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Easy Handmade Christmas Decorations

Fill your home with holiday cheer without breaking the bank. Get ideas and how-tos.

Allrecipes and Better Homes & Gardens are teaming up to help you deck the halls with handmade holiday spirit.

Cookie-Cutter Wreath

To make the charming wreath pictured above, gather large, medium, and small cookie cutters in assorted holiday shapes. Lay them out to form a wreath, and hot-glue the sides together where they touch. Note: small shapes are great for filling in the gaps between larger shapes. Spray-paint the wreath, and add a festive bow.

Kitchen-Inspired Ornaments

Turn a small dessert mold into an ornament by hot-gluing a piece of jute to the top as a hanging loop. Other around-the-kitchen items, such as cookie cutters or mini utensils, also make great ornaments. Make a handful of them to include in a bowl as a holiday display, or use them to dress up a holiday present.

Advent Calendar Garland

Count down the days 'til Christmas with a Santa hat advent calendar. Use holiday fabric--such as plaid and gingham in red and green--to stitch up small Santa hats. Attach numbered tags for each day leading up to Christmas, from December 1 through 25.

Use wooden clothespins to attach the hats to a length of sturdy twine. Hang the garland on the mantel, in an open window, or along a side table. Finally, fill each hat with Christmas candy and small trinkets. Starting December 1, kids can dip into the day's hat to get a little treat.

Christmas Letters

Spell out a holiday greeting. Using wood letters (available at crafts stores), trace the shape onto the blank side of assorted holiday paper or fabric. Cut out the shapes, and glue them to the letters. Display your message on a windowsill, mantel, or kitchen counter.

Recycled Cards

Turn last year's Christmas cards into this year's decoration. Stitch a wide holiday ribbon in flaps and form a bow at one end. Add a picture hanger to the back of the bow to attach it to a door or wall. Tuck an assortment of Christmas cards under each ribbon flap, adhering with double-sided tape.

Tabletop Tree

Cut old Christmas cards or other holiday paper to fit a plastic container or paper box. Glue the paper in place, and tie a festive bow around the box with holiday-color ribbon. Fit a small potted tree inside the container and display on your front porch or inside the house.

Dec. 12, 2012 11:39 am
Even just cutting around the design of the front of the old Christmas cards and leaving them flat, then punching a hole at the top and putting some ribbon through the hole works! Our tree is decorated by our kids every year with such ornaments and it looks so pretty! We use a wide ribbon for the garland. Everyone HAS to come in and look at our tree, because they can't believe it's just ribbon and old Christmas cards!
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