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The holidays are here, and everyone wants 2020 to end on a happy note. You also probably need several new ideas for Christmas decorations and tips to make this festive season much easier. Luckily, this list includes all kinds of things including handmade ornaments, space-saving trees, and cheese reindeers! You might also enjoy reusing broken adornments, and DIY holiday bird-feeder. Let’s find out more!
Unfortunately, Christmas lights don’t last forever although there are some great brands out there. Every year, you have to check if they work. Redditor sansgama explained, “If your Christmas lights stop working check the mini fuse box at the plug!” So, do this while checking or they go out suddenly when they’re already on the tree.
Hanging lights doesn’t have to be that difficult or dangerous. Redditor tobynylin posted this image online and wrote, “I was today years old when I discovered Christmas light clips can also hold the extension cord.” Honestly, these clips are meant to make your life easier.
Here’s another example of how easy it can be to hang lights all over your house. Redditor carrotflowerking2 posted this image of their house and explained, “Shower curtain hooks work well for hanging holiday lights on curtain rods.” Isn’t that neat?
Anyone into crafting has tried making ornaments from scratch, but this idea will be the most popular with kids. Instagramer magichomeschoolbus added it and wrote, “The kids have been wanting to make decorations for the tree every single day since we put it up. And I needed an hour's break from glue and paper scraps. So we got creative with Lego.” You don’t even have to glue them!
Another great idea is to make ornaments from old or broken things. Instagramer thegirlandthehound.x posted this picture and wrote, “I created these gorgeous tree ornaments using vintage tart tins and broken jewelry. I managed to collect quite the collection of these from the Facebook marketplace and then used my stash of old broken jewelry and costume jewelry I wore years ago, to embellish them.”
This is one of the most popular ones for people with kids. It’s Salt Dough decorations! Instagramer peytons_playtime added what they made and wrote, “Today we made some salt dough Christmas decorations for the Christmas tree. These can also make perfect gifts for family and friends.” Salt dough is just 2 cups of plain flour, 1 cup of salt, and 1 cup of water. Mix, knead and bake for about 3 hours. Then, you can paint them.
The only downside of Christmas decorations is definitely untangling the lights every year. However, you can follow this hack. Redditor barneyrubble82 posted this image and wrote, “Wrap your Christmas lights up on cardboard. No more untangling cables next year.”
People that love wrapping presents might already know this one, but others may not be familiar with it. Redditor Noskinxela posted this image and explained, “Use old toilet roll tubes to keep your wrapping paper neat for next use. Happy Christmas!” It’s handy and completely free.
While it’s not exactly a huge chore unless you have a bunch of ornaments on your tree, watering real trees is important. Redditor d_Matthew_b posted a pretty cool idea so that you don’t have to worry about it too much. “Christmas Life Hack: Easy Tree Watering Through Siphon Action.”
These days that children are still required to be at home most of the time, it’s great to have craft projects so that they don’t spend all day in front of a screen. Instagramer curious_columbus made this and wrote, “Don’t throw out paper shopping bags ever again!! You can easily turn old ones into the cutest little Christmas stocking bags! They make perfect little gift bags for small stocking stuffers!”
Some people think that saving holiday cards or even gift bags is a waste of space. But others know that they can be useful. Instagramer theadventureteers posted this idea, “Last year I saved all the Christmas cards we received for me and Blaine to make Christmas crafts with them this year. We made our very own Christmas tags with them. All we needed was a hole puncher, some ribbon, and some zig-zag scissors.”
You might have a bunch of orange trees around you or have bought several to make your home smell like Christmas. Well, don’t throw the peel away! Instagramer lgsons shared this craft, “Many orange trees are in season here in the Bay Area, making this another perfect #snacktivity for nature-loving littles! Strengthen those tiny hand muscles by having your preschooler squeeze some fresh orange juice for breakfast. Next work on their fine motor skills by poking holes in the rind and threading string through. Fill with birdseed and hang somewhere you can enjoy watching feathered friends come to visit!”
Some people might not enjoy wrapping presents at all. It’s a huge pain, and in the end, it only creates a mess if you’re not a crafter. So, Redditor Trsddppy posted this idea and explained, “Old table cloths can make excellent reusable present packaging!” You just have to make sure that they are in good shape!
Anyone on TikTok or Instagram is currently using a ring light for everything. But you can re-use from Christmas stuff and make your own at home. Redditor musicfanatic85 posted this image and explained, “Dollar tree Christmas wreath frame + cable zip ties + rope lights= ring light for videos/make-up.”
