Make your own Advent and Christmas decorations
Christmas decoration: Ideas for Christmas decoration for do-it-yourself. Make your own Christmas decoration. Joint handicraft activities are the ideal activity for dreary winter evenings – and a creative change for the whole family. The homemade Christmas decoration may not be perfect, but it is all the more charming. We give tips and instructions for a few Christmas craft ideas.
When the weather is grey and ugly, colourful window decorations provide a friendlier view. In winter, the snowman is a nice motif that still decorates your windows after Christmas. To make the window picture, you hardly need more than scissors, a glue stick and some coloured cardboard in white, red, blue, green and orange. You will also need a pencil to mark the shapes.
Make window decorations:
This is how the snowman is made
If you have enough artistic talent of your own, you can draw the components of the snowman freehand. All the others simply use a template from a craft shop or the Internet. You need three white circles of different sizes: two for the hull and one for the head. The eyes, the laughing mouth and the coat buttons are best drawn on the white cardboard with a black pencil.
Cut the carrot-shaped nose out of the orange clay box. Now only gloves and cap are missing. Use the blue or green cardboard. Now glue some snowmen together. Then you can connect the individual figures on your hands. This creates a long row. If you always place snowmen with blue and green caps alternately, your window picture looks even more alive and varied.
Stars for tree and window pane
Paper stars in the window are a popular decoration at Christmas time. In order to create beautiful and even paper stars for your window, you should first create stencils. Draw a star in the desired size on cardboard and cut out the shape. Then you can transfer the outlines with a pencil on the paper.
Skilfully combining shapes and colours
In order to make paper stars with that certain something, you should now cut out at least two copies of each size – one as the front, one as the back. Then cut a round or star-shaped hole in the middle. Before you glue the two stars together, insert coloured transparent paper between them. The result is a star with a colourful play of colours in the middle. If your children like it even more colourful, they will surely enjoy painting the stars.
Now you can stick the stars to the window with tape. To create a varied decoration, it is best to combine different star shapes and sizes. The stars are especially beautiful when you hang the cardboard celestial bodies from the ceiling or curtain rods of different lengths. However, you should use stronger paper for this.
Small works of art with scissors
It is not easy to cut out even stars. Especially with freehand drawing or cutting, the rays often vary in length. With a little trick everyone succeeds in creating a perfect star. But don’t cut out the shape of the star. Instead, fold a square sheet of paper once in the middle. Fold the resulting rectangle into a triangle. Now you can create very unusual paper stars by making cuts in different places. The best thing is to try out the different variations.
Making tea light holders: from paper or natural material
With transparent paper you can also easily make magically colorful tea light holders. Although tea lights are too dangerous for the children’s room, they are perfect as table decoration in the living or dining room. First look for a smaller jam or preserving jar: the tea light is placed in it. Cut a rectangle out of harder paper, big enough to wrap it cylindrically around the glass. Make holes in the rectangle in various Christmas shapes such as stars, star scales, Christmas trees, angels or bells. Deer, deer and moose are also in the Christmas trend at the moment.
Then stick coloured transparent paper or foil on the inside. You can simply stick a rectangle of the same size onto your piece of paper. It becomes more colourful if you use a different colour for each motif. Finally you glue the paper cylinder and place it around the glass with the tea light: The cut out forms are reproduced colorfully at the table.
If the weather plays along, you can take a walk and collect fir greenery and cones and branches, which are used in the homemade Advent wreath. Our illustrated instructions show you how to make your own Advent wreath.