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Here's an excellent Christmas gift idea that can be done at home, and is a wonderful craft project for families for older children, adolescents and adults they love being crafty: Homemade Christmas Ornaments.

When I was young, I used to receive a special Christmas gift each year. It was a craft project accounts wrist. The project came in a box with all materials needed: A body of styrofoam doll, doll's head and arms, and many accounts, sequins and pins.

I do not know how many different designs doll had, but ended up with many for several years. And I do not know what happened kits with good … I've looked for them to buy my own daughter in recent years, but I can not find them.

You can use the same concept to create your own Christmas decorations, however, and these make wonderful gifts to give family and friends.

Go to the craft store and buy a lot of foam polystyrene balls. You can also buy a lot of sequins, beads, buttons and pins.

Then simply decorate the balls! Put a pin in through a first ball, then through a sequin. Then push the pin into the styrofoam ball. Taken together the colors and patterns as you see fit. The designs are rather limited only by your imagination.

You could make straight lines for example, alternating colors. Balls red with clear sequins in a row, and light green beads with sequins in another row. Keep putting new rows on the ball until it is completely covered, then poke a small eyelet hook on the ball, and thread some ribbon or yarn through it for hanging.

One cautionary note: Since its homemade ornaments is filled with sharp nails, they sure are not easily accessible to small children or pets. You will love the bright, almost like a jewel look created from the Christmas lights shining on the beads and sequins, but they could be injured by the pins to start the separation ornament.

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©2006 Kathy Burns-Millyard. Professional stock photography and freelance writing.

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