What decorations do you like to make? What onces do you consider easy and what

@writersedge (22579)
United States
November 19, 2009 6:56am CST
ones do you consider hard? I like wreaths, as long as you have the right materials and all the things you need laid out, they're not too bad. I've made different kinds. I don't think a yule log of the drill some holes and put candles in a birch piece of log would be too bad. I asked a friend about kissing balls and she said they are really, really hard. So what kind do you make and which do you consider easy and which ones are hard?
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@CatGods (4595)
• United States
19 Nov 09
I don't make decorations bit I am considering making jeweled Victorian Christmas balls and selling them. Maybe I'll do it with a Goth twist, don't know. All of this is just food for thought because I got so much going on right now that it's not even funny.
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
20 Nov 09
That sounds wonderful, if you make one, I hope you're able to put a picture online. Yes, people have a lot going on these days. Love the name, always telling my husband, "Cats still think they should be worshipped like they were Gods in Egypt you know."
@CatGods (4595)
• United States
23 Nov 09
yes I have 6 cats that I worship every day. I shall forever be their humble servant.
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
23 Nov 09
Yes, my husband and I have two cats and they consider us the maid and the butler.
@celticeagle (121072)
• Boise, Idaho
20 Nov 09
My daughter saves throughout the summer to make wreaths. When the pinecones fall we pick them up and bits of branches as well. We have made quick turkeys with just our hand with the thumb as the head and then added corn and feathers and such. We have made berry chains and ones of popcorn for the Christmas tree. We used to make ceramic plaque type ornaments for the tree also but can find a Kiln to fire it in anymore.
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
20 Nov 09
Too bad you don't live around here, 3 weeks ago, our local elementary school sold a kiln. After you bought it, you could rent it out, too. I also know another person who has a kiln. At least I think you meant can't find a kiln to fire it anymore. Try yellow pages under ceremics. There is usually an instructor with a kiln there, or pottery and you may find an instructor with a kiln. Also your local Art Support Group might know, like we have the North Country Center for the Arts. You may have tried all those,if you did, then you're having a lot of difficulty finding one for sure. They're expensive to run. But if you haven't, it gives you more ideas to search with. Yeah, just the wire to wire everything on is expensive if you try to match colors like I do. I use a coat hanger for a frame, so that cuts the expense down. Sounds like a wonderful project. Sounds like it comes out cool. Thanks and take care
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@celticeagle (121072)
• Boise, Idaho
21 Nov 09
Ya, but you have to have a certain amount. I don't always.
@carolbee (16241)
• United States
19 Nov 09
I would love to learn how to make holiday wreaths. I have a general idea but would need a class or someone who could teach me. Not sure my hands are strong enough any longer to work with wire. I did buy a wreath years ago and gave to my parents. It was made with peppermint candies. Most of the time I don't make holiday crafts except for poinsetta coasters and a few santa coasters. They are mainly my fun gifts which I give to our kids.
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
20 Nov 09
The coasters sound really cool. youtube as in put a www. in front of and a .com afterward has about 3 wreath making videos. When you get there, search wreath making from scratch. There are three main ways, weaving which I don't recommend unless you're strong, good at weaving, love a challenge, etc. Place and wire by winding wire around, that one really doesn't take as much upper body strength, just more even tention. The third one is a cheaters one (I think) where you put the greenery in and use a devise or a hammer to hit the holding wires on each side down, but you need a specific kind of wreath that has the extra prongs on it. I enjoyed watching all three ways to make a wreath. If you put making a wreath only, you get people decorating wreaths. Many people complained that decorating a wreath and making one are two different things. Also when you put wreath somewhere else besides the beginning, you get how to make lots of things from scratch. Good luck and enjoy (oh, there is a another one, a lovely little child from England shows you how to make a wreath, I doubt she has much upper body strength, but she is adorable and very young, cute, charming. So once you know how and then the grandkids are old enough, you may be inspired to do it with one or more of them). Take care and happy grandparenting.
