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Four home-made Christmas decorations made with recycled materials

This Christmas, we've decided to adopt a more sustainable approach and to do so, we're going to re-use materials found around the home to create beautiful Christmas decorations. Fancy doing the same? In the process, you'll save some money too, which is never a bad thing! With a little time and effort, you're sure to create items that are truly unique.

And when we say "unique" we really mean it, since you can adapt these home-made decoration tips to the materials you have at home that you like the best. In this way, you'll have Christmas decorations that are fully personalised, low cost and, even more importantly, carry your very own family trademark.

The best thing of all, though, is that, in addition to saving some money and making responsible use of your resources, which is good news for the environment, you'll also have lots of fun making your decorations with the whole family. You can be sure that the kids will have a fantastic time and will be lining up to do it again next year. Let's go!

1. Little cloth pouch tree ornaments

To make these decorative little pouches, which you can either place at the foot of the tree or hang from its branches, you will need the following items:

  • Fabric (this can be of any type, with or without patterns)
  • A needle
  • Pins
  • Thread
  • Fabric scissors
  • Shoelaces or string
  • Old newspapers
  • A sewing machine (this is optional, but it makes life easier)

We will use the old newspapers to fill the pouches, but you can also fill them with aromatic herbs such as lavender so that they create sweet-smelling atmosphere. Another option is to fill them with sweets or chocolates so that you can give a little gift to the youngsters (and the older "youngsters", too) from time to time.

Instructions:

1. Cut out a 30 cm x 30 cm square of fabric (you can adjust the size).

2. Make a little fold about 2 cm wide along one of the sides of the square of fabric.

3. Put some pins in place to hold it down, and sew it down half a centimetre away from the end of the fold.

4. Once it has been sewn, fold the fabric vertically through the middle, leaving the back side in view.

5. Sew the fabric on the side and bottom edges to join them together.

6. Turn it over and fill the pouch with whatever you wish.

7. Add the finishing touch with a little bow to close it.

2. Decorating chairs for Christmas

 

Are you going to have guests over for Christmas? If so, we'll show you how to give them all a nice surprise by making personalised decorations for their chairs. Grab the following items and let's start:

  • A4-sized paper or poster board (according to the number of chairs)
  • Paint or markers in traditional Christmas colours
  • Glue
  • Hole punch
  • Clothes pegs
  • Shoelaces

Instructions:

1. The first thing to do is make a little pouch. To do so, fold each sheet of paper or poster board in half, leaving a small margin at the edge.

2. Fold the margin inwards.

3. Open the sheet and apply the glue to the top part of the margin. Close the sheet over the margin and press it in place.

4. To make the bottom part of the pouch, place it vertically and fold about 5 cm of the sheet outwards at the bottom.

5. Fold the corners of this fold downwards.

6. Open the sheet and mark the triangles facing outwards.

7. Fold the two ends inwards and apply glue.

8. Fold the sides of the pouch.

9. Now all you need to do is shape the pouch, clearly marking the folds.

10. Make holes in the top part with a hole punch and insert a string or a shoelace.

11. Decorate the pouch for each guest and place a little gift inside (some sweets, a photograph etc.). Hang it from the chair, attach a card with the person's name using a clothes peg and tie a bow.

3. Wish on your lucky stars

Do you usually make special wishes for the New Year? If so, we will show you how to make a special area where you can leave your wishes in writing. It's really easy.

  • Sheets of poster board or paper
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Thin shoelaces or string
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Coloured markers

Instructions:

1. First, make a stencil for all the stars. To do so, draw the outline on the paper or poster board in pencil with the help of the ruler, then cut it out.

2. Repeat the process for as many stars as you wish to make.

3. You can also make double stars by gluing one on top of another to make them thicker.

4. Make a small hole in the top of the stars and insert the shoelaces or string.

5. Place the stars in a basket next to some markers. When you write out your wishes, you can then hang them from the Christmas tree or from a piece of furniture.

6. You can decorate the basket with some LED string lights.

4. Christmas stockings to leave gifts

Last but not least, here's a decoration that will look great hanging near the Christmas tree, or from your fireplace, if you have one. To get started, you'll need the following:

  • A piece of fabric or felt that you have at home
  • A white pencil
  • Scissors
  • Fabric glue

Instructions:

1. With the white pencil, draw the shape of a stocking on the piece of felt or fabric.

2. Cut out the shape with the scissors.

3. Repeat the process to create the back part (this can be done with a piece of fabric or felt in another colour).

4. Check that the two parts match perfectly and glue them together with special fabric glue.

5. For the top part of the stocking, cut out a piece from a different piece of fabric to create contrast and glue it on.

6. Finally, cut out a thin strip of cloth and glue it on as a loop. If you prefer, you can sew it on.

7. Hang it up wherever you like and place some little parcels inside to give a more festive result.

Did you like these decorations? If you did and you're looking for other ideas to make this Christmas (and your whole lifestyle in general) much more environmentally friendly and sustainable, here you'll find some articles that may interest you.

We love it when customers use our products in a creative way. Why not try to do something new with them yourself? But do remember, any modifications or changes that you make to IKEA products will prevent them from being resold or used for their original use, thus invalidating IKEA product warranties and your right to return.