In Awe of Straw
Here's a holiday ornament that feels both rustic and modern. Using just straw and string, you can create an impressive geometric shape. These distinctive ornaments are made from natural straws, but you can certainly use plastic or paper straws instead. Get the tutorial at Elsie Marley.
The base of this tiny hanging snow globe looks like a light bulb, but it's actually a clear plastic ornament that you can pick up at craft supply stores. Drop in tiny embellishments like a miniature tree or small figurines from around the house, add a few dabs of glue to secure the scene, then pour in glitter "snow." NoBiggie has the step-by-step.
Rusted to Rustic
Beautiful barbed wire... it's not an oxymoron! This rusty star ornament was made using real barbed wire from an old barn. If you don't have any barbed wire lying around (who doesn't, right?) you can order small rolls on Etsy. After that, the rest is easy: Simply cut to length to create a star shape and secure the overlapping ends with jute string.
Whether your holiday message is "Let It Snow" or "Ho Ho Ho," you can spell it out with Scrabble tiles. After you've arranged your letters, trace the shape of your phrase on a paper plate to serve as the backing for your ornament. A finishing touch of white texture paint adds the look of freshly fallen snow. Crafts by Amanda has the details.
Frosty the Corkman
Instead of tossing out old wine corks, transform them into small snowman ornaments like these. Three corks form the snowman's top, middle, and bottom; a colorful scarf and shiny top hat complete the look. Hang a few from your tree, or use them as gift tags on bottles of wine for family and friends.
Related: New Things to Do with Old Wine Corks
A Glass Menagerie
Turn an ordinary child's toy into a "glass" collectible! After being treated to several light coats of Krylon Looking Glass Mirror-Like Paint, this plastic polar bear appears to be made of delicate mercury glass. Before painting, add a small screw eye to the toy to hold decorative ribbon for hanging. Learn more at Create Craft Love.
With the exception of some strategically placed glue, this miniature sled is made entirely of popsicle sticks. Stability comes from a couple of sticks that are broken in half and glued crosswise to the bottom. After you apply a coat of cheery red paint, lightly sand your sled to give it a naturally weathered look.
Why make just one when you can make Santa's entire fleet of reindeer in a snap? The materials for this kid-friendly craft are easy to find: bottle caps, goggly eyes, red buttons, a few twigs, and ribbon. All you need to pull it all together is glue.
If you're interested in more holiday decor ideas consider:
25 Insanely Easy-to-Make Holiday Ornaments
The Tree-Free Christmas: 14 Alternatives You Can DIY
10 Easy Ways to Add Christmas Curb Appeal
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