The first day of winter was yesterday and it is absolutely beautiful as we all look at the windows at the glistening snow and icy trees. This past year has been difficult financially for most of us but there are money savings tips for holiday gifts and decorations that have such wonderful history in them. Some examples of these tips would be to include saving odds and ends that we nornally throw out and recycle them in special ways.
Some examples of recycling tips would be to save your bag ties of multiple colours and twist them together end to end tightly to make a long string to your desired length. Next wrap them with different colored yarn or pieces of cloth to use as hanging ropes for holidays cards, greenery, holiday flowers, name tags, and ribbon coils for gifts. We all want to recycle and save money and at the same time have fun creative ways to spend time with family and friends or just to have time alone to invent new ideas of what and how to recycle for the holidays.
Additional ideas would be to save your left over aluminum foil pieces throughout the year and form them into the shape of bells. Using a couple of layers of foil scotch taped together, then poke a hole in the top with a toothpick to place some string on yarn threw the hole to use the holiday ties listed above to string foil bells on your shrubs outside, on your windows, on gifts with loved ones names on, or as holiday tags glued to each bell. Of course you know not to forget anyone, be it a neighbor, postal carrier, friend, or family because they will start looking to see if they are listed in your Bells of Celebration:)
There are also some old time tricks of decorating for holidays that we all can remember what they look like and how they made us happy but dont have the directions of how to make them. So be sure and call up or email friends and families and ask them what they remember from holiday; crafts made from using what they had around the house. Years ago, winter decorations meant hand making snow flakes. You can make snow flakes out of different kinds of paper that you cut out of different color and textured paper into great shapes. Believe me they are beautiful memories.
One of the tricks s for making snow flakes is to fold the different size pieces of paper in various shapes such as triangles, squares, and rectangles so that you have many dimensions to them. Try using onion skin paper, crepe paper, and construction paper, or cloth as either the background, foreground or both. Multiple layers of different kinds of paper with cloth is a grand display of your creativity for any sizesnow flakes.
Look around in your home and use your imagination as you look and for all those odds and ends of bottons, ribbons, cloths of various sizes, colors and textures to use. Make greeting, holiday, welcome, and thank you cards to bring yourself and other’s joy that is more valuable than money. Make your own glue out of flour and water and then use a piece of your outside evergreen or small tree branch on fabric, aluminum foil, card board,or leave it on the branch. Next cut all your odds and ends into small pieces of different shapes and place them on your home made decorative tree. Make this holiday tree whatever size you choose and try sprinkling powdered sugar or candy on them. Perhaps use it in a picture frame, as a holiday card, or if big enough welcome sign for your front door during winter.
One great trip is to think back at how your parents, grandparents, and neighbors made their old time decorations and gifts. Keep a journal of memories and write down all the home made crafty ideas that you remember seeing in your life. Introduce those ideas to your children and grandchildren. It’s great fun spending relaxing time with others as we remember winter and holiday celebrations. Just using your imagination while making money savings holiday gifts and decorations together is a great bonding time.
Please send me your comments on what your remember making for fun; that we can let other readers know about and if you want we can feature your money saving tips and your new home living arts and crafts inventions in these articles.
Have a safe and joyous time celebrating your, holiday, and winter by helping recycle, saving money, and spending quality time with those you love in the comfort of your home.