DIY Christmas Decorations With The Kids


Christmas is fast approaching. Soon it will be the festive season – a time for starlight markets, gift giving, truck loads of food, tinsel and time spent with family. It’s tough to stay in budget during such an indulgent season. With the kids at home for the long school break, why not keep them busy and save a few bucks by crafting some DIY Christmas decorations?

DIY Christmas Decorations With The Kids

Glistening Snowflakes

These snowflakes make for an easy DIY that the kids will love. Made with toilet paper rolls, these are both affordable and easy to make. And the final product is simply stunning!

You’ll Need:

  • Toilet Paper Rolls
  • A Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Paint
  • Glitter (optional)
  • Ribbon

Directions:

  1. Cut the toilet paper rolls into 3cm thick circles.
  2. Flatten each circle slightly.
  3. Glue several circles together to form a ring.
  4. Glue more circles to the outer edge of the ring, to form a pattern of your choice.
  5. Paint your snowflake in a colour of your choice.
  6. As an optional embelishment, dip the sides of the snowflake in glue, and then in glitter.
  7. Attach a pretty ribbon and display.

Snowflake

Project and image sourced from Country Living.

Christmas Trees

These Christmas trees are not only gorgeous, they are a lot of fun to make too. The kids, and adults, will be busy for hours, decorating their own little Christmas tree.

You’ll Need:

  • Green Paint
  • White Paint (optional)
  • Pine Cones
  • Decorations
  • Jar Lids
  • Cotton Wool
  • Glue

Directions:

  1. Paint the pine cones green. Alternatively, for a snowy Christmas tree, blotch white paint on the outer edges of the cone tips.
  2. Glue the pine cones onto the lids, wide side down.
  3. Glue cotton wool balls around the pine cone, covering the lid.
  4. Glue decorations onto the ‘tree’. Use anything you like, such as buttons, sequins and beads.

Pine cone trees

Project and image sourced from Crafty Morning.

Christmas Ornaments

Not only are store bought baubles and ornaments expensive, they are also quite fragile. Save yourself the mess, and a few extra bucks, and opt for handmade ornaments instead. The kids will love creating their very own decorations for the tree.

You’ll Need:

  • Yarn, in different colours
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Cardboard
  • Ribbon

Directions:

  1. Cut Christmas shapes out of the cardboard. Shapes can include stars, trees, snowmen, reindeer or candy canes.
  2. Glue down an end piece of the yarn onto the cardboard shape.
  3. Wrap the cardboard in the yarn. You can use one colour or several colours.
  4. When the cardboard is fully covered, cut the yarn and glue the end piece to your ornament.
  5. Attach a pretty ribbon or string and place on the tree.

Ornaments

Project and image sourced from Project Kid.

Star Garlands

As magnificent as dozens of twinkling lights may be, Christmas lights are an absolute nightmare. When December comes round, we pull the lights from their hiding place and discover a tangled mess! This year, we’re leaving the lights in the dusty cupboard and decorating the house and tree with a striking star garland!

You’ll Need:

  • Gold and Silver Paper
  • String
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Stencils (optional)

Directions:

  1. Cut the paper into stars. Use a stencil to first outline the shape, if you want precise stars.
  2. Cut a piece of string into a length of your choosing.
  3. Glue the stars onto the string, one on each side.
  4. Drape your garland in any place that needs an extra festive touch.

Star Garland

Project and image sourced from Babble.

Christmas Wreath

Let’s face it, wreaths are needlessly expensive. Especially for something that needs to endure the weather conditions of a South African summer. Instead of spending an arm and a leg on a throw-away decor item, gather the brood and make one yourselves.

You’ll Need: 

  • Cardboard Base – doughnut shaped, in a size of your choice.
  • Green Tissue Paper
  • Glue
  • Decorations
  • Ribbon

Directions: 

  1. Cut the tissue paper into 7×7 cm squares.
  2. Scrunch the tissue paper.
  3. Cover the cardboard in a thin layer of glue.
  4. Place the tissue paper onto the cardboard, completely covering it.
  5. Decorate as desired. Stick on Christmas style trinkets, red pom poms or golden bows.
  6. Attach a large ribbon and hang on your front door.

wreath

Project and image sourced from Happiness Is Homemade.

Tea Light Jars

These candle jars are a lovely DIY project. And they make for an exquisite gifting option. Easy and affordable, they are fully customisable for any occasion.

You’ll Need: 

  • Glass Jars
  • Christmas Shaped Stencils
  • Tape
  • Paint Brush
  • Glue and Glitter (optional)

Directions:

  1. Tape several lines of tape onto your work surface.
  2. Draw a Christmas shape onto the tape, using the stencil.
  3. Cut the tape into your chosen shape.
  4. Paste the tape down on the glass jar.
  5. Paint the jar in a colour of your choice. We love dark green, red and white for this.
  6. For an optional extra step, cover the paint in glue and sprinkle in glitter.
  7. Remove the tape.
  8. Insert a tea candle or small battery operated LED light into the jar.

Candle Holders

Project and image sourced from Mason Jar Crafts.

The Joburg.co.za team wishes you and your family a happy Christmas and safe travels!

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