Mum’s ‘easy’ Christmas decoration hack – how to make your own Skandi-style wooden baubles

Mum’s ‘easy’ Christmas decoration hack – how to make your own Skandi-style wooden baubles

In a video shared on her Instagram page, Kate showed how to make Scandi-style star-shaped clay Christmas tree ornaments that can give similar decorations available at Wilko and on Etsy a run for their money.

Kate explained: “These are so easy to make and only require two store cupboard ingredients – cornmeal and bicarbonate of soda!”

The two ingredients are then combined with hot water to make a paste, which then hardens in the oven.

Kate said: “They are really easy to make and you can also sand them or file them if there are cracks, although I like to keep them rustic.”

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A video commentator named Hema questioned whether the organics would cause the decorations to mold. However, Kate assured: “They last for years, they stay in perfect condition.”

If you want to take things a step further, the little stars can also be used to decorate other parts of your home. A viewer named Stephanie commented on the video: “Loved making these last year after seeing your post – so easy and effective!

“I made my stars into a wreath for by the fireplace with some fairy lights intertwined this year I’m going to try some different shapes and try to be creative.”

There is also the opportunity to be creative and paint these decorations to match the theme of the Christmas decoration.

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How to make your own Christmas tree decorations in clay

To start, preheat the oven to 140C. Then mix in half a cup of cornmeal, a cup of bicarbonate of soda and three-quarters of a cup of water.

Heat the mixture until it is the “consistency of mashed potatoes” and let it cool. Then dust the surface with cornmeal, roll out to a thickness of five millimeters and cut your shapes.

Kate chooses to make small festive stars, but you can be creative and make the shapes you think best suit your Christmas tree. At this point you should also add your hole. Kate said, “I used a small spear.”

She added: “They are hard set and need the holes before putting them in the oven because if you try to force the hole wider they will crack.”

Finally, bake the decorations in the oven for 20 minutes, turning halfway through. Kate added: “If they’re bigger shapes they might need a bit longer, they shouldn’t be squidgy when you take them out.”

How to get the strongest Christmas tree lights

Recently, mom and influencer Kelly Fitzsimons shared her Christmas decorating hack that she says will make your tree “glow.”

She explained, “First you want to untie your candles. Then I just push the candles into the base of my tree and all the way up the trunk. You can see there’s no special way to put these in, you just put them on the branches.

“So once you get these off the tree, you just pull them off, they’re so easy to get off.”

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Kelly continued, “Once you’ve done them, you’re going to go into each branch of your tree in a zig-zag fashion and tuck each corner under some pine. Then you work the tree from left to right and right to left , don’t go around it.”

Kelly does this all the way up her tree, with 2,000 lights on each half of her tree.

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