Homemade Christmas Decorations
Get creative this Christmas! We know that decorating the Christmas tree is a cherished tradition in many households, so we have put together some of our favourite ideas for you and your family to try out. We have chosen decorations that are impressive yet require minimal equipment, supplies and skills.
Homemade Popcorn Garland
A simple yet effective decoration, can be hung around the house or the Christmas tree. A perfect last-minute decoration for the festive season. Full method and instructions can be found here
For this you will need:
- Popcorn Kernels– approximately 50 grams, but will depend on how long you want the garland to be. These can be popped ahead of time, slightly-stale popcorn will keep its shape better.
- Fishing Line or a thin thread– pick an inexpensive but high-weight line to make it extra strong.
- Sewing Needle– heavier weight is better to pierce through the kernels.
- Cranberries– brings colour and looks nice in between the kernels.
Method: Line out the popcorn and cranberries in an order you like and sew through the middle of each. Sewing through the harder kernels will hold the popcorn more securely!
Origami Hanging Stars
These origami stars are perfect for hanging on the tree, and can be made with different coloured and patterned paper. Check out this blog for the full instructions and video guidance
For this you will need:
- A square sheet of paper– recommended 12 by 12 inch scrapbooking paper.
Method: We recommend to watch the video in the link above.
The steps begin with either downloading the pentagon template from the blog or following the steps provided. Once you have your pentagon shape you should fold it in half from all the points and unfold after each fold.
Next, fold up the bottom edge so that the corners meet the creases you just made, unfold and repeat on each edge. Fold in the left edge along one of the creases you just made.
Then fold up the bottom edge, at the same time pulling the corner of the pentagon out to the left. Squash the fold flat. Unfold and repeat on each side.
Starting with the pentagon completely unfolded, pinch all the corners together and squash them toward the centre until the paper collapses into a star shape. Turn over the star. Fold in the right edge to the centre line and repeat on each arm.
Salt Dough Ornaments
It can be easy to create delicate and beautiful salt dough decorations with your family. We love the natural look, but you can also paint them, add glitter to the dough or add essential oils for a fragrant tree decoration. You can find the steps here.
- 3/4 – 1 cup room temperature water
- 1 cup salt
- 2 cups flour + more for dusting
- Baking tray
- Baking paper
- Rolling pin
- Straw or something to poke holes
- String/wire for hanging
- Paint, glitter, sticks and leaves, for decoration
- Cookie cutter or other objects to make your shapes
Method: Mix together the water, flour and salt. Start with 3/4 cup water and work your way up. Place dough on a lightly floured work surface and sprinkle a little more flour on top of the dough. Start kneading and add flour when necessary, until it is smooth. Roll out the dough and press the leaf and berry shapes into it. Cut out shapes and place on baking paper. Leave to air dry or bake in the oven at 90°C for 2-3 hours.
We are getting excited for Christmas here at Crestwood and have decorated our showroom to prove it! Check out our previous blog for our gift guide and inspiration for your Christmas presents this year. We hope you enjoy trying out these ideas at home.