Friday, 13 November 2015

Get crafty and create Christmas Decorations

Christmas decorations are a great way of getting everybody into the spirit of Christmas. They are the sign to your children that Santa Claus and their presents will soon be on their way. As lovely as they are, buying them from a store can be expensive. Especially if you like to have a different theme each year. Decorations don’t have to be expensive and creating them can be a wonderful way of bonding with your children before the main event. Here are some wonderfully easy and inexpensive ways of creating stunning decorations while at home with your kids.

Rag wreaths like the one shown above, are so unique and is sure to grab your neighbor's attention. Don’t be put off by the name. You don’t necessarily have to use rags to create this masterpiece for your front door. You can, however, use old clothing that you or your kids don’t wear anymore. All you have to do is cut or rip your old clothing into strips. Make them as long as you can as this will make it easier for your children. You will be trimming them at the end anyway. Buy a large embroidery hoop or create your own using wire. Anything will do as long as it is strong enough to hold the weight of the fabric. Make sure your have plenty of strips of fabric to use.

The amount you use will depend on the size of your hoop. All you need to do is tie the strips onto the hoop. Once filled just trim to your desired length and hang up. Your children will love getting creative and making such an important decoration for your home. You can use a glue gun to secure the pieces further or to add the hanging string. You can find great glue guns online and in your local craft store.

Why not take your kids outside and use whatever they find to make their decorations. This is another great way of saving you money. Acorns, pinecones, and twigs are versatile options you can do a lot with. Use the pine cones to create mini Christmas trees to decorate your home with. Get some dark green or silver paint and get your children some brushes to paint them with. Tie or stick some red ribbon to the tops of the pinecones and get your kids to hand them onto the tree. These are simple but impressive decorations your kids will enjoy creating.

If you like sewing, why not encourage your children to join in with you. This will be more suitable for slightly older children as the small parts are easy to choke on. The possibilities are endless with sewing. A great sewing idea is making their own decorative Christmas pillow. You will need to help them with the sewing and cutting part initially. Go back to your kid’s old clothing or purchase material from a second-hand store. Felt is perfect for this. Get your kids to choose an animal or festive objects such as a stocking or Christmas tree. Once they have decided, use or create a template. Place this on top of your fabric and cut out the shape of your template. Make sure you have two pieces. This is where your kids can get involved. Give them the pieces to decorate. They can use whatever they like to make their pillows look festive. You can use a glue gun to help them stick on beads, pompoms or tinsel. Or even just get them to draw onto the fabric with marker pens. It might be a bit messy but let them go wild. Once they have finished, get your sewing machine out, or hand stitch the edges. Leave a small opening on one side. Get your kids to help you fill with stuffing and once full you can sew up the opening. These are a great way to decorate your kids bedrooms and get them excited for the big day.

Remember that you may need more heavy duty sewing machines if you are using thick fabrics for your pillows. Invest in a top quality one and it will come in handy for all kinds of projects and everyday tasks.

Paper is the most versatile craft tools on the planet. It’s safe to use and you kids can draw, cut, fold or paint it however they wish. I’ve shown you already how to make some origami hearts that you could teach you children how to make. These would look fantastic in Christmas wrapping paper. Another great decoration you could make is a paper angel using your children’s hand prints. Get some card and paint your kids hands silver or gold. Get them to press down firmly onto the card to make an imprint of each of their hands. Make sure the handprints are on a diagonal angle to make a wing shape. Allow to dry then get your children to draw with pens or paint an angel in between the wings. Cut out and use ribbon or strip to hang them from your tree or over your fireplace. Your kids will love to get messy with their hands and these also make a beautiful keepsake for you. Make this a new family tradition that shows how much your children grow each year.

Blackboard paint is inexpensive and great for decorations. Buy some cheap mirrors with decorative frames and paint them with a very thick layer of blackboard paint. Wait for this to dry fully and then grab your kids some chalk. They could draw a picture, write a poem or even write their letter to Santa Claus. Once completed hang them above your fireplace or in your kitchen for more personal holiday decorations. You could even get them to change the design every few days if want to. Always ensure they are not pressing the mirror too heavily while they are getting creative as they could smash.

There you have it. Fabulous Christmas decorations that you can spend this holiday season creating for next to nothing. The quality time spent together with your children will make this the most special part of your Christmas preparations.

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