Handmade Yule Decorations

If you’re scrambling to put together some lovely homemade gifts for Yule/Christmas, have no fear; there are plenty of things to bake, make, or take to your loved ones (or to decorate your own home with) this holiday. Here are some simple handmade gifts you can give next week.

Clove Apples: Buy some fresh apples, along with a jar or two of cloves. Poke holes all over the apple with a sharp object first to make it easier, or to pre-make the holes for children. Push a clove into each hole until the whole piece of fruit is covered in them. This results in a lovely, fragrant decoration that will also stay preserved. Use a glue gun to loop a ribbon on top of the fruit so it can hang as an ornament, or simply give it in a box to set out with other holiday potpourri.

Clove Oranges: Follow these simple directions to dry out oranges to use as ornaments. This method takes a bit longer than the apple craft, but the scent is so worth it.

Clove Wreath: Use either or both of these methods to make a fragrant wreath by attaching the fruit to a store-bought or homemade wreath. Add ribbons, bows, candy canes, and anything else you like, or simply leave it as is.

Threaded Popcorn: Pop and thread your own popcorn to decorate the tree with. Make sure it’s plain! For some tips, click here. Be sure to use sturdy thread.

Threaded Cranberries: For a bright burst of natural color, do the same thing with cranberries. The same link provides tips on this, too.

Bake Some Ornaments: Bake clay, cookies, or deliciously-scented cinnamon people (or other shapes) to hang on the tree.

Make Something Edible: Even though we all complain about overeating during the holidays, most people won’t turn down something homemade and delicious. Use your favorite treat recipe or find one you like online. Better yet, compile all of the dry ingredients needed and stock them in an attractive jar to make a gift that the recipient can use to enjoy while spending time cooking with his or her family.

No-Bake Ornaments: Have your children mold some Play-Dough or drying clay into any ornaments they like. (Use cookie cutters if you like.) Poke a hole in the top with a clay tool or other pointy object to use for hanging. When the ornament is dry, simply loop some ribbon inside the hole and hang.

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