Paddle Pop Christmas Decorations

Homemade Christmas Decorations – with paddle pop sticks

Each year I crack out the same Christmas decorations – the same as everyone else has on their tree. Sometimes I might splurge on different coloured decorations or a new set of lights but the decorations are so generic that it would be great to have something different this year.  

This year, why not try and make your own decorations to personalise your tree. These ones are extremely easy to make with craft you probably have lying around the house or in your craft box. It is also a fun activity to do with your kids over the school holidays. I have included 2 types of decorations and outlined the process below but I am sure you can come up with many more.

You can personalise your tree or do something different with them. I hung them on a wire strung above our dining table and they look fantastic.

What you’ll need:

  • Paddle pop sticks (coloured)
  • Craft glue
  • Scissors
  • Coloured beads/jewels/buttons/glitter
  • Twine, string or thin ribbon

Homemade Christmas Tree Decorations - Paddle Pop Stick Decorations

Star decorations

  1. Glue the centre of two paddle pop sticks to make an X. Do this a number of times and set aside to dry.

Homemade Christmas Tree Decorations

  1. Glue two paddle pop crosses together to make a star. Set aside to dry.

Homemade Christmas Tree Decorations - Paddle Pop Stick Stars

  1. Once dry, the kids can go crazy and decorate them however they like. Glue the beads into patterns or all over the place. Glitter, buttons, gems! I guess it depends on how old your children are as to how neat the decorations will be. Lucky the glue dries clear! Set aside to dry.

Homemade Christmas Tree Decorations - Paddle Pop Stick Stars

  1. Attach some twine to the star so you can hang it on your tree. I tied the twine in a loop then glued it to the back of the star.

Christmas tree decorations

  1. Glue the paddle pop sticks together as shown.

Homemade Christmas Tree Decorations - Paddle Pop Stick Christmas Tree

  1. With a pencil, draw the shape of a simple tree on the paddle pop sticks. Don’t get too fancy here, just keep it simple.
  1. Using a sharp scissors, cut the ends of the paddle pop sticks as shown.

Homemade Christmas Tree Decorations - Paddle Pop Stick Christmas Tree

  1. Let the kids loose on their trees and they can decorate until all the branches are full. Just glue on some beads and set aside for the glue to dry.

Homemade Christmas Tree Decorations - Paddle Pop Stick Christmas Tree

  1. Tie some twine together in a loop then clue onto the back of the tree.

Homemade Christmas Tree Decorations - Paddle Pop Stick Christmas Tree

Homemade Christmas Tree Decorations - Paddle Pop Stick Christmas Tree

Homemade Christmas Tree Decorations - Paddle Pop Stick Decorations

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