not only make their gifts but also think about them.
Ceramics and Pottery – A great hobby to take up where you can learn to make your own gifts is pottery and ceramics.
Wax – For weekend DIYers why not learn to make your own Candles to give out as gifts this holiday.
Wine and Beer – A great gift to give during the holidays is a bottle of wine or beer that you have brewed yourself.
Food – Christmas baking and candy are always appreciated especially if you have taken the time to make it.
The Handmade Primitive Christmas Gift Movement
With the success of the online craft websites we are seeing more and more shoppers move towards buying their friends and family handmade goods. Handmade crafts are a one of a kind type of gifted. They are crafted by individuals just like yourself that love what they are doing. The handmade primitive Christmas gift movement is growing by leaps and bounds just for that reason. A handmade gift is a very personal gift that shows you really know and care about the person or people you are buying it for.
Below are just a few of the types of handmade primitive Christmas gifts you can find on the market place.
A great way to accessorize any type of traditional Christmas décor is to use primitive Christmas garland. Garland in itself is a great border. It can be used as a border around your Christmas tree, on your mantle and, also your staircase railing. Garland of almost any type can be used both in your home and also outdoors.
What makes garland so great to work with as a decorations over Christmas is it looks good almost anywhere and it is fairly inexpensive to make or even to buy. Buying an inexpensive set of plastic garland from your local department store can be easily decked out to look very expensive with things you can almost always find in your own backyard. A quick walk through your yard or local park and you are sure to find natural materials to spice up that boring plastic garland you can buy from the store. Pine Cones, dried berries, and twigs are great and easy ways to bring your garland to life.
Garland is a Christmas craft that almost anyone can do and also do well. As we said above it could be as easy as buying some cheap garland and building on it to make it in that primitive Christmas garland style you are going after or you can make it entirely yourself.
Even though you are looking at decorating with a primitive Christmas theme this year doesn’t mean you can’t buy lighted garland. You can have a traditional Christmas garland with bows, pine cones, berries by day but Christmas lights will just bring it to life in the dark cold nights leading up to Christmas. Nothing is more beautiful than Christmas lights reflecting off of your Country Garland Décor.
Garland can be country themed or it can also be used to highlight your Country Christmas Décor. When looking for country themed Christmas garland you will want to find a garland that highlights the country lifestyle. Things you use on your garland are probably things you will find around almost any farm. Traditional bells, bows, and pine cones are all accessories you can use to achieve that country charm.
Decorating with rustic garland décor doesn’t have to mean you are just using garland alone. Another great way to add life to your holiday decorating is by using rustic Christmas banners as a substitute to your traditional primitive Christmas garland. Christmas banners act very similar to garland and can also share a holiday message to with your friends and family. “Believe”, “Happy Holidays”, and “Merry Christmas” are three of the more popular messages you will find hanging in doorways, on mantles, and stairway railings.
Primitive Christmas garland is one of many Christmas decorations you can use to supplement your primitive Christmas décor this year. Using natural materials not only looks incredible but can add some natural smells to your holidays. Making your own garland out of pine boughs will give you that natural pine scent without actually committing to buying a real Christmas tree.
Primitive Christmas Crafts Wood is probably one of the most popular searched terms when it comes to primitive Christmas crafts. It is no surprise it is one of the most popular mediums when it comes to making and buying handmade Christmas Crafts. Christmas is a holiday that is based upon tradition and family values. There is just something very wholesome about rustic wooden Christmas crafts.
Wood carving and working in general have been around as long as Christmas has which makes it one of the perfect materials for making Christmas crafts. Some of the most popular wooden Christmas crafts are the most beautiful. These simple designs and styles are less intimidating to the average do it yourself home crafter. For those of you not confident in your woodworking skills not to worry you can buy a lot of beautiful wooden Christmas decorations both online and in your local department stores.
2016 is going to be one of the biggest years for Primitive Christmas crafts. Decorating with traditional Christmas decorations is a growing trend that is sweeping all of North America. A lot of families ours included have decided that we want to celebrate a more traditional Christmas this year. One that mirrors the ones we had as young children. One with less plastic disposable ornaments and one more with ornaments we can leave to future generations in our families.
Although we may all dream of being a professional wood carver or worker most of us are not. Woodworking is a skill that needs to be built up over the years and not something you can just pick up a month or two before the holidays. Even though you are probably not going to carve a masterpiece this year doesn’t mean that you can’t still make some truly beautiful wooden Christmas crafts. A quick search of the internet will put you in touch with some local classes to learn how to make some Christmas crafts.
