Get the PVA glue and glitter out...it's time to inject some festive cheer into your home this year with some homemade Christmas decorations. They're fun and easy to make, and will keep the kids occupied over the holidays.
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1. Wine Cork Reindeers
So easy to make and they look fabulously festive! Make wine cork reindeers with a little help from the guys at Remodel and Dolacasa.
2. Scrabble tile decorations
Use superglue or a hot glue gun to stick your tiles together and add some ribbon for a personalised Christmas decoration. They make great gifts if you're on a tight budget this year.
3. Bottle cap snowmen
These little guys are so easy to make and look fantastic. They need just bottle caps, ribbons, buttons, glue and pen. Plus, a little glitter to make them sparkle! Follow the tutorial at One Artsy Mama.
4. Glitter pine cones
Collect pine cones with the kids and spend the afternoon painting and coating them in lots and lots of glitter. Scatter them around a windowsill or add some ribbon and hang on your tree for all to see.
5. Popcorn and cranberry garland
This American tradition has slowly become popular on shores and I can see why! So simple to make - thread popcorn and cranberry on a string - and the garlands look lovely on a traditional tree.
6. Snowglobe jam jars
All you need to make this magical snow globe are some jam jars, plastic ornaments, glue, fake snow and glitter. Check out No 2 in my article 57 exciting ways you can transform empty jam jars for details.
7. Pasta bow garland
Grab yourself a bag of Farfalle pasta bows, glue, glitter and twine, and head over to the The Gold Jelly Bean to discover how you can make these beautiful bows.
8. Golden thumbtack candles
Use a bunch of metallic thumbtack pins to transform simple candles into golden votives.
9. Tiny wooly hearts
If you have any shrunken woolies or last year's not so fashionable sweater, make these simple wooly hearts. Cut out hearts using a template and either thread a line of wire (paper clips work well) or thick ribbon. Check out A Subtle Revelry for more 5-minute DIY ornaments.
10. Wine glass candle holders
These are so easy to do and look pretty spectacular on a windowsill, fireplace or lined up as a dinner table centrepiece. Fill each wine glass with baubles, carefully flip it over and place a candle on top - easy peasy!
11. Twine wrapped NOEL wine bottles
Spell out a festive word with some leftover wine bottles. Grab some twine and wrap each until they're all fully covered. Either pick up some wooden lettering online or make your own using cardboard. Fill with Christmas foliage and flowers for a beautiful display.
12. Toilet roll Christmas tree
This tree works with toilet rolls, but you can also cut up your Christmas wrapping paper tubes to create the same effect. Just a little glue and paint is all you need to construct your tree but you can also decorate with bauble and garlands a la Outnumbered.
For more uses for leftover wrapping paper and rolls check out our article 21 brilliant ways to re-use wrapping paper at Prezzybox.com.
13. Wrapping paper hearts
When I wrap presents I always over-estimate how much I need and end up with reams of excess strips of wrapping paper. They usually end up in the recycling bin, but I saw this idea on Pinterest which makes perfect use of them! Bend your strips into teardrops and glue together to form a heart shape -lovely!
14. Hanging sweetie wreathe
Follow Live Craft Eat's easy to follow tutorial on how to make this sweetie wreath for sweet twist on this tradition.
15. Cupcake bauble ornaments
These are too cute and a great way to spice up some plain baubles! Glue a cupcake holder onto the bottom of a bauble and decorate with glitter.
16. Lightbulb snowmen
These lightbulb snowmen are a great way to use up those old lightbulbs and only take around 7 minutes to make. Head over to Kelsey Bang's blog for details on how to make a snowman lightbulb.
17. Newspaper Christmas tree pots
With just a few mini pots and shredded newspaper, you can make these mini Christmas trees. Check out Handspire for this and loads more great ideas.
Plus, for more newspaper uses check out my 37 new ways to use old magazines and newspapers.