Sunday, December 6, 2009

Primitive Christmas Decorating

I was doing some research on primitive decorating and found some GREAT ideas!

  • LET NATURE BE YOUR GUIDE!
Pine cones, twigs, feathers, pods etc. These items would be great to place on your tree, wreath or swags. Add some berries.

  • FRUITS!
Dry some apple and orange slices in your oven. My research shows you can do this in a 200 degree oven, place sliced fruit on a single layer, keep the oven door ajar and bake for about 5 hours. Place these ornaments on wreaths or swags or even the tree. After the holidays are over, place these dried fruits ( as long as you haven't sprayed them with any chemicals) outside for the birds to enjoy.


Cranberries are also great to dry. Purchase a few bags and string together and let dry. This will make a great garland. Make a popcorn string as well (minus the butter and salt) and you can string both of these garlands around the tree and after Christmas the birds may love these as well!
NOTE - if anyone knows why this would not be appropriate for the birds to enjoy, please feel free to comment and why. Thanks.

  • LOVIN FROM THE OVEN!
Salt dough ornies - 2 cups flour, 1 cup salt, 1 cup water.....mix well and form your shapes and place on cookie sheet.....bake for 1 1/2 hours in a 325 degree oven.
For more ornie recipes...click here More ornie recipes

  • CAN YOU HAND SEW? EVEN JUST A LITTLE?
Take some felt squares (or even muslin)  and hand stitch some simple prim designs. On a square piece of felt - maybe a tan color, you can make a feather tree design which is very easy. Make about 5 horizontal lines (use green thread) - top being the smallest and each line gets larger until you make the last one which will be your longest. Stitch vertical line in the center and there you have a feather tree. You can take small red buttons and place at the end of each "branch" of the feather tree to look like berries.

  • SIMPLE, EASY AND FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY!
Make chenille candy canes! Get some red and white chenille (pipe cleaners) and intertwine the two colors and bend one end over to look like a candy cane. Roll in some cinnamon and nutmeg to "dirty" them up for a primitive look. If you are lucky enough to find the pipe cleaners in a more primitive red and white color, even better!
                                

2 comments:

simple~needs said...

great ideas!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Canada calling, just wanted to stop by and say what a lovely blog...great, simple ideas
Have a great day!