This year, I’ve seen a push toward more natural Christmas decorations and crafts (probably because of you amazing preppers)- which I am all on board with. I love making things from recycled materials or natural materials in true prepper style. Natural crafts are both less expensive and less wasteful than items purchased from a store.
Four our natural craft this year, Monkey and I decided to try and make some twig ornaments for our holiday and winter decorations. Although they are definitely more on the rustic side, we had tons of fun finding the supplies and spending the afternoon together making the ornaments.
If you want to make natural twig ornaments, here is how we did it:
DIY Twig Ornaments
- Sticks of various sizes (we found thinner, flexible twigs worked best)
- Hot glue (this is optional but makes things way easier for kid hands)
- Twine, ribbon, or yarn
- Hand saw
Go into the yard and find some sticks. We found a whole bunch and chose the best sticks from that pile. We found that thin, straight sticks worked best. The thicker the stick, the harder it was to layer into the ornament shape.
Cut your twigs to the same size. You can use scissors or a hand saw for this. Some of our sticks were brittle enough to snap.
Layer the sticks into the desired pattern. We made trees, stars, and a manger. We liked the design of the manger, two trees, and a star on top the best for an extremely simple nativity scene. The stars were the hardest to create. Basically, you make the outline of an “A” then add two vertical sticks at the bottom of the “A” to make the two bottom points of the star. Where the center of the “A” and the two bottom star pieces intersect is where the left and right points of the star are made. It sounds confusing, but it’s pretty easy to do when you use the picture as a guide.
Glue the sticks together along the joints. Basically, the glue is only there to hold it together while you wrap it in string. The glue will break off easily, so be careful.
Wrap the joints in string/ribbon/yarn/whatever you have. The goal of this project is to use whatever you have on hand and not purchase anything for the craft. You can just wrap the joints like we did in some of our ornaments, or wrap the entire ornament in string like I did in for the one tree. However, this takes a lot of yarn and quite a bit of time.
Hang the ornaments where desired!
I was surprised at how much both Monkey and Bo (who is not quite 2) loved this craft. Monkey sat there doing this craft with me for over an hour, and even Bo sat and tried to wrap the sticks in yarn for a good 30 minutes. This is quite a feat as usually their attention span is about 2 minutes at most then they are back to trying to stand on their heads. So this craft is not only prepper friendly, but it is quite prepper kid friendly as well!
If you make any twig ornaments, share your results with us in the comments or on the Mom Prepares Facebook page!
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