Raise your hands if you hoard Christmas or other winter holiday items! Who has a drawer full of "retired" holiday papers and embellishments? Who goes crazy over the candy cane ribbons or the sparkly embellishments? Share a winter or seasonal holiday project with us. We would love to see your Christmas projects, but you may also enter Hanukkah, Kwanza, New Year's, other holiday celebration projects, or any winter-themed projects. Celebrate the season with us!
This challenge is right up my alley - not only do I hoard holiday papers and embellishments, I have enough Christmas decorations to decorate at least 5 trees and 2 houses! I love the Christmas season - the lights, the trees, the decorations and most importantly the celebration of the birth of our Lord & Savior Jesus!
So, when given the challenge to create a seasonal project I thought - cool! now I have an excuse to make another Christmas decoration (or two...or three...) I love all kinds of decorations, but there's a special place in my heart for anything traditional or vintage and I have a little something from my heritage for you today.
These little beauties are a traditional Polish ornament. The tradition of paper ornaments in Poland began with the vibrant peasant culture. As paper was more widely available and, most importantly, affordable, families came up with innovative ways to create beautiful decorations without breaking the bank.
Sometimes referred to as the Polish porcupine, the Polish star can be made with just about anything paper - leftover wrapping paper, old magazines, even newspaper! They look great on trees and add a beautiful touch to gifts.
I used Christmas papers from my stash to create ornaments in 3 different sizes and then to add a little bling (because everything is better with sparkle!), I hit each of the star points with a coordinating color of Stickles.
There are a zillion different tutorials out there on the web for this traditional ornament - search for Polish Paper Star Ornament and make some of your own!
So what holiday items do you hoard? Can't wait to see what everyone comes up with for this challenge!