5 DIY Christmas Decorations (Easy and cute and cheap!)

5 DIY Christmas Decorations (Easy and cute and cheap!)


Hi guys, I’m Karen Kavett and you might
have seen my videos, DIYs to do over the summer when you’re bored, Back to School DIYs to
do when you’re bored, Halloween DIYs to do when you’re bored, are you guys seeing
a pattern here? Of course I had to do Christmas DIYs to do
when you’re bored. These are projects that are really easy to
do but they’re kind of repetitive, they kind of take a lot of time, so they’re perfect
for when you are procrastinating from studying for finals or if you have already taken your
finals and you’re on a school break and you just have so much time to fill and you
don’t know what to do and you want make something festive, these are the perfect projects
for you. So if you like these projects, I’m also
posting them over on Facebook in a sharable, social version, so make sure that you head
on over there to share them with all of your crafty friends and family. Alright, let’s get into the projects. First up is my Christmas tree. You guys, I have wanting a white tree for
years, especially since my apartment right now has gray walls, so I thought white would
look amazing. So when the company Treetopia offered to send
me a tree to use in a video, I was like, yes, obviously. So I decided I wanted to go for color and
make a rainbow gradient tree. If you’re bored at home, you can sort all
of your ornaments by color and hang them up in a gradient. However I don’t have a lot of ornaments,
so I cheated and I went to the craft store to buy like a hundred colorful ornaments and
I hung them in a rainbow all over my tree. Let me just tell you, I’m so proud of this,
each box retailed for $10 but they were half off when I went and then I had a 25% off coupon
on top of that so I got each box for $3.75. Pretty good deal. Anyway, if you do this, just make sure that
you have more purple and blue ornaments than red and gold because obviously you’ll need
more ornaments down at the bottom than at the top. After I hung all my ornaments I also filled
in the empty spaces with these iridescent clear ornaments that Treetopia also sent me. And you guys, I made a rainbow tree. I’m 100% obsessed with this, it is the Christmas
tree of my dreams and all the bright colors just make me so happy. Next of course I have to have a Perler Bead
project. We’re going to make this Christmas light
garland out of perler beads. It’s so easy, literally just follow this
pattern which I got from Pinterest and I’ll link down below, and then iron it the same
way you would with any other Perler Bead project. Make a bunch of them in all different colors. Then use a thumbtack to make a hole in the
top and add a jump ring. Repeat that for all of them and then tie them
onto a piece of green string. And that’s it. I actually decided to restring mine onto thicker
green yarn and I also wrapped a star garland around it to make it extra festive. I had this hanging in the background of my
video from last week and so many of you guys wanted to know how I made it. So there you go, it’s actually really easy. Next I’ve got another Perler Bead project. Last year I made snowflakes out of Perler
Beads and I hung them up on my curtains. This year I decided to take it to the next
level, so I just followed all the same steps to make a Perler Bead snowflake. And then, you guys, we’re adding glitter. Put down scrap paper and spray your snowflake
with spray glue. Then sprinkle on white glitter and tap off
any excess. Now I’m sure you’re like, Karen there’s
no way I’m doing a glitter project, that stuff gets literally everywhere. Well, not if you use hairspray. I’d heard this rumor through the crafting
grapevine for years now and I finally decided to try it out myself. Just give your glitter a liberal coat of hairspray
and it actually works, it actually makes the glitter stay in place and not fall off everywhere. Just add a jump ring and tie on a piece of
string and now we have these adorable glitter Perler Bead snowflake ornaments. I think they came out super cute, and you
can either just make one or a bunch of them depending on how bored you are. Next up, we’re making a wreath out of a
pizza box. Yes I’m giving you an excuse to order pizza,
tell your mom it’s for a craft project. Trace two large circles however big you want
your wreath to be and cut them out. Then cut a bunch of thin strips of cardboard
as well. Bend them into a curve and then use hot glue
to glue them to the center of your wreath. Don’t worry about this being perfect, we’re
going to cover it up later. Once you have them glued onto both sides,
give the whole thing a coat of white paint, and again, don’t worry about this being
perfect. Now you’ll need two strands of tinsel. Add a bit of hot glue to the center of the
wreath and press the end of the tinsel in place. Then wrap it all around the wreath and glue
down the end. I found that to get the fullness I wanted,
I had to use two strands of tinsel, but if your wreath is smaller, you might just need
one. Now we’ve made a wreath that you can decorate
however you like. I added a bright pink bow that I bought at
the craft store and then my secret ingredient – pom poms. You just need a dot of hot glue on each one
and it’s an easy way to add some color and a fun polka dot design. I don’t know if you could tell, but my decorating
theme this year is color everywhere, and I’m just obsessed with how all of this turned
out. And finally, it’s ugly sweater time. There’s kind of a trend happening right
now where people are wearing sweaters covered in giant pom poms. If you’re into it, you can actually make
one for yourself. You just need a sweater and some thick yarn. Cut a piece of cardboard into a U shape and
then wrap the yarn around it several times. Then cut a smaller piece of yarn, feed it
into the center and tie it around the whole bundle. Cut the loops, fluff it out and give it a
haircut. Now that you have a giant pom pom, feed the
ends from the center knot through the sweater and tie them on the inside. Repeat that with as many pom poms as you like. And there you go. I’d actually really love to know – are you
guys into this idea? Are you extra enough to wear this day to day
or just out to an ugly Christmas sweater party? I’m still on the fence there, but luckily
since we didn’t use any glue, we can always just cut off the pom poms and go back to our
normal sweater. So I hope you guys liked all of my Christmas
DIYs and I hope that your boredom is now cured. If it’s not, I’ll have all of my DIYs
to do when You’re Bored videos in a playlist for you right down below so make sure you
go check out the other ones if you’re still looking for a few more projects to do. And let me know in a comment what you are
most hoping to get for Christmas or whatever holiday you celebrate this year. And if your birthday is around the holidays
like mine is, what are you hoping to get for your birthday as well? December 31st, that’s my birthday. Just so you know. Just so you all can wish me a happy birthday
when that rolls around. Just putting it out there. Ok anyway, that was a tangent. But make sure to like this video and subscribe
if you liked these projects. I’m gonna have new holiday videos every
single week all the way up to Christmas, I have so many more ideas to share with you
guys. So I will see you all next time.

