christmas decor on a budget.

hi my lovelies,

after all of the positive feedback from my DIY christmas decor, and speaking to a friend, i decided to make a blog post to help out if you’d like to try any of my little creations out!

i had everything i needed, already in my craft stash, but if you don’t have a craft stash, here is a list of what you’ll need to make the dowelling star, the hessian bows, the orange ornaments, and the rustic candles.

what you’ll need:

  • a sharp pair of scissors.
  • thread in your colour choice – i used white.
  • plastic free twine.
  • hessian material/sacks.
  • dried cinnamon sticks (the spice section of the supermarket is the cheapest option!).
  • dried star anise (again, the spice section of the supermarket is your cheapest option!).
  • dried whole cloves (again, the spice section of the supermarket is your cheapest option!)
  • dried orange slices (mine came from hobbycraft) or oranges to slice and bake to dry.
  • pillar candles.
  • flat back drawing pins.
  • 12” bamboo dowelling rods (mine came from amazon – link here!).

 

let’s get started with the dowling stars!

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you’ll need:

  • 5 x 12” downing rods.
  • twine.
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step one: lay out your dowling rods into the star shape you desire.

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step two: cut 10 pieces of twine, approx 25cm each in length.

step three: tie the twine around the crossed doweling rods, at each of the points of the star first – tie a knot with just a small tail, then tuck that under as your wrap the twine around, over the top. tie another knot, then tuck the tail inside.

step four: tie the twine around each of the crossed dowling rods in the middle. follow the same method as above.

VOILA!

 

next up.. orange slice decorations.

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the easiest of all.

you can either purchase dried orange slices – i got mine from hobbycraft, but i’ve also seen them on amazon! OR you can slice up fresh oranges, and dry them yourself.

to dry them, place on a cooling rack over a baking tray in the oven on 140 degrees / gas mark 1 for 2hrs, turning them every 20/30 minutes.

do not put them directly onto a baking tray as they will stick!

once you have your dried orange slices, thread a needle with your choice of thread, and pierce the needle through the orange, and knot to make an ornament.

EASY!

you can jazz them up by adding star anise or cloves to the centre of the orange slices, before baking!

 

now onto hessian bows.

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what you’ll need:

  • hessian fabric.
  • sharp scissors.
  • dried star anise.

step one: cut strips of hessian – i chose 24cm x 4.5cm – but you can use whatever measurements you’d like, dependant on how chunky a bow you’d like!

step two: fray the edges of the hessian. keep the thread you fray off for later.

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step three: fold your hessian as shown.

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step four: tie the thread you frayed off earlier, to pull in the middle of the bow.

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step five: attach your star anise to the bow with another piece of the thread. do this by tying across the top of the star as shown.

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THERE YOU GO!!

 

and last but by no means least…. rustic decorated candles.

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what you’ll need:

  • cheap pillar candles in your choice of colour, scent, and size. (i chose standard off white i scented.)
  • hessian fabric.
  • twine.
  • cinnamon sticks.
  • flat back drawing pins.

step one: cut your hessian into strips to fit the candle. you want them to be a minimum of 2cm shorter than the height of the candle, and ideally you need it to be able to be wrapped around the candle one and a half times.

step two: pin one end to the bank of your candle, in the middle of the strip, with one of the flat black drawing pins. wrap the rest of the strip around the candle, folding the end back on the overlap, and pin into place. where the pins are will become the front of the candle, and you will cover the pins with your chosen decoration – weather a bow or a cinnamon stick.

*you can at this point concertina the end of the strip to give a folded effect, but this is optional.*

step three: cut a piece of twine long enough to wrap around the candle at least 2/3 times. place the candle on the twine and being to the front where your pins are. place your cinnamon stick in place, hiding the pins, and tie with the twine in a double knot. tie the remaining twine into a bow, and trim the twine to suit.

DONE!!

alternate step three: cut a piece of hessian about 3cm x 10cm.

step four: cut a piece of twine long enough to wrap around the candle 4 times.

step five: tie the twine around the middle of the piece of hessian, and pull tight to create a faux bow knot.

step six: use the remaining twine to tie the bow to the candle. again use the bow to cover the drawing pins.

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and there you have it: four easy to make at home decorations for the christmas season. 

i hope this shows you what is possible with some cheap supplies, and a little bit of time.

you don’t have to spend hundreds of £ on decorations to have a beautiful christmassy home!

i’ll be continuing to share homemade decor ideas over the coming weeks so be sure to follow me at www.instagram.com/casaboheme for more!

if you decide to make any of these little ideas, i’d love to you tag me on instagram so i can see them, and share!

happy decorating.

love and light,

seri. XO

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