– by Mary May Larmoyeux – Each year as I unpack Christmas stockings, holiday tinsel, and simple toothpick ornaments, my mind wanders back to years long ago.
I recall how Mom sat on the couch, added hooks to the holiday ornaments, and then handed them to my brother, sisters, and me.
My dad’s specialty was hanging the lights. After doing this, he helped the kids place long, silver icicles on the tree—one by one.
Now, as unpack my own collection of Christmas decorations, I recall the little children who crafted them. Children who are now all grown up with kids of their own. As you may have guessed, some of my favorite ornaments were made with toothpicks and old Christmas cards. Yep, our kids made them when they were small.
How to make toothpick Christmas ornaments
Here’s how you and the children in your life can have some of these easy-to-make toothpick ornaments:
- Cut an old Christmas cards into a shape similar to a small house (see above picture).
- Then glue two or three layers of toothpicks along the perimeter, making a “frame.”
- After the glue dries, ask the kids to date and sign the back of the ornament.
- Then slip a hook or piece of holiday ribbon through the toothpick ornament and hang your masterpiece on the Christmas tree.
What is one of your favorite Christmas tree decorating memories? Have you discovered an easy-to-make Christmas ornament?
Photo and post © 2014, 2017 Mary May Larmoyeux. All rights reserved.
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