If you’re tired of the cheap, shiny and overused decorations you fish out every year or get at the last minute from Shoprite or Pick ‘n Pay, but you don’t want to fork out an arm & a leg for something a little classier but looks like you could have made it at home, then read on for some inspiration & tips on how to actually make these items at home! It’s a fun way to get your kids involved or, if you don’t have any kids, to get to know your somewhat creative side. It’s inexpensive & more environmentally friendly. Win/win!
1. Simple can be effective
The above burlap-sack ornaments are gorgeous, but easy to try making at home. Check out the tutorial at Bliss Bloom Blog here.
2. Revamp old ornaments
With a little glue & some old/unwanted costume jewellery or plastic beads, you can turn something old & worn into something wonderful.
3. Bake your decorations (and eat them later!)
My Norwegian friends always make this basic biscuit dough or delicious gingerbread (pepperkaker) to hang on the tree. The above is an American recipe, but will do just as well, and below is a recipe for Norwegian gingerbread. It’s a little more tricky to make, but it’s worth it!
I’m not sure what they use the cream for in the above recipe, so maybe check out some others as well by searching for ‘Norwegian Gingerbread Recipe’.
4. Paper ornaments rock!
Look at how simple & fun these will be to make! They’re also an easy project if you have niece’s/nephews/bored neighbour-kids, or kids of your own. The image above is for the store-bought variety & the link was to a Swedish-language site who re-posted it, but I’m sure it’s easy enough to figure out based on the picture.
5. Get crafty with felt
Felt is an incredibly easy material to work with & these decorations will last you for years to come. check out the blog for the tutorial. There’s a little bit of sewing involved, but it’s superbly simple.
6. Print your decorations
There are hundreds & hundreds of free printables available online. With a dash of colour & a nice font, you could have your own hipster Xmas decoration to wow guests with 😉 Check out the original site here.
7. Make it cute & fluffy
We don’t have a tutorial for this, but it seems rather a straightforward affair. Get some felt of different colours & make an easy shape/your favourite fluffy animal. View the original post here.
8. Get your paper-folding skills up to scratch
The above tutorial is not in English, but the pictures make up for it!
The colourful ornaments above were made using cast-off fabric from sweaters, etc. Not bad! Tutorial here.
10. Try something so simple, ANYONE can do it.
When I first learned how to make these, I was blown away by how easy (and cheap!) it could be to create a festive atmosphere. Use old wrapping paper, printing paper, recycled paper, you name it – whatever you use it’ll look great! Then hang them from bits of cotton or stick them up on the walls & windows. Festive cheer all-around 🙂 See how here.