With just 62 days to go until Christmas, we have put together some simple and fun examples of Christmas-themed craft ideas that you can use to decorate your home over the festive season…
Dried Fruit Decorations
These dried fruit decorations can go on your tree, be added to potpourri, or used to make a garland. All you need is a selection fruit such as oranges, grapefruit, apples and pears. Start by thickly slicing the fruit, the best part of apples and pears to use are the centres as they have the stem. Place the fruit on greaseproof paper and bake in the oven at 225 degrees for 2 to 3 hours. Turn the fruit every 20 to 30 minutes, and make sure they don’t burn. Once the fruit is cool, you can add a gloss or varnish to seal them. Glitter is optional. Finish by hanging them up using ribbon or twine.
Frame Advent Calendar
The frame advent calendar is an interesting and eye-catching addition to your Christmas décor. All you need is an old frame, string, pegs, and toilet roll tubes. Start by removing the back of the frame, then attach four pieces of string or twine to the back using a hot glue gun or pins. You can either make pouches from material, or use cardboard toilet rolls. To make the rolls into pouches, cut off the bottoms, and seal one end with a glue gun, or you can sew them. Depending on your existing décor, you can paint the rolls the same, or different colours. Finally, number the pouches, peg them to the string, and put some treats inside.
Every Christmas you will no doubt have an obligatory bowl of nuts, and it will be the only time in the year you use a nut cracker. Do something different this year and make them into a garland, All you need to do is drill a hole through the centre of some mixed nuts, and thread them along a length twine or string. Make sure that you tie a knot at one end before you start, and try waxing the other end so that it’s easier to pass through the nut. When you’re finished, the garlands can be strung up on your mantle, bannister or tree.
Wine Cork Christmas Tree
This is a pretty decoration that you can use in various rooms around the house. Start by making a cardboard cone (the height is up to you) and wrap fairy lights around it (either plug in or battery operated). Once you have the base, you can start sticking corks around it with a hot glue gun. You can either stick the corks on neatly or randomly, but it’s a good idea to double up the corks to cover holes where you have avoided the lights and wire. Plus this is a great way to make it look like the entire structure is made up of corks. Finish by putting a star on the top (either an existing one or make one yourself).
Wine Cork Wreath
Following on from the cork tree, why not accessorise and have a go at making a cork wreath. Firstly, you will need to start by making a base. You can either do this with a coat hanger bent into a circle, wrapped with material or foam, or you can buy a base made from Styrofoam or straw. Next, glue corks around it using a hot glue gun. As suggested above, layer the corks to make it look like the entire wreath is made of corks. When you are done, depending on your taste, you can leave the wreath as it is or tie ribbons, spray glitter, or stick berries on to add a finishing touch.
We hope that these examples have inspired you to start crafting for the holidays!