View Full Version : A Very Tyrant Festivus: Decorating for the Holidays

08-28-2011, 07:21 PM
Does anyone else make ornaments for the holidays? Mr. Leftrightleftright and I have done it for a few years. Last year we got a bunch of different citrus (and some starfruit), sliced them up thin and put them in a borrowed dehydrator until they were completely dry and translucent. We put hooks through them to make tree ornaments We then popped a bunch of popcorn in an air popper and I made a popcorn-cranberry garland while we watched a crapton of Buffy episodes. We also made a topper with the biggest grapefruit slice we had and some star anise and a glue stick. We then put it all on the tree with some crystal ornaments we had and white lights, and this is the result:






We were really happy with the results, and I want to do something crafty again for this Christmas, but we've done the citrus thing twice and I kind of want to do something different. Any bright ideas, crafty Tyrants? What have YOU done to decorate for the holidays?

08-29-2011, 10:22 AM
Fruit-tree is pretty awesome, but in our house it would get eaten so fast.

(By the cats, I mean. Mostly.)

08-29-2011, 10:30 AM
Fruit-tree is pretty awesome, but in our house it would get eaten so fast.

(By the cats, I mean. Mostly.)

well, when they're dehydrated they become hard. it'd be like chewing on cardboard. which I guess cats like to do?

It makes the whole house smell AWESOME when you're making these!

08-29-2011, 10:34 AM
Makes me wish I had any sort of room/inclination/money for a christmas festivus tree. That looks fantastic.

08-29-2011, 03:25 PM
I am loving the hell out of the oranges (and so he tells me, lemons, limes etc. Cucumbers?!)

a couple of links I dug up when going through my bookmarks this weekend:

DYI glass bulbs (http://craftgrrl.livejournal.com/9522050.html#cutid1) http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v514/sylvieonabun/DSCF0014.jpg

Finnish Star (http://www.craftideas.info/html/finnish_star.html) http://www.craftideas.info/assets/images/autogen/a_Paper_Craft_for_Christmas_-_Gold_Finnish_Star_75.jpg

a note on the glass bulb ornaments: don't put beads or anything dense and heavy like that! You'll break the glass xD I learned that the hard way ;)

08-29-2011, 06:15 PM
I haven't, but that is nifty! I did make stained glass cookies one year, I have to try that again.

09-11-2011, 10:09 PM
I'm a "no two ornaments on one tree can match, EVER" type of decorator, so honestly it would make sense for me to make my own but I generally don't. I think this year I'll try something in polymer clay. You can make ANYTHING out of that shit. I'm still planning Halloween though so I think I'll wait a bit.

09-11-2011, 10:42 PM
My apartment is not well-dimensioned for a tree. Perhaps a branch? Wall stickers?

I've still had fun with other people's ideas (http://www.gamespite.net/talkingtime/showpost.php?p=929897&postcount=173), which seemed to work out (http://www.gamespite.net/talkingtime/showpost.php?p=933110&postcount=176). Plus, it provided a thinly veiled excuse to play with a laser cutter. A festive laser cutter.