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No Budget For New Holiday Decors? Try These 5 Simple Handmade Pieces

If this year has given us something positive, it’s probably the realization that our health is our greatest wealth. As such, we’d better take care of it more than our image to our neighbors and peers. This Christmas that could mean never minding if your decorations won’t be as flashy as last year’s.

Going to the mall to buy the biggest and most bedazzling garlands and ornaments isn’t really worth the risk. As long as coronavirus is on a rampage, we’re better off staying at home. Do something worthwhile by getting your crafty skills to the test and using your existing materials to make some awesome handmade decorations.

When it comes to DIY crafts, the sky’s the limit, but it isn’t easy to choose a craft when there’s a gazillion of them to choose from. Hence, we’ve rounded up only the best, the simplest, and the most budget-friendly handmade Christmas decor ideas:

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1. Modern Wood Holiday Houses

If you can’t display gingerbread houses this year, search your sheds and cupboards because you might find some scrap wood. Just a couple of pieces is enough, plus some paint, sandpapers, a cutting tool, and wood glue.

But for the best results, try to gather these specific materials:

  • Circular saw
  • Pull saw
  • 220-grit sandpaper
  • 150-grit sandpaper
  • Paintbrushes
  • Chalk paint (any color)
  • Wood glue

They may sound like a lot, but you’ll likely find all of them in your toolbox. Once you’ve gathered them all, play around with the scrap wood until you assemble the pieces that’ll create a house. Don’t dispose of the pieces with odd angle cut-offs; those usually make the perfect roofs.

Use your circular saw to cut the top of a woodblock at a 45-degree angle. This will result in a gable roof shape. If you want a different style, use your pull saw to design it. When you’re done, gather the smaller wood pieces to create doors and windows. Sand everything with the 150-grit sandpaper when you’re done cutting.

Next, prep them for painting by sanding them again using the 220-grit sandpaper this time. You may start painting afterward, then leave them to dry.

After a few hours, they should ready for gluing, so start creating your mini houses using your wood glue, and leave them to dry again until they’re ready for display.

2. Red-hot Geometric Ornament

If the wood holiday houses were a little too intimidating for you, this one would be a relief. All you need to make a red-hot geometric ornament are matches and wood glue.

Feel free to assemble the matches and form them in whatever geometric figure you want. Secure them with wood glue, and add a twine on top so that you can hang them from your Christmas tree.

3. Photo Ornament

Since no big social gathering is likely to happen this Christmas, remember your loved ones by putting their photos on your three ornaments. The materials are as follows:

  • Round distressed wood ornaments
  • Twine
  • Matte mod podge
  • Foam brush
  • Scissors
  • Printed photos
  • Hole punch

Cut the photos into a circle or into whatever shape your wood ornaments are. Apply a generous layer of mod podge to the wood using a foam brush, then stick the photo on it. When it dries down, punch a hole on the center top of the ornament, then apply a coating of mod pudge again over the photo to seal it.

Tie the twine through the hole, and hang it on your Christmas tree to display.

4. Golden Ornaments

For the third DIY ornament on this list, let’s go for golden cornucopia ones. These are basically paper cones with classic holiday candies inside. If you’re cutting down on sweets, disguise some gold foil packaging materials as Ferrero Rochers, and no one may suspect a thing.

5. Wooden Outdoor Christmas Tree

Going back to a more laborious piece, let’s try a modern wooden outdoor Christmas tree. This is perfect if your scrap plywood pieces are too big.

Gather these materials to get started:

  • 2 pieces of 4′ x 8 ‘ plywood sheets
  • Circular saw
  • Painter’s tape
  • Paint roller
  • Drill
  • Drywall screws

To make a large tree, mark the center of the plywood at two feet. Then, from the center mark, draw a line reaching the bottom corners. Saw along the lines to form a 2D shape of a tree, then use the drill and drywall screws to assemble the plywood pieces.

Use your painter’s tape to mark the areas you don’t want to paint. Then, paint the area inside the painter’s tape, let dry, and then peel off the tape.

Be sure that the plywood pieces are assembled evenly so that they would stand up straight.

Here are just five of the simplest and cheapest handmade decorations you can use this Christmas. They may not be the most lavish, but they’re all labors of love, which tends to be a rare treat these days.

Jeffery D. Silvers
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