Gone are the days when a bit of tinsel and some mismatched baubles were good enough in the Christmas home decoration stakes. Thanks to countless television shows, magazines and yummy-mummy designer blogs, you are almost obliged to decorate your home to look like a Marks and Spencer’s shop window.
While you could spend your December pay cheque on glittery reindeer and movement activated Santas, why not do something a bit more personal and make your own Christmas decorations? Cheaper, more unique and far more fun than waiting at the checkout at B&Q, homemade decorations will add a whole lot of joy to your Christmas do.
10 of the best homemade Christmas decoration ideas
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Creatively inept and incompetent with a paintbrush? These ten homemade Christmas decorations not only look good, but are surprisingly easy to make, too. So grab those scissors and that pot of glitter glue – we’ll have you thinking you’re Martha Stewart before you know it.
1. Stacked Christmas Trees
While it is always nice to have that refreshing scent of pine wafting through the house at this time of the year, but who says you can’t have more than one Christmas tree in the house? Simply cut circles or squares of varying sizes from pieces of felt or paper and push a wooden skewer through the middle of them. The material will then stack up to form a Christmas tree shape.
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2. Lightbulb Snow Men
As we make the switch over to power saving light bulbs, why not up-cycle those old burnt out bulbs by turning them into snowmen! Take a good-old-fashioned globe, paint the outside white and decorate your snowman with scraps of material and coloured markers. You can place your snowmen around the house or hang them from a Christmas tree.
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3. Draw-Your-Own Christmas Tree
This is a great idea for people who aren’t interested in buying a whole Christmas tree. Get a large roll of paper and stick a piece to a wall (the size of the paper will determine the size of your tree) then using a permanent marker, draw a tree!
This is also a great idea for a Christmas party – have all of your guests write their names or put handprints on the branches to record that they were there.
4. Dried Fruit Ornaments
Hang a bit of fruity spice from your Christmas tree with homemade dried fruit ornaments. Put slices of orange, grapefruit, lemon and lime in a low oven until they become dry. When they have cooled, glue or spike through cloves and cinnamon sticks and then attach a piece of string. Your lounge room will fill with citrusy goodness.
5. Make Your Own Advent Calendar
Rather than picking up an advent calendar from your local supermarket, why not make your own with delicious daily treats that you love. Take a piece of material (plain calico always looks nice) and cut it into 24 squares. Place chocolate, toys, sweets or nuts inside each square and tie them at the top with a piece of ribbon. Write or stencil the numbers 1 to 24 on the outside of the parcels and line them up along the top of your fireplace. These could even make a lovely gift for a friend.
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6. All Natural Table Piece
The environmentally friendly folk of Sow the City offered this great suggestion to add some pizazz to the centre of your Christmas table this year. Head outside and hunt down all things naturally Christmas such as holly and pine cones, get some star anise, cinnamon sticks and cloves and then stick all of the goodies into a square of florist foam.
You could also add a candle in the centre (being careful not to let the flame hit any of the plants). This is a great creative project for the whole family to get involved in.
7. Cinnamon Ornaments
Add a touch of cinnamon to your Christmas tree with some handmade Christmas ornaments.
Mix together a cup of applesauce with one and a half cups of cinnamon and 2 tablespoons of cloves and mix until well combine. This may take some time but you’ll eventually end up with a strong dough. Roll it out and use a star/tree/reindeer cookie cutter to make some Christmas-themed shapes and add extra cinnamon to the edges to make the dough less sticky. Use a skewer to put a hole through each shape. Put them in a low oven until the shapes have become hard – this will vary on your oven and the size of each piece but they should take 1 to 1.5 hours.
Leave them to cool and turn rock hard before stringing them up in your tree.
8. Old Jumper Stocking
Martha Stewart brings us this great idea for handmade Christmas stockings. Find that old knitted jumper in the back of your cupboard and cut out some large stocking shapes and sew up the sides. Add some Christmas ribbon, cinnamon sticks and maybe a bit of holly and you will have an instant stocking for Santa to fill.
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9. Candy Cane Jar
This is great idea for your office desk or for by the front door to offer sweets to your guests on their way home. Take a large jam jar or tin can and hot glue gun and stick candy canes around the outside of the jar. Fill the jar with your favourite Christmas treats.
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10. Paper Plate Angels
For some table decorations that are just a little bit extra crafty, try these paper plate angels from Martha Stewart. You’ll need some good cutting skills for this one but you’ll be amazed by what you can make from a paper plate.
Inspired? What are you going to make this Christmas? Add your handmade Christmas decoration ideas in the comments below.