Yay it is December! You know what that means. Full out Christmas posting time.
A few weeks ago Freya of Nishantishu asked about some DIY christmas ideas. Ché from Indieberries and I joined in a discussion with a couple idea. We then thought we would join forces to create a couple of “cheap and dirty” DIYs – things scrounged from the earth and your cupboard type ideas. Honestly these are more some inspirational ideas (because they are so easy) than DIYs but hopefully you find it useful. In the end the only thing I bought was some string and ribbon which was less than €8 all together (and I still have loads left).
Having moved country and not brought any Christmas decorations, with the added bonus of a really minimal budget to spend, I was keen to use things I could find for free or had on hand. We don’t have much floor space either in the living area so I thought garlands and wall decor was the way to go.
So after a walk around our local park picking up sticks and Tim finding some pinecones near his work here are a couple of ideas I came up with.
Cookie cutter mobile
I had some large star cookie cutters and simply tied them to a stick! (Told you this was easy). You could obviously use any seasonal cookie cutters you liked and make more layers with more string and sticks. You could even do a sort of Christmas tree shape.
Paper star garland
Keeping in theme with the stars… I am not one to usually cut up books but honestly this book had last been taken out of the library in the 70s and was basically a list of American historical fiction. I didn’t think anyone would miss it if it turned into a garland on my wall. So I used this tutorial for origami stars. I used washi tape to stick the two pieces of the stars together. I then used mini pegs (which I had) to attach them to the string. I am sure you could also use washi tape to attach them. Admittedly these would look better on a painted wall but that would have stretched the budget! Alternatively use different coloured paper in the festive colours of your choice.
Glitter tape garland
Not an idea of mine at all but I thought the wall could do with a bit more sparkle. Just fold some glitter tape over string and cut at the bottom to make tags. I had the tape but you can stock up on endless colours at Papermash.
Pinecones in a jar
First take a nice walk to pick up some pinecones. If they are closed placed them near the heating and they should open up soon. Then put them in a giant pickle jar. If you are feeling fancy tie a pretty piece of ribbon around the top. I had thought to do some Sharpie drawing on the jar but my gold sharpie wasn’t up to the challenge.
Told you simple right! Head on over to Ché and Freya’s blogs to see what they have been up to. We would also love you to join in! So if you have any “cheap and dirty” Christmas ideas to share leave a comment or tweet/instagram about with the hashtag #cheapdirtyxmas.