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    DH wants to buy a pile of junk so we can decorate at XMas, says it never "feels" like XMas at our house.

    And he's right, I think decorating is pointless when we have no room to store any of it. I've had many posts abot how much I dislike the XMas tree.

    So, what can we make with the kids to decorate? Stuff that I can toss in the recycle bin on the 26th.

    - snowflakes for windows
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    Paper chains, popcorn balls / garland, wreath made from pine cones small sticks and berries you can find at the park (free), gingerbread men for the tree, Christmas card holder (using a large coffee can and red and green yarn - just cut off both ends and wrap it - like this > http://www.freecraftunlimited.com/ch...rd-holder.html ), I have saved some twigs this year that will be covered in spray glue and sprinkles and ribbon for a porch decoration.

    If I think of some more I will edit to add....

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    Quote Originally Posted by gogomom View Post
    Paper chains, popcorn balls / garland, wreath made from pine cones small sticks and berries you can find at the park (free), gingerbread men for the tree, Christmas card holder (using a large coffee can and red and green yarn - just cut off both ends and wrap it - like this > Christmas Card Holder | Free Craft Project ), I have saved some twigs this year that will be covered in spray glue and sprinkles and ribbon for a porch decoration.

    If I think of some more I will edit to add....
    That card holder is SO cool - thanks!
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    Dollar stores always have lots of Christmas craft stuff. Won't hurt so much to throw out that stuff after
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    Ha, I'll be watching this C! Same problem in this house

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    We lost all of our Christmas decorations when we moved to this house six years ago, so I spent $20 on blue ball ornaments and white/silver ribbon at the dollar store, and then I used our die-press at work to cut out snowflakes from white cardstock. I tied all the ribbon ends together to make a giant garland, and put half the balls on the tree and the other half I put in glass vases. Then I hung all the snowflakes on the tree with string. Buy a fresh cut tree, and save yourself storing an artificial tree all year. Decorate with fresh cranberries, pinecones, evergreens, candles (simple & white that can be used all year long), twigs, stars, acorns, poinsettias, amaryllis, cinnamon, oranges, popcorn, candy canes, gingerbread, nuts . . . Decorate like a pioneer, my friend! I will be consulting pinterest like crazy. Oh, and I have a super easy and QUICK pattern to knit little stars for your tree too. What else was I going to say??? Poop. I forgot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by corazenia View Post
    I will be consulting pinterest like crazy.

    Me too!!
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    I love magazine Christmas trees - google it

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    what about just cutting some pine branches (the variety that don't shed like crazy- more like cedar) from some tree somewhere, and putting them over the mantle or somewhere like garlands. then you can just throw them in the compost or woods or ditch somewhere after christmas.
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    collect some pinecones. either leave them natural or dilute some elmers glue and paint it on the edges and put some glitter on. I made some ornaments like that. I have natural ones sitting in a hurricane on the mantel.

    check out pinterest- there are a ton of easy ideas on there.

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    I saw this on craftzine today but I think its on that pinterest thing too, can't believe how great they look, and would put a use to the endless junk mail!


    How-To: Colorful Paper Snowflakes From Junk Mail @Craftzine.com blog

    michele made me: Reader Question: How Do You Cut Your Snowflakes?
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    Oooh those are awesome Retro. And not as hard as they look!
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    I love them too Chinup, I totally needed a reminder on how to fold those things, and surprised they weren't using just nice magazine pages or something!

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