Video sharing sites are another great place to learn how to make Primitive Christmas Crafts out of wood. Not all traditional holiday decorations have to be carved wood. Your do it yourself holiday crafts may be made from sticks, branches, or twigs. A quick search of do it yourself wooden Christmas crafts on your favorite video sharing site will reveal thousands of great projects you can do it home with your friends and family over the holidays.
Cheap Homemade Christmas Ornaments and Decorations
Living on a tight budget usually means you are going to have to buy some cheap homemade Christmas ornaments and decorations. There is no shame in looking for bargains over the holidays. Actually we encourage you to try to save a little money here and there.
To put it lightly Christmas is very expensive. From the end of October all the way up to Christmas Day we are constantly spending money. It is just a constant spending spree buying presents, decorations, food, drinks, and making charitable donations. So if you can create an opportunity to save a bit of money over the holidays do it!
Do it yourself primitive Christmas crafts are a great way to save on your holiday decorating. What make decorating under the Primitive Christmas theme is that you probably already have the materials at your home and it is a great crafting medium for people to introduce themselves to holiday crafting.
Primitive or the traditional style of Christmas crafting is very easy for people new to crafting to get involved in. The materials you will use to make primitive Xmas crafts and decorations are usually very expensive if not free. The materials you will use are typically things you already have in your home and also in your backyard. On the rare occasion you might have to stop by your local crafting store to pick up a couple things.
We all know that holiday crafting isn’t for everyone. Sometimes it is because of the time restraints life throws at us over the holiday season and you just don’t have time for Christmas crafting. Sometimes we just don’t have the confidence to display our crafts for our friends and family. Well you can still have some cheap homemade Christmas ornaments and decorations. Local farmers markets, flea markets, and crafting sites online are great places to shop for primitive Christmas crafts. Not only can you find some truly amazing holiday ornaments and decorations but you can also get them at a fair price.
Three of the most important areas to decorate in your home for Christmas are your Christmas tree, your dining room, and your fireplaces’ mantle. All three of the locations are the focal points of your home during the holidays and areas where you will do the majority of your entertaining.
A beautiful sight on a cold Christmas Eve is a fire blazing in beautifully decorated fire place. The warm fire is the perfect backdrop for some traditional Christmas stockings. Primitive Christmas stockings will really give your home that rustic country charm that you are going for this year.
When you are done decorating the inside of your home it is time to take you decorating for the holidays outdoors. A welcoming sight for your holiday guests is a well decorated yard and door way. Beautiful holiday lights are not the only way to bring your yard to life over the holidays. Vintage Christmas signs, rustic holiday wreaths, and Xmas themed welcome mats are great ways to add some holiday cheer to your neighborhood and invite your guests into you home.
Below are some examples of cheap homemade Christmas ornaments and decorations for outside of your home.
A great way to start off your Christmas decorating is to make some primitive Christmas crafts with you friends and family. Even though you may be new to DIY holiday crafting doesn’t mean that you can’t make some truly amazing Christmas ornaments and decorations.
The great thing about primitive Christmas ornaments and decorations is that the beauty of them is in their imperfections. For example you may be able to see the stitching on ornaments made from cloth or similar type materials. Unlike the ornaments you would find in your local department stores these ornaments have flaws or as I would like to call it character. The materials you are going to use for your Xmas ornaments and decorations can be usually found in your home or even by taking a walk around your neighborhood. So honestly don’t worry if you are new to crafting and are afraid to put your work out on display for your friends and family. They will see the beauty in your work and you may inspire them to craft along with you.
If you are still developing your Primitive Christmas crafts skills and don’t want to display your work this year well you are in luck. The internet is a great source for homemade Christmas crafts and decorations. People just like yourself from all over the world have turned their love for making crafts into side and full time businesses. As you can see from the examples on this page the work they do is pretty awesome and since it is primitive themed Christmas ornaments it isn’t perfect.
As we said above you could probably find the majority of the materials you need to make your primitive Christmas crafts around your home or by taking a quick walk around your neighborhood. Traditional Christmas crafts are made with traditional materials. They are simple yet beautiful and have a charming rustic feel to them.
Common Materials For Making Traditional Christmas Crafts
Cloth Or Material Christmas Ornaments – Includes wool, cotton, yarn, and burlap. Burlap is super popular this year for Christmas décor. It is rough to the touch but even a little bit instantly give your home that charming country Christmas feel you are after.
