I just looked through my box of Christmas ornaments from the basement and had a little bit of an epiphany. I have a few ornaments from my childhood (although many of them are still on the tree “at home”), a few store-bought filler ornaments, but mostly I had homemade ornaments from the last 15 years or so. Those handmade ornaments filled me with glee, happy memories, a few tears, and the urge to create. And surprise!
Surprise! I made this!
Why was I surprised? Well, I made so many Swedish stars one year that I seem to be overflowing with them still today. They are beautiful and fun for the whole family to make. I couldn’t make a Swedish star today without some detailed instructions and maybe someone helping out. But that year? I could make one in just a couple of minutes with my eyes closed. OK, my eyes were open, but you get the point.
You might know my Swedish star by another name; it can also be called the Advent star, Danish star, German star, Nordic star, Pennsylvanian star, Polish star, Christmas star, or Froebel star.
Crocheted snowflakes? Same story. A few years ago everyone got a little snowflake ornament and each one was different for two reasons. One, well, you know, no snowflake is the same as another, and two, I don’t like to make two things alike anyway. Ever. Those snowflakes were a fun, fairly quick project that helped me practice my thread crochet skills while giving to those I love.
To last a lifetime
Handmade decorations and ornaments can last a lifetime. The Christmas stocking I’ve had since before I remember was made by a family friend to match my older sister and brother’s stockings and this vintage 1945 personalized stocking pattern is IT! (My name and birth year are at the top, of course.). It is one of those permanent pieces from my childhood.
Do any of you have this same stocking? It would be so awesome if you did!
Make your own
The Arts and Crafts Neighborhood is stocked full of project books to help you create memories with your family the whole year round. Find holiday inspiration and new ways to use your talents so you can share them with the world! Or at least your family and friends.
100 Snowflakes to Crochet: Make Your Own Snowdrift – To Give or To Keep by Caitlin Sainio
Little Christmas Decorations to Knit & Crochet by Sue Stratford and Val Pierce
There’s still time for you to make something!