Michelle Jones, Frugal Mom of 4, Founder and Editor of BetterBudgeting
Michelle Jones, Founder
of BetterBudgeting

Living a Better Life - The Free Money-Saving Tips Ezine at BetterBudgeting.com

Sign Up for Your FREE Membership Today!

Free Ebooks

Home  About  Privacy  Contact

Create a Budget, Save Money, and Live Better!

Changing Lives. One Budget at a Time. 

Home

Free Membership and Monthly Ezine

Learn How to Start a Budget and Manage Your Money Better with Our Free Budgeting Articles and Worksheets, 5-Week Budgeting Class, Frugal Living Tips and Recipes, and Homemade Gift Ideas for Every Occasion

Budgeting Articles

Budgeting Class

Budgeting Planners, Online Programs & Software

Budgeting Worksheets

Credit & Debt Calculators

More Money Saving Topics

Join Us Today...

Get Free Budgeting Help at BetterBudgeting

Get 2 Free Bonus Gifts by Michelle Jones, founder of Better Budgeting, with Your Membership

Free Ebook Gift #1 - Dealing with Debt

Free Ebook Gift #2 - 101 Coupon Tips to Help You Save More at the Store (How to Use Coupons Wisely)

 

 

Homemade Christmas Ornaments

Courtesy of BetterBudgeting.com

"The Christmas Spider"

Submitted by Valerie Shoemake

This ornament has been passed down through the generations from my husband's relatives that came over from Germany and is very simple to make. These spiders can be made small or a little larger, as you can see in the pictures, just depends on your taste.
 
Items Needed:
 
6mm-10mm glass Christmas ornament ball for the head:
{preferably silver or gold to stick with the story that goes with these ornaments, but we have done them in other colors as well. These smaller ornaments can be found  at Hobby Lobby as well as Wal-Mart in the section with the little Christmas villages.}
 
10mm-12mm glass Christmas ornament ball for the body. {You need to make sure and choose sizes that coincide if you choose 6mm for the head then you need to use 10mm for the body and the same with 10mm and 12mm for the larger spiders so that they are proportional}
 
1 roll of 20 gauge craft wire for the legs {can be found at any craft store and even Wal-Mart.}
 
Bangle beads {see legs in pics if unsure of what they are} that are the same color as the spider.
 
Hot glue and glue gun

Courtesy of BetterBudgeting.com

 
How to Make:
 
1. Take your smallest ornament you will be using for the head and remove the thing on top that the ornament hanger attaches to so all that's left is the glass ball. Do the same with the bigger glass ball you are going to use for the body.
 
2. Place a small amount of hot glue on the horn of the smaller ornament and gently slide it inside the horn of the larger ornament. {be careful seeing these are glass ornaments they are fragile and will brake if too much force is applied.}
 
3. Cut your wire into 3 or 4 pieces, depending on how many legs you want, each about 5-6 inches long. Apply just enough hot glue to attach the middles of the pieces of wires in-between the head and the body. Let dry a minute and make sure legs are held firmly in place.

Courtesy of BetterBudgeting.com

 

4. On both sides of the body separate your spider legs so they are not all one on top of the other. Start applying your beads one leg at a time, trying to ensure they all end up relatively the same length all the way around. If there is excess wire on the ends when you are done applying the beads, simply cut it off with wire cutters or scissors and bend the end under as not to leave a sharp edge and to ensure the beads do not fall off.

NOTE: If you are giving this as a gift or just to hang it on your tree, apply a small amount of hot glue and a piece of ribbon or string in between the head and the body to allow it to be hung on a tree. Also not that especially when giving as a gift make sure to include the story that accompanies the ornament. It is attached below.

 

"The Legend of the Christmas Spider"

 
Once upon a time, in Germany, long ago, a gentle mother was busily cleaning the house for the most wonderful day of the year, Christmas Eve, the day on which the Christ Child was to come and bring gifts.

Not a speck of dust was left. Even the spiders had been banished from their cozy corner in the ceiling. To avoid the housewife's busy cleaning, they finally fled to the farthest corner of the forgotten attic.

Christmas Eve came at last! The tree was decorated and the children were delighted. But the poor spiders were frantic, for they could not see the tree nor be present for the Christ Child's visit.

But the oldest and wisest spider suggested that perhaps they could peep through the crack in the door and see Him. Silently they crept out of their attic and across the floor to wait in the crack on the threshold.

Suddenly the door opened a wee bit, and quickly the spiders sneaked into the room. The tree towered so high that they could see only one ornament at a time.

They scurried up the trunk and out along each branch, filled with a happy wonder at the glittering beauty. Every place they went, they left a trail of dusty gray web. When at last they had inspected every bit of the tree, it was shrouded in a dusty gray spider web.

When the Christ Child saw this, he smiled as he thought of the happy spiders seeing his tree. But as he thought of how broken hearted the mother would be over the dusty tree, he reached out his hand and touched the webs and blessed them. They all turned to shimmering, sparkling silver and gold. The tree glistened in greater beauty than ever before!

And so it became a custom in the Christmas season to have a spider among the other decorations on the tree.

*  *  *

 

Homemade Christmas Ornaments Index

 

 

Advertise with Us
 

Save Money on Food and Groceries

Save Money with Frugal Recipes at BetterBudgeting.com

Cook with Our Frugal Recipes

Order Our Frugal Family Cookbook

Save with Our Grocery Tips and Coupons

Learn How to Use Coupons Wisely

 

 

Thank You for Visiting With Us Today, Tell Your Friends About Us!

Get Your Free Membership and Free Ebooks

Home | About Us | Contact Us | Site Map
Reader Feedback | Disclaimer | Privacy | Subscribe-Free Membership | Unsubscribe-Change Address

Copyright 2001-2014 by BetterBudgeting.com,  a subsidiary of Blue Ridge Publishing, Inc. All rights reserved.

Living a Better Life is a registered trademark of BetterBudgeting.com and it's parent company, Blue Ridge Publishing, Inc. No portion of this Web site or its publications may be reprinted without written permission from the editor. You are welcome to share our URL page links in any format, including digital, print, and social media. Thank you for your support!

Members... Not receiving our free monthly issues? Please make sure we have your correct email address.

Follow us on Facebook - Twitter - Pinterest - LinkedIn - Google+