Easy DIY Christmas decorations

Save cash with these festive homemade decorations that are quick and easy to make.

Gingerbread garland

Create a Christmas garland that looks good enough to eat.

1. Draw the outline of a gingerbread man on paper and cut it out.

2. Pin the template onto some felt and draw round the edge. Repeat until you have at least 10 men, then cut them out.

3. Cut 2 vertical slits on the chest of each gingerbread man cut-out.

4. Thread ribbon through the slits of each man, until you have a garland of gingerbread men.

Then hang it up in pride of place on the mantelpiece or a shelf.

Star of wonder

Make these beautiful hanging star decorations with just a few craft supplies and some wooden clothes pegs.

1. For each star, you’ll need 8 pegs. Take apart the pegs and use wood glue to stick the pieces of each peg back-to-back and leave to dry.

2. Stick together 4 pairs at the rounded end to make a cross, then stick the last 4 pairs in the gaps to make a star shape.

3. Give the star a coat of wood varnish, then tie a ribbon around one of the star’s points to hang.

Tip: wrap a heavy hardback book in paper and lay it on the star to keep it in place while the glue dries. Make sure to wipe off the excess glue first.

Christmas forest

Transform leftover wrapping paper into a festive forest to decorate your home.

1. Draw a large triangle on a sheet of paper, cut it out and use it as a template to cut triangles from wrapping paper.

2. Turn up 2cm at the bottom of the triangle to create a fold. Fold the next 2cm up, folding up the opposite way to the first fold. Keep folding, as you would a fan, until you reach the top.

3. While still folded, make a hole through the centre of the tree with a skewer. You may need scissors to start you off. Push the skewer through to the top and gently ease out the folds.

4. For the base, drill a small hole into a wooden disk. Glue the base of the skewer into the disk using wood glue or a hot glue gun. If you don’t have wood and a drill, you can use sticky tack to secure.

5. To finish, stick a star at the top of the tree. Repeat until you have a whole forest.

Shooting stars

Spend an afternoon crafting these gorgeous clay decorations. They make a great personalised keepsake gift for friends and family, or can be turned into a gift tag.

1. Draw a shooting star and a star on paper as your template and cut out.

2. On a cutting board, roll out some clay to a 2mm thickness and put the template on top. Cut out the shooting star shape with a knife. Use a skewer to poke a hole in the top right of the star’s tail.

3. Score a few lines in the centre of the shooting star. Cut out the second star without a tail then press it on top of the shooting star. Leave to dry.

4. Use a paintbrush to brush ink onto the end of letter stamps. Press them on kitchen paper to remove any excess ink then press into the top star to write a name. If you don’t have letter stamps use a skewer to gently print letters.

5. Repeat on the star’s tail with a festive message. Leave to dry completely.

6. Thread coloured string through the hole to hang.

Snow glows

Battery-operated tea lights are easily transformed into glowing tree decorations. Dress them up as snowmen, or try making Rudolph versions, with card and pipe cleaners.

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