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DIY: Holiday Crafts

For some people, half the fun of Christmas is in the decorating. Instead of breaking the bank this Christmas, save money for presents by crafting some Christmas decor of your own!

Cinnamon Candle Holder

This is one simple and fragrant DIY that you’ll wonder how you’ve lived without. It’s not only stylish and decorative, but the smell is perfect for the season. Pick up a few cylindrical candles and cinnamon sticks and get to work!

What You Need:

  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Candles
  • Glue gun
  • String
  • Scissors

Instructions:

  1. Hot glue cinnamon sticks around the entire candle.
  2. Then, wrap layers of strings around it. You can attach anything you want to this string for flair, like a bow, a bell, or a fresh branch from the garden. Use hot glue for stability.
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Homemade Wrapping Paper

Want to give your wrapping paper a personal touch? Just whip up some of your own! All you need is paper and some pens—and some washi tape, string, bows, and ornaments for garnish. It’s a simple project that comes out beautiful.

What You Need:

  • White or brown paper
  • Sharpies and markers, colors of your choice
  • Bows, string, washi tape, ornaments, garland

Instructions:

  1. Cut paper into appropriate sizes for gifts, then either draw patterns or write phrases like “Joy to the World,” or “Silent Night.”
  2. Wrap the gift, and then go wild with your flourishes!
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DIY Christmas Wreath Papercraft

Love wreaths, but hate the mess? Try a paper wreath, like SkyGoodies’ DIY Paper Christmas Wreath. Just visit their Etsy store, purchase your design of choice, then print on card stock and assemble with scissors and glue. Or fold up one of your own.

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Origami Christmas Trees

If the papercraft wreaths have gotten you in the mood to fold some origami, then try your hand at folding some origami Christmas trees.

Instructions:

  1. Find a square sheet of paper and fold it diagonally from corner to corner with the patterned side up. Open it, and then fold it along the opposite diagonal. Reopen and fold in half lengthwise, this time with the blank side showing. Then repeat the fold in the other direction.
  2. When finished, bring the paper together so that the creases form a sort of star, with the pattern facing outward.
  3. Flatten the star down into a triangle with a flap on each side, then lift one of the flaps and stick your finger in to open up the sheet.
  4.  Fold the flap into a diamond by pressing down on the center crease, then fold the diamond into itself, pushing to the right to create a new triangle. Repeat this step for the three remaining triangles, then cut off the bottom pieces to create another triangle.
  5. Mark two inches from the tip of the triangle, then in one-inch increments downward, making small cuts on each of the marks. It’s easiest to cut two flaps at a time.
  6. Then, fold each tab diagonally towards the bottom of the tree on all the tabs and you’re finished!
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