With all the stress of the holidays, it’s easy to treat Christmas (and the holiday season in general) as a bandaid. By that I mean, it’s easy to have the mentality of rip it off (get it over with) as fast as possible. This holiday season, stop to smell the Poinsettias. Make time to indulge in holiday traditions and family activities that are guaranteed to get you in the Christmas spirit such as DIY Christmas crafts.
DIY Christmas crafts are a frugal and fun way to take your mind off of your lengthy to-do list and relax with your family or loved ones. Put on some holiday music, pour a glass of wine, and set out some snacks to accompany your DIY Christmas crafts and in no time you’ll find yourself looking forward to the holidays.
DIY Christmas crafts come in a variety of “flavors”. From the simple to the complex, there is a sleigh full of DIY Christmas crafts available on the Internet to get you inspired. Here’s one that will get you and your home in the Christmas mood.
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Several sheets of paper – any paper will work but I opted for some thicker poster board available at Dollar Tree (2 for $1)
3 to 4 sheets of red tissue paper
3 to 4 sheets of green tissue paper
Hot glue gun
1. Cut the tissue paper into approximately 2” squares (it doesn’t have to be perfect).
2. Figure out the size you want your trees and cut the poster board accordingly. I didn’t want anything too large but I did want something you could see across the room, so I cut my poster board to about 8″ x 11″. My trees ended up being almost a foot tall.
3. Roll the poster board into 2 cone shapes. Most tutorials I found online used a cup to make the cone shape. I tried it and failed. I actually found it easier to simply roll my paper into a cone shape and tape it so it held its shape.
4. Use a pair of scissors to even up the bases of your cones.
5. Once your cones are shaped, set them aside and start folding your tissue paper into quarters. Twist each piece at the base a few times. I honestly don’t remember how many pieces it took to cover my cone but it was a lot.
6. Once I had a nice pile of twisted tissue papers I went to work gluing all around the base of the cone. I worked from right to left and bottom to top.
7. After the tissue paper has been glued on, let the trees set a few minutes and then fluff out the tissue paper. If there are any ‘bald’ spots simply glue on more tissue paper.
Each of these DIY Christmas crafts took approximately an hour total to complete.
What’s great about this hands on project (and most DIY Christmas crafts) is that it can be customized. You can make big or small trees. You can use tissue paper of any color to change the look of your trees and to match you home decor.
For more DIY Christmas crafts, head to Pinterest, or if you know of any fun DIY Christmas crafts, share them in the comments.