Ceramics and Glass Christmas Decorations – Taking a weekly ceramics or glass working class is a great way to spend time with friends and family over the holidays. You would be surprised the quality of work we have seen coming out of a beginners class.
Wooden Christmas Crafts – Can be made with all types of wood, branches, twigs, and sticks. Pine cones and acorns are great ways to accessorize your wooden Christmas ornaments.
Rustic wooden Christmas décor is one of those traditional Christmas materials that still look amazing in modern homes to this day. Wooden crafts of any type just scream out loud to all of your guests that the item was handmade and is vintage. Unlike plastic, wood has to be worked down into the shaped to form its end product. Plastic on the other hand is just poured into a mold and painted. Wood is a lot stronger than plastic and overall will last you for generations to come.
5 Popular Types Of Traditional Christmas Wood Crafts
Hand Carved Nativity Scenes – One of the most beautiful of all handmade Christmas ornaments depicts the birth of Jesus Christ and the Christmas tradition. Although a hand carved set is very expensive to buy but it will definitely become one of your holiday show pieces right up there with your Christmas tree.
Rustic Christmas Yard Signs – A wonderful way to you welcome your holiday guests is with a rustic wooden Christmas sign in your yard or entry way. Your holiday sign can be stained or hand painted to deliver whatever message of the holidays you are trying to send to your friends and neighbors.
Wooden Christmas Advent Calendars – Let the countdown to Christmas begin with a wooden advent calendar. Wooden advent calendars are a great way to build a child’s excitement for the holidays. Some of these rustic advent calendars just count down the days while others allow you to store small gifts or chocolates inside of them.
Wooden Nutcracker Statues – Nutcrackers are probably one of the most popular images throughout the Christmas holidays. Although you may not want to try and start carving your own as a first wood carving projects you can find some truly beautiful wooden nutcrackers both in stores and online.
Hand Carved Tree Ornaments – A great thing about hand craved primitive Christmas tree ornaments is that they are a lot harder to break than glass. In additions to being stronger they also add a vintage feel to your overall holiday decorating.
Two very popular places to decorate for the holidays are your stairwells and fireplace mantle. Garland of any type is a great way to add some Christmas spirit to both of these locations. As a primitive Christmas craft you can make your own garland to the specific lengths and styles you need to decorate your home for the holidays. Xmas garland traditionally looks very similar to your Christmas wreath and usually has some type of coniferous branches, pine cones, and berries, or flowers. Really the only difference is that it is a decorative chord that is used to wrap or rest on a mantle or railing in contrast to a holiday wreath that is circular and hung on doors.
Christmas garland also makes a great border for almost anything in your home. Garland can be hung around door frames, dining room tables, and as a decorative border to your Christmas tree skirt.
Cheap Homemade Christmas Ornaments and Decorations
In conclusion, this Christmas why not try and make some of your own primitive Christmas crafts. The do it yourself homemade approach to Christmas decorations will not only save you a little bit of money over the holidays but you never know. What you make this year may become a business for you by next year. Primitive Christmas crafts are a great way to de-stress over the holidays and are a great way to get the entire family together for some quality time together.
I’m not sure what it is but their is just something truly beautiful about homemade primitive Christmas tree ornaments. It could be that they bring back some of the nostalgia of the holidays past or it could be that they are made of timeless designs that will look good on our Christmas trees forever. No matter what it is vintage Christmas ornaments really make me feel the spirit of the holidays.
Christmas is a time for sharing and also a time for spending time with friends and family. One of the best ways to bring the holiday cheer to your friends and family is to invite them over to do some holiday crafting with you. An afternoon on the weekend is a great opportunity to have loved ones over to make some homemade primitive Christmas tree ornaments that they can take home with them. An evening with the kids making felt cut out is a great way to create your own family holiday memories. Children love to do crafts and as they grow up they can take the ornaments they made as a child and use them on their own Christmas tree. As a parent you will be setting them up for the future to make their own traditional Christmas crafts with their children also.
Although your elegantly decorated Christmas tree alone won’t give your entire home that traditional Christmas feel you are going for alone it is the centerpiece to your holiday decorating. Decorating for the holidays is just like any type of fashion or design. A look is truly achieved by all the small details you put into it. If you truly want to have a traditional primitive Christmas this holiday season you are going to have to decorate in the style from the inside out.
