Make your own Christmas decorations

There’s no need to go to the store to buy Christmas decorations when you can make them easily at home.

Here are some ideas for making your own Christmas ornaments at home. It’s a fun way to get the family into the Christmas spirit.

3D paper ornaments

You’ll need:
  • A4 sheets of coloured paper
  • Scissors
  • A hot glue gun
  • String
  • Single hole punch
Step one

Cut the A4 paper into 1.5-2cm wide strips along the length of the page. You need three strips per ‘onion’. Leave one strip as is. Then cut about 1.5 centimetres from the end of another strip. Then cut about 3cm off the end of the third strip so you are left with three strips of different length.

Step two

Starting with the longest piece, place a strip of glue at one end and stick the second longest strip of paper on top. Repeat with the smallest strip so you have all three strips stuck together with one edge all neatly lined up and the other visibly showing the different lengths.

Step three

Apply more glue to the end of the glued-together paper strips. Then bend the bottom of the shortest strip up to meet the glue end and press it into place. Repeat with the other two strips. You should have a kind of three-tiered teardrop shape.

Step four

Glue the centre of the bottom of the paper strips together so that they stick together at the base of the ‘onion’. Gently push the ‘onion’ down to flatten it out a little more.

Step five

Punch a hole in the top of the ‘onion’, tie a piece of string through the hole and hang.

Watch how to do it on this Kidspot video:

Christmas paper garland

This 3D bauble-like garland can be made from leftover wrapping paper, newspaper, music paper, recycled Christmas cards — anything made from paper.

Step one

Punch a whole bunch of circles from the paper.

Step two

Fold each piece in half with the pattern on the inside.

Step three

Glue the outside of the folded piece (the “wrong” side), leaving a couple of millimetres from the fold bare of glue.

Step four

Stick to the wrong side of another folded circle to create a “T” shape when open. Repeat with the other sides until you’ve used four pieces and formed a bauble. Try two different patterns in the one bauble, or a single pattern for each bauble and alternate when threading together.

Step five

Use a thick mattress needle to thread the string through the centre of each bauble (there should be a gap right in the middle that wasn’t glued). We mixed our baubles up with small beads.

Step six

Hang and enjoy.

Triple Star

This is a fun and easy activity for kids as it lets them create a decorative star that is perfect for hanging on your Christmas tree or around the house during the festive season

You’ll need:
  • Contrasting cardboard — 2 or 3 different colours.
  • Ribbon
Step one

Cut out three different-sized stars in contrasting coloured cardboard. You can find templates online if you cannot draw one.

Step 2

Glue the smallest star onto the middle sized star, and then glue the middle sized star onto the largest star.

Step 3

Punch a hole in the star and thread ribbon through the hole to hang it up.

Step 4

Hand around your home or on your Christmas tree.