Easy homemade Christmas ornaments
Scraps of wrapping paper look pretty as a picture when tucked inside nickel frames. ($6.09 for four frames; amazon.com)
Frame fabric in embroidery hoops to create homespun ornaments with graphic good looks.
Create personalized name tags for your dinner guests to hang on your tree. Spritz paper labels with instant coffee to acheive a perfectly imperfect patina, then stamp on the name of each guest.
Homemade bird seed ornament
Attract blue jays and goldfinches in winter with this frozen birdseed ornament, adapted from Ernst Kirchsteiger's "Swedish Christmas Traditions" ($19.95; Skyhorse).
Instructions:Bird Seed Ornament
Upgrade a plain glass ornament
At around a dollar each, these empty orbs offer an affordable catalyst for creativity. Fill one with small wooden chips, another with a single stunning peacock feather (attached to the ornament's top with hot glue). Or compose a more obvious Christmas scene by dropping a model fir tree into a globe dusted with artificial snow. You can also use tweezers to position branches inside and even hot-glue a tiny cardinal in place.
From A to Z
A tree is trimmed with vintage letters found from old signs, printers' type, and alphabet teaching aids.
Vintage baking molds add a sweet touch to any tree; simply hot-glue ribbon loops to their backs and hang.
A nod to Christmases past, these antique Santa images are from the 1860s, when the Victorians really began celebrating Christmas. If you can't get your hands on originals, or don't want to put any valuables on display, consider making a color copy of the print, mount it to a piece of cardboard, then decorate with glitter and gold tinsel!