If you’re looking for ideas for original Christmas decorations, read on. Not only is it lots of fun to get crafty at this time of year, it’s also a great way to keep little ones entertained. Plus, they make thoughtful presents for family and friends.
Simple foil leaves
Here are some simple silver foil leaves, cut from washed disposable flan tins or some tin foil. Draw the leaf shape you’d like on paper (we’ve chosen oak leaves for obvious reasons!) and then use a pencil to trace the outline onto the foil. Carefully cut out the leaf shape and make a hole at the top for some silver hanging thread. You can score and bend the silver leaves to match the vein patterns found in real ones.
Christmas collage cards
Here’s a fantastic Christmas card or label design, made from a collage from patterned paper. You could use origami paper, or Christmas wrapping paper. Our cards have colour themes, and the Christmas tree design is topped off with a star sticker.
Cut different sized triangles from the paper you’ve collected for the project. You can mix up different patterns, or make trees with solid blocks of colour for a different look. Make the proportions wider and shorter for the larger, lower ‘branches’, and make the smaller, top shapes more equal.
Take a piece white card – A4 size for Christmas cards –and fold it in half. Arrange the paper triangles into a tree shape on the front. Once you’re happy with your design, use paper glue or spray mount to fix them onto the card. Don’t forget to cut out a tree base shape for the bottom.
Popsicle stick ornaments
Now here’s definitely one for the younger children. Clear the table, cover with newspaper and gather your lolly sticks, cotton wool, googly eyes and festive-coloured paint. Distribute the glue between children, and let ‘em go. Find instructions for snowman, Santa and tree decorations on The Best Ideas for Kids.
These glittery yarn balls are great, and well worth getting sticky fingers for. Contained crafting mess is okay – and there is advice here on keeping it contained. You’ll end up with these sparkly ornaments to hang from the tree or Christmas wreath. It seems a good way to get some Christmas glitter going.
Glitter yarn balls
Dried fruit decorations
Drying thin slices of citrus fruit is a very simple way of adding colour to wreaths and garlands. Or you may just like a fruity theme. Wash, slice, and dry is the simple instruction, but here are some more tips from Salt in my Coffee.
Pine cone pom-poms
With the addition of brightly coloured, tiny pom-poms and a hanging thread, here’s an alternative to glitter and paint for the humble pine cone.
So which DIY decoration are you going to tackle this year? Our picks are all pretty simple, and vary in the amount of glitter and glue fallout.