Why not add creative flair and a personal touch to your tree this year? Make some memories with these beautiful DIY Tree Ornaments that you can whip up in a flash.
The Germans have been dragging snow-logged trees into their houses and adorning them with festive fruit since the 14th Century. But it wasn’t until Queen Victoria and her German-born husband Prince Albert decided to adorn their trees with lovingly baked edibles, that hand-made ornaments, sparkling candles and tree trimmings really became a thing.
Now, tinsel, baubles and a precariously-balanced angel are as much a part of Christmas as presents, carols and eating too much for lunch.
You don’t have to spend a fortune on plastic decorations for a beautiful tree. This year, why not try subsiding your store bought decorations with a few lovingly handmade ornaments? It’s not only a wonderful way to give your Christmas that personal touch, it’s a great excuse to get the family together, and you’ll be helping to ease the load on landfill too.
Here are our top picks of beautiful DIY decorations you can make yourself!
1. Photo Decorations
What better way to freeze happy moments in time than to put them on display! We love this idea of putting them on show for everyone to enjoy, rather than pack away in boxes.
2. Give them a polish
Clear Baubles lend themselves to so many crafty applications – one idea is to use up all that old nail polish. Gently pour nail polish into the clear bauble -up to three colours works best - and spend a happy hour swirling. You can buy clear baubles from most craft stores.
3. Create a snowflake
Get your hands on some wooden pegs, and use a pair of pliers to remove all the metal. After you've glued them together in a snow flake shape, attach a small hook with more glue and leave to dry. Finish off with a blast of spray-paint and glitter.
4. Make it industrial
Stop off at the Hardware store for all the materials you’ll need for these industrial Christmas trees.
5. Bottle bottom decorations
It won’t take long to get a collection of plastic bottles to make these beautiful decorations. Simply cut off the bottom and decorate with oil-based pens, glue and glitter.
6. Cookie cutter decorations
Don’t stop at patterned paper; you could also photocopy family photos for these adorable cookie cutter decorations.
7. Hot Glue Gun Designs
Use these hot glue gun snowflakes to decorate your tree or stick on your windows.
8. Button Christmas Balls
A great applications for those vintage buttons – simply glue onto a polystyrene ball.
9. Ribbon Trees
These little trees can be whipped up in minutes and all you’ll need are some ribbons, beads and a needle and thread.
10. Letter decorations
Dig out that old, battered scrabble board and put the letters to good use!
11. Light Globe Baubles
Who would’ve thought old light bulbs could look so pretty? Get creative with stencils, stickers, glass paint, glitter and oil-based pens.
12. Stick Ornaments
These gorgeous little stick ornaments prove that pretty decorations don’t have to be complicated or expensive.
13. Christmas stars
By the time you finish these Christmas stars you’ll be covered in glue and wool, but the result is so worth it!
14. Beach Inspiration
Who says Christmas has to be all snow and Santas? Have a truly Aussie Christmas and bring the inside in - and our beautiful beaches are the perfect inspiration.
15. Lego Decorations
Get revenge on all those pieces of Lego you’ve stepped on over the years and turn them into something sweet for your tree.
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