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The 12 Days of Budget Christmas Shopping Day Six

This is the third installment of a 3 part series on handmade Christmas ornaments. You can read about making recycled light bulb ornaments HERE and salt dough and cinnamon dough HERE.

You can make a wide assortment of ornaments with items currently sitting around your home. Most of the components for these ornaments are probably destined for the junk heap, so put the to good use with green decorating this year!

BUTTON WREATH-using a variety of green craft buttons, you can create a cute wreath to adorn your tree (or gift packages). Lay out the largest buttons as your "base". Next, glue on more buttons to hold your wreath together. This second layer can be any size button you wish, as long as they overlap the first layer and hold it together.Add a third-and final-layer of buttons using smaller sized buttons. Create a small bow with a piece of wired ribbon and glue to the bottom of your ornament. Allow ornament to completely dry (it may take up to 24 hours for the glue to completely dry). Run a ribbon through the top and tie-this is your hanger. (My wreath was still drying as I was taking pictures, therefor no hanger). This technique also works well for puzzle pieces (paint them green with craft paint and allow to dry before assembling).

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GLITTERY PINECONES-these ornaments are the quickest to make of all that I have listed, the drying time takes longer than the actual crafting! Apply a little white glue to the tips of each "leaf" and sprinkle with glitter. Shake off excess glitter and allow to dry. These ornaments don't need a hanger-just place them on the limbs of your Christmas tree-preferably next to a light so you get maximum twinkle.

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DECOUPAGE DISCS-this one uses CDs that are beyond repair or simply annoying (all those AOL cd's floating around). Spread a thin layer of glue on 1 side of the disc and apply a small patterned scrapbooking, wrapping paper or fabric, smoothing out any wrinkles. When dry, cut excess paper off and apply a decoupage medium to seal and protect the ornament. Repeat with other side. When completely dry, use a dremmel to cut a small hole at the top of your ornament. String a ribbon through the hole and tie off for your hanger. If desired, decorate your pattern with metallic markers, glitter or embossing powder.

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