That vintage Christmas style is achieved by using certain type of Christmas ornaments and decorations. The style, color, and materials used will all need to be considered when decorating your Christmas tree for primitive style. Below are some of the most popular materials used to make homemade primitive Christmas tree ornaments.
Popular Materials Used To Make Primitive Homemade Christmas Tree Ornaments
The one thing the country speaks to is family. As we think about a rural lifestyle we think about more simpler times and a strong commitment to family values. Since Christmas is a holiday that revolves around family and tradition it is no wonder that these holiday decorations are so popular. These traditional ornaments are usually made with softer or duller colors. Brighter colors typically speak to more modern times of holiday decor. As we said above the material used will be
Deciding to completely switch your Christmas tree decorations over to homemade primitive Christmas tree ornaments can get very expensive if you try and do it all at once. When it comes to holiday decorations it is best to build your collection up over the years. Don’t worry about fads though. The traditional style of Christmas ornaments have been around for a very long time and they are not going anywhere anytime soon.
If you are like myself and not really the crafty do it yourself type you can find beautifully handmade Christmas ornaments online that won’t bust your Christmas budget. The internet is a great place to shop for deals on handmade primitive Christmas ornaments. A lot of people just like yourself have turned their passion for making beautiful rustic Christmas crafts into a business for themselves. You will find their is a lot of competition for this type of business online which helps keep the prices down. Also a lot of these craftsmen and women don’t have to pay for a storefront and staff which also reflects in the prices you pay.
As you decorate your Christmas tree from the bottom up you have to consider adding vintage Christmas tree toppers to the top of your Christmas tree. The lighting and topping of a Christmas tree is a common tradition for a lot of families throughout North America and Europe. It signifies that decorating of the tree is finally completed. Part of that tradition for a lot of families is to allow the younger children of the home to take turns topping the tree. I can remember as a child every second year being lifted up to put the final touch on our Christmas tree and top it with our Angel. The alternate years the honor of topping the Christmas tree was all my sisters.
The one thing about choosing to decorate for the holidays with a traditional or primitive Christmas theme is that what you buy now will never go out of style. Christmas at a very fundamental level is built on family traditions, goodwill, and peace. The ornaments and decorations we use to brighten up our homes for the holiday are second to this family bonding but they do help to create that perfect atmosphere for sharing and caring.
Planning on decorating a primitive Christmas tree takes a bit of planning. Actually planning any type of themed Christmas takes a bit of more work than just using the holiday decorations you have collected over the years. Part of this planning comes down to just knowing what to use. A traditional Christmas tree is decorated with handmade Christmas tree ornaments and has a certain nostalgic feel. The vintage Christmas tree toppers you use to achieve that primitive look this Christmas are very important to your overall holiday decorating. The tree topper is a huge focal point to any Xmas tree decorating. It’s just as important to your holiday decorating as your Christmas tree is. That is why it is so important to choose the perfect tree topper.
Three Of the most popular Traditional Christmas tree topper themes
Angels – Angles can be found on a large percentage of Christmas trees. Not only are they such a beautiful symbol of peace and happiness they have a religious significance to the holidays.
Stars – Another religious symbol of the holidays is a prominent well lit star. The three Wise Men used the stars to find their way to baby Jesus and it is not wonder we look for this symbol during Christmas.
Santa Claus – Santa Claus is probably the most popular commercial symbol of the holidays. The tradition of Santa has been around since the 16th century and his popularity has never been bigger.
As we said above Angels are very important symbol of peace, hope, and love. Those are three qualities each of us share with our friends and family over the holidays. They are probably qualities we should be sharing with everyone on everyday. But the holidays really bring out these qualities. Angels in general are a very elegant way to top any Christmas Tree. They usually use softer tones of white and gold. As a tree topper angles can be made out of glass, ceramics, or more commonly today plastic.
Two of the most popular types of lighted star Christmas tree toppers are the solid metallic star and the glittered start. Both are designed to catch and reflect the light of your Christmas lights and give you that real twinkle you see on natural stars in the sky. A lighted Christmas star only accentuates that twinkle even more as it catches and reflects even more light.
Santa Claus is the third and final style of tree topper in our vintage Christmas tree topper article. Although today Santa Claus is more of a commercial symbol he also speaks to goodwill and sharing. He brings a level of excitement to children on the holidays and adds a element of magic to Christmas. Something we could all use a lot more of throughout the year.
