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.
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.