Christmas is almost upon us so it’s time to think about taking your decorations to the next level to make your home look more enchanting and impressive than your neighbors’. Rather than buying the same old decorations that you’ll see everywhere, why not make it a fun activity with the kids and create your own? They’re easy to make and are a brilliant addition to your decorations.
Here are some easy to make Christmas decorations your family with love.
Our favorite easy to make Christmas decorations
Here are some of our favorite designs for you to try out. They’re quick, easy to make and they look beautiful on the tree, mantelpiece or around your home.
Pine cone Christmas trees
- Pine cones.
- Green paint/spray paint.
- Old corks.
- Hot glue gun and glue.
- Miniature wooden stars.
What to do:
Start by painting the outer edges of the pine cone with either your green spray paint or regular green paint. To make it look even more realistic, don’t paint the entire pine cone. Instead, make it look like a real tree by leaving the inside brown before letting the paint dry.
Using the scissors, cut the corks in half and hot glue them to the bottom of the pine cones. This is so that your pine cone Christmas trees can stand up if you decide not to hang them on your actual Christmas tree.
Once you let the glue dry, grab the miniature wooden stars and then hot glue them to the top of your pine cones - then enjoy!
DIY snow globes
- Small clear jars.
- A small toy or other ornaments (the water will magnify how the toy/ornament looks).
- Heavy duty glue.
- Needle nose pliers.
What to do:
Using the heavy duty glue, put a little hot glue on the bottom of the toy or ornament you’re using. Next, use the needle nose pliers to place the toy or ornament into the jar - exactly where you want it.
Press it down slightly so that it’s firmly in place and won’t move, and then let it dry for about 10 minutes. Fill up the jars with water and then put one tiny squirt of glycerin in so that the ‘snow’ floats a lot better and looks more realistic. To finish it off, add a pinch of shiny glitter but don’t use too much as it can make the snow globes look hazy.
Once you’ve hot glued the lid in place so it can’t open, you’re done! You’ll have unique, handmade snow globe decorations that your family will love and you can’t get elsewhere. By putting in something sentimental into the homemade snow globes, it’s a memory that can last forever.
Light up burlap garland
- Red burlap ribbon - two inches in length.
- Green burlap ribbon - two inches in length.
- Natural burlap ribbon - 2.5 inches in length.
- White mini lights.
What to do:
Cut the burlap into eight to 10-inch pieces. Then, cut those pieces vertically down the middle otherwise your ribbon will be too wide and will look wonky when you tie them into a knot on the lights.
The next part is entirely up to you. Just choose a pattern in the order in which you want the colors to show. Once you’ve decided that, start tying those burlap strips around the wire. Tying them around once is the easiest way, but you can double knot if you want. For that, though, you’ll need longer than eight to 10-inch strips.
Then just repeat the process over and over. Although it can take a while depending on how long you want the lighted burlap garland to be, it’s still incredibly easy to create and looks fantastic when completed. If you want that rustic Christmas vibe this year, then this unique decoration will help spruce it up a bit more.
To follow along with a Christmas home decor star we made ourselves using Chameleon Pens, follow the tutorial below.
Christmas home decor star
- Chameleon 52 Pen Super Set.
- A piece of smooth red fabric.
- Different embellishments.
- String to sew the embellishments.
To begin with, use the scissors to cut out two equal sized star shapes from a piece of smooth red fabric. Next, choose the embellishments you want to add to the red star as decorations and color them in using the Chameleon 52 Pen Super Set.
Use the string to sew on the decorations onto one of the red fabric stars and then sew the two stars together. However, make sure you leave a gap between the stars to place the stuffing in to give the star some depth.
Finally, fill the red star with some stuffing and sew up the gap and there you have it, a unique red star that instantly demands attention.
Want to check out some more easy to make Christmas ornaments the family will love?
Christmas is the perfect time to channel your inner crafter and get the kids involved at the same time. You can see just how much creativity and freedom you have when it comes to making ornaments the family love, and we’re here to help provide more inspiration.
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