I remember my mother used to decorate our tree with the most painstaking DIY ornaments, like the tiny paper origami stars we made one year and the stings of popcorn (yes, you read that right! popcorn!) draped all around the tree another year.
Not everybody has that natural craftiness and creativity to get their trees looking holiday perfect. Luckily, there are many video tutorials online that will help get you into the Christmas decorating spirit and have you dressing up your tree like a pro.
Here are some of my favorites:
The Upside-Down Chandelier Tree
An ingenious way to save space and see your "tree" from a totally different perspective. You won't even have to worry about pine needles scattering during the season. This is a truly gravity-defying piece that isn't as difficult to pull off as one might think.
Christmas String Ball Ornaments
No need to shell out the big bucks with this one. These hollow balls of string are extremely easy to make even for those who haven't done any arts and crafts project since grade school. The balls can be made in various colors of string, painted, glittered, or even strung with lights.
Budget Ornament Tree for Small Spaces
Itty-bitty living space cramping your Christmas style? This budget-friendly idea is great for condos and apartments where a full-sized tree would just eat up space. Buy everything you need from the dollar store and have your own unique handmade ornament tree for $10 or less.
Christmas Clay Ornaments
This is a great project to do with the kids and have a truly personalized tree. Use either paperclay, as suggested in the video below, or whip up your own batch of homemade clay with flour, salt and water.
Whether you're an expert with the needle and thread or a newbie at sewing, you'll find that felt is a great material to work with to create your own hand-sewn ornaments. Simple shapes like stars, trees, snowmen, and candy canes are easy enough to stitch, but you can also go wild and experiment sewing reindeer, snowflakes, and other Christmas-themed ornaments.