It’s that time of year again; when we deck the halls and celebrate with some festive cheer! While many of us like to buy gorgeous decorations, getting crafty and making your own is a cheap and sustainable way to make your home more festive. In this ultimate DIY guide to December, we’ll show you how to put together some wonderful Christmas decorations that won’t cost a fortune or the earth.

1. Christmas card bunting 

Every year, dozens of Christmas cards pile up in our homes creating unnecessary clutter and waste. Rather than toss these in the bin, you can give the brightly coloured cards a second life as festive bunting. All you’ll need for this DIY hack is a couple of old cards, a pair of scissors, string, glue and some eager helpers. Cut the cards into diamonds, position the cut-outs under the string and stick corners together – it’s that simple! 

2. Mason jar snow globes 

Snow globes literally encapsulate Christmas! So, why not make a few from old mason jars to get your home in the festive spirit? This fun and easy craft is a fun activity for the whole family and a cost-effective way to create personalised ornaments. You can either make a waterless globe using a figurine of your choice or create the magic snowy scene by filling the jar with water and glitter. 

3. Coffee filter garlands 

Christmas garlands are one of the most classic festive decorations, but today many are made from plastic. To add some flair to your home, create your sustainable garlands with old coffee filters, yes, you read correctly, coffee filters! Make sure the naturally dyed filters are dry before threading them through a line of string. Next, it’s time to scrunch! Ruffle up the filters until they resemble a rustic garland perfect for the fireplace or holiday table. If you want to get more creative, you can also add an ornament in the middle.

4. Wildflower wreaths 

This Christmas, build up the festivities with some festive decorations around the house. One of our favourite DIY projects for this time of year is the ever-classic Christmas wreath with a wild twist – flowers! You can use pine branches or fresh flowers of your choice, wrapped tightly together in a circular shape. A must-have part of the wreath is two types of amaryllis flowers; red poinsettia flowers and white winter jasmine flowers. The result is truly breathtaking!

5. Plastic cup ornaments 

Decorating the tree is one of the most cherished traditions of the holiday season. This year, encourage the kids to make their own decorations for the tree using old plastic cups and create a new Christmas tradition! This fun and festive craft is a great activity for the kids and teaches them the importance of recycling.

Once the festivities are over, you’ll need a secure place to store your beautiful Christmas creations. Ideally located in Reading and Leatherhead, Pink Hippo offers secure and low-cost self-storage with a wide range of unit sizes that can be personalised to your needs. Give us a call or request a quote online and we’ll get back to you pronto!