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C R A F T I N G CHRISTMAS

Published: Saturday, December 02, 2017    



By Sana Panjwani

The festivities are just around the corner so we’ve rounded up seven quirky ways for you to bring in the festive cheer

T is the time of year again when shopping malls are decked aisle to aisle with shades of green and red with an overtly happy Santa Claus waiting to greet you at the doors.

Though between spending money on gifts for family and friends, hosting Christmas dinners and buying ingredients for said dinner, there often isn’t much left in the wallet for decorations. And while you can always fall back on your trusty, yet undoubtedly dusty, box of ornaments and streamers, perhaps it’s time to invest in some new, budget-friendly, aesthetics.

As an early Christmas present, Oasis Living has rounded up seven sure-fre DIY decor ideas to help you bring in the festive cheer:

LIGHT 'EM UP

Mason jars are worth more than just for holding colossal freakshakes. Grab a set of at least three from Daiso or Ace Hardware and fashion a pyramid out of them. Toss in some tinsel and a few ball ornaments of varying sizes, then loop strings of beads, garland or fairy lights around the jar. If you’d like to venture away from the traditional path than you can even swap out your Christmas tree with this.

SHAKE IT UP

Hit your nearest supermarket and grab some cheap, clear shakers to create your own mini winter wonderlands. Add some salt, one or two toy evergreens and even cut-out reindeers and voila – an idea worth its salt.

SEASONAL WRAPPING

Christmas gift wraps are all the rage this time of the year and the prices show for it. For a wallet-friendly alternative, invest in some colourful kraft paper this year. Pick a Yuletide symbol – star or stocking for instance – and cut out two pieces of your chosen pattern. Make sure it’s big enough to cover the gift and then sandwich your present in between the papers, then thread the edges together.

LET YOUR CREATIVITY FLOW

The cheapest ornaments out there are the plain ones because no one wants colourless décor marring their bright, cheery tree. These ornaments though are your best friend. Each blank ornament is your canvas as you can choose to fll it up with different materials be it artifcial snow, tinsel, wooden chips or even a peacock feather – the possibilities are as endless as the compliments that will come your way. Plus, this can be a fun family activity as each person gets to do as they please on their artistic adventure.

DIVINE SHINE

White candles are a popular choice among Christmas décor but why not add a little glitz and shine if you can. All you need is a set of plain candles, red glitter, glue, a crafting brush, a clear sealer spray, some painting tape and 30 minutes of your time. Attach some painting tape to the area of the candles you want to remain plain, then use your brush to apply glue on the other end of the candle. Sprinkle on the glitter as you please, leave overnight to dry and then spray with the sealer to keep it from flaking later – ta da!

COLOURFUL CENTREPIECE

Seems like every time you pull out your string of lights at least one burns out. Well, instead of tossing out the burnt bulb, why not collect it? Buy a nice apothecary jar or tiny clear vase and fll it up with colourful, albeit burn-out, bulbs and you’ll have a new centrepiece to show off. Add some artifcial snow on top for a Christmas-y feel.

HONEYCOMB WREATH

Wrapping, paper towel and mailing tubes don’t always have to end up in the garbage frst thing. Consider making a wreath out of them – slice them down to a two-inch height and place them standing on a flat surface in a pattern you see ft. Then hot-glue the edges which meet the other tubes and leave to dry. After hanging up, you can even perch jingle bells inside to round off your Christmas look
 
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