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Nicky's DIY decorations are easy, festive and fun

You’re going to have so much fun making these easy DIY Christmas decorations and gifts this holiday season.

DIY decorations
Nicky Harper




“I love getting into the Christmas spirit, which in my house usually means a fair few festive decorations – to say the least. This year, I’m keeping costs (and my waste output) low by making my own decorations. They’re super simple and really impressive either around the home or as gifts.”

- Nicky

salt dough ornaments

 Simple salt-dough ornaments

Who knew you could have so much fun with just three ingredients? Combine plain flour, salt and water to make a thick dough, and then get creative! Use a cookie cutter to make the shapes of your own liking. When it comes to patterns, I always encourage using your imagination. If you have a lovely textured cocktail tumbler or waffled tea towel, gently press it into the salt dough to transfer the intricate designs. The kids will love making these, too.

Dehydrated lime ornaments

Decorative dehydrated-lime wheels

My favourite thing about these dehydrated-lime wheels is their versatility; I’ve used them to garnish drinks, top cakes, or place on a string to add a bit of flair to a place setting or gift. Feel free to change up your citrus with the seasons: lemons, oranges and even blood oranges work beautifully.

Recycled shopping-bag gift wrap

Recycled shopping-bag gift wrap

I love doing my bit to reduce waste around Christmas time, and was very excited to learn about Woolworths’ reusable Christmas paper shopping bags. Just carefully tear and flatten the bag, remove its handles, and wrap away! You could even attach a dehydrated-lime wheel to the string.

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