Rustic Christmas tree skirts are the perfect Christmas tree accessory to help give you that primitive Christmas look you are after in planning your traditional Christmas look and feel. Decorating your home for a more traditional Christmas usually includes using materials and techniques that are more toward the handmade or homemade style. And would contrast the manufactured look you would find on the shelves of your local department store. A beautifully vintage styled Christmas tree skirt will really speak to your holiday guests and let them know the exact look your are trying to pull off with your Christmas decor this year.
Christmas tree skirts are not just for show though. It is a good ideas to have a Christmas tree skirt under your tree if you have young children or pets. As presents are shuffled and shaken in attempts to guess what is inside in can be damaging to your floors especially if you have hardwood floors. A well thought out and decorated Christmas tree is an amazing attractant for adventurous pets looking for places to investigate or hide under. For those of you planning to have a real Christmas tree this year it is a very good idea to plan to have a holiday tree skirt under the tree to help keep all the pine and spruce needles that may fall off your tree and on to your floors. For real Christmas tree owners they also protect your floor from the odd drips and drops of sap from the tree making your clean up much easier.
Well if you haven’t heard burlap is definitely making a comeback when it comes to home decor and when it comes to Christmas decorating it is red hot. Burlap is a strong woven material that is made up of fibrous plant based materials to make rope, potatoes sacks, and now even more importantly some truly beautiful rustic Christmas tree skirts. The one thing you can count on with any type of burlap is it always looks old and vintage. If you are planning on hosting a vintage or primitive Christmas this year you would not be wrong to want to go with a burlap Christmas tree skirt.
Although a lot of us no longer spend our free time making quilts some people are and they are turning those elegant patterns into some truly amazing rustic Christmas tree skirts. What quilting allows you to do is select a collection of patters and combine them into a theme and really drive home that them you are after. Quilted Christmas tree skirts have that old time style and depending upon the look you are going after can be custom made to your particular taste.
Any true Christmas traditionalist would be hard pressed to say that plaid is not their favorite pattern choice for a primitive Christmas tree accessory. Plaid Christmas tree skirts usually are made with a checkered wool cloth. Typically the patterns used under a Christmas tree are your standard red and black checkered pattern but can include almost any other color combination to accentuate your current home decor. A beautifully designed plaid Christmas tree skirt will give you that Country charm and style you are after this Christmas.
The last style we will look at in our search for some truly amazing rustic Christmas tree skirts is the ruffled style of Christmas Tree Skirt. Ruffled tree skirts really come down to two styles. The first being a Christmas tree skirt made entirely of ruffles. The second style is one where the Christmas tree skirt is bordered by ruffles. What that means is that you could have a burlap, quilted, or plaid Christmas tree skirt that has a ruffled border. How cool is that?
For a lot of us planning a traditional Christmas is so far removed we need a few primitive Christmas tree ideas for inspiration and to bring our holiday decorating into full swing. If you were to ask almost any homeowner throughout North America what the most important Christmas decoration is they would almost all day the Christmas Tree. A well decorated Christmas tree is a centerpiece for most homes during the holiday seasons for both Christmas and Thanksgiving.
If you are following our primitive Christmas theme this year and planning on decorating your home with a more traditional approach this year it’s a good ideas to start with your Christmas Tree. Aside from the dining room table the Christmas tree is where a lot of family memories are created over the years. The present under the tree create anticipation for the children waiting to open their presents left for them by loving family members and also the jolly ol’ Saint Nicolas. For adults those just looking at the Christmas tree brings back a lot of memories for Christmas past. They are a beautiful symbol of the holidays that seem to warm your heart year after year and help you to remember the good times of the you spent with family and friends over the years.
Let’s looks at some cool ideas for decorating a primitive Christmas Tree
The Basics Of Christmas Tree Decorating
If this is your first time decorating your Christmas tree and you want to decorate with primitive Christmas ornaments well the process is really quite easy and works for all types of Christmas tree themes. Start by applying the Christmas tree lights. We usually start from the top of the tree and work our way down to the bottom. Try to spread where the lights are from the front of the braches to closer to the truck of the tree. This will give you maximum Christmas tree sparkle on those cold winter nights leading up to Christmas.
When it comes to decorating a more traditional Christmas you don’t have to use a real Christmas tree. Although they give your home that wonderful pine scent over the holidays they come with their own set of issues. You can just as easily decorate an artificial Christmas tree and have it look just as amazing as the real thing.
