Three Easy DIY Christmas Decorations

Three Easy DIY Christmas Decorations


[MUSIC PLAYING] Welcome to Mumsnet’s
Christmas workshop. There’s something so special
about homemade decorations. And it’s a great
way to make memories and to give your home
the personal touch. I’m going to show you some
fun, quick, easy craft ideas to get you and your children
in the Christmas spirit. [MUSIC PLAYING] Christmas might be
the most kitsch time of year, which is great if you
love kitsch things, which I do. And maybe the most
kitsch declaration of all is the pinwheel. I call them pinwheels kind
of inspired by the pastry and the way that it’s folded. They’re retro. They’re super cute. They’re really quick
and easy to make. You can hang them on the tree. And they’re made from
a material so they don’t weigh down the branches. [MUSIC PLAYING] So we’re going to start
with the material. And you just need to line
them up and place one on top of the other. Cut a slit at each corner, not
all the way down, about 3/4 per corner. You don’t want to
cut it all the way. That’s the really
important thing. So here’s one that
I made earlier. And, as you can
see, I’ve cut slits down all the four corners. And you can see the
nice contrast in design as you fold fold it in. And I’ve actually just used a
little bit of crayon to mark the centre point, where I
need all my points to be. So if that helps, you
can do that, as well. And then we need to move
on to the glue gunning. And just put a little pea-sized
blob into the centre there. And you want to take
alternating corners as you go. And don’t hold the tip, as
you might burn your finger. [MUSIC PLAYING] And then you just want to carry
on doing alternating corners into the middle. [MUSIC PLAYING] And you can move on to
decoration and embellishments. So the really fun part. I’m going to use this
heart button here. And, as it’s slightly larger
and a slightly heavier object, it we’ll need a little
bit of extra glue. And stick that heart on top and
just hold that down again just for about 10 to 15 seconds. And then we just need to
fix some string on the back so that you can hang it up. So that’s it. And there you have
a lovely pinwheel for your Christmas tree. And it looks quite
festive, I think. [MUSIC PLAYING] Nothing says Christmas like
festive twinkly lights. The great thing about these is
that they actually light up. And they’re super quick and
easy to make with the kids. And they’ll think they’re
absolutely magical. So here’s what you’ll need. You’ll need some
paper, of course. I’ve got two sheets here. One of is plain and one of them
is this lovely Christmas sheet music that I’ve
just printed out. So I think I’m going
to go with that one. So you’ll need to cut out
a sheet of your paper 13 centimetres by 13 centimetres. So you just need to
fold it down the centre. And then I’m just going to turn
it towards me so that the fold is the closest to me. And then you just need to
draw three lines about there and about a couple of
centimetres from each side. [MUSIC PLAYING] And then you just need
to cut your slits. Try to get them as
even as possible. And you just cut into where
the two pencil markings kind cross over. And then the final
one along the pencil line all the way up to the line. And there we go. That’s all my slit’s done. So now that all
my slits are cut, I’m just going to put the
scissors down, and unfold my paper, and fold it
down the other way. So now the pattern is on the
outside rather than the inside. And then you’re just
going to get two pieces of your double-sided tape. And you’re just going to
stick one along the side. And then you just need
to get another piece of double-sided tape and
stick it along the bottom. So now you’re just
going to peel off the backing from the
double-sided tape. And then you just need
to roll your candle in the strip of the tape,
taking the piece of paper along with you as you go. And you can use a
quick stick with this, as well, whatever’s easiest. And then it’s bring everything
together, and stick your paper along the side there. So now that that’s all
stuck together, let’s turn it up like this. And, if you push it out,
all the little slats kind of come out at the side. So it just needs a handle now. So we’re just going to take
this pre-cut strip of paper, tape this on the inside. So that’s your handle done. And then you just
need to turn it on. And there you have
it, a little lantern. And you can make as few or
as many of these as you like. They can be as big or small
as you’d like them to be. You just get a piece
of string and you can hang them over the fireplace
or hang them on the Christmas tree, if you like. And they really
brighten up the room. [MUSIC PLAYING] So this one is a hoop ornament. I really like these because
you can customise them as much or as
little as you want. And you can really put your
own personal stamp on them. And they’re great
for the kids as well. And they’re lovely
little keepsakes over the years for many
more Christmases to come. So here’s what you need. So I’ve gone with
an iron on motif. I’m going to use
this crown here. And it’s got a special back
so that you can actually iron it onto the material
and you don’t need to sew. And I’ve gone also
with some pompoms. They kind of look
like little snowballs, which I think is quite cute. And, of course, you’ll
need your fabric. So I’ve gone for this circle,
nice red festive colour. And I’ve made sure it’s
slightly bigger than the hoop. Now you just need to iron on
your motif to your material. So just place it as
you want it to appear. Unfold the washcloth,
nice and down, and just lay it over the top. There we go. And then I can feel the
embellishment there. I’m just going t hold
the iron on top of it– that’s makes a very
satisfying sound– for around 30 seconds. 28, 29, 30. And let’s see if
that has worked. So, as you can see, it has. It’s nice and stuck down. Then you need to take
your sewer’s hoop. If you’re not familiar,
then they’re easy to use. You just take the
smaller bit just pop it underneath your fabric. And then we’re just going
to take the larger hoop and just slot it around there. And, as you can see, it’s got
a little screw at the end, so you just need
to tighten that up. [MUSIC PLAYING] So now we’re just going
to stick the pompoms on to the side of the hoop. I’ve got my trusty
glue gun again. And I’m not going to be
too precious about where I stick these. But I’m just going to pop them
along the side of the hoop there. [MUSIC PLAYING] There we go. So then you just need
a piece of string so that you can
attach it to the tree. So I’ve gone for a little candy
cane stripe here, and a loop. And then just to
neaten it up a bit, you can just get a
circular piece of paper, fold all the material
in, and just glue the circle over the top. And there you go, a
sweet little decoration that’s completely made by
you for the Christmas tree. [MUSIC PLAYING] So there you have it, some
quick, easy, fun ideas for the holidays that
you can make yourself and that won’t break the bank. And from all of us at Mumsnet,
have an amazing Christmas. [MUSIC PLAYING]

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