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D.I.Y Christmas Decorations For Your Home

Christmas is well and truly here and, whether you’re feeling particularly festive or not, it’s time to start getting prepared for the most wonderful time of the year! And one of the best parts of the festive season is getting to break out the Christmas decorations. Here in Britain, we spend an average of £292 for every thousand people on Christmas lights and decorations each year![i] So, to help you cut back the costs while still going all out on your festive décor this year, here are a selection of homemade Christmas decorations for you to try. Add some festive sparkle to your home, inside and out, all while keeping your festive carbon footprint in check with our D.I.Y Christmas decorations!

Indoor D.I.Y Christmas Decorations

Christmas starts at home! Spruce up every part of your house, from the dinner table to the fireplace, with some of these simple indoor D.I.Y Christmas decorations.  

Wine Bottle Candle Holder

Candles always look perfect on a Christmas dinner table, so add a unique twist to the tradition this year with this recycled D.I.Y Christmas table decoration.

You Will Need:

  • Empty wine bottle with the label removed
  • A taper candle
  • Wrapping paper
  • Ribbon

How To:

  1. Wash out the empty wine bottle thoroughly, then leave to dry completely.
  2. Once dry, start decorating! You can do so however you’d like, but a piece of wrapping paper in place of the label finished off with a ribbon looks beautiful and very festive.
  3. Finally, push the taper candle at least half an inch into the mouth of the bottle. Your new candle holder is ready to go!

D.I.Y Christmas Stocking

Keep your Christmas traditional and personal with an easy handmade stocking.

You Will Need:

  • A pencil
  • Paper
  • Different coloured felt
  • Fabric scissors
  • Needle and thread
  • Craft glue

How To:

  1. Draw your desired stocking shape onto the paper and cut this out to make a template. Trace your template twice onto one of your felt colours, then cut these shapes out too.
  2. Stitch your two stocking shapes together along their sides. Make sure to leave the top open!
  3. Using a different coloured felt, cut out some decorative shapes for your stocking. You could do some Christmas stars, Santa hats, random shapes – anything you’d like.
  4. Arrange your felt decorations into a fun pattern on your stocking. When satisfied with the layout, use craft glue to stick them in place.

Christmas Card Wreath

Put those old Christmas cards to good use with a whimsical wreath hung above the fireplace.

You Will Need:

  • Christmas cards
  • Scissors
  • Craft glue
  • Ribbon
  • Paper clip

How To:

  1. Cut your Christmas cards into different sized circles, then arrange them, so they overlap in a round wreath shape.
  2. Use craft glue to secure the pieces together. For extra security, you could stitch them together if you’d like.
  3. Attach a piece of ribbon to the top of your wreath using a paper clip, then tie a knot in the top of the ribbon to hang.

Santa’s Sleigh Ornament

Add this cute little Santa to your tree to delight all who visit you on Christmas.

You Will Need:

  • A small wooden peg doll
  • Fine tip black marker
  • Cotton wool
  • Red felt
  • Glue gun
  • Mini white pompom
  • Half of a walnut shell
  • Drill
  • Piece of twine

How To:

  1. Begin by drawing black eyes on the face of the peg doll. Then, use hot glue to attach a piece of cotton wool as a beard.
  2. Next, wrap the doll’s body with red felt and secure it with hot glue. Fashion a small hat from the felt and hot glue this to the doll’s head. Then, attach the mini pompom to the tip of the hat.
  3. Use the drill to make small holes on both ends of the walnut shell. Thread the twine through each hole, use hot glue to secure it to the shell’s inside, and knot it at the top for hanging.
  4. Finally, secure Santa in his walnut sleigh with hot glue, and he’s ready to hang!

Clothespin Bauble

Turn these classic domestic items into a beautiful Christmas ornament for a homely touch.

You Will Need:

  • 14 clothespins, mini or regular-sized
  • Glue gun
  • Gold twine

 How To:

  1. Remove the springs from the clothespins and turn the pieces around to sit back to back. Glue the pins back together this way.
  2. Glue the tips of the clothespins together to create a circular shape. Then glue a piece of gold twine to one pin so you can hang your brand new ornament.  

Outdoor D.I.Y Christmas Decorations

Visitors to your home may get to see your decked halls, but passers-by will be on the lookout for some festive cheer too. So make your garden shine brighter than the rest this year with these outdoor D.I.Y Christmas decorations.

