Your Ideas for Quick, Handmade Christmas Tree Decorations?

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For the first time in our adult life, we're getting a Christmas tree this year. We don't have decorations and we don't want to buy any. So we're going to invite some crafty friends over to help us make some simple ornaments and decorations but we need your brilliant ideas...

posted originally from: We'd prefer to use things that are already lying around the house. We have a bin of scrap fabric strips that are too small to really make anything with, but we've never been able to stomach throwing them out. So we're wondering about tying the scrap fabric strands together to make a garland. But we don't want the tree to look junky. And we also don't want to spend days upon days making decorations. We're in the market for simple, inexpensive, and lovely ideas.

We found this tutorial for making a sweet fabric version of the paper chainlink pictured above, on a fun blog called Film in the Fridge: Fabrics and Photos. But it looks a little more labor intensive than we were thinking.

Using things that anyone could find around the house (e.g. photos, wooden clothespins, paper, hardware supplies, etc.) what would you do to decorate a tree from scratch? We're willing to think way outside the box on this question so no ideas are too crazy to consider! We're grateful for your ideas.

image: nicmcdonald72's flickr photostream

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