‘Tis the season to make things! When it comes to Christmas, there is a lot of temptation to buy everything new and shiny. But before you think about investing in a brand new Christmas tree, or buying a whole new collection of Christmas cards, save on the pennies and save the planet by creating a few of these!
Cardboard Christmas Tree
You will need:
- Large pieces of cardboard.
- A rule.
- Glue or paperclips.
- As much decoration as you want for the tree.
- Using some large pieces of cardboard, draw a big isosceles triangle and divide them up into 25cm sections.
- Mark zig-zags by marking 5cm to the left and right on the big triangle on the line where it meets the divisions.
- After you have cut both sections out, on one of them, cut a slot nearly as wide as the thickness of your cardboard, right from the top to the middle. On the other cut from the middle to the bottom. You can slot them together, and they will stand on their own. If you find you need to put a bit more into keeping them slotted together, use some glue sticks or paperclips to give a bit more support.
- If you want to make extra levels to your tree, follow the previous steps and slot them together.
A tree isn’t complete without ornaments, and this is a very sparkly addition to your tree!
You will need:
- A styrofoam ball.
- A straight pin.
- A paperclip.
- Get the multicolored sequins and styrofoam ball and using a straight pin, push it through the middle of each sequin into the styrofoam ball.
- Repeat until you have a sparkly looking decoration!
- Using a paperclip, you can attach it to one of the sequins and hang it from your Christmas tree.
The traditional Christmas wreath, but with a more rustic and earthy feel, and best of all, it’s practically cost free!
You need the following:
- Pony beads (about 50).
- A wire hanger.
- White spray paint.
- Lots and lots of pinecones.
- Using glue, stick some pony beads to the top of each pinecone.
- Using the wire hanger stretched out into a circle, thread the pinecones through, arranging them as you see fit. Make sure that they are touching each other completely.
- Once you have finished threading the pinecones through, spray with a can of white or sparkling spray paint.
- Decorate with a bow at the top, and use the hook of the wire hanger to hang in your favorite place!
As you can see, Christmas doesn’t need to be a taxing and expensive affair. If you can get the family to sit together, making this will be a fantastic set of tasks to do together. And this is just the tip of the snowflake, there are so many other wonderful items you can make this Christmas. Go wild, and Merry Christmas!