Five Home-Made Christmas Decoration Ideas

Five Home-Made Christmas Decoration Ideas

Fancy a tipple? Indulge yourself and have a go at creating these five classic winter cocktails, perfect for fireside sipping after dinner. All these recipes make enough for two servings each (or one big serving – we don’t judge).

1. Create a Wreath with Real Pine Leaves 

Embrace the natural resources that grow around you, and opt for pine, holly, and other evergreen plants. Pine is such a fresh scent that improves your home all year round, but works well with a Christmas theme too. To create the wreath shape, you need some wire to shape into a ring – you can also buy a wreath ring from a craft shop or online. Bundle your leaves and berries around your ring structure piece by piece, securing each bunch tightly with wire or twine as you go along until the whole ring is completely covered. Don’t forget to attach a loop made from string or ribbon so you can hang this wherever you want. Add a festive bow as a final flourish.  

2. Make Your Own Stocking 

You can use simple materials to create this – either go traditional with the red felt and white fur trim or opt for a burlap material for a more rustic look. Why not recycle unwanted jumpers to make your stocking unique?  


Draw your stocking template on card then cut this out. Make sure you have enough material for your template, as well as allowing room for a 0.5cm edge around the template for the inner seam. Cut out two pieces to create both sides of the stocking, then put them back-to-back with the design facing up and stitch 0.5cm away from the edge. If you want a hidden seam, then place the fabric pieces back-to-back with the other side facing up, and after stitching together, turn the stocking inside out. Decorate it as you like, using different textures and colours – a glue gun is ideal for this part. 


3. Pinecone Pot-Pourri Centrepiece

This would look good on your coffee table or dining table and is super easy to throw together. You'll need pinecones, apples, oranges, cinnamon sticks and cloves.  Cut your oranges and apples into sliced rounds. Press whole cloves through the flesh of the orange slices in a pattern of your choosing. To dry out the fruit, you will need to place the slices on a rack in an oven at 100°C, and gently dry them out for 2- 3 hours (choose a rack as opposed to a baking tray otherwise the slices will stick to the tray). Once they’re dried out, remove them from the oven to cool down. Add pinecones to a decorative bowl, and intersperse with the dried fruit and cinnamon sticks. You could also add rosemary and cranberries too.  


Hot tip: Place this decoration in front of your log burner. The fan that circulates hot air from your stove around your room will also distribute the scent


4. Cookie Cutter Ornaments

Of course, we wouldn’t leave Christmas tree decorations off the list. The easiest way to make any intricate shape is to use Christmas cookie cutters already in your cupboard – snowflakes, candy canes, bells, stars and snowmen. Roll out some air-dry clay about 1cm thick, then use the cutter to press shapes, peeling away the excess clay around them. Once you’ve created your shapes, add some texture in any way you want, then use a straw to make a hole at the top of each ornament. Once the clay has dried, use paint/glitter to add your creative stamp. Finally, loop some ribbon through the holes so they can be hung on the tree. 

5. A Fireplace Garland. 

Your mantelpiece would look naked without one. For the base that holds the structure, use a piece of rope that is the length of your fireplace. Gather poinsettia flowers, holly, ivy and mistletoe, along with a few other evergreen leaves for padding. Decide how you want to pattern your arrangement, then gather a small bundle of the plants and attach them to the end of the rope with some wire or twine. Keep going, leaving as little space as possible between each new gathered bunch so your garland is well padded out. If you want to use fresh flowers in your garland, it’s better to use oasis foam blocks instead of rope - they retain moisture for the plants while holding the garland’s structure. Alternatively, choose fake plants for an arrangement you can bring out again next year. 

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