Last minute Christmas decorations DIY

1:05 PM

Can you believe it? We are 3 days away from Christmas day! If your month of December was as busy as mine, chances are that you are sitting there wondering exactly where the time went already (I am still in disbelief myself).

If you are hosting a party in those next couple of days and find that your home could just do with a tad bit more decor but wonder where you'll find the time for it. I got you covered with two very simple DIY projects. Don't worry, these will not take more than a few minutes of your time (multiplied by each ornaments). They are also "Oh so simple" that you can enrol your family and friends for a last minute mini craft session. And, if that weren't already oh so appealing, they are also incredibly affordable to make and the supplies should be available at your local stationary and art supplies store.

First on the list is this one:
That adorable little pipe cleaner Christmas tree can be done in 5 minutes (plus glue drying time).

All you need to do to pull this one is roll a pipe cleaner on itself like a snail and then pull the middle up to shape it like a tree.
Then glue some colourful mini pom poms (or sequins) on it to give it more oomph.
If you want to make a taller tree, simply link a couple of pipe cleaners together before "snailing" it. With a hot glue gun, you could even totally bypass the drying time.
You can then either tie a little string to each of them and use it as a tree ornament, or use them to decorate your Christmas dinning table.

Price wise, a pack of pipe cleaner should set you by about 50-70 rupees (and contains enough of them to build a mini forest) and a pack of mini pom poms set you another 50-70 rupees. As I said, it doesn't get any quicker or more affordable than that.

Pipe cleaners not your thing? What about these:
Each of these ornaments should take you about 5-10 minutes (plus drying time) and all you will need to make them are ice cream sticks, a little glue and some 3D glitter paint. The ice cream sticks can be bought in an assorted colours pack, or in natural wood colour (just take your pick).

Simply glue 3 sticks together to make a triangle and decorate with glitter paint. The star is simply made with two triangles that have been glued together.
Again, if you own a hot glue gun, you can bring the glue drying time to practically zero.

You can use these little ornaments either on your tree, or glue a couple of them on a long piece of ribbon and hang it on a wall or door. You could also use them as place setters at your dinning table by writing the name of your guests on each one. They are as versatile as they come.

A pack of  50 coloured sticks set me 70 rupees, the glitter glue comes at 22 to 25 rupees a bottle. The ribbon came from a gift I received last year, but would not set you more than 50 rupees a roll in a local art supplies shop.

With these two last mini projects, I will leave the Holiday decor posts until next year. I am preparing myself to take a couple of days off to do some last minute Christmas gift shopping and enjoy the holiday with my family and friends. I'll be back on the blog in a couple of days to lead you to the new year and beyond.

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas to come. 

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  1. Hi Cyn,
    The pipe cleaner Xmas trees are adorable!
    I think those 2 tone pipe cleaners would look great just bent into a candy cane shape & hung on the tree or a wreath.
    Best wishes for a wonderful holiday season and a new year filled with peace and happiness to you & your family!

    1. I bought these two toned pipe cleaner at the beginning of the month for a craft afternoon a couple of friends and I held for ourselves and our kids, and I think some of the kids did turn them into wreaths :-) I wanted to find the white and red two tones, or even simple red and white ones we could twist together, but the shop was all out of these ( I guess a lot of people had the same ideas in my neighbourhood)

      Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New year as well.

    2. Anonymous12:17 PM

      merry Christmas and Happy New year.


    3. Thank you, same to you.


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