Saturday, 19 December 2015

Our ten favourite handmade Christmas decorations

Handmade Christmas decorations make a Christmas tree unique and give it personality. I've really enjoyed looking at the Christmas decorations in stores this year, as the handmade style is definitely on-trend. Unfortunately, they're not cheap and often start around $10 per decoration. The great news is, many are easy and affordable to recreate yourself. They also make thoughtful Christmas gifts that will be treasured forever. Here are ten of our favourite handmade Christmas decorations for 2015...

1. Paper heart Christmas decoration
Imagine the fun you can have recreating this Christmas decoration using different types of paper...
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2. Popsicle stick nativity decoration
This is a sweet, simple way to use popsicle sticks to create a unique Christmas decoration. 

3. Message in a bottle Christmas decoration
Little bottles with cork stoppers are easy to source these days. We love that you can pop a personalised message in each one, and add the date for a unique memento that they will hopefully keep for years to come.  

4. Handsewn Christmas decorations
These simple shapes look great layered with hessian, buttons and smaller felt shapes. Great way of using up fabric scraps and they are small enough to sew by hand, so no sewing machine required. I'm going to trace around my Christmas cookie cutter shapes to create neat shapes. 

5. Pipe-cleaner Candy Cane Christmas decoration
One year, I thought it would be a great idea to hang candy canes on our Christmas tree. The ants liked that idea too! These pipe-cleaner candy canes are an ant-proof alternative and you could have lots of fun with the colours you choose. Silver and gold beads would also look beautiful and this is a great activity for the kids to do too. 

6. Handmade Christmas Owl decorations
These festival owls look great grouped together, and we particularly love their different facial expressions! Plus owls are very on-trend. 

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7. Handmade fabric Christmas bauble
This is a great way of giving dagging old baubles a makeover (choose the ones that won't shatter) with some fun fabric and ribbon. Gather a square of fabric around the ball and secure with an elastic band. Cover the elastic band with some ribbon or tinsel. 

8. Handmade fabric Christmas tree decoration
What a fun way to use up little scraps of fabric or ribbon (great for quilters!). Cutting the tree out with pinking shears gives the edge a lovely zig-zag look (and looks more like a Christmas tree), whilst ensuring the fabric doesn't fray too much. We also love the stitching over the tree that looks like tinsel. These khaki green colours look great, but red, bright green and metallics would also look good too. 

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9. Scrabble Tile Christmas decoration
A great way to make use of a Scrabble set with missing pieces. 

10. Handmade paper bauble Christmas decoration
I've saved my favourite until last. This decoration is simply made from 12 circles that have been strategically glued - click on the image for instructions. I would love to try this one using left over scraps of Christmas wrapping paper, but also think plain paper or metallic paper would look great too. 

Ok, so which one's your favourite? 
We'd love your thoughts - please comment below...

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