17 Cool Christmas Hacks to Save Time, Money or the Environment!

Tree made out of fairy lights

It’s no secret that Brisbane Kids loves Christmas — the fun, excitement, special family time and cherished traditions. Yet we do recognise that the festive season can be a busy and expensive time for those with kids. So we’ve pulled together this great collection of Christmas hacks to save you time and money this silly season! You may even help the environment too!

1. Ping Pong Ball Lights

Why not create your own Christmas decorations like these awesome white or coloured Christmas lights made using ping pong balls? For full instructions visit advancedmischief.com.

DIY Christmas lights

2. Eco Bows

We love ideas that combine saving money with reusing and recycling items, especially when you can create something as beautiful as these eco-friendly gift bows made from old magazines. Visit wholeliving.com to find out how to make your own.

DIY gift bows

3. Easy Light Hanging

Here’s a great idea from The Family Handyman for using cable ties to hang up Christmas lights on bannisters, deck rails or anywhere!

Cable ties for fairy lights

4. DIY Gift Tags

Recycle last year’s Christmas cards to make you own festive gift tags, like these ones seen on milomade.co.uk.

DIY gift tags

5. LED Snowmen

These DIY snowmen found on Pinterest can be easily made from LED tealights.

DIY LED light snowman

6. Alternative Tree

If you don’t have the space or time to put up a real Christmas tree, why not make a great alternative, like this brilliant fairy light wall decoration see on Pinterest?

Tree out of fairy lights


7. Printable Tags

Be sure to check out HeyLook for these FREE printable gift tags!

Printable gift tags

8. DIY Christmas Cards

We love these gorgeous DIY Christmas cards made from recycled paper that we found on Crafting a Green World. Why not make your Christmas greener and save money this year by following their idea of agreeing to do a handmade card swap with other families rather than sending bought cards. Handmade Christmas card

9. Gingerbread Decorations

You can make your own Christmas decorations like these really cute Gingerbread men found on Swanky Decors. It includes a full recipe and instructions for making these or other festive shapes to put on the tree or hang as garlands, and they will last for years! Gingerbread man decorations

10. Christmas Tree Napkins

Check out Handimania for the full tutorial on how to fold these Christmas tree napkins for an easy way to create a festive table setting. Festive napkin folding

11. Recycle Gift Wrap

You would never think this beautiful gift wrap could be made from crisp packets! Visit marthastewart.com to find out how. Recycled wrapping paper

12. DIY Olaf

Is your child Frozen obsessed? Don’t spend a fortune on merchandise, just visit onecreativemommy.com to learn how to make your own Olaf from a sock! Sock Snowman

13. Candy Cane Placecards

You can make your own festive placecard holders for all your Christmas dinner guests by simply sticking two candy canes together (found here).

Candy cane namecard holder

14. Wrapping Paper Cuff

Keep your wrapping paper tidy by making a simple cuff out of cut up toilet paper rolls, seen on Joy Astle. Toilet paper roll cuff for gift wrap

15. DIY Gifts

Need a small gift for teachers, friends or stocking fillers? Then why not check out this page for how to make these cute DIY reindeer hot chocolate gifts? DIY gift

16. Bauble Storage

When it’s time to pack away the Christmas things, iheart organizing has this great idea for storing baubles safely in egg cartons. Storing baubles in egg cartons

17. Tree Wrap!

This Pinterest idea has to be our favourite Christmas hack of all! Simply wrap your tree in cling wrap when Christmas is over, and it will be ready decorated and creepy crawlie free for next year! Tree wrapped in cling film

For more great Christmas hacks, check out our Pinterest board here. You may also like our Coolest Ideas for an Australian-themed Christmas, and be sure to visit the Brisbane Kids Guide to Christmas for great Christmas activities, events and ideas.

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