If you live in a tiny apartment, then you might want to consider having a different kind of tree. It’s better to save space, and it’s much more practical. Redditor venusproxxy posted this hack and wrote, “No space for a tree? We hung garland and lights on our wall. We just had a baby and our small apartment now has no room for a Christmas tree, so I had to improvise!”
This is another great craft idea. Instagramer lsplatt explained, “Christmas Trees by me. I really enjoyed this project, the rope one was pretty straight forward but the blue one was a serious challenge. It was created from little bits of broken pottery I collected from the beach over the past few years. In my imagination, it was going to be easy ... haha, such a dreamer!” Maybe you can come up with something similar.
While paper doilies might have fallen out of popularity, they are great for Christmas time. Instagramer crochetcorner.knottymacrame shared this idea, “Packing up some Christmas angels! I absolutely love paper doilies....they r so delicate and so versatile and just simply perfect for Christmas! Use them to wrap a gift or string them up to make great garlands..... there are just so many ways of using these little doilies!”
You might have seen all kinds of DIY Christmas wreaths for kids that are just not that pretty, but you just need to help make them. Instagramer squidgescoutandsass posted what she made with her kids and wrote, “This Christmas wreath looks like it was made out of empty toilet rolls by a 3-year-old helped by a 1-year-old. Because it was.”
It’s important to secure your real tree correctly. Redditor bradmacp shared this cool tip, “Easy way to tighten up your Christmas tree in the stand using your drill and a hook. Put a hook in your drill chuck and tighten it up. Pull back a bit to remove any slack and provide a better connection when driving the screw in or out. Don't go too fast. At the end of the season, tape the screw to the stand to remind you next year. Spray the screws with WD40 while you are at it.”
Going back and forth to grab all your Christmas ornaments might be a huge hassle for most people. But Redditor Bulevine shared this lifehack, “Lifehack for decorating a Christmas Tree, done in 1 trip!” It’s pretty convenient. You just have to be careful with the most delicate pieces.
You might be familiar with this one already, but in case you’re not, here’s one of the simplest Christmas hacks ever. However, it’s also the most useful. Redditor Chilper posted this image and explained, “Use paperclips to hang your baubles on the tree if you can't find the hooks.”
Instagramer __alariana__ made their own ornaments and wrote, “Made little prosperity ornaments for my friends and family this year! Made them look like a little almost deconstructed forest in a bottle, so it's aesthetically pleasing and not overtly witchy. Just because some people are not for what I believe in doesn't mean I can't still wish them well and it still is a nice decorative thing for them.”
Making your own Christmas snowflakes is super easy. You just need some gift bags and to glue them together. Instagramer aidanpignataro posted the final result and wrote, “Holiday decor! Yeah! I am #obsessed!!! I had so much fun making this super easy # diy hanging snowflakes. Learn how from @athomewith.shannon.” Here’s the full video tutorial!
These crafts prove that you don’t have to spend a bunch of ornaments. You just need some creativity. Instagramer creativecardinalct wrote, “Have grapevine wreaths, make them into grapevine spheres with battery-powered lights to hang outside on our red maple. Will have to take a pic tomorrow if the tree light up! So satisfying to see a crafty idea come to fruition.”
Regular lights can be a huge pain for most people, but this hack is the solution. Redditor crucialpro posted this image and explained, “Use outdoor shrub net lights to light your Christmas tree more evenly. They are more durable and last longer too.”
Real trees can become pretty expensive year after year, but everyone loves that real tree smell. Luckily, here’s the solution. Instagramer lisa_waxqueen posted this image and wrote, “Got a fake Christmas Tree, but desperate for the real tree smell? No problemo, grab yourself a wall fan with a pack of Feelin' Pine pods and tada.”
This craft is also perfect for children! Instagramer muddypuddlesuk made them and wrote, “Head out for a lovely winter walk (don’t forget to keep your little ones warm in their Muddy Puddles gear!) to gather natural materials, make some yummy hot chocolate and get crafting with your children to make your own Christmas tree decorations.” Check out the tutorial here.
You might have seen these decorations on Pinterest but probably don’t have enough decorations to fill your vase. No worries! You don’t have to rush to the store for more thanks to this hack. Instagramer jmtsq posted this image and wrote, “Use a toilet paper roll or a cut-down paper towel roll to minimize how many ornaments you need to fill a vase.”
If you’re a bit more minimalist, you might want to try this idea. Instagramer chelseaknightley posted this image and added, “Plant your own tree... WINNING #christmaslifehacks #charliebrownchristmas.” You will have that wonderful tree smell and save space in the process.
Another great idea for simple Christmas ornaments is using all those oranges you are probably drying around the house as potpourri. Instagramer christmas_time_xoxo posted this idea with a bunch of hashtags on their account. It’s pretty simple, and you can turn it into a project for your children.
