Holiday decorating can be the best activity during the season, or it could be the worst. If you’re part of the latter group, you can avoid being called a Scrooge by trying out one of the DIY holiday decoration ideas below.
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You can make paper snowflakes with the kids or design your very own holiday wreath. There are ideas for homemade tree toppers, as well as a new way to light up Hanukkah. So whether it’s as simple as cutting pieces of paper into something beautiful or putting together a holiday light ball, these projects are not super difficult to create, and are also very affordable. And who doesn’t like that?
5.) Punched Paper Hanukkah Lanterns
Christmas isn’t the only holiday this season. Jewish families all over celebrate Hanukkah. And although it can be viewed as a solemn holiday, there are many who like to do up their homes accordingly.
If you’re considering decorating for Hanukkah but are over all the dreidels and don’t need more than one menorah, then you can try making punched paper lanterns instead. While they sound like they could be a fair amount of work, they are very simple. All you’ll need is some tall glass tumblers, colorful paper, double-stick tape and a good pair of scissors. You can also use a paper cutter to make sure your sheet of paper is cut perfectly. You can pick out your favorite pattern and make pricks in the paper for the light to go through. Once you have it fastened, then you toss in your favorite tealight, toss one in each and light them. If you’re worried about the flame, battery-operated LED candles are a nice substitute.
4.) Paper Snowflakes
If you are looking for something that can bring the whole family together and doesn’t require the mess of popcorn kernels everywhere, you can make paper snowflakes. The best part about this decoration idea? You don’t need much to make them: just some paper and a kid-friendly pair of scissors. After watching the video above, you’ll see that there’s no wrong way to make a snowflake. All it takes is some folding and snipping. And don’t worry about making them all the same, because no actual snowflake looks identical.
3.) Holiday Light Balls
Christmas lights are an important part of holiday decor, but getting up on a ladder every year can be exhausting. So what about making holiday light balls instead?
Although this DIY project may be a little bit more labor-intensive than the others, you’ll feel rewarded with the end result. You’ll also be able to use these year after year, and not only during Christmas. You’ll need some hex wire mesh, which is the same stuff people use for chicken coops, and some colorful string lights. You’ll also need wire cutting pliers and heavy duty gloves to protect your hands. With these materials and the instructional video above, you’ll have your own set of holiday light balls for your yard, windowsill or around the tree in no time.
2.) Christmas Tree Topper
Normally the top of Christmas trees show off the brightest star or the most beautiful angel. Even though that’s traditionally the sign of a “perfectly decorated” spruce, it doesn’t mean yours has to look like everyone else’s in your neighborhood.
These berry stems are perfect for a different tree topper look. But if you want more of a White Christmas look, you can swap the red edition for LED light branches. They have a battery pack attached, so you don’t need to worry about extra cords. But because of the power source, you’ll need to be more strategic with how you place them at the top of the tree.
While these toppers don’t look like much coming out at first, the video above shows just how the right placement on top of the tree will not only give you a new and different topper, but also add more pizazz than the typical star.
1.) Christmas Wreath
If there’s one thing that’s a holiday home decorating standard, it’s a wreath. It’s not only the something that’s festive without being too Christmas-y, but it’s also great for people who don’t live in a place that can fit a huge tree. Sure, you can buy one, but the video above proves that even though you can get a plain evergreen wreath from your local garden store, you can also create one from scratch using a wreath form.
You can pick tree branches and other shrubbery at your local flower shop or garden store. And because you’re not getting a whole spruce, you’ll be able to save a pretty penny. If you want to add a little extra something, you can turn a thick ribbon into a bow (learn how to here) or add some pretty ornaments.
What are your favorite DIY holiday decoration ideas? Let us know in the comments below!