Christmas is fast approaching and in addition to choosing gifts for your loved ones, it’s time to think about decorating for the holiday season. While it can be tempting to buy new jewelry each year, all those purchases can add up.

Making your own jewelry not only saves money and waste, but it’s also a great way to get creative. Here are 10 DIY decorating ideas to decorate your home this Christmas.

1. Recycled Christmas Bunting Card

Recycled christmas card bunting

Every year after Christmas, many houses leave a huge number of Christmas cards. While they were perfect for showing at home during the season, most of these cards end up in the bin shortly after the holidays are over.

This project by Emily Peckenham at admat.com requires nothing more than a string and a stack of old cards, the more colorful the better! They’re so quick and easy to make that you could just go crazy and cover your entire house, your pets, and your kids with oatmeal made from recycled cards.

2. Mason Jar Snow Globes

The much underrated snow globe is a great decoration for your home. Anything can be inside your snow globe, old Christmas decorations, tree branches, holly from the garden — the possibilities are endless.

As well as looking great, the snow globes provide an interactive kids distraction system that could be a highly sought after item this season.

3. Origami Decorations

Origami Light Up Stars by Sebnibo

This fun design is made from just two pieces of paper and ends with an incredibly professional looking decoration that you can hang from your tree. This design by Instructables user sebnibo is made from paper, and there’s nothing stopping you from using any paper you’d otherwise throw away.

Just make sure it’s not too brittle or you might end up with some pretty weak stars!

If you feel like adding a technical aspect to the build, why not follow Sebnibo’s other instructions for adding light to origami stars?

4. Cork wreath

DIY Cork Christmas Wreath

Depending on your poison, you may end up with an excess of wine corks around Christmas or any other day of the year. Instead of throwing them away, collect them for a while and make something out of them!

This is a great economical project requiring only a finished ring and glue. For an extra splash of color, you can color the corks first, or bribe younger family members to do it for you with cookies. The choice is yours.

Why not make it bright by adding our Motion Activated LED Matrix project to the center of it?

5. Jewelry «five in one»

Since it’s Christmas, it seems appropriate to give a gift. Number 5 on this list are five easy projects you can create yourself using basic materials. All these assemblies are simple and suitable for supervised children.

All of these projects use things you’re more likely to have around the house other than styrofoam balls. This of course depends on your home, owners of a dedicated Styrofoam ballroom will benefit here.

6. DIY BB-8 [больше не доступен]

We’ve covered some traditional Christmas decorations so far, but we all know that the holiday season is really about Star Wars! What better way to decorate your Endorian soul tree than with the DIY droid BB-8?

The above video is taken from Instructable by inspiretomake and shows the amazingly simple process it takes to put everything together. Including just a few trinkets and printed templates, a droid can be built in minutes.

7. Star Wars Snowflakes

Star Wars Snowflakes

Snow Wars! Star Flakes? Let’s just call them Military Flarks. In any case, for the past few years, designer Anthony Herrera has been offering Star Wars-themed snowflake templates on his website. The templates are free to download as PDF files and are amazing.

In fact, there are plenty of designs to choose from, covering every major character and vehicle in the series, as well as a few less obvious options that will make any true Star Wars fan make involuntary noises.

8. 8-bit Baubles

8-bit Baubles Tree

With our eighth idea, we’re going 8-bit! These baubles bring Christmas to a level of pixelation we understand and look fantastic. They were created by Kat and Cam from ourNERDhome blog and the design they came up with is attractive and colorful.

These vintage-inspired decorations are made from Styrofoam and painted with simple hobby paint — though a similar effect can be achieved by painting on cardboard to make this project truly reworked.

The real kicker in this project is the extra use of top coat on the trinkets to make them shine.

9. Christmas Tree Topper Mario Star

Mario Christmas Tree Topper

Christmas is a great time to enjoy the important people in your life like Mario. This DIY Mario Star toy is easy to make and will give the top of your tree that invincible feel it deserves!

This crafty project is the brainchild of Instructables user scoochmaroo and works great with simple materials. You can easily swap vinyl for scrap and you’ll find that you have everything you need to get it done around the house.

It’s worth adding a 100-300 ohm resistor to your LED circuit if you want your LED to last more than a day or so!

10. Mario Coin Box Goody

Keeping with the Mario theme, our latest project is the ubiquitous box of coins from the Mario series.

The box design templates can be found in the video description and the finished boxes are really impressive. This project uses styrofoam, but if you don’t have one on hand, you can use a card from shipping boxes for the same effect.

The finished product in this video has a slot at the top for placing items in boxes.

A great alternative would be to hide delicious edible goodies inside boxes and hang them on a tree for your family and guests to crack open and eat. Tiny Mario, a box of pinatas? Yes please!

Entrance to the spirit

These few ideas are a great start to giving you a homemade Christmas with a focus on recycling where possible. This list is just a tiny glimpse of hundreds of fantastic projects.

Along with planning the perfect New Year’s Eve and buy great gifts for your tech-savvy family members. give your home a creative touch this Christmas. Plus, why not watch some Christmas movies on Netflix to keep the holiday spirit going.

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