Written by Rob Buenaventura

Have you always wanted to create your own beaded ornaments but have little experience with bead work? Provided in this article are some simple tips that will help you create stunning and beautiful hand made beaded Christmas ornaments that will make your home more festive this holiday season.

If you have never made bead Christmas ornaments, you will first need to select either a pattern or a kit. There are many kits available that typically include the beads, needle, thread, glue and any other materials required to begin making bead Christmas ornaments. The next step is to assemble the proper tools.

Tools Needed for Your Hand Made Christmas Ornaments

Pliers are the most important tool for getting started in making your hand made bead Christmas ornaments. Important pliers that are used with bead making include Flat Nose Pliers, Round Nose Pliers, Chain Nose Pliers, Crimp Nose Pliers, and Split Ring Pliers.

Another tool you will need is a good pair of wire cutters. If you are making wire bead Christmas ornaments, then wire cutters are absolutely essential. When selecting wire cutters it is important to select the appropriate strength wire cutter for the wire that you will be using. Wire cutters come in both lightweight and heavy-duty strengths. Light weigh cutters will suit your basic needs for the beading wire you will be using.

Lastly, when making hand made Christmas Bead ornaments purchase bead needles. These needles come in a variety of sizes. Choose needles applicable to the project you are making.

Different Types of Hand Made Christmas Bead Ornaments

A simple bead ornament recommended for a young child to make may consist of little more than stringing "pony beads" or other suitable bead onto pipe cleaners. Children can simply place the beads on the pipe cleaners then twist them into various shapes such as bells, stars, candy canes, and Christmas trees.

Here is another way that you can create sparkling and beautiful hand made Christmas bead ornaments no experience required. First gather your supplies. These will include fabric paints (or other dimensional paint), small glass beads (or seed beads) satin finished ornaments, a small tray, and a small cup. First, sketch a simple shape on the ornament with the fabric paint. Ideas for shapes typically include simple snowflakes, trees, and stars, but ultimately the choice is up to you. Create your pattern as simple or as elaborate as you like. After you have drawn your design on the satin ornament with the fabric paint, hold the ornament over a small tray, and sprinkle the tiny beads over the ornament using a small cup. This is similar to projects where you apply glue and then sprinkle glitter over the glue. After your ornament finishes drying, you can hang it with a beautiful cord or complimentary satin ribbon.

It's as easy at that! So go ahead and gather your supplies and get started making your own personalized hand made Christmas ornaments for the holidays!

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Written by Barbara Thorp

Hanging up stockings is a Christmas tradition. How did it begin? I have two different stories to tell. The first is that when dear old Santa Claus came down the chimneys (with great difficulty, because of his chubby tummy) he jiggled and shook, occasionally and accidentally, letting small gifts fall out of his sack and into the socks and stockings which hung around the fireplace to dry over night. Of course, when the happy owners of the stockings and socks came to don their warm, dry, hosiery in the morning, they were cheerfully surprised to find their stockings filled with delights.

The second story is that the origin of this wonderful tradition dates back to the fourth century. It was attributed to the real Saint Nicholas who was especially famous for his kindness to children. St. Nicholas heard about three poor sisters whose father was very poor. So poor was this man and desperate as well, because he could not afford to provide any of his daughters with dowries so they could marry. The legend tells us that on Christmas Eve, the sisters, as was their usual custom, washed their stockings, and hung them near the chimney to dry. Secretly, that same night, St. Nicholas visited their home, climbed upon the roof of their home, tossing a handful of gold coins down their chimney. When the gold coins tinkled down the chimney, amazingly they fell into the maidens the stockings. All the sisters were wed happily, thereby giving birth to the tradition of the Christmas stocking.

These days, Christmas stockings are an essential highlight of Christmas, though when we hang them out now (even though we may not have a fireplace) we do tend to hang out our stockings, expecting them to be filled with little treats in the morning. Finding just the right Christmas stockings is simple with fantastic sites like everythingchristmas.com.au, where you can do all your online shopping and have fast delivery to your door. Another great online site where you can register free, and search hundreds of classified pages to find stocking fillers and things for Christmas is OzFreeOnline.com. Its really worthwhile browsing all the latest classified listings from all over Australia, so join today and begin shopping.

Making your own Christmas stockings can be fun; get the whole family to make their own individual stocking to hang up at Christmas, you may have to help little ones with the sewing, but they can glue on any fancy bits and pieces they want to make the stocking unique to them.

You will need large pieces of coloured felt, coloured thread or wool, a large sharp embroidery needle, coloured ribbon, lace, bells, tinsel, sequins, buttons, fake holly and berries, little pine cones, PVA glue and anything else you wish to use to decorate your stockings.

Just use one of dads big socks for the pattern and pin it to a large piece of brown paper. Cut around the sock to make a template. If you have never done anything crafty before, dont despair, online sites that can assist you here are spotlight.com.au, where you can learn how to do just about anything by booking into their many craft classes. OzFreeOnline.com has classified pages where in the Arts and Crafts you can browse the many free ads where people are willing to share their talents with you, and where you can place your own free ad just by registering and joining the many other Australians online.

