We have to admit that Christmas is quite expensive. This is the best time of the year that can break our bank. We also have to buy some gifts for families and friends. On the contrary, we have some materials we think useless like wine corks, newspaper, toilet paper rolls, wrapping papers, and others. Nevertheless, if we have a little creativity, we can use these items to create some great Christmas crafts your friends cannot believe that these are your DIY projects. After that, you can allocate your money to other important things.
These are the basic materials you will need for this everything in this guide:
- Hot Glue Gun
- Mod Podge (or equivalent liquid glue)
- Toilet Paper Rolls
- Green Paint
- Red Beads
- Wine Corks
- String or Twine
- Permanent Marker
- Scissors or a Hole Punch
- Tissue Paper or Old Wrapping Paper
- Bells & Small Red Puff Balls (optional)
DIY Christmas Banner
Just take your permanent marker to draw any kind of letter that you want on the piece of cardboard. After that, make sure that you have a little time to find some best patterns online. If you think that the letters are sloppy, you can find cheap pre-cut letters at craft stores to use.
After the letters are cut, use a hole punch at the top of each letter to make a small hole or just poke a hole with some scissors.
Put some Mod Podge or glue on top of each letter—make sure you get every inch (you can always poke through the hole again if needed) of one side of the letter. Let the letter sit for a couple of seconds then cover with a generous amount of glitter. After the glue is set, shake off the excess glitter. String up the letters and hang wherever you would like.
DIY Candle Holder
We are sure that you have a used can. What you should do is to remove the label. It is also important to use a can with one side that has not been opened. After that, clean the can to start the craft.
Smear Mod Podge or glue all over the can evenly. Carefully put tissue paper, newspaper, or wrapping paper over the entire can and set to dry. Cut off any excess paper that is hanging over the edge. Glue can also be applied on the edges for a cleaner look. Paint some designs and add glitter if you want to make it fancy. You can cover other things like a box of matches to go with your candle as well.
DIY Newspaper Ornament
Start by cutting out the strips of your newspaper in any length and then roll them individually to create tight rolls. Glue the last flap of the roll down onto the roll to make sure that it will not unravel. Apply hot glue on one end of the roll and then glue it to the end of another roll. You need to repeat this step so the ball is complete. Use twine or string to glue or tie a loop on top. Place your ornament on the tree!
DIY Toilet Paper Wreath
Gather as many rolls of toilet paper and paper towels as possible. Begin to cut about 2-inch sections from the rolls. Paint the outside and inside of each section that has been cut. Once the paint is dry, pinch both ends of the rolls with your fingers so it looks like a leaf. Gather 5 roll pieces together and hot glue them in the middle, like a flower. Make as many flowers as you would like so your wreath is as large as you would like it. Create one circle of flowers and glue each of them together. Form a slightly smaller circle of flowers and glue that circle together. Glue both of the circles together. Add red beads to the center of the flowers (if desired) and glue them down. Hang and enjoy.
DIY Cork Reindeer
Use two wine corks and twigs. Remember that each reindeer needs 8 small pieces of twig. Cut the twig into the same parts. Use the biggest for the neck. Turn your cork horizontally and glue 4 twigs to the base, tilting them slightly outwards so they will stand. On the opposite side to where the legs were, glue a neck and a tail to the cork. Glue the end of the second cork to the neck and make sure the rest of the cork is facing away from the reindeer “body”. Glue two twigs on top as antlers facing outwards. Tie or glue a bell to the neck and glue a red puff for the nose (optional).