European-style Christmas tree decorating ideas and homemade Christmas tree decorations for you-nique Christmas trees.
Learn to make gilded walnuts! My how-to instructions for these Homemade Christmas Tree Decorations were featured in a recent book, The Ultimate Christmas, (by HCI, publishers of the legendary Chicken Soup series).
Gilded walnuts & apples are my favorite homemade Christmas tree decorations - perfect for an Alpine Christmas tree in a log home, or for colorful, rustic 'European country' Christmas tree themes.
Don't just use these easy-to-make Christmas ornaments for your tree ...
Download a set of free, printable Christmas ornaments, find a pin or a needle somewhere, and create these simple Paper Christmas Ornaments. Apart from the needle, you'll need scissors, glue and some colored card (or the back of a writing pad and a bit of leftover paint). That's it ... easy-to-make Christmas ornaments.
You'll find six free Christmas ornament patterns to print off. Turn them into super simple homemade Christmas ornaments, or use the craft patterns as a lauchpad for your own design ideas, and create truly unique Christmas tree decorations.
The Christmas Tree Ball 'recipe' on this site isn't exactly a quickie craft project. These lovely snowy baubles are kind of messy Christmas ornaments to make, what with all the PVA glue & glitter involved in the creation. However ...
... the oooh's and aaah's you'll get for the results are absolutely worth it! So, go ahead & create glistening 'snowball' tree ornaments, and glam them up to your heart's content (three suggestions in the article - just add your own Christmas tree decorating ideas!)
You'll end up with absolutely unique Christmas tree decorations, and in all likelihood you'll be making them for friends and family once they've seen them on your Christmas tree ;-)
Dough - whether gingerbread, cookie, or flour-and-salt dough - is great for creating unique Christmas tree decorations.
Mostly edible, dough-based Gingerbread Christmas Decorations were the most-used country Christmas tree ornaments in rural areas of Europe during the 19th century, and they're great fun to make. (Edible Christmas crafts also feature prominently in Liliana's story of Christmas tree decorating in Poland!)
... from the old-fashioned to the newfangled, from the simple to the utterly elaborate. Make your own version of the ideas below!
Depending on the kind of Christmas mood you want to achieve, as well as your tastes and the style of your home - your Christmas tree might look elegant, rustic, retro, or funky.
Here are some ideas for unique Christmas tree decorations:
Paint small pine cones (or cones from other evergreens) in deep,
glowing red hues, ranging from a coppery orange to deep crimson. The more sculptural
the cones, the better they will look in red! Varnish some (or all) of them
with a clear, super-high gloss.
Tie the cones into clusters with skinny gardening wire, and fasten them in ...
♦ your Christmas tree
♦ a door/Advent wreath
♦ outdoor shrubs
♦ or hang them from a curtain rod on a beautiful ribbon!
N.B. Painted pine cones make great Christmas tree decorating ideas, but they also look lovely on a Christmas table, combined with red candles or red candlesticks. Paint them well in advance, though, to make sure the 'fresh paint' smell has enough time to wear off!
Textile Christmas tree decorating ideas work extremely well for a country Christmas tree theme. You could make ...
Here is a collection of highly praised, homemade Christmas tree ideas & decorations (mostly textile):
Lace is a lovely material for homemade Christmas tree decorations. If you're looking for lacy Christmas tree ornaments to make, here are some ideas:
Check out some of these books for craft instructions:
Origami folded stars and ornaments make exquisite homemade Christmas tree decorations! Here's a selection of easy Origami how-to books:
There, that should get you started with Christmas tree decorating ideas ;-)