Easy homemade Christmas decoration ideas

Feeling crafty this Christmas? Take a look at our guide to making homemade Christmas decorations.

These three ideas couldn’t be easier – there’s something to suit every skill level, whether you’re a regular crafter or just looking for something to stretch your creativity.

Our orange pomanders make the perfect decorative centrepiece when piled high in a bowl, and also have the added bonus of filling your home with a fresh, festive scent.

Alternatively, give our magazine Christmas trees a try. These quirky decorations are ideal if you happen to have loads of old magazines taking up room at home.

Finally, our string baubles are a simple but effective way to add a little rustic decoration to any tree. They also couldn’t be easier to make.

Discover our homemade Christmas decorations below, with advice on how to make each.

How to make orange pomanders

Orange pomanders are easy homemade Christmas decorations

You will need:

  • A zester
  • A large orange
  • A handful of cloves
  1. Use the larger hole-shaped blade of the zester to carve out your pattern in the orange skin. To be on the safe side, draw your pattern on first with a felt-tip pen.
  2. Push clove studs into the grooves in a second pattern across the orange.
  3. Repeat on several oranges, using different designs.
  4. Display your oranges as a group to make the most of the citrussy, fresh and festive scent.

How to make a magazine Christmas tree

You will need:

  • An old magazine
  • Spray mount
  • Glitter
  • A small terracotta pot or eggcup
  1. If you’re using a magazine with a spine, break the spine in four places before you begin.
  2. Take the cover page and fold the corner down so the top of the page meets the inside length of the spine. Repeat on every page.
  3. Fold every page again, in the same way, so the diagonal fold meets the inside spine.
  4. Every page will now have a flap at the bottom, which needs to be made flat. Take the flap, fold it up and tuck it into the fold in front so the tree has a solid base. Put the top of the tree into a mug to support it while you fold the bottom.
  5. When your tree is complete, spray liberally with spray mount (in a ventilated area) and apply glitter (we like the eco-friendly EcoStardust).
  6. Sit your tree in a small pot or eggcup to enjoy.

How to make string bauble decorations

You will need:

  • Small balloons
  • PVA glue
  • Water
  • Paintbrush
  • String
  • Ribbon
  • A cup or pot
  • Scissors
  1. Blow up the balloons to the desired size of your bauble and tie with a knot.
  2. Mix equal parts water and PVA glue and paint a thin layer over the balloon.
  3. Hold down the end of your string next to the knot and wrap the string around the balloon.
  4. Continue wrapping the string around the balloon, crisscrossing as you go.
  5. Glue the end of the string down and cover the balloon and string in another layer of the glue/water mix. Place in a cup or pot to dry. For the strongest bauble, leave to dry for three to four days.
  6. One the balloon is dry, pop it with scissors and use a toothpick to remove the balloon. Thread a piece of ribbon through to hang the bauble on your tree.

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