Either type of Christmas tree you decide on decorating this year is going to need a strong base. Both literally and also in a decorative sense. First off you are going to need a strong Christmas tree stand. For those of you planning on having a real Christmas tree this year you need a stand that will both hold your Christmas tree up and also keep it watered. A dried out Christmas tree will begin to drop needles and eventually that plush healthy green Christmas tree you spent so much time and money on will die and turn into a dried out mess.
Artificial Xmas trees typically have their own stands built right into their base of the tree. Some people like the look of the manufacturer’s stand some people don’t. For those of you who don’t like the look well you are in luck those traditional red and green Christmas tree stands you see under real trees can also be purchased for artificial Christmas trees as well.
Another great look at the bottom of any beautifully decorated Christmas tree is a tree skirt. One of the best primitive Christmas tree ideas we can share with you that will really stress your traditional Christmas theme is to add a primitive Christmas tree skirt. This especially holds true if you are using an artificial Christmas tree with the manufacturer’s base. The Christmas tree skirt can hide the plastic stand the tree came with slightly or draw attention away from it.
Christmas tree skirts give any type of Christmas tree a very formal look and they are a great way to protect your floors from damage and Christmas tree debris. No matter how watered you plan to keep your real Christmas tree you are going to have some needle loss. These needles will dry up and end up all over your home. A Christmas tree skirt is a great way to prevent this from happening.
As we work our way the decorating of our Christmas trees we need to start thinking about what ornaments to use.
In keeping with the primitive Christmas theme it is a good idea to make or buy your own Christmas tree ornaments. If you haven’t noticed the handmade or DIY revolution is taking over. This is especially true when it comes to Christmas and Christmas decorations. Although a lot of us are not the craftiest of people doesn’t mean you can’t still try to make some of your own Christmas decorations. The internet is full of Christmas craft projects that almost anyone can do.
Another thing the internet is full of is retail craft sites. The world is full of people who have a passion for being creative and have turned it into a business for themselves. A quick search of your favorite search engine can put you in touch with some of the best handmade Christmas decorations makers in the world.
Below are just a few of the handmade items we fell in love with.
One of the best Christmas tree decorating traditions is the topping of the tree. The topping of a Christmas tree is the symbol that your tree trimming has come to an end and it is time to light the tree. Some primitive Christmas tree ideas for topping your Christmas tree include using an angel or a star. These are probably the two most popular tree toppers on the market and will help you stick to your traditional Christmas theme.
So with your Christmas tree trimming coming to an end now all that’s left is decorating the rest of your home and adding the presents underneath your tree. We hope to have helped you with your primitive Christmas tree ideas and gave you some inspiration for your Christmas decor.
One of the most popular trends in Christmas is going back in time and hosting a Primitive Christmas. In more recent years Christmas has become a holiday where families exchange gift cards and share a meal together. It just goes to show that we have lost sight of our traditional Christmas values and have traded them for more commercial ideas of what Christmas truly is. Where friends and family get together to share and the holidays and show each other just how much they love each other. Sure I don’t mind getting the old gift card myself but more than anything I enjoy just spending time with friends and family. This year though our family is planning a primitive Christmas.
One of the best ways of creating the feeling of a traditional Christmas is to decorate for it. Go to any local craft store or department store that sells Christmas decorations and you will see that there is less modern decorations and more traditional holiday decorations. Commercial manufacturers understand that this is what people want. They want the Christmas that they shared with their families when they were children. They want the Christmas that people shared in those classic holiday movies we all love. The type of Christmas where families build lasting memories around the Christmas tree.
Decorating With Primitive Christmas Tree Ornaments
If I was to look back on my life some of my fondest family memories were formed around our family Christmas tree. These memories were not just around opening presents on Christmas morning and they were not formed with all the excitement a child has waiting for Santa to come on Christmas Eve. My greatest family memories were formed just being with family around the Christmas tree right from picking it up and decorating it all the way to taking it down after the New Year. There is just something about the holiday season that brings families together. There is also just something therapeutic about the warm lights of a Christmas Tree that brings back all these memories.
As a child we would decorate our tree with glass ornaments. That might sound kind of funny to a newer generation that only grew up with plastic but everyone back then had these old Christmas tree ornaments. It seems like a day didn’t go buy that a Christmas bulb didn’t fall to the floor and you had to do a quick clean up before someone stepped on the glass. Primitive Christmas tree ornament or not these vintage Christmas tree ornaments are still my favorite. Traditional Christmas tree ornaments were not just made up of glass. They are made up of mainly handmade natural materials.
