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Deck the Halls with something crafty

Christmas is just around the corner but you don’t need to break the bank to decorate your home. So here our top picks of scrumptious Christmas decoration ideas with simple step-by- step DIY guides.

We also talked to Steph Peñalosa, 34, occasional make-up artist and handcrafter for some handcrafting tips.

“First, know what you LOVE to make.  Develop it, make time for it and make more of it.  Look for inspirations and do some research.  Attending workshops can also help to enhance your skill.  … Always remember to put your heart into it and have fun while working,” she explained. Steph shares how she created Christmas table top décor virtually from scratch.

Remember, there’s no need to spend lots o’ cash to lay on the glitter of the season. Gather the gang and make it an impromptu bonding moment!

  1. From our Experts: Christmas Table Top Décor

What you’ll need:

  • small rattan basket
  • styrofoam
  • glitter
  • Christmas balls
  • Other trinkets
  • Sticks
  • Empty matchboxes
  • Glue gun and glue sticks
  • Christmas gift wrapper
  • Scissors
  • Regular glue

How to do it:

  1. Put styrofoam inside the rattan basket.
  2. Cover sticks with regular glue, cover it with glitter. Allow to dry. Once dry, stick them into the styrofoam in an upright position.
  3. Put old Christmas balls and trinkets inside the basket as well.
  4. Wrap the empty matchboxes with the Christmas wrappers. Glue-gun the matchboxes onto the inside of the basket.

 

  1. String Ornaments

What you’ll need:

  • Balloons
  • Cotton strings or yarn
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Glitter in colors of your choice (optional)

How to do it:

  1. Blow up the balloon until it’s slightly smaller than your fist. Tie the end of the cotton string to the end of the balloon.
  2. Dilute the glue a bit with water and brush a small amount on the bottom of the balloon to tack down the string. Begin wrapping the string vertically around the balloon. When 3/4 of the balloon is covered vertically, begin wrapping the string horizontally. To change direction, wrap the string around the tied-off end of the balloon. Continue until 3/4 of the balloon is wrapped horizontally.
  3. Cut the string and secure it with a dab of glue. Brush the watered-down craft glue all over the string-covered balloon. Pinch the top of the balloon with a clothespin and thread the clothespin onto a dowel that you’ve suspended between two points. Allow to dry for several hours.
  4. Once dry, pop the balloon with a pin and remove it, using tweezers, if necessary. Add a loop of metallic thread and brush the balloon with glue again. Working over a bowl, spoon on glitter and set aside to dry.
  5. Spray the branch with spray mount and spoon on glitter. Allow to dry. Attach the ornament to the branch.

 

  1. Book Page Wreath

What you’ll need:

  • Old Books or old newspapers
  • Glue gun and glue sticks
  • Twine for hanging
  • Scissors

How to do it:

  1. Make cones out of book pages.
  2. Glue cones onto the back of the wreath form.
  3. Glue on the second layer of book page cones.
  4. Glue on the third, final layer of book page cones.
  5. Fill in gaps with extra cones to add thickness to wreath.
  6. Cover the inner wreath with book page paper.
  7. Add a twine hanging loop and hang up your wreath!

 

  1. Paper Christmas Light Garland

What you’ll need:

  • Cardboards
  • Glue
  • Twine
  • Scissors

How to do it:

  1. Gather your cardstock.
  2. Cut out one light template to use as your cardstock tracing pieces, cutting apart the light and base.
  3. Trace the lights on the colored cardstock and the bases on the black cardstock.
  4. Cut out all of the paper bases and the cardboard pieces.
  5. Glue the bases to the paper templates.
  6. As soon as you’ve finished gluing the bases, you can begin gluing the lights.
  7. Hang up your new paper Christmas lights in your hanging display with tiny clothespins. (Paper Christmas lights are also perfect for a garland. You can glue or sew them to string or twine.)

 

As Steph says: “Do not be afraid to express your creativity. Do not hesitate to try.  As they say, in crafting, there are no mistakes just unique creations.” Who knew the Christmas season would give your inner artist a free rein? Get those glue guns and get going!

Yvonne Dolorosa

In her 20s, Yvonne has already reached her dream of working for a publishing company. One of her greatest blessings is her passion for writing, which she uses to make Jesus more known. Aside from being a staunch believer in the saying, "A meal is not a meal without a rice," this true blue Negrense embraces the Filipino value of being family-oriented.

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