Make Your Home Festive for Less - 3 Cheap & Easy Christmas DIY Hacks

5th December 2017

The festive period can be an expensive time for us all. Catering for the family, stocking up on gifts and dressing up in a new party outfit is pretty tough on the old wallet. We've not even compensated for decorating the house yet! Of course, reusing old decorations is always an economical way to go about dressing up the house for December. However, it's always nice to add something new. Here are three of our favourite DIY hacks to make your house feel a little more special and, indeed, festive!

Cheap and easy DIY hacks

Use paint to spruce up nature

This one is a double-whammy as it not only involves creating lovely decorations but also taking a trip into the great outdoors! Collect a basketful of pine cones, twigs and any other interesting items you might stumble across as you walk through the local park or woodlands. Once you get home, use a gold, silver or white spray paint to decorate the bits and bobs you picked up. Just make sure you lay down an old sheet as protection. You'll create a winter wonderland in your very own home in no time! You could use the metallic pine cones as tree decorations or stack them up in a bowl with some potpourri. As for the twigs, tie them together with twine or string to create makeshift twig-tree. Decorate with fairy lights and place in a vase!

Bargain store candy decorations

There's no need to spend a fortune on trendy and colourful baubles or hanging ornaments. Just head to your local bargain store to pick up some cheat decorations. This trick will work particularly well if you want your tree or home to look kitschy and fun. Firstly, stock up on boxes of candy canes - you can often find these for around £1-£3 from the likes of B&M and Poundland. Hang the candy canes on your tree to create a gorgeous Nutcracker look. You could also place these in a glass bowl as a centrepiece on your coffee table or add them to the top of wrapped presents as an impressive feature. Chocolate coins also work in the exact same way - simply pierce a hole at the top and add string if you'd like to hang them on the tree.

Upcycle tin cans into lanterns

This one is a great idea and can be a really enjoyable activity if you've got little ones to keep busy over the holidays. Take some tin cans out of your recycling box or collect some as you go - just make sure there are no sharp bits anywhere before handing over to the kids. Take off all the labelling to reveal a plain tin. Next, fill the cans up with water and put them in the freezer. Once frozen, take the tins out. Draw any shape you'd like on paper - a heart, star or tree work nicely - and then use tape to stick the paper over the tin. You'll probably have to help the kids with this next step if they are quite young. So, use a hammer and nail to pierce the tin in around the outline of your drawn-on shape. The reason for the ice is to prevent any dents forming in the tin! Thaw the tins out and then wash them. Make a hole from aluminium wire or similar material. Then, place a tealight inside to create a gorgeous, glowing lantern! You could also use battery-powered tealights for a safer option around kids.

We've been giving you great decoration tips on our blog for a while now, including how to make an upholstered banner and mini hanging sledges! Make sure you take a look at our Christmas trees too, while you're at it.

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