My family loves apples. In fact, they love apples so much it is surprising they didn’t protest about me using some for DIY Christmas decorations. I love the look of dried apple ornaments and they are so easy to make. Plus they are a frugal decoration. One apple will provide plenty of ornaments for your tree, window, or a pretty centerpiece.
**Stay tuned for more great Christmas ideas at the end of this post.**
It seems like Christmas ornaments are getting more expensive every year and, if you have noticed, many are made more cheaply. I am not really a fan of paying big dollars to drape a tree and pray they don’t fall off and break. I am also not a fan of blowing a lot of money on them. However, I am not the craftiest person on the block so that means I needed to find some DIY Christmas decorations that are EASY to make. My goal is to create a new DIY Christmas decoration every year so I eventually have a wide range of beautiful (mostly) handmade Christmas decorations to go with the special ornament we buy each year for the kids.
DIY Apple Christmas Decorations
- 1 apple
- 1 slicer or knife – I LOVE this OXO Good Grips Hand-Held Mandoline Slicer
- Preheat oven to 150-170.
- Slice apple thinly. As you get to seeds, pull them out so they don’t mess up the apples slices.
- Lay apple slices in single layer, not touching, on foil.
- Put in oven. Turn after 2 hours and let dry for another 2-3 hours, until they are completely dried. I dry just until they have a little flexibility left so they aren’t too brittle.
- Make a small slit near top of apple and run ribbon or yarn through it.
More Christmas ideas
I’ve joined forces with some other wonderful bloggers to bring you more great Christmas ideas:
- What is Advent and 10 Ways to Celebrate – If your kids think Advent is just about chocolates and calendars hop on over to Shari Lynne’s post and they can learn all about what Advent really means.
- Countdown to Christmas: Santa Beard Printable – This has to be the most adorable advent calendar ever. As the days go by your little one gets to add to Santa’s beard until it’s all white and fluffy in time for him to deliver those presents. Stephanie has even included a free printable so you just have to print it out and stick it on the wall.
- ABC Family Movies – Don’t miss any of your favorite Christmas movies this year – Megan has all the times and dates for ABC Family’s 25 Days of Christmas.
- 4 Best Holiday Cookies Recipes for Christmas – Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without some delicious cookies to share with family and friends. Clare has rounded up 14 amazing recipes that you can give as gifts or eat all by yourself!
- Gifting on a Beggar’s Budget – If you’re on a tight budget this year don’t miss Heather’s fantastic ideas for giving great gifts without spending a lot of money.
- 65 Stocking Stuffers for a Teen Guy – Do you have a teen guy on your list and you just can’t think what to buy for him this year? Well Mitzi comes to your rescue with no less than 65 stocking stuffer ideas!
- Dear Crazy Christmas Shoppers – While you’re frantically rushing from store to store trying to complete your Christmas shopping, spare a thought for the people working in those stores. Jennifer shares what it’s like being on the other side of the counter.
- Swedish Braid – If you’d like to start a new tradition this year, how about baking a Swedish Braid for Christmas breakfast, Barbara shares some tips in this post.
- How to Prepare for Christmas Dinner – If you’re hosting Christmas Dinner this year you will not want to miss Candi’s schedule for making sure everything runs smoothly.
Do you have any favorite Christmas ornaments or favorite DIY Christmas Decorations?
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