Get the kiddos crafting to make a few of these playful ornaments that are a snap to make using Scrabble letters glued onto a strip of colorful ribbon. Use the letters to spell out holiday sayings or family members' names. Get crafting with our step-by-step instructions. Plus: Check out even more more kids' craft projects
These hand-felted bees are made with wool roving in black, gray, gold and white. You’ll need a felting needle and 26-gauge gold-tone wire to complete them. See The New Christmas Tree for details. Brown says this is a good project for felting beginners.
Glass ball ornaments add a designer touch to any tree and work whether you want a classic or contemporary tree. For a traditional theme, look for solid ornaments in red, white, silver and gold. For a more modern look, choose ornaments with graphic designs in a more updated scheme, like lime green and fuchsia or violet and bronze.
Forgo an expensive, compartmentalized ornament box by stashing round ornaments in plastic apple containers. Blogger Laura Russell of Make Life Lovely says they take up less space than the ornaments' original boxes and are a great way to reuse plastic that otherwise gets tossed.
An important safety tip to fend off holiday accidents is to give your home a thorough sweep to protect children and animals from harm, once the tree and decorations are down. Broken glass, metal hooks, electrical cords and pine needles can all be hazardous if left unattended.
Reflective surfaces evoke a feeling of romance and a wintry vibe. Add reflection elegantly by dressing your Christmas tree with metallic ornaments in several shades of the same color as well as one chosen metallic tone. Here, silver is the chosen metallic.