What Materials Make Up Modern Primitive Christmas Tree Ornaments
Some of the best traditional vintage Christmas ornaments are made from natural materials and are crafts you can make with the entire family. A holiday popcorn sting or Xmas paper chain are a great way for you to warm up your holiday craft spirit. If you are struggling for ideas just think about primitive country Christmas ornaments and you will be well on your way.
Below are some of the materials that make up an original Christmas ornament.
Wooden Christmas Ornaments – Hand carved or hand painted wood Christmas are a staple on a traditional Christmas tree.
Ornaments Made From Sticks – Small snowmen or reindeer stick ornaments will bring back holiday memories for your friends and family.
Cotton Or Cloth Christmas Ornaments – A great way to spend time with your children is to make your own vintage cloth Christmas ornaments.
Ceramic Christmas Tree Ornaments – Another one of the breakable Christmas tree ornaments that if you care for will last you a life time.
DIY Rustic Paper Ornaments – Another great DIY holiday crafts is to make your own paper Christmas ornaments. You can fold and cut your own snowflakes or create your own vintage Christmas paper chains.
Glass Tree Ornaments – Glass balls and tree toppers might be a big more expensive but worth the extra time and money.
Chrome Tinsel and Garland – Garland and handmade tinsel are perfect ways to reflect your Christmas lights.
A great way to decorate your traditional family Christmas tree is to approach it with a plan. Actually this plan will work for any type of Christmas tree. The Christmas tree decorating plan essentially comes down to this. Start decorating form the inside of the tree and work your way out. Also start from the bottom of the tree and work your way to the top. A crowning moment of any Christmas tree is to put the angel or star on the top of the tree and plug in the Christmas lights to see it all in its glory.
The topping and lighting of the Christmas tree does not mean that your tree is officially trimmed there is still a bit more work left to do. A traditional red Christmas tree stand, country Christmas tree skirt, and burlap Christmas present sacs add to primitive Christmas experience you are planning for your family room or where you plan to have your Christmas tree. As you probably know about any time of home decorating or fashion it is all about the accessories. Planning a traditional Christmas is no different. All the small touches make a difference and your guests will notice.
If you are planning on having a natural Christmas tree this year and you really want to host a rustic Christmas this year you can’t go wrong with a traditional red and green Christmas tree stand. Although you might not see the stand behind all the presents this type of stands have been holding trees upright and watered for a very long time. This style of Christmas tree stand is a classic because it looks great and it works. Even if you are planning on having a real Christmas tree doesn’t mean you still can’t get one of these Christmas tree stands. Manufacturers around the world recognize the need for these stands that fit all types of artificial Christmas trees.
Vintage Christmas tree skirts are another small detail that you can use to decorate your home for the holidays that will make a big difference. They help to protect your floors from damage and can make your holiday clean up a lot easier. It is inevitable that needles and possibly tree sap will fall from your Christmas tree to your floor. A Christmas tree skirt will help to collect some of these needles and also stop the sap from getting all over everything. Even the most expensive artificial trees will have some needle loss. For the most part these artificial Christmas tree needles are made up of light thin plastic and over the holiday season they can be found throughout your home. Although the tree skirt won’t entirely stop this from happening the will help to reduce the amount that are tracked all over the house.
Primitive Christmas tree skirts are not just designed for protecting your floors and keeping your home clean throughout the holidays. They are designed to also look great and give you another small detail to set your rustic Christmas decorating on another level.
A great looks for anything is timeless. Traditional Christmas tree skirts have a timeless look and really look good under your Christmas tree.
Below are some of the most popular styles of vintage Christmas tree skirts
Rustic Plaid Patterns – Red and black is probably one of the most popular plaid patterns ever made. Not only does it make a nice shirt but it also looks great underneath the Christmas tree.
Silk Or Lace Materials – A classic holiday look for Christmas tree skirts is to have them made out of silk or lace. They have a classy appearance and depending upon your holiday decorating ideas will really sell your plans to have an rustic Christmas.
Quilted and Patterned Designs – what makes a great primitive Christmas tree skirt is handmade or rougher appearance. A quilted or patterned skirt will give your home and Christmas tree that truly rustic look you are after.
Burlap has to be one of the most popular materials used for a traditional Christmas decorations. A well placed Christmas sac under you Christmas tree will not only get your children excited for the holiday season but also will help you achieve that country primitive look you are after. The majority of these Christmas sacs are stamped with holiday messages and the most popular ones are Santa Claus themed. Putting presents from Santa in these bags help to add to the mystery of the holiday and keep you children believing for years to come.
