Monday, December 14, 2009

A Handmade Home For the Holidays!

Yesterday, while going through our boxes of Christmas decorations my reasons for deciding to place only natural and/or edible ornaments on our tree was reinforced. While going through our boxes of Christmas decorations The Little managed to break not one, not two, but THREE glass ornaments before we could stop him from dropping them on the ceramic tile.

Oh yes - edible, natural, safe ornaments it is.

So we made applesauce/cinnamon ornaments - 2 cups cinnamon adding applesauce until it is the texture of play dough. In case you were wondering - Yes, he comes by that face - that look of concentration honestly.

We dehydrated citrus slices for the tree:

We strung cheerio, cranberry and citrus garland for the mantle and the tree:

We added our beeswax ornaments:

And some darling Swedish Paper stars from Periwinkles Market :

And our tree is just beautiful! Our handmade holidays are proving to be our favorites. There is just so much thought, care, and fun that goes into making your own ornaments and stringing your own garland each year. And I know that should an ornament break or be eaten by either The Little or our pup - well, it's not the end of the world.

Yours in creating meaningful holiday memories,

Simple Mama


  1. Beautiful! I especially love the garland. So simple and pretty. :)

  2. Such lovely photos and adorable expression on little one's face! We must have been been on the same wavelength this weekend, we were dehydrating orange slices at our home as well! I hope ours turn out as lovely as yours :)

  3. I hear ya! Your tree is lovely, as is your mantle.

    This is the first year we're having handmade tree decorations and I just love it. It's a little sparse compared to trees of previous years (my husband likes the tree laden with decs), but I am looking forward to adding pieces every year. Might add some edible pieces too. Yours are wonderful.

  4. I love your garland too...beautiful decorations!

  5. These are just so lovely. Do you really mean just 2 cups of ground cinnamin with appple sauce to make the ornaments.
    How do you dry them?
    i love making orange and apple slices for decorations too.
    Special times together too what a bonus Christmas time.

  6. Hi Gae,

    yes 2 cups of ground cinnamon. Just slowly pour in your applesauce - mixing it and adding more until it's the consistency of play dough.

    You can leave your ornaments out on the counter for a few days to dry - or if you're like me and impatient you can speed the process up by using the craft setting on a food dehydrator.


  7. won't take very much applesauce. And your home will smell lovely!

  8. The garland is beautiful!
    I've been meaning to and meaning to... and still haven't! Though I did do popcorn and cranberries last night.
    Lots of time this winter for apples and oranges for animal friends, though I'd love them up for Solstice!