3 DIY Christmas Decorations

Any time of the year is the time for recycling. That is why you should recycle for the Christmas holiday also. Instead of buying new ornaments and decorations and spend a lot of money you can make them out recycled materials. We found very interesting recycled decorations for your Christmas tree and your Christmas home. For example you can make reindeers out of toilet paper or cute ornaments for the Christmas tree out of plastic bottles. Snowmen out of cans can be great decorations for your garden. Look at these cute Christmas crafts and get inspired!

1. Ice Lanterns

Use winter’s frosty temps to your advantage when decorating your home’s outdoors for the holidays. These ice lanterns are pretty, festive and just require water, plastic containers and a chill in the air.

Materials Needed:

medium to large plastic containers
plastic cups
evergreen sprigs and/or winter berries (optional)
tea lights/pillar candles

Pour Water into Containers

Fill a small plastic cup with water and put inside a larger plastic container. Fill large plastic container with water. As an option, add evergreen sprigs and/or berries to water to add some color and texture. Carefully put inside a freezer (or outside if temperatures are below freezing.) Allow it to freeze for several hours or overnight. Tip: The size and shape of the lanterns are only limited by the containers you find. Try making two huge ones to flank a front door by using 5 gallon buckets and large pillar candles.

2. Snowy Winter Wreath

Nothing brightens up your front door quite like a wreath, right? Well, mine was looking a little forlorn after I’d taken down the holiday decorations, so I decided to upcycle an old, dusty floral wreath into this snowy winter wreath.

Materials Needed:

  • 24″ grapevine wreath
  • 3 large hydrangeas
  • faux greenery (boxwood and Dusty Miller)
  • faux white berry stems
  • hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • wire snips
  • fine-gauge wire
  • 5 pinecones
  • spray adhesive
  • clear crystal glitter
  • bag of faux snow
  • paper or plastic drop cloth
  • wide, durable ribbon or furniture webbing for hanging
  • dish liquid (optional)
  • flat white spray paint (optional)

Disassemble + Clean Old Wreath

Remove floral stems. Fill sink with cool water and a few drops of dish liquid, then swirl the stems in soapy water to remove any dust. Place grapevine wreath in the tub and clean it with a good rinse of cool water. Tip: Avoid using warm or hot water for this step as it could cause any glue holding the stems together to melt.

Arrange however you want!

Add a Snowy Effect

Place wreath on paper or plastic drop cloth, then evenly coat the wreath’s front and sides with spray adhesive (Image 1). Allow glue to ‘tack up’ for a minute or so, then sprinkle on faux snow. Tip:Tilt the wreath in different directions as you apply the snow to ensure even coverage.

3. Fold a Mini Forest

Use a circle punch or scissors to cut card stock into various size circles, then accordion-fold the paper to create the look of swagging evergreen boughs. Stack the folded rings and attach to a small wood dowel or cut log slice to easily whip up a whole forest of firs.