I’m such a Scrooge when it comes to holiday decorations. I’m definitely not the first on my block to light up the house in mid-November, which has now become acceptable! I hate putting decorations up, hate taking them down, and really, just feel like the house is a mess all month while they are out. We don’t even have a good place to put a Christmas tree, and it takes an hour of rearranging furniture (and vacuuming under previously hidden rugs) to get the area prepped. Winter cleaning, I suppose. Of course, I dream about a house where my decorations are elegant, less messy, and more staged, but with a 2 year old and a 5 year old around, for now, I accept that my decorations will spend half of their time out of place!
That being said, because I know I’m still going to reluctantly decorate, I’m always looking for easy, inexpensive holiday decorations that still look great! Now, anyone who knows me knows that (I think) I’m pretty crafty. So about 2 years ago, I came up with this ornament garland, which hangs across our mantle. It’s easy, cheap, and out of reach from the kids…through Preston is getting taller!
- Yarn needle
- Yarn or string
- 20 mini ball ornaments – I used a pack from Walmart that had 2 size balls in 2 different colors, gold and red. The holes on the opening of the ornaments should be somewhat small so that they will stay on the yarn without any adhesive.
Start by cutting a string about 2 and a half times the width of your mantle (or wherever you plan to hang it). String on the ornaments and evenly arrange onto about one half of the strand. They will stick in place to the string without any adhesive. Next, wrap the excess string up over the mantle and knot it into itself. I like to hide the knot under a decoration. Mine is hidden under the snowman!
In about 10 minutes and for about $5, you are going to love this craft! Opt for shatterproof ornaments, and this makes the perfect kid’s activity!