How you can make various cheap ★ Christmas Decorations

Christmas Card

How to make Baubles from Roll-on Deodorant balls

Option A:

For months now I have wanted to repurpose some empty roll-on deodorant bottles.  Finally, it came to me;  but first I had to remove the ball !

I had to google that, as I couldn’t work out the mechanics of removal  [ engineering isn’t my strong point ]

You only need to place your roll-on deodorant bottle onto the ground and step on it twice: once on the front side of the bottle and then on the reverse side. Who’d believe it would be that simple?  It pops out.  Literally!  It sounds like you are opening a bottle of champagne.

Material:

  • Roll-on Deodorant ball
  • Marker pen, Paint pen or Glitter pen
  • Ribbon
  • Glue to attach your hanging Ribbon
  • Hole punch
  • Pencil (optional should you wish to practice an outline if you aren’t confident at free hand)

You can personalise your baubles with family names, festive words or they would look great rolled in glitter if you have some on hand. Best thing about this , apart from being inexpensive, is that these balls are robust – no broken thin glass to sweep up! They will probably be nowhere near as fascinating as regular baubles to your cat, either.

Tip:  Paint the Roll-on Deodorant ball first before personalising it so that the words contrast against the background

Pencil outline ready for me to infill with my Paint Pen

Pencil outline ready for me to infill with my Paint Pen

Option B:

If you would prefer your baubles to have some colour and texture – use coloured paper.  Repurpose your junk mail.

Material:

  • Junk mail
  • Hole punch
  • Glue stick
  • Ribbon

Method:

  1. Use your hole punch, stamp out your shapes from junk mail and layer the shapes on in tiers.  You can use a single colour or make your bauble multi coloured in tiers.
  2. Glue down your hanging ribbon then glue a tier of paper over it to secure it firmly
Roll-on Deodorant ball transformed into a Christmas bauble

Roll-on Deodorant ball transformed into a Christmas bauble

Quickie Method:

Wrap your ball in either fabric or coloured plastic and secure with ribbon, a plastic-coated tie wire or florists’ wire

How to make Chains with Ring Pull tabs

This is a new take on Paper Chains to use up all those ring pull tabs you have been saving up  [ or is that just me? ]

Ring pull and Paper Chains

Ring pull and Paper Chains

Material:

  • Ring-pull tabs
  • Glue stick
  • Junk mail
  • Scissors

Method:

  • Measure the smaller of the holes in your ring pull tab
  • Cut strips of coloured paper from your junk mail no wider than this measurement
  • Cut to your desired length*
  • Thread your coloured paper strip through one of the holes in your ring pull tab and cross over each end of this strip to join together using a glue stick
  • Repeat this step over and over until you reach your desired length or when you have run out of ring pull tabs.

* I found the diameter of my index finger plus an extra 12mm or so [ around ½ inch ] sufficient to allow enough length for ends to cross over prior to being secured

Christmas Decorations you can make from everyday items

Christmas Decorations you can make from everyday items

How to make Baubles from Plastic caps

 Material:

  • Identical sized Plastic Bottle lids
  • Glue
  • Ribbon

 Method:

  1. Create a loop with your Ribbon
  2. Glue it inside one of the Plastic Bottle lids
  3. Glue the Plastic Bottle Lids together and allow to dry

Option:  Attach coloured ribbon to hide the join

How to make Stars from Plastic caps

Material:

  • Plastic Bottle lids
  • Craft hole punch [ square-; diamond- or triangular-shaped ]
  • Junk mail
  • Stick glue
  • Ribbon
Snowflake shape inspiration

Snowflake shape inspiration

 Method:

  1. Keep in mind there are various shaped stars – from 3 pointed to 32 pointed
  2. Glue your shapes directly on your lid, allowing for your points to protrude over the edge to cover your lid
  3. Attach looped ribbon to underside of lid 

How to make a Christmas Tree Stand

On my last post How to build a cost effective Christmas Tree I discussed how to reduce the footprint of your Christmas Tree.  This is one of the options I referred to

Material:

  • Christmas card
  • Wine bottle weighed down with wine, water, sand or rice grains
  • Sticky tape
Christmas Tree base

Christmas Tree base

  1.  Select a bottle that is proportional to the size of your Christmas Tree.  I used a ½ size wine bottle – the size that you buy dessert wine in   [ 375mL or 12.5 US fluid ounces ]  as, having tried a full-sized 750mL bottle, to my eyes it looked all wrong and out of proportion.  If you have any tallish empty specialty liqueur bottles  [ eg Galliano]  you might find that sort of shape more appealing
Two cores removed from base of Christmas Tree

Two cores removed from base of Christmas Tree

  1. Remove 1-2 toilet roll cores from the centre to allow for you to insert your wine bottle or long core from a roll or cling film or aluminium wrap
  2. I repurposed a Christmas Card from last year and wrapped it around the wine bottle, attaching it by making my sticky tape double-sided to hide the join.    However you can choose to wrap it in Christmas paper, crêpe paper or brown kraft paper
Outcome

Outcome

If you are looking for a completely different looking Christmas Tree that you can use on more than one occasion per year, read the post Make your own Christmas Tree for the table in 10 easy steps and then How to Decorate your Tree

Decorated for Christmas from my previous post How to Decorate your Tree

Decorated for Christmas from my previous post How to Decorate your Tree

Until next week, Happy Decorating!

Glenda

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