Make your own decorations
Christmas wreathsThe tradition of hanging a wreath on the front door in the run-up to Christmas comes from an old Catholic ritual. The advent - or the season prior to Christmas Day - is a significant time, and a circular wreath is hung on the door. The circle symbolises that there is no beginning or end and that God is eternal. A more traditional advent wreath contains four candles in the circle and one candle in the middle.
- Make your own wreath with these instructions for a button and ribbon wreath
- Make edible Christmas pastry wreaths
Christmas garlandsA garland is a decorative string used during festive times which can be hung around a person, over a mantel or around an inaminate object like a Christmas tree. Originally garlands were made of flowers or leaves and in countries like India, garlands have an important role in spiritual festivals. Garlands can be created from flowers and leaves, fruit, vegetables or even dollar notes but at Christmas time the garland is used to decorate a home. Tinsel and other types of garland or ribbon used as decorations that can easily be strung up for a short period of time.
- Make this paper bauble garland
- Create your own Christmas greetings garland with these instructions
- Thread cooked popcorn onto a long piece of cotton with a large needle and create popcorn garlands
Christmas lights give decorating a fairy-like quality and who doesn't like driving around and seeing the neighbourhood lit up at Christmas? Every year fire fighters end up rescuing unprepared householders who use lights dangerously for Christmas decorating. Try to follow these safety tips for Christmas lights:
- Only use transformers and decorative lights that have NewZealand Standards approval. Be extremely cautious of cheap lights bought at markets or on sale.
- Don't use damaged or broken switches, power points, plugs or leads.
- If you are reusing Christmas lights, check their condition and replace any broken bulbs with those specified in the manufacturers instructions.
- Don't overload your power points or power boards and avoid piggy-backing double adaptors.
- Use weather proof, energy efficient transformers that generate low heat.
- Attach cords and lighting strings to fixtures with tape, cable ties, clips or clamps. Never use nails.
- Keep all electrical connections away from areas that may become wet.
- If there is no safety switch fitted to your home, use a portable one at the supply.
- Put your lights on the tree first followed by other decorations, making sure they aren't touching each other.
- Keep tinsel and other decorations away from lights, power boards and sockets.
- Position your tree away from curtains and other soft furnishings that may be flammable.
- Turn your Christmas lights off before leaving home or going to bed.
- Don't move or adjust lights while they're switched on.
- Make sure children are supervised around Christmas lights at all times
Christmas ornaments and tree decorationsGermany is credited with starting the tradition of Christmas trees and decorating back in the 16th century when devout Christians brought decorated trees into their homes. Some built Christmas pyramids of wood and decorated them with evergreens and candles.But 19th century England brought Christmas decorating into the mainstream when Prince Albert, husband of Queen Victoria made Christmas ornaments popular by decorating the first English Christmas tree at Windsor castle with candles and a variety of sweets, fruits and gingerbread in 1841.
Christmas table decorationsTurn your table into a hand crafted masterpiece by using Kidspot's Christmas craft ideas as decorations. Try these:
- Santa serviettes
- Make your own Christmas crackers
- Christmas meal invitation
- Christmas meal menu card
- Christmas table placecards
- Christmas table centrepiece decoration
Christmas wrapping decorationsNothing makes Christmas presents seem even more thrilling than when they are beautifully wrapped. It can be expensive to wrap all those gifts, but Kidspot has plenty of advice on wrapping gifts on a budget, as well as these projects you can make yourself.
- Christmas shapes
- Gum leaf gift tag
- Marbling Christmas shapes
- DIY jingle bells wrapping paper
- Make your own wrapping paper
- Make your own cards