10 Homemade Holiday Decorations

tree The holidays are about sharing - ideas! From a colorful ornaments made with simple glass balls to decorating bare countertops with pine, our members share their favorite holiday gift and decorating ideas.

  1. Ornaments with Meaning
    by iVillager devond.momof3reds
    Every Christmas, my husband and I make it a big deal to get a new ornament for the tree. We pack the kids up, go to the store and make a family decision on what our new special ornament will be. One year, things were pretty tight and we had to go to the dollar store for the ornament. Now when we look at it -- it reminds us of the struggles and the sacrifices from that year. Our biggest ornament on the tree represents the year my husband landed a great job.
  2. Holiday Gift Basket
    by iVillager jac252000
    Put together a gift basket of small homemade or baked presents. I usually try to group things with a theme -- like little travel items for someone about to go on a trip; small cooking utensils for a budding chef; flower bulbs, stones and a cheap bowl/vase for the green-thumbed relative. I often try to find something a little unusual and always make sure there's something funny.
  3. Table and Counters
    by iVillager ginger_mojo
    If your table and counters are usually bare, cover them with serving dishes and a few sprays of cedar boughs or holly for a natural look. You can also cover them with garland and or lights, or some holiday figurines you've collected.
  4. Holiday Potpourri
    by iVillager burnel
    I am making holiday potpourri with evergreen leaves, star anise, cinnamon sticks, whole cloves, cedar wood bark, pine oil, frankincense and myrrh resins. I am also making homemade coffee liquor, spiced vanilla pecans and orange, vanilla, and lemon flavored sugars. I'll also probably some homemade honey balls and chocolate peanut butter candies, bath bags filled with Epsom salts scented with essential oils and herbs wrapped in muslin and tied with hemp string. (These are wonderful!)
  5. Hanukkah Decorations
    by iVillager hfentress2000
    Since there aren't as many holiday decorations for Hanukkah, lighting lots of candles seems to be the best way to create a mood. I light the room with candles right before we have our dinner (matzoh ball soup of course!), turn the lights down a bit and let the evening begin.

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