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Folk inspiration for DIY Christmas decorations

Use classic Scandinavian Christmas looks to create a warm, welcoming feel with these homemade festive details.


Handmade Christmas decorations are nice touches around the home, they won’t only impress guests but they’ll also add a personal feel to your Christmas. Many are fun to make with older children, too. Try these easy-to-follow guides to making unique gift tags, pretty hanging decorations, advent calendar ideas and even an alternative Christmas

Homemade Christmas decorations

Felt heart

This Christmas, home is where the heart hangs.

You will need:

  • heart-shaped template (draw one or download a pattern)
  • white felt
  • red stranded embroidery thread
  • polyester toy stuffing

To make:
1. Using a template, cut out two star shapes from the gingham fabric.
2. Sew the two pieces together with short, neat running stitches using three strands of white embroidery thread, leaving a small opening in one side of a point of the star, through which to stuff it.
3. Fill the star with a small amount of stuffing and close the opening. Sew a button to the centre of each side of the star using the red embroidery thread.
4. Thread a hanging cord through one of the star’s points.

Gingham star

A touch of red will keep your festive colour scheme in check.

You will need:

  • star template
  • red gingham fabric
  • white and red stranded embroidery thread
  • polyester toy stuffing
  • 2 white buttons

To make:
1. Using the template, cut out two heart shapes from the white felt.
2. Embroider a snowflake motif with three strands of embroidery thread working in back stitch and straight stitches. Sew the two pieces together with short neat running stitches, leaving a small opening in one side. Fill the heart with a small amount of stuffing and stitch up the opening.
3. Thread a hanging cord through the top of the heart.

Gingham angel

It doesn’t get much sweeter than a gingham angel with lacy wings.

You will need:

  • angel template
  • blue gingham fabric
  • stiff nylon lace
  • white stranded embroidery thread
  • polyester toy stuffing

To make:
1. Using a template, cut out two angel shapes from the gingham fabric. Cut one heart shape from the lace for the wings.
2. Sew the gingham pieces together with short neat running stitches using three strands of embroidery thread, leaving a small opening in the seam at the lower edge.
3. Fill the angel with a small amount of stuffing and close the opening. Sew the wings to the back securely with running stitches.
4. Thread a hanging cord through the top of the angel’s head.

Gift Tags

Filled fabric tags

Simple little cushions with names embroidered on them make a big impression.

You will need:

  • circle template
  • white fabric
  • stranded embroidery thread
  • cotton wool

To make:
1. Cut out two circles from white printed fabric.
2. Embroider the person’s name onto one of the fabric circles before you sew them together, or write it on with a fabric pen.
3. Sew them together with embroidery thread, leaving a small gap for filling.
4. Stuff the tags with cotton wool before completely closing the seam.
5. Use back stitch and leave two long ends of thread so you can attach the tag to the gift. Fray the edges of the circles with a seam ripper.

Lace tag

These are a great idea for more traditional or delicate gifts.

You will need:

  • pale coloured (blue, pink or cream) card
  • thin ribbons of light lace
  • white embroidery

To make:
1. Cut the card into slender tag-shaped strips.
2. Decorate the card with motifs from the lace.
3. Tie the lace around the gift.
4. Punch a hole in the tag and attach it to the gift with white embroidery thread.

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Teaspoon tag

Make your gifts look like no others with this fun idea.

You will need:

  • old teaspoons
  • spray paint
  • pretty washi tape
  • thin-nib marker pen
  • baker’s twine

To make:
1. Spray paint the teaspoons white (hold upright while spraying or the paint will pool in the hollow) and leave to dry.
2. Decorate with washi tape.
3. Write each person’s name onto the spoons in marker pen.
4. Use baker’s twine to tie it to the gift.

Deer tag

This distinctive shape makes a great tag or can be used as a motif printed with poster paint on plain wrapping paper.

You will need:

  • a picture or a stencil of a deer
  • scrapbooking paper (either rich reds and browns or light pastels or silver, to contrast with the wrapping paper you are using)
  • embroidery thread in a matching colour

To make:
1. Draw the deer outline onto the paper and cut it out.
2. Punch a hole through the body section of the deer.
3. Attach the tag to the gift with embroidery thread.

Frame tag

A novel idea that makes your tag special to set off any present.

You will need:

  • an image of an ornate picture frame, downloaded
  • thick paper or paper and card
  • pretty washi tape
  • thin-nib marker pen
  • baker’s twine

To make:
1. Print off the picture frame onto thick or regular paper.
2. If you use thinner paper, stick this onto card.
3. Cut around the shape of the frame to give your tags a pretty outline.
4. Write the person’s name inside the frame.
5. Punch a hole at both ends and attach the tag to the gift with baker’s twine.

Advent calendar

Personalise your Christmas by creating an advent calendar from little pockets into which you can put treats for each day.

You will need:

  • scrapbooking paper
  • a linocut (or potato print) of your reindeer shape
  • craft paint
  • air-dry clay
  • cord, tape or ribbon
  • chocolates or treats

1. Cut the scrapbooking paper into little pockets and glue along the sides. Allow to dry.
2. Make a linocut of a deer and print the design with blue craft paint onto each bag. Use a paint roller to apply the paint to the linoleum.
3. Make Christmas decorations from air-dry clay. Roll the clay fairly thinly and use a variety of cookie cutters with a Christmas theme to cut out the decorations. Make a small hole in each one before it dries. When it’s dry, attach it to the bag with a pretty cord and tape or ribbon. By the time Christmas comes, you will have a collection of extra decorations for your tree!
4. Fill each bag with a treat and then use pretty washi tape to position the bags on a board, or peg them up on a line of ribbon in a long line.

Christmas tree

] If you don’t have room for a conventional tree or you fancy something different, this is a lovely idea.

You will need:

  • a fallen branch from a small tree or large bush
  • fishing line
  • white spray paint
  • lace
  • decorative baubles and craft hangings (see above)

To make:
1. Trim the branch of unwanted twigs so you are left with a beautiful shape.
2. Spray the wood white and leave to dry.
3. Suspend the branch from the ceiling using fishing line, so it hangs over the table.
4. Wrap lace around sections of the branch, or cover it completely with lace if you prefer.
5. Decorate with pretty crocheted and stitched balls – just a few, as the secret to Scandinavian style is simplicity.

More Christmas crafts

You could also try making a Meringue Tree – pretty and edible! Cover cone-shaped floral foam with pretty giftwrap and place it in on a cake stand. Use toothpicks to stick small meringues or marshmallows to the floral foam. Or why not try these other SuperSavvy fun ideas:

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there is some great ideas i always make card and sell them to raise funds for charity so cant wait to try theses ideas

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