This post marks Day 13 of Miss Ginsu's 2008 Advent Calendar. To find other days and other projects, use the calendar page to navigate.
I got my holiday tree this week, and I realized it's one of those annual purchases that never creates buyers' regret for me. The pine scent, the warm glow of the lights and the homey little ornaments all add up to great joy for the few weeks it comes to visit.
Digging through the holiday box, it also struck me that the oldest and most humble ornaments are the best ones in the bunch. No doubt Hallmark makes spiffy things, but they never kindle the sweet sentimentality of the little homespun items.
Thus, today is dedicated to nifty homemade holiday decorations — the ideal combination of thrift and flair.
On a trip to the South Dakota State Capitol building (where they host tons of lovely trees every year), I snapped up five great ideas for what you and fam or friends can make with a few popsicle sticks, some glue, a bit of paint, crafting felt, raffia and other stuff you might have around the house.
1. Marshmallow Snowman
2. Wood Spoon Cat
3. Fishing Lures and Gold-Painted Walnuts
4. Dried Apple & Raffia Garland (+ bonus Popsicle Stick Snowflake in the Corner)
5. Popsicle Stick Santa
All these things are cheap (and fun) to make and give... and maybe that's just what's needed in a year when a bunch of us have more time than money.