@carolbee (16241)
• United States
20 Nov 09
I'm worn out from reading the instructions..lol I doubt this is something I could or would tackle although the results are very pretty. Thanks for the good explanation about making wreaths.
@jillhill (37383)
• United States
26 Nov 09
Last year I did some wreaths made from christmas tree balls and they turned out breath taking....that's what people said at my craft sale....but they were very difficult to make...I had to walk away from them a few times just to get past the stress! LOL....I like making cards...doing my own designs....and I will try almost anything....though I am definately not into doing the beading thing.
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
26 Nov 09
The Christmas tree ball wreaths sound wonderful. Yes, some crafts can be frustrating and some relaxing, creative and wonderful. Your cards would cool. Thanks and take care
@venshida (4837)
• United States
22 Nov 09
I like to make wreaths because they are easy to make. I think the last time I made some was three years ago. I have a large one over the fireplace, and three in different areas.
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
23 Nov 09
Wow, that's a lot to make for your home. Good thing you know how to make them, that would really cost up.
@nautilus33 (1831)
20 Nov 09
Hi. I like to make Christmas decorations, because I love Christmas and I also like to make somethings with my own hands. Every year before Christmas, I make a list with the decorations I would like to make and the materials I will need for it. I go out and buy this things, that I can't find out in the nature and then go for a walk to search for some suitable things- like leaves, cones, branches and so on. Then I come back home and start to make the decoration. This part I love the most. I can sit there hour long and it doesn't boring me. Last year I have made a house with a garden and well, and all my relatives and friends like it very much. This year I probably make only the decoration for the house, because I will not have much free time.
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
20 Nov 09
That sounds really well organized, the way you do it, and like you end up with some really cool stuff. I like projects that are from nature or recycled, so your projects sound wonderful to me!
@cher913 (25890)
• Canada
19 Nov 09
i have made a ton of gift tags and just made myself a garland out of old christmas cards. i also made some mini kissing balls which were not too hard to make and i will give as christmas gifts. i am going to make some garlands for a craft sale next week too.
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
20 Nov 09
That sounds absolutely wonderful. I bet the garland came out beautiful. Mini kissing balls would probably be not as hard to find places to store them as other ones. Neat ideas, maybe I'll make some small ones. Thanks and take care.
@peavey (16876)
• United States
19 Nov 09
Mostly, I just knit or needlepoint ornaments and wall hangings to decorate with. I made a wreath one time from pine cones, but now only redo the fake green one I have when it needs it. This year, I'm knitting small figures and decorations like bells and teddy bears to go on gifts and I will knit flat figures to decorate some plain Christmas stockings. Oh - I've made Christmas stockings in the past, too. I'd love to have/make a yule log made with candles, but there's really no place to put it in my living room.
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
20 Nov 09
Everything sounds wonderful, esp. the stockings. Needlepoint ornaments sound difficult. I've seen Yule longs on dining room tables, coffee tables, in fire places, just about everywhere.
@GardenGerty (105559)
• United States
19 Nov 09
I have not made any in a long time. If they were hard, I did not do them. I remember taking apart the beaded car seats, cause someone gave me a bunch. I strung them for the tree and for the stair banister. The hard part was getting the beads spray painted evenly. I learned that you could soak the lighter colored ones in Rit dye and color them, red and green. I have crocheted small ornaments, and have embellished glass balls. All of those are easy. I have painted ceramic ornaments, again, for me, easy. In the spirit of frugality, I have collected single children's gloves over the years and would like to crochet them into a swag, putting either a tiny beeny baby or a crocheted small animal in each. I have not done it yet, though.
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
20 Nov 09
That all sounds wondeful. Love the recycle aspects, too. Painting isn't easy for me, brush strokes are easily seen. Crochet isn't easy for me, either. But I think that's part of what is wonderful, we each do what we're good at and it creates a wonderful variety of decorations, no one has exactly the same.