Do-it-yourself Christmas Ornaments

Do-it-yourself Christmas Ornaments

You’ll see ALL KINDS of ornaments at the world’s largest Christmas store in Frankenmuth, MI. From finely crafted European ornaments, to wacky ones, to Bronner’s exclusive designs and so much in between, but there’s just something special about making your own that adds to the magic of Christmas! So we’re sharing a few of our favorite DIY Christmas ornament ideas (and tutorials) with you … some new and some from the past, tried and true! YARN BALL ORNAMENT If you

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Famous Christmas Character DIY Ornaments

Famous Christmas Character DIY Ornaments

Frosty the Snowman™, the Grinch™, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer™, Ralphie from “A Christmas Story™,” Buddy the Elf™ … if these are some of your favorite Christmas movie characters, too, then these DIY Christmas ornaments will leave your tree in good company this holiday season! While it may be easier to buy these licensed items ready for the tree, how much more fun would it be to make these classic personalities from some of the top Christmas movies with your own

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Silent Night – DIY Crafts for All Seasons

Silent Night – DIY Crafts for All Seasons

Our simple sheet-music crafts make it easy to celebrate “Silent Night” all year long. Use sheet music that you have on hand or simply print free arrangements of the carol (or other favorite songs) available online along with our templates and you’re ready to craft! (DIY instructions below) Bronner’s Silent Night Memorial Chapel is open daily during store hours for visitation and meditation. You’ll be inspired by various arrangements of “Silent Night” playing inside and outside the chapel along with

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Countdown to Christmas!

Countdown to Christmas!

Anticipation … looking forward … it’s what the Christmas season is all about here at Bronner’s CHRISTmas Wonderland … and perhaps at your house, too! Many Christians observe Advent as a time of patient expectation, a celebration of the first coming of Christ the Savior to a manger in Bethlehem over 2000 years ago … and a look to His second coming. We love the tradition of Advent wreaths and candleholders, too. Perhaps your church and/or family lights a candle weekly

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DIY Bottle Brush Trees for Vintage Christmas Decorations

DIY Bottle Brush Trees for Vintage Christmas Decorations

You’ll never look at a toilet-bowl brush the same way again! In the 1930s, Addis Brush Company, an American manufacturer of toilet bowl brushes, began dyeing bristles green and assembling them into artificial Christmas trees. These new artificial trees were especially popular in Britain, which had lost many of its trees during WWI. In 2017 Nielsen conducted a survey for the American Christmas Tree Association. Results? Of the about 95 million households in the United States planning to display a

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Root Beer Float Cake Recipe

Root Beer Float Cake Recipe

Downtown Frankenmuth is a lush garden of delightful blooms all summer long! Approximately 350 flats and 8,000 four-inch annuals are planted along Main Street’s 2-mile downtown stretch each spring. Add 350 huge hanging baskets and you have an eye-popping streetscape, one so beautiful that it was the 2007 America in Bloom Winner for cities with a population of under 5,000. Yes, flowers are serious (but happy) business in Frankenmuth. Dan Hopp, green space manager for the City of Frankenmuth, explains:

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DIY Easter Topiary Decoration

DIY Easter Topiary Decoration

I love that Easter comes in the spring! And being in the part of the world we are here at Bronner’s, I also appreciate how the holiday that celebrates Christ’s resurrection coincides with the same time of the year when nature resurrects from the wonder of winter. It’s a beautiful parallel to watch what was once dead spring forth in new life! This DIY topiary decoration is so versatile you can reincarnate it a few different ways to give it a

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Puffed Corn Candy Recipe

Puffed Corn Candy Recipe

“Snow . . . I long to clear a path and lift a spade of snow . . . Snow . . . to see a great big man entirely made of snow. Where it’s snowing all winter through, that’s where I want to be snowball throwing . . . that’s what I’ll do.” – Snow, a song from White Christmas In various parts of the world, winter is synonymous with SNOW!  For many, snow means building snowmen, snowball fights, long

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This Thanksgiving Make Gratitude Ornaments

This Thanksgiving Make Gratitude Ornaments

Thanksgiving is the holiday when we pause to reflect on the many blessings we are grateful to enjoy. That heart filled with thankfulness was something originator Wally Bronner embodied 365 days a year, and it was an attitude of gratitude that he wished to inspire in everyone he met. So in that spirit, we share a few decorating ideas to make this Thanksgiving extra special!

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DIY Princess Castle

DIY Princess Castle

Every princess needs a castle! If you’re decorating your little girl’s room in a princess theme and are looking for inspiration, we have a great do-it-yourself project for you! We repurposed a mirrored pillar to make our castle. If you don’t have one available, you can make one from sturdy cardboard and mirror panels. Here’s Lorri from our decorating team to tell you how she accented the castle walls and created a festive roof: DIY Princess Castle. These princesses will be

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