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DIY Christmas Decorations

13 Dec 2016

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The festive season is also one of the most expensive times of year—all the presents, bon-bons, food and decorations can really wreak havoc on your bank account. Minimise costs this Christmas (so you can spend more on the important things… like presents!) by creating some easy home-made decorations. Why not get the kids involved and make it a fun family activity? Here are some cool, fun and (mostly) free crafty projects to brighten up your home this festive season.

For the Front Door
It’s not Christmas season until there is a beautiful festive wreath gracing your front door, ready to welcome all visitors. Save up to $50 or more by giving these DIY wreaths a try—they are beautiful, quirky and sure to spark conversation from your guests!
String Christmas Wreath
If you want a simple yet stunning Christmas wreath, give this one a try. Depending on how large you want your wreath, you’ll need a round piece of wood, pipe or really whatever you want to use. Spray paint it gold (or any colour you prefer) and you’re ready to get started! You’ll need:

  • A round piece of wood/pipe or hula hoop
  • Twine
  • Branches and greenery
  • Cheap white letters (to spell out whatever you like, e.g. JOY, LOVE, or XMAS)

Putting it together is a breeze! Check out the full instructions here.
Honeycomb Wreath
This wreath is super easy and creates quite a beautiful result. All you’ll need are some toilet roll tubes, paper towel tubes and wrapping paper tubes and you’re good to go! Cut the rolls so that you have them all the same length (about 5-6cm). Using a bowl as a guide, place the rolls around the bowl to build up your wreath. Once you’re happy with how it looks, use some hot glue where all the sides meet to secure your wreath. Add some bells or other ornaments inside the rolls and you have a pretty special door hanging!

For the Centrepiece
Hosting a Christmas lunch, brunch or dinner at your place? Wow your family, friends and other guests with some amazing centrepieces (without all the effort).
Easy Birdcages
With the rustic style becoming so popular, it’ll be easy to pick up some old birdcages for cheap. Hang some paper birds inside, decorate with fairy lights and you have a unique yet lovely centrepiece for your sit-down meal.
Twinkle Canvas
Create an elegant centrepiece for your Christmas dinner with an ambient twinkle canvas. You’ll need:

  • 8x10” canvas
  • Paint (your chosen colour)
  • Vinyl transfer tape
  • Fairy lights
  • Cutting machine (or scissors)
  • Vinyl
  • Paintbrush
  • Stanley knife.

This is a great craft project, especially for those who love to make decorations from scratch. Get the full instructions here.

For the Tree
What’s Christmas without a fully decked-out Christmas tree? If you’re tired of the same-old plastic baubles you use each year, switch it up with these easy DIY ornaments.
Update Plain Glass Ornaments
Glass ornaments are a great opportunity to get your creative juices flowing. Make a landscape within one with some artificial snow (cotton wool) and a model Christmas tree, or opt for a peacock feather, mistletoe, or really anything else you like! Simply hot glue your decorations to the top or walls of the glass globe and enclose them—easy.
Pine Cone Ornaments
Pine cones are easy enough to come by, which makes this ornament the simplest of them all! Pick a few pine cones, spray paint them festive colours, add some string and you have some new ornaments to grace your tree.