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Make Your Own Holiday Decorations With Your Printer

Ok, the time is getting closer and you are trying to keep to your decorating budget for the holidays but still need some decorations for the house - we would like to show you how to make your own holiday decorations with your printer! These are some very basic, very easy and very affordable ideas to help stretch out that decorating budget. The great thing about all of these ideas is that you can modify them for just about ANY holiday.

Paper craft has been a long time staple in many homes for decorating at holiday time. Many ornaments, tree toppers, table toppers, etc. have been created in homes all around the world by children and adults alike. We wanted to take that idea a little further with the use of your home computer printer. With so many fonts, colors, borders and papers it is easy to start those creative juices flowing and create so many things. From delicate snow flake ornaments to kid friendly banners to display, the ideas are endless!

Most of the basic shapes that you find on your computer software can be used to create items for young kids to color in, paint or place glitter on. Even more advanced images can be used by the adult crafter. You can find a myriad of online printable ornaments that are free to print out and use. There are many sites that offer templates that you can print on cardstock, colored paper, photo paper or even scrapbooking paper. These are fantastic because they come in so many different 3D shapes like cones, boxes and stars. Heart shapes can be used for Valentines, Mother's Day or even Christmas. Boxes can also be used year round for a multitude of different holidays or even birthdays. Place individual photos on some, elegant craft paper on others to create a string or garland for the Christmas tree.

Luminaries or centerpieces can also be created very quickly with the use of your home printer and a few sheets of plain or colored paper. Folding them gives an accordion style while using very thin sheets brings an alluring glow to a table for two. Translucent vellum was used for several luminaries we created for a small wedding party with the names printed in a stylish font at the bottom. Later we were told these were kept in the couples scrapbook of the wedding - how great is that!

Place cards or seating cards for big get-togethers are a snap because you can print multiples on one sheet of colored cardstock with your own printer ink cartridges. Just cut them out and fold over and you are done. Lacy paper flower cut-outs on paper chandeliers make a beautiful addition to a party room or even a backyard sitting area. It doesn't have to be a holiday to make these but with coordinating lights, it just makes the area even more inviting.

Whether you are decorating your own home or helping out a friend, taking the time to create any handmade holiday decoration means that you took the time to show your love for that person. These really don't have to cost much and saving even more money can be had by using remanufactured ink jet and laser toner cartridges, let over scrapbook papers or cardstock and even buying paper in bulk. These are great to because you are recycling or repurposing items that would normally get thrown away. Remember to have fun, explore all the free ideas out there and create!