Christmas Crafts: Even Better Than the Real Thing

There is a long tradition of handmade ornaments in my family.  Whenever there was a lack of ornaments, due to fire, earthquake, a move, or little money, we made what we didn’t have.  For generations my family on both my mother’s and father’s side has used wired ribbons tied in pretty bows and strung garlands of popcorn and cranberries to decorate their trees in addition to classic hand blown glass balls.

My family also just loves making things, so we’ll use almost any holiday as an excuse to pull out the paint and craft supplies.  This year we are handmaking ornaments since we are celebrating Christmas away from home in Nevada City. 

Yesterday we collected leaves from the ground around the cabin and set them out to dry overnight.  Once your leaves are dry, all you’ll need to do this craft yourself is some gold and silver leaf paint, some paint brushes, and some old newspaper to protect your surface.  

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Just lightly brush on either the gold or silver paint on one side of the leaf, trying to avoid letting the paint pool.  Let paint dry, then turn the leaf over and paint the other side.  These are gorgeous as ornaments, but equally beautiful scattered on your Christmas dinner table.

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Sprinkle with glitter to take it to the next level.  

It’s not unlikely that you’ll find some plastic gold leaves at Macy’s around the holidays, but what kind of fun would that be? 

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4 responses to “Christmas Crafts: Even Better Than the Real Thing

  1. Ben the Elf

    I’ll tell you what kind of fun that would be: Shameful Fun. Whoever has fun buying plastic gold leaves for a home Christmas display disgusts me, and should be ashamed. For shame! I know that I am only a humble reader, and cannot speak for Saddleshoos and her posse, but if anyone who’s reading this does that kind of consuming during the holidays, kindly do us all a favor and get your grubby Internet presence out of A Rockridge Life! Close your laptop, do not read this blog! You are not welcome!

  2. Also, SS, I’m a little confused by the title of this post. What’s the “real thing” referred to here?

  3. KRB

    You know I love some gold leaf. Looks beautiful. Please share your Christmas Dinner menu.

  4. Ben the Elf

    KRB: I saw the vid of B standing—that’s *poetry*! How cool.

    Also, I think we need to hook KRB up with an avatar—maybe an homage to childhood uniforms? Some bloomers, or a jumpsuit? What do you say, SS?

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