Last updated on Mar 15th, 2021 at 02:01 pm

Don’t let a tighter budget rain on your Christmas parade. Start the Christmas fun early and make your own unique decorations with your family.

Making your own festive decor keeps the kids busy and you’ll end up with cute Christmas bunting and baubles at the same time – win-win!

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Don’t dream of a white Christmas

While the northern hemisphere can dream of a snowy white Christmas and warming up by the fireplace, South Africans can expect sunny weather, maybe a little rain, but definitely no snow. So why not decorate for the winter?

Brighten your Christmas tree by stringing colourful wool pom-poms together and using them to decorate your home and your tree, along with some tinsel for extra sparkle. You can mix and match your favourite colours and play around with the size.

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Festive memories to keep

Make each Christmas memorable with handprint tree décor. This is a great way to involve the kids and also makes them (and you) realise how much they’ve grown every year when you decorate the Christmas tree. Make new handprints every year and give them to your children as keepsakes when they move out.

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Bright and sparkly painted pinecones

The best thing about pinecones is that they are free; the second best thing about them is their outdoorsy smell when they’ve freshly fallen from the trees.

Painted pinecones are easy to pull off. Walk off the beaten path and paint them in your children’s favourite colours, add some glitter for festive cheer and allow to dry.

If you’re still pining for that white Christmas, paint your pine cones green with white tops to make mini snow-capped trees.

Yummy DIY Christmas tree decorations

Bake and decorate sugar biscuits, gingerbread-people and other hard cookies, wrap in cellophane and thread ribbon through your wrapping. Hang these up on your tree as delicious Christmas morning snacks that are good enough to eat.

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Clutter-free Christmas tree

Most South Africans buy their Christmas tree from a store and not a tree yard, and keep it hidden away somewhere for most of the year. If you don’t have the space for a tree, you can simply cut one out from green felt and temporarily stick it on your wall. Make lightweight decorations out of paper, tinsel or material and get into the festive spirit without having to worry about where you’re going to keep the tree for the next 11 months.

Make your own Christmas crackers

Let’s face it – Christmas crackers are expensive! But don’t stress, you don’t have to go without. This step-by-step guide makes it easy to get crafty and make your own.