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Easy Christmas Decorations To DIY

Easy Christmas Decorations To DIY

Although Christmas in itself is the main joy of the festive season, a bulk of the fun leading towards it is in the decorating of your houses. Many of us tend to flock to ready-made Christmas ornaments and Christmas decorations from past years but if you’re looking to spice up your decorating game and try something new this year, we would suggest creating your own decorations by DIY. It’s a fun family activity, and another plus point is you actually save a lot by DIY-ing instead of going out and having to purchase the decorations one by one. 

Today, we will teach you some ways you can DIY your own Christmas decorations that not only looks nice but is also a great way to save on costs this Christmas. 

ADVENT CALENDAR

The good thing about this DIY is that you can make use of your old Christmas sweaters or old T-shirts you have laying around that would be of better use than sitting in your closet collecting dust. 

What you will need: 

  • Old Sweaters
  • Number Fonts (0-9)
  • Interfacing Fabric
  • Colourful Yarn & Thread
  • Tapestry Needle
  • Permanent marker
  • Scissors
  • Utility knife
  • Iron
  • Small Metal Clips
  • Measuring Tape

HOW TO DIY

  1. ​Print & Cut The Numbers

Print the numbers one through twenty-five in a 2.5 inches high font. Cut the number out with a craft knife, making a stencil of each number.

  1. Draw & Cut Out Mitten Pattern

Draw and cut out a basic mitten template with a marker. You can draw the mittens approximately 5 inches tall. You can make any shape you want here such as mittens or hats. 

  1. Trace The Mitten Cut Out Over Your Old Sweater

Trace around your mitten pattern with a marker, leaving a ¼ inch allowance along the edges. Flip the pattern over and trace it again. Make two pairs of mittens for each day of the month. Remove the mittens from the sweater, but leave plenty of fabric around the edges so it doesn’t unravel as you work on it.

  1. Stencil The Numbers On The Mitten Cutout

Once your stencil is cut, center it on the front of the mitten and fill it in with a dark marker. 

  1. Stitch Over The Numbers 

Fill in the stenciled number with a tapestry needle and yarn or colorful thread, following the knit pattern of the sweater material. It adds to the appeal even if it’s a little messy so don’t be worried if you make mistakes here and there. Once that is done, you can cut out the mitten shape from the sweater. 

  1. Trace On Interfacing Fabric

Once you have the shape of the mitten from the cut out, you can trace the mitten over the interfacing fabric for both sides of the mitten. You can then apply heat on the interfacing fabric for the two sides to stick together using an iron. Once they are done, you can stitch it with a blanket stitch for additional closure and leave a hole at the top so you can put in treats. 

Once you have all the different shapes assembled, display it on a chalkboard/white board or plain board to your liking. It’s a great way to reuse old sweaters that you are not using. Upcycling at its best! 

DECOUPAGED TISSUE PAPER ORNAMENT

This one’s super simple and adds a rustic and personal element to your regular Christmas ornaments. 

What You Will Need: 

  • Tissue Paper
  • Food Coloring 
  • Old Ornament / Clear Circular Glass 

HOW TO DIY

  1. Add different food colouring to separate bowls and add water. 
  2. Dip the tissue paper in the different colours and cover the clear glass ornament
  3. Leave it to try 
  4. Proceed to attach a ribbon / string to the ornament cap 

It’s as simple as that. You can do this for your entire tree and save a lot of costs on your decorations and revamp old ones at the same time. 

SPOOL CHRISTMAS WREATH

What You Will Need: 

  • Wooden spool
  • Thread
  • Bakers Twine 
  • Ribbon
  • Hot Glue

HOW TO DIY

1. Simply hot glue different assortments of rolled thread around the wooden spool

2. Leave it to try 

3. Once dry, attach a ribbon above to hang on anywhere you’d like

You now have a vintage wooden spool taken to the next level. It’s a unique DIY Christmas decoration and is sure to turn heads at your next Christmas party. 

SALT DOUGH CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS

This one requires a little bit of effort in the kitchen. A quick and easy way to make your own handmade ornaments to add a little personalization and quirkiness to your Christmas trees. 

What You Will Need: 

  • All Purpose Flour
  • Salt
  • Warm Water
  • Mixing Bowl
  • Strings 

HOW TO DIY

  1. Combine 4 cups all-purpose flour, 1 cup salt, and 1 1/2 cups of warm water in a mixing bowl
  2. Knead until the dough is firm and smooth
  3. Roll out dough and cut desired shapes (ProTip: Use a straw to cut the hole out from the top of the shapes to put the string in)
  4. Bake at 300°F until dry, approximately 1 hour; leave it to cool.

There you have your own handmade ornaments, get creative with it and choose different shapes that suit your Christmas theme! You can even paint over the ornaments for a pop of color if you’d like. Or you can keep it simple with the original color that gives off a more rustic and traditional color scheme! 

There’s something quite unique and appealing about homemade Christmas decorations that money can’t buy. For example, these creative Christmas craft ideas and crafts are incredibly simple, provide hours of family bonding activities for the season, and are inexpensive. 

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