Give your house a touch of sparkle this Christmas with some homemade decorations that you can make with your children. Once the school holidays arrive, the kids will have lots of spare time on their hands, so it’s the ideal time to get them involved in some crafts at home.

Here are seven decorations that you could do with the kids to give your home that personal touch this Christmas.

Snowman Fridge

Give your home that ‘wow’ factor with a cute snowman fridge. You could do this freezer as well, or any white door you have in the house too.

All you need is some coloured card or paper and some left over wrapping paper to make the scarf. Why not also make a hat to place on a jaunty angle and some buttons down the middle of the fridge.

 

 

 

snowman fridge

Homemade gift boxes

Presents can be expensive, especially with the sheer number that you may be giving around this time of year. So why not give a decoration as a gift this year? Baking your own truffles can be perfect gifts for friends, family or teachers, and are the perfect addition to any Christmas dinner table. Try these easy recipes that will not only teach your children the baking basics, but will give presents that extra personal touch:

http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/408640/chocolate-truffles

Or watch this video for four different flavours:

 

Note: as this recipe is American, you’ll need to convert cups to grams- use this site here

 

Go the extra mile and make a small box to put the homemade goodies in. Add a message tag or a ribbon to make it a truly memorable gift.  And if you’ve already bought your presents not to worry, these gift boxes look great under the Christmas tree!

Here are some box templates, we suggest adding a ribbon to give your decoration the perfect finish:

http://www.homemade-gifts-made-easy.com/making-gift-boxes.html

homemade gift boxes

3D Snowflake

Over the Christmas period you will see so many different snowflake decorations, but none will impress more than a 3D snowflake.

To make things even easier, we’ve found you some printable templates so you can make a decoration that will leave your guests in awe of your handwork;

http://www.elli.com/blog/freebie-friday-paper-snowflake-templates/

You could even try using different coloured paper to brighten up the room.

3D snowflake

Felt Christmas tree decoration

This felt tree can be hung on your Christmas tree itself or could be placed around the house as a festive ornament. All you need to make it is some green and brown felt, a star bead and some needle and thread. 

felt Christmas tree

Follow this easy step-by-step guide on how to make the tree:

http://www.hellowonderful.co/post/EASY-DIY-FELT-CHRISTMAS-TREE-ORNAMENT

Chair Decorations

Bring your Christmas dinner table to life by decorating the chairs in a festive theme. You could give each member of the family a different character or Christmas item, such as Santa, a candy cane, Christmas tree or a present. To keep it simple, just use some ribbon and pompoms to jazz up the chairs, remember less is more!  

Click on this link for some more ideas:

http://www.shelterness.com/15-christmas-chair-decorating-ideas/

santa hat seat covers

Make your own baubles

Making your own baubles is a great way to spend an afternoon being creative and will certainly brighten up your Christmas tree. Here are just a couple of simple suggestions to get you started;

All you need is some clear or plain coloured baubles, and whichever materials you want to decorate them with, such as some glitter or stickers.  Try using permanent (glitter) pens to write onto the baubles with personalised Christmas messages, or someone’s name.

homemade baubles

If you prefer to make things from scratch, have a go at the following. All you need is some glitter, glue, a balloon and some string. 

Use this video for a step-by- step guide how to make these decorative baubles:

homemade baubles
homemade baubles

Pine Cone Decorations

Using plants, conifers and fruit as decorations will naturally give your house a homely, wintery feel, which is ideal for Christmas! Pinecones are very versatile for Christmas decorations. They can be sprayed silver and hung on the tree or strung along the mantle piece around some candles.

 

These pinecone owls are perfect for children to make, and they can be kept up all the way through the winter season, not just for Christmas!

https://liagriffith.com/felt-pinecone-owl-ornaments/

Pine cone owls

For more ideas of what to make with your kids this Christmas, visit our Pinterest board here.  Making homemade decorations will teach children to be creative whilst also getting excited for Christmas. Remember many of these activities will require sharp objects such as scissors and needles, so please ensure children are supervised. To keep the cost of your decorations low visit Wilko’s arts and crafts store:

http://www.wilko.com/art-and-crafts-supplies/art-supplies/icat/art-store

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