They might be as simple as cranberries and popcorn strung into chains, clove-ringed clementines, paper snowflakes or tissue angels - but crafting even the simplest holiday decorations together can make for joyful family memories.
Ideas abound for age-appropriate seasonal decorations and those that the family can make together.
Local crafters Judy Noland and Debi Price, who are making and selling wreaths and other items at City Farmers Market in Hagerstown this holiday season, suggested using items found around the home to decorate fresh or artificial wreaths. Materials such as recycled holiday cards and ornaments, acorns, pods, holly leaves and berries, natural grapevine, pine cones and colorful bows can turn a plain wreath into an attractive yet inexpensive addition to holiday home decor, they said. Gold spray paint can add glitz to pine cones and other natural materials, Noland added.
A wreath adorned with handmade holiday cards, children's drawings and family photos makes a great gift for grandparents and other relatives, she said. And children also will enjoy decorating kids-only wreaths and small Christmas trees with their favorite toys, handcrafted ornaments, drawings and other embellishments.