Year-round ornaments

Year-round ornaments

You didn’t think they were just for Christmas, did you?

My family and I love ornaments. We are happy paganish hippie people, so I suppose it’s no surprise that we love to collect fairies, Buddha statues and yes, the occasional E.T. or Star Wars collectible. We do go all-out for Christmas decorating (it’s a very pagan holiday, actually, though we sometimes call it Yule in our family), but ornaments aren’t just for the winter season. We love our ornaments year-round! Here are just a few ideas for seasonal ornaments in your home or yard.

Winter

Though Santa, snowmen and candy canes are some of our favorite winter ornaments, my family also loves to make orange pomanders, glitter-covered pinecones, Cheerio bird feeders shaped like candy canes and stars (just string them on pipe cleaners, then shape them), and many other homemade ornaments. Our favorites are always the homemade ones! Winter is also a great time for winter bird, polar bear, penguin, and other wintery animal ornaments.Spring

During the springtime, we are all about bugs! We make lots of clay ornaments, from ladybugs to caterpillars to snails. We like to hang sun catcher ornaments—both handmade as well as painted ones from the store—in our windows. Ducks, bunnies, and eggs are fun for the Easter/Ostara holiday season, but we also love birds and birdhouses (this is the time when we usually make new ones for spring nesting), garden gnomes (hey, they never go out of style!) and, of course, toadstools. We are obsessed with toadstools in our house and we are constantly learning new ways to make them!

Summer

During the summer, we tend to simplify, putting away a lot of old ornaments and letting our yard simply show off the glow of our gorgeous garden and vegetables. We had surprise pumpkins this year, which are a magical ornament in and of themselves! We do like to put tiny garden signs, toad houses, and bird feeders around, which are ornamental as well as functional. Right now, our indoor ornaments consist mostly of year-round ones—fairies and so forth—as well as some homemade Angry Birds and moomin houses out of toilet paper tubes.

Fall

Fall is our favorite season, and we often celebrate with ornaments of falling leaves, nuts, squirrels, and other symbols of autumn. Halloween, our favorite holiday, comes into play here with its scary ornaments as well as tributes to our ancestors, as does Thanksgiving, seasonal corn husk and corn sculptures, and lots of other fall crafts.