Everyone who went to nursery has almost certainly made their own Christmas tree decoration at least once in their life. And no matter how crooked or wobbly it turned out, proud parents or grandparents hung it up without thinking twice.
We have collected a few suggestions so that, even as an adult, you can adorn your tree with home-made, very easy, completely individual decorations. You can be certain it will look wonderful. And it only has one thing in common with the straw stars of earlier years: making it is just so much fun! There is also an advantage to being a grown-up: you are allowed to drink a glass of sparkling wine and listen to Wham at full volume, as you craft.
Salt Dough Stars
For the purists. Simple white stars. For this, you don’t need anything except some salt dough, star-shaped cookie cutters, a straw to make holes for hanging, and ribbon of your choice.
This is how it’s done:
- 2 cups flour
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup salt
- 2 tbsp. oil
In a bowl, knead all the ingredients into a smooth dough, roll out with a rolling pin, and cut into star shapes. Make holes in them, and put them in the oven. First bake for 30 minutes at 60° C, then for 30 minutes at 100° C, and then finally for about 2 hours at 120° C. Finally, once the stars have cooled, tie the ribbon through them and hang them on your Christmas tree. Needless to say, this works just as well with hearts, reindeer, or other shapes.
Christmas presents belong under the Christmas tree. And according to personal and family traditions, they can be unwrapped before or after dinner, the reading of poems, or the singing of carols. Well, that's the general rule. In this case, you don't unwrap the packages at all. There isn't anything inside them. You make them out of small boxes which you can just collect (anything from match-boxes to soap packages to tissue boxes), in order to wrap them perfectly in Christmas paper. If you like things simple, just take wrapping paper and combine it with colourful gift ribbon. You like things on the colourful side? Your imagination has no limits. The little treasures are then tied to the tree for a special eye-catching effect. And as for what is actually hidden inside? Only you know.
Such lovely greenery
Perhaps you would like to have a tree, but you just have no idea where you might have space in your home? Maybe a classic Christmas tree seems too boring and predictable to you? You don’t want to have to hoover up the needles on the floor every day? Drag a tree up to the seventh floor? There are a lot of arguments against getting a tree. In theory. We have a suggestion for those who still want to bring some greenery indoors, and don’t want to be deprived of the wonderful fir-tree smell. All you need is some parcel string, drawing pins, pegs, and a few sprigs of fir. Using the drawing pins, attach the string along the wall, and then hang the fir springs from it, as though from a washing line. The “tree” itself is the decoration. Done.