17 Cool Christmas Hacks to Save Time, Money or the Environment!
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.
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.
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!
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.
5. LED Snowmen
These DIY snowmen found on Pinterest can be easily made from LED tealights.
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?
7. Printable Tags
Be sure to check out HeyLook for these FREE 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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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).
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.
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?
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.
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!
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.