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3 easy DIY tree decorations for non-craft people

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I love putting up my Christmas tree. I have a compact, easy-to-put-up artificial tree (real ones aren’t my preference) with two-tone green needles giving it a pretty good natural look. My tree decorations are an eclectic mix of old, new, bought and hand-made items. And I love coming home from work, leaving the main lights off but putting the tree lights on. It gives me such a calm, warm, festive feeling.

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I love to hand-make crafts and people always tell me that they wish they had the same skills. Well, I’m here to tell you that crafts don’t have to be challenging, time-consuming or packed full of learned skills to be beautiful, effective and well-received.

Here are 3 really easy crafts to make lovely tree decorations (for you to keep for yourself or to give as gifts):

Fillable Tree Baubles

For a cost-effective and visually-versatile tree decoration, I love fillable baubles. You can get traditional round ones or different shaped ones. This year, my tree felt very round bauble heavy so I bought these cute tree-shaped baubles from HobbyCraft (£2 for a pack of 4).
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What you need:

  • fillable tree baubles
  • whatever you want to fill them with – feathers, pompoms, ribbons, small origami shapes, shreds of fabric, beads, coloured paper or whatever else you want to use
  • ribbon, wool or thread to hang them

Fillable baubles tend to be made of plastic and come in two halves which slot together to close the shape. You can under- or over-fill the bauble with as little or as much filling as you want. I love the versatility of fillable baubles and they can give really nice variation to traditional baubles and tree decorations. For a gift to someone special, you could fill a bauble with things that remind you of them or that you’ve shared together. You can fill them with Christmassy colours.

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Or, like me, you can fill them with items which colour-match your tree theme.

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Felt stocking

Easy, nice, traditional. Not much else to say on this one…

What you need:

  • coloured felt
  • embroidery thread or wool (double-knit wool is a good thickness to use)
  • sequins, pompoms, beads, or other decorative items
  • toy/pillow stuffing (I bought a pillow from Dunelm in the sales a few years back for less than £5 and have been pulling out the stuffing for various projects since then – cheaper than buying an actual bag of toy stuffing)
  • ribbon, wool or thread to hang
  • scissors, needle and glue

(Ok, so this one needs some basic sewing skills but if you don’t want to sew, you can just glue the felt pieces together)

Fold the felt in two and cut a stocking shape giving you two pieces of the same size and shape.

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Decorate one side of each of the two pieces with whatever design and decor you’d like. Fold the ribbon (or whatever you’re using as a hanger – I used a bit of pipe cleaner) and glue onto the ‘inside’ of one of the stocking pieces.

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Put the two decorated pieces together (with right sides facing out) and start to sew them together using blanket stitch. When you only have a small gap left to stitch up, push the stuffing into the gap to fill the stocking (you can use as much or as little stuffing to get the padded shape you want).

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Once you’ve added enough stuffing, finish sewing the two pieces together. (If you are glueing rather then sewing, only add a small line of glue around the edge otherwise you won’t be able to add any stuffing!)

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Origami wreath

I love origami. It amazes me how such beautiful things can be made just from paper. This little origami wreath (it measures approximately 8cm in diameter) is really straightforward to make but, by using interesting paper, you can turn it into a really stunning little decoration.

What you need:

  • paper (or card) cut into 8 rectangles measuring 8cm long by 4cm wide (don’t use paper that is too thin as the wreath will feel too flimsy and may not hold together as well)
  • thread to hang
  • any other bits you want to stick-on
  • scissors, needle and glue

For each of the 8 paper rectangles, you need to fold them in half along the length.

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Then fold them in half along the width.

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Then with the folded edge at the bottom, fold down the top corners.

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With the first two pieces, insert one piece into the other making sure that each of the points goes into one of the open pockets (it’s hard to show this in a photo but when the pieces are in front of you, you’ll see what I mean by pockets).

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Repeat this, adding one piece at a time to the wreath.

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Once all 8 pieces have been added in this way, you will have the complete wreath.

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Now’s the time to add any stick-on bits. Then, using the needle, you can attach your hanging thread through one of the corner points on the wreath. (Or, you can glue it to one side of the wreath)

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For a book-lover, you could find a copy of their favourite book (try charity shops) and use the pages as the wreath paper. For a music-lover, you could use a piece of sheet music. You can even make use of old Christmas cards. I then made a little bow out of wool to stick on as I feel that a wreath isn’t complete without a bow!

I hope these 3 DIY tree decorations were easy to follow and to make. Hand-made crafts aren’t just for the super-talented and the feeling of giving a home-made gift is pretty amazing, so I really urge you to give it a try no matter what you think of your skills.

Let me know how you get on!

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Author: amiiat30

Graduate, Marketing Manager, sports lover, crochet queen

One thought on “3 easy DIY tree decorations for non-craft people

  1. Looks super cute and I love handmade crafts!

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