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Cheap and Easy Christmas Decorations to Make at Home


Instead of buying decorations to line your fireplace this Christmas, make your own for a lot less money.

DIY Pinecone Garland

To create a snow dusted pinecone garland, lightly coat the edges of a pinecone with white paint or glue, leave to dry, and then attach each pinecone onto a piece of red string or ribbon.

To add an extra touch, sprinkle each pinecone with a bit of glitter when the glue is wet. Line these over your fireplace or curtain pole for a pretty yet affordable winter decoration.

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Sparkly Glitter Branches

These decorations are incredibly easy to make and look great below the mantelpiece.

Lightly coat some branches in glue, then dust with silver or gold glitter. Place in a clear glass vase and tie a large ribbon around the vase for a festive decoration that costs peanuts.

Homemade Clay Baubles

The three ingredients you need to make clay dough are a half cup of baking soda, a half cup of corn flour, and three-quarters cup of warm water.

To make the baubles, heat the ingredients in a pan over the stove until it starts to bubble. Remove from the heat and let cool. You should have a soft, supple ball of dough. At this stage, you can also add glitter to your dough for a decorative touch.

Roll out the dough and use a Christmas-shaped cookie cutter to cut shapes into it, leaving a hole to thread through a ribbon.

Bake on a low heat for a couple of hours and when they’re completely dry, tie a ribbon through and hang on the tree.

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Bauble Centerpiece

To create a festive centrepiece that costs nothing, simply add old baubles to a clear glass vase. This simple yet affordable idea looks great with any table decoration.

Use Old Light Bulbs to Make Baubles

Why not re-purpose old light bulbs to make baubles for the tree?

To make an adorable and affordable snowman, coat the light bulb in white paint before adding a face and buttons. Tie a small piece of fabric around the neck for the scarf and attach to the tree.

DIY Sequin Baubles

Sequin baubles look beautiful on the Christmas tree but can often be expensive to buy.

Instead, a great idea is by making them using styrofoam balls, glue, pins, and sequins.

Take a pin and thread a sequin through it, add a small drop of glue to the styrofoam ball, and push the pin and sequin into it. Repeat until the ball is full of sequins.

To finish, push a little bit of thread through the top before hanging on the tree.

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Lights Made From Ping-Pong Balls

Instead of tinsel this year, why not try decorating your mantelpiece with old Christmas tree lights?

A great way to jazz them up a little bit is by adding ping pong balls to give the lights a glow effect.

Simply drill a small hole into each ball, insert the light and glue in place.

This post was written by Yours editors. For more, check out our sister site Yours.

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