Some free Christmas decorations that are easy to make from recycled or found materials are candy cane vases, golden pine cones and stocking ornaments. These craft decorations are appropriate for children and adults.
A candy cane vase requires one clean aluminum can, approximately 20 candy canes, ribbon, a hot glue gun and glue. Glue each candy cane onto the can. After the can is surrounded by candy canes, add a ribbon bow around the center.
Collect several pine cones prior to making golden pine cones. Dip each pine cone in gold paint, and allow to dry. Pine cones can be dipped part-way or completely in the paint.
Old Christmas cards are needed to make the stocking ornaments. Cut the cards into stocking shapes. Put two pieces together and punch small holes around the edge, leaving the top without holes. Thread yarn through the holes to lace the two pieces together. Punch one last hole at the top, and add a loop for hanging.