I must admit, although I like the look of the pristinely decorated, highly co-ordinated Christmas trees and decorations that you see on telly and in department stores, my style at home is a little more…well, homely.

As I mentioned in this post, each year Sausage and I make a new set of decorations to add to our collection and my hope is that by the time I’m old and grey, I’ll have a full set of home-made decorations and won’t need to use any shop-bought ones at all. I also think that, unless you’re the sort of person who’s organised enough to buy their decorations in the January sales, Christmas decorations can be ridiculously expensive by the time you get to December, but by that time you’re a captive audience and have no choice to stump up for over-priced pieces of plastic, for fear of having a naked tree!

Sausage and I love to think of new Christmas papercrafts and this year we’ve made a few things which are totally inexpensive to make as well as looking really sweet, and also incorporate a bit of upcycling, which everyone loves, so we thought we’d share our ideas with you. These are great to get the kids involved with and will mean that you won’t have to spend a fortune on top of the ridiculous amounts that most of us spend on presents.

Snowman Chains

Snowman Chains

We drew ours by hand and then drew the eyes, nose, mouths and buttons on to look like coal and a carrot, but there are also some excellent templates online if you have a look around (like these ones on Pinterest) All you need is some plain paper, some sellotape and coloured pens or pencils, all of which most people have lying around. We used plain A4 which we folded in half, then in half again and in half again, and Sausage was fascinated by the fact that they were all attached once cut out! (by the way, I’m aware that one of my snowmen is missing a nose and an eye – I couldn’t use felt pen on sellotape and besides, we’re an equal opportunities household!)

Upcycled Wrapping Paper Chains

Upcycled  wrapping paper chains

Every year, I go out and buy those paper chain kits with the specially cut metallic paper with the sticky bits on the ends for Sausage and I to make and every year, without fail, the sticky bits fail and we end up taping it all together. This year, my mother in law had some spare Christmas wrapping paper from last year, which I cut into strips and then taped together in a chain. It looks wonderfully festive, it didn’t cost a penny and it made use of some paper which was a little tatty around the edges and would otherwise have been thrown away. Christmas 1 – 0 Landfill!

Stocking Bunting

Stocking Bunting

This one is devilishly simple and even really tiny kids could get involved, providing they can hold a crayon! All we did was take some A5 pieces of paper, draw a simple stocking shape and then cut a pile of them out at once to get them all the same shape and size. Sausage obliged by colouring them in and then we strung them together by taping cotton between them.

Paper Snowflakes

Paper Snowflake

These paper snowflakes just use white paper and sellotape or staples, and are easy to make one you get the hang of it, but look really pretty. I did a tutorial for how to make these last year, so I won’t repeat myself, but one thing I did do differently this year was to use pinking shears to make the cuts, which added a really nice effect to them and make them look even prettier. I was also thinking about investing in some glitter spray to make them *pop* even more.