In this pattern, I will provide you with the step-by-step instructions that you need to create three traditional European spice ornaments. Detailed instructions are included to make a Walnut Flower Basket, a Clove Star and a Pinecone Tree. I have also included a few photos of other ornaments to provide you additional inspiration. Every year I am reminded just how much Christmas has changed over the past 20 years. Today, most Christmas decorations (and Christmas gifts for that matter) are mass-produced. Decades and decades ago Europeans used to refer to their Christmas trees as "snack trees", since many of the ornaments and adornments on the trees were edible. Today, there is not much that you could eat off of the average American Christmas tree. While there is nothing wrong with plastic ornaments for your Christmas tree, I feel a sense of comfort, simplicity, and tradition when adorning my Christmas tree with handcrafted ornaments. If you want to add a deeper sense of warmth and tradition to your Christmas tree then let me teach you how to make Christmas ornaments using nothing but spices, ornate ribbons, walnut shells, and a little glue!
Years ago, I stumbled on a lovely Christmas market in Salzburg, Austria - complete with a maze of small, clean, and garland topped wooden booths selling desserts, spiced wine and Christmas ornaments. While navigating this maze I discovered various traditional, ornate, and beautiful hand made spice ornaments. In this pattern, I will provide you with the step-by-step instructions that you need to create three traditional European spice ornaments.
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