Outdoor Tree Wreath

Make this unique wreath for your front door to stand out on your street this Christmas.

You Will Need:

  • Mason jar lid rims
  • Ribbon
  • Baubles
  • Evergreen branches
  • Pinecones
  • Florists wire
  • Hot glue gun
  • Door hook

How To:

  1. Tie the mason jar lid rims together in the shape of a Christmas tree using ribbon. Trim the ribbon down as desired.
  2. Lie the frame flat, place a bauble in each lid rim and hot glue the stems to the lid rims.
  3. Use some florists wire to hold your pinecones together. Then wire together some evergreen branches and twist them in with the pine cones. Wire your bouquet around the twine at the top of the wreath.
  4. Hang your wreath with a door hook for a festive welcome to every visitor!

Festive Door Banner

Start a new tradition in your garden with a Christmassy banner in place of a wreath this year.

You Will Need:

  • Craft knife
  • Cardboard
  • Hot glue gun
  • Sheet moss
  • Scissors
  • Coloured felt
  • 2 wreath hangers

How To:

  1. Use your craft knife to cut out the letters of a festive phrase from the cardboard (short words such as Noel or Joy work best). Your letters should be around 8 inches tall.
  2. With the right side facing down, use the glue gun to glue the letters onto a piece of sheet moss. Wait for the glue to set, then cut out each letter.
  3. Next, cut out a large rectangle shape from your felt – around 17 inches wide and 6 feet long. Glue a piece of ribbon down the centre of the banner using fabric glue. Once this is set, use the hot glue gun to secure your moss letters on top of the ribbon.
  4. Finally, hang your wreath hangers about 15 inches apart over the door with the hooks facing inwards. Drape your banner over the top of the door and glue it against the metal hangers once it’s properly adjusted.

Log Snowman

Don’t let the lack of snow stop you from building a festive friend in your garden this winter!

You Will Need:

  • Wood log
  • Chainsaw
  • Drill
  • Wood dowels
  • Hot glue gun
  • Black and orange felt
  • Scissors
  • 2 sticks

How To:

  1. Use a chainsaw to chop your wooden log into three slices. Your logs will be standing on their sides, so ensure that one side is straight so the pieces will stack easily.
  2. Drill a hole in the straightened sides of each piece and stick a dowel in a few inches. Stack the pieces together this way.
  3. Cut out facial features from the felt, then stick these on your snowman’s face with a hot glue gun.
  4. Finally, drill two small holes in your snowman’s sides and give him his stick arms.

Santa’s Landing Strip

Make sure Santa knows where he’s stopping with a handy light-up runway.

You Will Need:

  • Brown paper bags
  • Craft knife
  • Festive cookie cutters (optional)
  • Battery-powered tealights
  • Sand, rocks or another material to weigh down each bag

How To:

  1. Lay a paper bag flat and draw around a cookie cutter to create a festive shape. If you’d like, you could draw this outline freehand. Use your craft knife to cut out this shape. Repeat this with as many paper bags as you’d like – the drawing is an excellent activity for kids!
  2. Once all your bags are cut, take them outside and arrange them in two separate lines to look like a runway. Add your sand or rocks to stop the bags blowing away, then finish with a battery-powered tealight to help Father Christmas find his way.

Festive Planters

Spread some seasonal joy with these festive evergreen planter buckets.

You Will Need:

  • A chalk pen
  • Galvanised steel buckets
  • Fresh evergreen boughs
  • Vases – one for each bucket
  • Ribbon
  • Fairy lights (optional)

How To:

  1. Begin by using your chalk pen to write a seasonal message on your steel buckets – Joy or Noel are good options for this too.
  2. Fill your vases with water and place these inside your buckets. Then arrange the fresh evergreen boughs in the water.
  3. Finally, tie some ribbon around the top of the bucket. If you’d like to add fairy lights, drape these around your evergreens for that final festive touch.

Christmas On A Budget

Whether you’re looking to save some money this Christmas or save the planet, our homemade Christmas decorations will get you through the festive season in style!

What are your favourite D.I.Y Christmas decorations? Let us know in the comments below.

Sources

  [i] https://christmastrees.co.uk/christmas-lights-decorations-spend/

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