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100 thoughts on “5 DIY Christmas Decorations (Easy and cute and cheap!)”

  • Ok guys tell me the truth – are you a yes or a no on the sweater at the end? Are you extra enough to wear it day to day or just to an ugly Christmas sweater party?

  • That sweater is beautiful πŸ˜‚ I love it. I have been officially INSPIRED to go make some xmas decorations with my perler beads!!

  • I think the sweater is this wonderfully unique piece that would definitely be the statement of an outfit, but I think it's also simple enough that it could definitely work as actual clothes! Your sweater specifically felt like it could use a couple more Pom-Poms to balance the whole thing out, but the actual way you taught how to make it was really brilliant and I'm impressed as usual Karen!!

    Much love from me!

  • I was thinking some twinkle lights and a matching hat? No? Maybe? Too extra? Like Extra Features in a movie? Like and actual extra in a tv show? Am I Lorelai? Am I an Island? Lol πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

  • ummm yes i am THAT extra…. will be wearing a sweater like that EVERYWHERE this winter. ps that is the best yarn ever. i have a bunch and am OBSESSED!

  • OMG that tree is goals, and I love the perler bead projects! The wreath form was super creative too, love these videos!

  • AH so sorry karen! i wasn't early because of school πŸ™
    but the video was still great like always!!
    xoxo love you and you diys!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • I don’t need another Christmas craft to do, I’m already knee deep in glitter and wrapping paper! But that wreath is too cute and with the influx of cardboard from ordering gifts and pizza boxes because of my deep love of pizza, I don’t have an excuse not to make one. I’m probably going to make a smaller one for my room, my craft area isn’t festive enough yet. Thanks for sharing!

  • I loved the perler beads and wreath ideas. Wanted to do something a little different this year with Christmas but wanted to keep the budget low and those are perfect because I already have everything I would need.

  • I LOVE that white Christmas tree! I have a black one and every year my family lets me haul it out to the main family room while they put the big traditional green one in the other living room. I wonder if they would let me have a black AND white one (doubtful) hahaha.

