You don’t need to spend a fortune on Christmas decorations because chances are you already have everything you need to make your own at home – here are our top five tips
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Christmas can be an expensive time of year, when you factor in gifts, food, and decorations.
But there are ways to cut the cost of making your home truly magical.
Chances are you already have everything you need to make your own Christmas decorations at home.
And the best part is, we guarantee kids will love ending up with the brew.
Finder’s price analysis showed Christmas decorations could cost an average of £176 per household.
The most expensive items on the list are Christmas trees (£36), LED lights (£20), garlands (£16) and a six-pack box of Christmas crackers (£14).
We explain how to make your own Christmas decorations to reduce costs…
Make your own Christmas tree decorations
As long as you have some string and glue, you can make Christmas tree decorations out of just about anything you already have at home.
Cut old cardboard into festive shapes – think reindeer and Santa Claus – and decorate with paint or pens before tying the twine.
If you want to make it even more personal, you can stick photos on the cardboard so that your loved ones appear on your tree.
To save on cardboard, Goodfella’s Pizza offers to cut up old take-out boxes.
Tina Luo, origami and paper artist, who creates designs from recycled cardboard, said, “Creating your own DIY decorations is a great way to add your own quirky touch to the festivities. I’ve loved seeing what I can create out of Goodfella’s pizza boxes. It’s a great way to bring out your inner artistic and artisanal side while playing your part in protecting the environment.”
Alternatively, you can even cut fabric shapes out of clothes you no longer want – although these won’t be as sturdy, but you may be able to layer them into festive shapes, like stars.
For a bit of sparkle, you can even hang up old jewelry that you no longer use.
What’s your favorite way to save money this Christmas? Let us know in the comments below.
Make your own Christmas tree door
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Instead of hanging paper chains from the ceiling, Skint Dad recommends using them to create a Christmas tree shape on your door.
To make a paper chain, cut strips of green cardboard and glue them together, wrapping each part around the next strip so they form a chain.
It’s a great hack for those who don’t have room for a real Christmas tree.
Make your own Christmas wreath
Pom pom wreaths are a great way to pass the time in the evening – and you can fashion them with any color you like.
You’ll need a large crown shape to start with – basically a thick circle with a hole in the middle.
This will form the base on which you will glue each individual pom pom.
To make each pom pom you will need two small cardboard circles – again with a hole in the middle.
Start by wrapping a piece of yarn around the two circles and tying it in place.
You will then need to continue threading the yarn around the circles until you have a thick outer edge – the thicker your yarn, the bigger your pom pom will be.
Once you are happy with the thickness, gently snip the edge of the circles to cut the wool.
You then need to use another piece of yarn to go around the edge of your circle, pull it tight and tie it to keep your pom pom in shape.
Repeat the process until you have enough pom poms to complete your crown.
Make your own Christmas Advent Calendar
Making your own Christmas advent calendar is surprisingly easy – you can do it with toilet roll holders.
Simply glue each roll of toilet paper together to form a Christmas tree shape, then paint and fill with candies.
The good news is you can make it as big or as small as you want – and the gifts inside are personalized.
Make your own Christmas house
Any leftover cardboard can be used to make your own Christmas house.
Start by measuring and drawing the four sides that will form the walls of your house and decorate them with pens or paint.
Two of the sides should have the characteristic triangular arch that you will see in the gingerbread example above.
Don’t forget to include small tabs on each side so you have something to stick on each side.
Once you’ve glued and assembled your walls, measure the two sides you need for your ceiling, cut them out, decorate and attach.