As we work our way our from our Rustic themed Christmas tree we will continue to add decorations throughout that room and also throughout our homes. One of the best ways to decorate your home for a traditional Christmas is to make your own decorations. Search engines and video sharing sites like Youtube are a great way to vintage Christmas craft ideas. You can learn step by step how to make some truly amazing holiday decorating ideas that you can do with your friends and family.
Having friends and family over for a holiday crafting party is a great way to create memories and a new holiday tradition that you can continue year after year. Sitting around the table with some simple craft paper, scissors, and craft supplies is a great bonding experience and everyone attending your craft party will have a handmade item that they can take home and display with pride.
Even if you are not the most craft oriented of people doesn’t mean that you can’t decorate with handmade holiday decorations. The internet in general is filled with different websites that allow you to purchase traditional holiday decorations that they made by hand. One of the benefits of buying a handcrafted Christmas ornament or decoration is that it is one of a kind. You are not going to see that ornament at a friend’s home and you are not going to see it at your local department store.
Second hand retailers and flea markets are a great way find antique Christmas decorations and crafts that might have been a big part of someone else’s Christmas traditions. Why not make a day of it with your friends or family and visit a couple second hand stores to see what kind of treasures you can find. Although not every store is going to have something you are looking for there are some truly diamonds in the rough out there. It’s a great way to spend a Saturday or Sunday with a warm coffee going from shop to shop.
Throughout the year it’s a good ideas to switch the wall art out in your home to coincide with the changing of the seasons. Christmas time is no different. Having a couple traditional pieces of Christmas wall art and photographs is a warm welcoming site for your guests as they visit your home during the holidays. This wall art may be as simple as hanging some of your black and white family Christmas photos in the past the remember relatives over the holiday or it may be worth buying a couple professionally designed pieces. Either way brightening up those walls for the holidays will help you with your Primitive Christmas decorating.
For those of you on a frugal Christmas decorating budget why not keep your old Christmas cards throughout the years and set up your own Christmas banner. A lot of Christmas cards are beautifully designed with Christmas images and photographs from the past. It really won’t cost you more than a dollar or two or a storage box to keep them in over the years and it’s nice to reflect on holiday messages friends and family have sent you over the years.
Primitive Christmas Décor For The Rest Of Your Home
A focal point for any home over the Christmas holidays has to be the fireplace and mantle. Being that for a lot of us living in the North America we have to deal with the cold and snow over the winter the fireplace has a lot of significance to our Christmas holiday traditions. A fireplace is the home over the holidays brings back a lot of memories for most of us. It’s the place we imagined Santa would enter our homes to drop off our presents. It’s where we hung our stockings and Christmas banners to get ready for Christmas Eve and for some of us we displayed our Nativity Scenes to show honor our religious faith over the holidays. To see how important a fire place is over the holidays all you have to do is flip on your tv. A lot of local cable companies have a channel over the holidays that plays nonstop Christmas music with the images of a log burning in the fireplace. The crackling of the fire even on television gives a lot of people warmth and comfort over the holidays no matter what they are going through their lives at the time.
The kitchen and dining room are another of those rooms in your home that you can decorate with primitive Christmas décor. If you are like our family a lot of your time is spent entertaining in kitchen and dining room. A lot of the most important family memories are built around the dining room table sharing a meal with friends and family. It’s no wonder that a lot of people spend so much time and effort decorating their kitchens and dining rooms for Xmas.
Vintage Christmas Decorating Ideas For Your Kitchen and Dining Room
Candles And Candle Holders – Candles and candles holders are a great way to create mood lighting in your dining room for the holidays. The flames from both a real and battery operated candle will give you that primitive Christmas feeling you are after.
Mistletoe – A great vintage Christmas touch for those hopeless romantics.
Vintage Christmas Table Runners and Cloths – Another accessory that will bring your kitchen and dining room to life. Look for vintage or retro designs to give your holidays a more traditional feel.
A Christmas Centerpiece – You could spend a fortune on a great retro Christmas dining room centerpiece or you could just use an old door wreath and center a candle in the middle.
One of the last places to decorate your home with primitive Christmas decorations is outside. If you truly want to stand out in your neighbourhood why not pass on the popular inflatable decorations and opt for traditional Christmas lawn ornaments and signs. A wooden Christmas sign and lawn ornament will last you for years to come and take little to know work to upkeep. Actually the longer you have it the more you will achieve that great vintage Christmas feel.