  • I would have started with gold at the top and ended with red at the bottom. The Gold star will be directly next to the gold ornaments and with the red moved to the bottom It fixes the gradient since you lacked orange ornaments.

  • I can totally see myself doing the Pom Pom sweater because the Pom Poms could be cut off later. I wonder what other yarn embellishments I could make for a temporary ugly Christmas sweater?

  • I rarely feel this strongly about something, but dang I loath white christmas trees. Don't get me wrong, I'm all for plastic trees vs one-use-real-trees, but there just seems to be something wrong with a non-green tree….
    Still thanks a lot for all the diy ideas! πŸ™‚

  • Hi Karen, Because I am stuck in a nursing rehab for the last 8 mos due to a botched operation which left me unable to walk, my first wish is to walk again. I'm the youngest resident most others are 40+ older then me
    It can get pretty lonely and depressing. My second wish is to feel laughter kindness and the holiday season spirit. I have been teaching some residents some of your projects to try and spread some cheer. Btw pompous are a hit with this crowd!!
    Thank you for your channel and I hope you have a wonderful Birthday and a Blessed Christmas πŸ’•
    Susan
    [email protected]

  • That wreath is amazing! It's so vintage looking. I love white Christmas trees, I've been collecting old ornaments since I was a teenager and the white really shows them off the best. One thing I don't have in my collection yet, a fun, 50's-60's, sequin-embellished, felt tree skirt, the ones I've found on eBay aren't in good shape. If anyone has seen a good tutorial on how to reproduce one, let me know.

  • a merry Sol Invictus to you and yours (Ancient Roman Winter Solstice holiday)
    what I'm wishing for is that I get promoted haha!

  • You're so adorable and sweet, I love everything you made, I must put some pom poms on my sweater, so super cute!!πŸ’•βœ¨πŸ‘ŒπŸΌ

  • These were all super cute. I'm not sure what I want for Christmas or my birthday. Happy super early birthday, you're the day before me!

  • Meeeeerrrrry Christmasssss and happpy birthday kareeenπŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–

  • I wish I knew of these projects when I was 8 years old and had no phone or anything at my grandma's house during Christmas day when time seems to stop

  • i’m actually currently thinking of an ugly sweater idea but i’m staying away from pom poms cause i work with kids and they are grabby! but my brothers birthday is the day before yours!

  • I need to get a storage unit for all my yarn. It will free up my closet space. Also a yarn winder to put my balled up yarn into cakes to store it easier. I have bins for my art and craft supplies.

  • I have had 2 ipod shuffles. First one I put it down on a shelf and when I woke up it wasn't there. Pretty sure my neighbors stole it. The second one my cousin gave hers to me and told me If I could fix it, I could have it. I charged it for like a month and that fixed it. Then, someone at school broke it while I was on the bus with them. Hoping for a new one for Christmas. I WANT A BLUE ONE PLZ

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  • Umm i made one myself. I used a plain solid white sweater, and made very small sky blue pom poms..brushed the pom poms to give them a fuzzy look and texture. Ive had compliments on it.

  • Hi Karen I was going to see if maybe u could try something and maybe make a video of it to c if it works. I was thinking that u could take some washi tape and put it on some wax paper waxy side up then take cute hole punches and cut the washi tape out and c if it works as making ur own stickers. I don't have washi tape so I can't tell u how it works lol

  • your Christmas tree is awesome… I just loved it… Even the pink one next to the main is pretty
    All the other projects are also sooooo awesome that I just don't have words to explain everything..
    And one more last thing.. the pompom sweater was so beautiful that I would try it for sure.. please don't tell me that you cut the pompoms from it as you told we could do in the video.. coz it's Soo ooo o good on you

    Happy belated birthday

    My birthday is always during the exams it's on March 17. …
    Every year it's that I have some or another exam during my birthday that I get least time to celebrate.. I always postponed it to a summer day.. I mean I postpone my birthday celebration to a summer day

  • I loved this video so much. THank you. .I even liked the pom poms on the sweater, maybe not on the arms, but it was really cute. I liked the perler bead Christmas lights and the snowflakes.