Jingle all the way
Quilling kits are easily available and it is a craft that’s suitable for children and beginners too. To create a bunch of bells, take thick quilling strips in four colours — two shades of red, white and green. To make the bells, use red and white coloured strips. Join the strips at their ends using glue (you will need around 12 to 15 strips to make one bell). Roll the strips into tight quills and push all from the centre into a conical shape for the bells. Similarly, create leaves using the green and cherries. Tie one bell, one cherry and two leaves together to form a bunch.
How lovely are thy branches
Getting together with your loved ones, putting up a tree and decorating it is probably the best part about Christmas… apart from opening gifts of course! Why go to a store to buy a tree though, when you can make unique ones right at home? Stack up books in the shape of a pyramid (wide base, narrow top), tie twigs together in ascending order and hang it from the wall or find a corner stand that’s at home and jazz it up with strands of artificial leaves and decorations.
Santa Claus is coming to town
The bright red felt hats with white pompoms are a must during Christmas. But why not give the jolly ol’ man a fun makeover? Begin by painting popsicle sticks red for the coat and trousers and paint a black band at the waist to denote the belt. Stick or draw eyes, a nose and stick some cotton to replicate Santa’s fluffy white beard. If desired, cut a small hat out of felt and stick it on top of the popsicle — don’t forget to attach a thread so you can hang the popsicle from the tree.
Frosty, the snowman
It might be bright and sunny in Chennai — not exactly the ideal place to build a snowman — but to join in the Christmas spirit, find an old bulb that you can turn around. Cover the outer side with glue and dust white glitter all over it. With the narrow end facing upwards, add eyes, a nose and smile using paint. You could stick twigs or toothpicks as the arms using strong glue and tie a string on top so you can hang it up.
Star light, star bright
Store-bought paper stars are great but its flimsiness makes it a one-time use and throw product that might not be value for money or environment-friendly. Instead, arrange used matchsticks like shown in the picture on top of a stencil of a star in any desired shape, glue them in place and either paint over it or leave it plain. Another option is to create a frame using scrap pieces of wood or twins in the shape of a star and wrap it with jute rope. Stick embellishments on it to make it pop.
Deck the halls with holly
Instantly brighten up the entrance to your home by hanging up a wreath that you can easily make at home. If you have wooden clothes pegs lying around, gather them and paint them in attractive ‘Christmasy’ patterns and colours. Cut a piece of cardboard in the shape of a doughnut (centre should be hollow) and fix the pegs all around it. You could use pegs of different lengths to create variation. Decorate with a bow or cut out holly and berries from old invitation cards or chart paper and glue it onto the wreath.