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Get crafty and creative this Christmas

in How To by Cass Art
Get crafty and creative this Christmas

Christmas tree decorations aren’t half pricey, so why spend a fortune on baubles, tinsel and stars – let’s face it, they look tacky anyway – when you can make your own bespoke ones at home for half the price and a whole lot more fun to boot?

We’ve put together three alternative Christmas tree decorations you can make at home using some simple craft products and a little spice of creativity.

TOILET ROLL CREATURES

The kids will love making these. Here’s how you craft toilet roll creatures.

Get together:

Some toilet roll tubes

Scissors

Paint, felt or sandpaper

Stickers

Pipe cleaners

Buttons

Glue

Get cracking:

Grab your scissors and cut the toilet roll tubes in half

Cover each one with some paint, felt or sandpaper – think of using different colours to mix things up a bit

Make your toilet roll come alive – grab some googly eyes or buttons and glue on some eyes

Tack on some pipe cleaners or these striped stems to give the toilet roll some ears

Jazz it up with some stickers or glitter

Voila. From corner of the bathroom to pride of place on the Christmas tree in five minutes. Done.

LIGHT BULB ORNAMENTS

Got any defunct light bulbs lying around the house? Don’t throw them out – give them a new lease of life by turning them into some funky light bulb ornaments.

You’ll need:

Couple of light bulbs

Glitter

Glue

Ribbon

Scissors

How to do ‘em:

Spread some glue over each light bulb

Dip the glued-up bulb in a pot of glitter or paper stars

Tie a ribbon at the top and hang it on the tree!

MAGIC MISTLETOE

You’ve got to have some mistletoe around the house at Christmas. The real stuff, though, can start to age pretty quickly, so why not make your own?

Bits and bobs:

Scissors

Felt

Buttons

Glue

Ribbon

Make it happen:

Draw or get hold of a mistletoe template - there’s one here if you need one

Place the template over the fabric and cut around it using the scissors

Adorn the mistletoe with buttons or break up some cotton swabs to look like snowflakes

Tie a ribbon at the top and – yup – hang it on the tree.

Don't forget to let us know how you do by sharing it with us through twitter, facebook or by email and remember to tag them with #makexmas.

 

Picture credits:

Kelsey Bang

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Quilting Daily 

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