Now that you have a pattern for the stocking, place it over two pieces of felt. The felt doesnt have to be the same colour, so be unconventional. Pin the brown paper pattern close to the edge of the felt, and cut around the fabric. You will need both pieces of fabric to make one entire stocking.

When you have done this, pin the two pieces of felt together and sewing on the right side, work blanket stitch around the edge of the stocking to sew both parts together. Sew a piece of ribbon about 12cm long on the inside at the back of the stocking, so that you can hang your stocking up over the fireplace.

Decorate the front of the stocking with anything you like to make it only one of its kind and glue everything in place with the PVA glue. You might even stick felt initials on it as well. The sequins will catch the lights from the Christmas tree and look lovely and sparkly when reflected at night. Now all you need to do is find a shoebox for each person in the family (aged 12 years and over) so that they can save fillers for these little stockings such as;

Lollies Chocolates Chocolate Santas Nougat Dried fruit Small change Gift vouchers Faux jewellery Hair clips Football key rings Mini notebooks or address-books Pretty little earrings Lace handkerchiefs Crazy cufflinks Tennis balls Golf balls Matchbox cars And any other little bits and bobs.

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Written by Cyndie King

Do you celebrate Christmas? If you do, chances are you will celebrate the holidays with a Christmas tree. Each year, the majority of Americans purchase a Christmas tree for their homes. Whether that tree is real or an artificial one, it is often decorated with Christmas decorations. Different individuals decorate their Christmas trees in different ways. Many choose to theme their Christmas trees. If you are planning on decorating your Christmas tree this year, you may be wondering whether or not it is really worth it to decorate your Christmas tree with a theme. In all honesty, it depends.

Before you can start to determine whether or not it would be worth it for you to decorate your Christmas tree with a theme, it is important to note that different individuals have different views on themes. There are many Christmas tree owners that choose to theme their Christmas trees by having everything a particular color. For instance, there are some who choose to have a white Christmas tree with gold and red decorations. All of the decorations typically match. While many take this simple approach, there are others who take it a step further. There are some parents who tend to focus their Christmas tree theme around a cartoon character or something else that their kids enjoy. The decorations used are all typically associated in one way or another.

The type of theme that you would like to use, if you choose to use one, will help to determine whether or not you should go through the hassle of decorating your Christmas tree with a particular theme. For example, it was mentioned above that many just theme their Christmas trees with a particular set of colors. While this can still be difficult to do, it is one of the easier ways to have a Christmas tree theme, especially if the colors are traditional holiday colors. Anything different and you may spend days or even weeks searching for Christmas tree decorations; Christmas tree decorations that may be more than you are willing to pay for. So, if you are interested in decorating your Christmas tree with a theme, but without having to go through all of the hassle, you are advised to take the simplest approach.

If you do decide to decorate your Christmas tree with a particular theme, you may want to think about shopping for your Christmas tree decorations early. Around the months of October and November, the majority of individuals start shopping for Christmas decorations. When this occurs, the selection of decorations available drastically decreases. When you want to theme your Christmas tree, there is a good chance that you will want certain types of Christmas tree decorations, such as lights and ornaments. If you want to make sure that you get exactly the Christmas tree decorations that you were looking for, you are advised to start purchasing Christmas decorations as soon as they become available or as soon as you make the decision do decorate your Christmas tree a certain way.

If you are unable to find the Christmas tree decorations that you were looking for in one of your local retail stores, you are advised to give online shopping some thought. In fact, if you are planning on having a somewhat unique Christmas tree theme, you will find it easier to find what you are looking for online. When searching for themed Christmas tree decorations online, you will want to perform a standard internet search. For instance, if you were planning on having the theme of your Christmas tree be a popular cartoon character or a well-known Christmas symbol, such as an angel, you will want to tailor your search to exactly what you are looking for.

In addition to everything that was mentioned above, it is also important to examine the time that it will take to theme a Christmas tree. When it comes to themed Christmas trees, most tree owners want to get their Christmas trees exactly as they envisioned it in their minds. Unfortunately, that can take a lot of time and experimenting. It does not mean that you shouldn't theme your Christmas tree this year, it just means that you many want to examine whether or not you really have the time to do so.

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Written by Richard Davies

There are many different types of outdoor Christmas decorations that come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. If you look around nearer Christmas time, it soon becomes clear there is an abundance of choice in this area. Be careful not to overdo it though.

The balance you should be trying to achieve is to convey a real sense of fun and spirit during the festive season without making your garden look like a mini theme park. There is so much to choose from when it comes to outdoor Christmas decorations that it can be a real task deciding what to actually opt for.

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Written by Roy Thomsitt

Things have come a long way since a Christmas ornament was likely to be just a ball hung by the window, or later on a Christmas tree.

Historians believe that this original Christmas decoration descended from a witch ball. The original purpose of a witch ball was to fend off evil spirits. However, being traditionally glass made, these balls were also very decorative, and people started to see their use for decorating the home. They were great decorations, so they started to move around the house a bit, and the original green colour was varied as time went on. Over the centuries, and gathering pace in the Victorian era, they were made in different colours and sizes, and even the material from which they were made started to be varied.

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