In case something happened to your regular stand, here’s a pretty cool idea. Instagramer tilmann_schlootz_design_ffm posted the image and wrote, “Christmas lifehack: bar stool as tree stand ;) hohoho #yourgirlfriendlikesit #shock #lifehack #lifehacks.”
Anything can become a pretty ornament. Instagramer ariana_playswith_mama posted a video making them and added, “Everything is obvious here-I can't live without crafting. If an idea crept into my head, I can't fall asleep, until I do it! Like this beautiful idea to use wine corks for Christmas decor! Just love how it turned out!”
Instagramer miss_soso__art posted this image and wrote, “I love those paper ornaments, super easy to do #christmascrafts #christmasdecor #diychristmasdecor #diyprojects #papercrafts.” You just need some colorful cardboard or thicker paper (so it will last), some scissors, threads, a few knick-knacks, and lots of creativity!
Instagramer jeanettethewriter posted this picture and explained, “This is what happens when you combine a habit of de-stressing through crafting, a bit of the holiday spirit, and a plethora of loose dictionary pages.” It’s just another example that even what you think is trash can be turned into something special.
These garlands are a classic children's DIY project, and it’s time they made a comeback. Instagramer homegrown.hicks posted this image and wrote, “We sat down and made paper chains today to add some more cheer around the house. I’m thinking tomorrow we’ll make paper snowflakes. Hudson thought this was the coolest thing; I’m amazed that he finally let me stop making them! Have you been making any fun crafts for Christmas? Any tried and true favorites?”
Holiday creativity can also be applied to food, especially if you have guests coming over. Instagramer momscookingforlittleones made what they call “cheese deers”. They came up with the idea of making them for a child’s lunchbox because Christmas doesn’t have to be celebrated just on the 24th and 25th. They also wrote, “Do you know any little ones who would love to open their lunchbox and find these Rudolph?”
Instagramer read_play_snack had a pretty interesting hack for building these houses. They wrote, “I don’t know who needs to hear this but USE A HOT GLUE GUN! We don’t eat our gingerbread house so we don’t need to use the frosting as glue. Hot glue is so much easier to construct the house with! I’m just prepping tonight for the little ones to decorate in the morning. I can’t wait for the sugary mess!”
Lights with battery packs are fantastic because you don’t have to battle with extension cords. However, they look pretty ugly. Luckily, Instagramer bosuns_of_queenborough came up with this idea: “We love these @eastofindiauk bags at Christmas time, they hide all the ugly battery packs.”
Anyone with a cat can probably say that maintaining their Christmas tree is horrible because they keep getting into it. They are naturally attracted by all the shiny ornaments and lights. Instagramer catstorenz posted this funny image and wrote, “Well played, human. Well played.” This “hack” is more for humor, but if it works…
This is another perfect crafting idea that won’t break the bank either, and it looks pretty organic. Instagramer heartofblooms_ posted this image and wrote, “Gumleaf Stars. You could make it into a garland, ornaments, or even stick on presents! I think these add a hint of Australian sparkle to your room and are completely compostable after Christmas!”
This is another great space-saving hack! Instagramer savingsade posted this image and wrote, “Who decorates the back of their tree?!? Nah me neither So a few years ago I decided to google “space-saving Christmas trees” (because believe it or not some Instagram users like myself don’t live in mansions) & that’s when I saw this half tree! Takes up half the space. Uses fewer decorations. Uses fewer lights.” This is so convenient!
Instagramer play2learnwithharry posted another idea to prevent cats and children from destroying your tree. They wrote, “I was recommended this idea; to put fake snowballs at the bottom of the tree to save the baubles being taken by small hands/kitty paws in our house! The idea being that the snowballs are more irresistible than the decorations hanging on the tree!”
Some people can get tired of the same ornaments they always use, but that’s not a reason to break the bank buying new stuff. It’s all about getting creative. Instagramer designimprovised posted this idea: “Create a bouquet with leftover ornaments! Just thread a piece of floral wire through the top of an ornament and stick in a vase along with some greenery.”
Instagramer thebungalow_reno posted this image and explained, “Our tree skirt hack…I found this beautiful corrugated cardboard from @grifal_packaging and it was a done deal. It was so simple to cut to size and turn it into a round base, we then finished it off with my all-time favorite matte black spray paint.” It doesn’t take space, and you can now easily clean under the tree without issues.
The holidays can be stressful for some people, after this year. But it’s all about a little creativity and efficiency. Let us know which hack or craft idea was your favorite. If you liked this article, share it with your friends that love Christmas. See you next time!