Crafts inspiration and tutorials to help brighten and keep your home, homeschool, and person. Crafts can help bring homeschooling lessons to life, whether they be craft projects for history, holidays, literature, or even math or science! We prefer to work with natural materials, such as paper, wool, and wood, though we have been known to experiment with other materials on occasion.

How to Make Baumschmuck for Christmas | from Blue Bells and Cockle ShellsBaumschmuck is German for “Christmas Ornaments”

Last year, one of the craft classes at our homeschool co-op had these put out for display for a craft day. They called them baumschmuck, but when I looked up the meaning of that word in German, it just means “Christmas tree ornaments”. I thought they were very pretty though, so wanted to try making these with Sola this Christmas.

How to Make Baumschmuck for Christmas | from Blue Bells and Cockle ShellsThese Are Made Using Dried Beans, Lentils, Grains, and Spices

These ornaments are made with dried beans, lentils, grains, and spices which offer a natural range of colors to them. The most economical way to buy the beans, lentils, and grains is to buy them at a store that sells these things in bulk, so then you don’t have to buy more than you will need. Otherwise, you could cook with the leftovers when you are done. Since these ornaments are made with all natural materials, you can compost when you are done with them.

How to Make Baumschmuck for Christmas | from Blue Bells and Cockle ShellsTo Make These Baumschmuck, You Will Need:

  • Dried beans, lentils, and grains
  • Wood or cardboard ornament bases
  • Glue
  • Ribbon or string

How to Make Baumschmuck for Christmas | from Blue Bells and Cockle ShellsDirections:

  • Spread glue all over your wood or cardboard base
  • Put the beans, lentils, and grains on the glue, in whatever design you desire.
  • All the glue to dry overnight, or longer.
  • If your ornament base has a hole in it, thread your ribbon or string through the hole and tie the ends in a knot to hang them. Otherwise, using glue, attach a loop of ribbon or string to the back of your ornament.



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Christmas Cloche and Terrarium | from Blue Bells and Cockle Shells

It Is Pronounced \ˈklōsh\ Have you seen all the adorable Christmas cloches and terrariums on Pinterest? (And while we’re having this conversation how do you pronounce “cloche” anyway? Good question! It ends up that people in the UK pronounce cloche kind of like “claus” with an “h” at the end and people in the US […]

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