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Simple DIY Christmas Décor Ideas

15 December 2014
Wreaths

Wreaths

Christmas Stockings

Christmas Stockings

Advent Calendar

Advent Calendar

Christmas time is here, the holiday season is upon us and Christmas carols are heard everywhere. Many people all over the world adopt this holiday and celebrate it by decorating their homes and gardens, as well as having family reunions accompanied by massive, belly-filling feasts. If you’re one of the very many people who enjoy taking part in the Christmas traditions and decorating, keep on reading.

These days, DIY crafts are a big trend – all it takes is 5 minutes of browsing Pinterest to realise this. This is why we suggest you get creative this Christmas season and craft some of your own décor! Not only does it save you some money, it also makes for something different and unique. We’ve got some ideas for you for around the home and some DIY goodies that the kids can make!

For Around your Home

Wreaths

Wreaths always manage to instantly make a home look festive around this time of year. While they’re traditionally put on the front door of homes, you could also put one or two inside (say, by the fireplace) or even on the door leading to your garden.

There are so many different designs for wreaths, from leafy ones, ones with Christmas decorations on and even fabric ones. Fabric wreaths are great for indoors and they have more of a modern touch to them – and they are super easy to make!

What you need:

  • Strips of any fabric you would like your wreath to have
  • A wired coat hanger
  • Wool
  • Any decorations you would like to glue onto your wreath

Instructions:

  • Pull the bottom and the top of your wire coat hanger far apart, so that eventually it takes the shape of a circle with the hook on top.
  • Take your ball of wool and string it around the hanger – twice around the whole circle should cover the wire up nicely.
  • One by one, take each strip of fabric and tie it around the hanger until you have a full circle of fabric bows. You can put more than one layer of fabric around the wreath. This results in a beautiful fabric wreath.
  • To add more to it, simply take some tinsel or Christmas tree balls and attach them to the wreath.

Christmas Stockings

This is where you can get really creative! Christmas stockings are always nice to have, whether you have a big or a small family. Take a look at a really simple way to decorate your Christmas stockings and give them a personal touch this year.

What you need:

  • Store-bought, plain Christmas stockings.
  • A tube of strong glue.
  • Felt material – any colours you would like to have.
  • Anything to decorate them.

Instructions:

  • Decide on shapes or letters you would like to have on each stocking. Why not decide on the first letter of each person’s name? Or even silhouette shapes such as reindeers or Christmas trees.
  • Draw whichever shape/letter you decided on onto the felt material and cut it out.
  • Using the glue, glue the felt to the Christmas stocking.
  • Once dry, consider adding one or two more festive decorations to the stocking. We suggest some small jingle bells for the kids, pinecones for your parents and perhaps a little mistletoe for your significant other!

For the Kids to Make

Advent Calendar

As a kid, the countdown to Christmas is extremely exciting – so we thought it would be a fun idea to find an advent calendar for the kids to make. Typically, an advent calendar starts on the 1stof December and finishes on Christmas day, however, you can choose how many days you want your child to include in theirs.

We came across this super-easy advent calendar for them to make on realsimple.com.

What you need:

  • Empty tin cans – one for each day. These are the normal tin cans used for canned tomatoes, baked beans and so on.
  • Paint – any colours you want.
  • Sweets.
  • Tissue paper of assorted colours.
  • Ribbons.
  • Big number labels.

Instructions:

  • Peel the labels off the cans and paint them whichever colour you want. If you have toddlers, you may want to let them do this task outside where it can get a bit messy.
  • Once the paint has dried, take the cans away so the children can’t see them and put some yummy sweets in each can. This way they get a lovely surprise when they open each can.
  • Once filled, take them back to your kids and top them with tissue paper.
  • Secure the tissue paper with your ribbons.
  • Use your number labels to label the cans and arrange them by the Christmas tree.

With the kids being involved, yet not knowing what’s in each can, it will only make their excitement heighten even more. This is a lovely way to let the kids express their creativity this Christmas.

Angel Tree Topper

Usually Christmas tree toppers are either the Northern Star or an angel. Let your child make their own angel to go on top of the tree this year – giving your Christmas tree a very personal touch by showcasing your child’s piece of art!

We found a really easy tree topper angel to make on mamapeapod.com – in fact, we even remember making them this way when we were little children.

What you will need:

  • A big piece of paper – the sturdier the paper is, the stronger your angel will stand. Try a piece of cardboard – preferably white so that decorations will show up nicely.
  • Scissors.
  • Glue
  • Wool
  • Decorations such as glitter.
  • Sticky tape

Instructions

  • Take something circular, place it on your cardboard and draw around it.
  • Cut out the circle and then cut the circle in half.
  • The first half of the circle is for the angel’s body. Fold it into a cone shape and tape it together so that it holds.
  • Tape the other half behind the angel’s body so that from the front it will resemble wings. Trim as desire.
  • Cut a small circle out of your remaining paper to create the head and tape it onto the body – draw a face and glue the wool on as desired for her hair.
  • Lastly, decorate with glitter glue or whatever your child’s heart desires so they can be proud of their angel being displayed on top of the Christmas tree.

As you can see, there are plenty of ways you can get creative this Christmas and get the kids involved too! Do you plan on doing any Christmas DIY this year? We would love to see your creations – drop us a note on our Facebook timeline.

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