For some, the idea of being single at Christmas is complete bliss. But for others, it can be a tough time. As much as you would like to spend time with friends and family, it’s not always possible. Whether you have work commitments, family living abroad, or you just fancy a bit of alone time, embracing this solo holiday season can be both fun and rewarding.. Make exciting plans and get creative with some Christmas arts and crafts to fill your house with decorations, all while saving money and showing off your unique style. Although the Christmas season can be lonelier for some, it’s a fantastic opportunity for self-care, personal growth, and trying something new. So let’s get crafting! Keep reading to find out how to make Christmas decorations yourself.
- How to Celebrate Christmas When You’re Single
- Why Should You Make Your Own DIY Christmas Decorations this Year?
- 5 Christmas Decoration Ideas to Make Yourself
- Get Creative: Christmas Arts and Crafts
How to Celebrate Christmas When You’re Single
We know you. You work hard and play hard. You’re independent, powerful, and know-how to thrive both when you are surrounded by people and when you are alone. But even for the most solitude-loving among us, the holidays can be a whole different beast. According to an AARP Foundation survey, about one-third of respondents say they have felt lonely at some point during the holiday season. It’s only natural for some of us to feel more nostalgic and lonesome at this time of year. With such a focus on family, gifts, and events, it’s easy for our routines and focus to be disrupted and to become overwhelmed.
Fortunately, there are plenty of things you can do to celebrate Christmas when you’re single and ways to make your own traditions. With no obligations to others, your schedule is wide open to celebrate with friends, volunteer at a homeless shelter, or order your favorite takeaway for a night in watching Christmas movies. Don’t forget about amping up the self-care. Take the time to reflect and focus on yourself in all your favorite ways.
If you tend to feel lonely around the holidays, lean on your friends. Friendships are super important for improving your social wellness. Happy and genuine relationships benefit your health. Say yes to any invitations you get, and celebrate Christmas with the friends you love and maybe even make some new ones who may be feeling the same as you are.
Although it can be tempting to indulge at Christmas, try to keep on track of your healthy eating and workout routine. Of course, if you fancy a treat or glass of wine, you should go for it. Remember to get in your holiday workout over Christmas, so that you don’t feel too sluggish in the New Year. If you’re eating out with friends, try to choose a healthy dessert and share food.
Why Should You Make Your Own DIY Christmas Decorations this Year?
Arts, crafts, and DIY projects not only save you money, but it can be great for your mental health. Christmas decorations can be overly expensive just before the holidays. Kitting your house out with all the bells and whistles can come at a hefty price. By taking the time to make decorations for your home, you save money and appreciate every item.
To make your own decorations, you have to get creative. Activities that require new skills and experimenting with techniques help to improve your intellectual wellness. When you’re challenging your brain, it can expand your mind and boost your intellectual health.
5 Christmas Decoration Ideas to Make Yourself
Christmas arts and crafts don’t have to be overly complicated. You can spend an afternoon whipping up your favorite decorations. Try these five DIY Christmas crafts to get you in the holiday spirit.
- Christmas Wreath
- Honeycomb Paper Ornaments
- Popsicle Stick Snowflakes
- Spoon Mini Trees
- DIY Christmas Stocking
There are several ways you can make a Christmas wreath. It’s a traditional and easy way to make your home feel more Christmassy. Here’s a breakdown of a simple Christmas wreath you can make at home.
What you need:
- Flowers and foliage
- Wreath ring
- Spool of florist’s wire
- Moss sheet
Choose your flowers and foliage. Prepare your wreath ring by wrapping the moss sheet around it. Then take the wire and wrap that around the moss. Trim the stems on your foliage and start arranging your wreath. You can personalize and prune it until you’re completely happy with it.
Honeycomb Paper Ornaments
Christmas tree decorations can be expensive, but you can make some for free that will look fantastic on your tree. These paper ornaments look uber Christmassy and are cheap to make.
What you need:
- Paper, tissue paper, or book pages
- Decorations of your choice
Start by making a round template out of cardboard. Trace the template onto the paper you’re using and make at least twelve circles. Fold each circle in half. Then unfold the circle and add glue into the middle of it before gluing all the circles together. Once the glue has dried, start pulling the ends apart to create your ornament.
Popsicle Stick Snowflakes
Popsicle stick snowflakes are another fun craft you can easily do on your own. You don’t need a ton of supplies, and they look great hanging on the wall.
What you need:
- Popsicle sticks
- Hot glue
- Acrylic paint
Start by making a pentagon shape with five sticks and glue them together. Next, glue another five sticks onto the pentagon with the sticks meeting in the center. Paint the snowflake any color you want and hang on the wall with twine. You can also decorate the snowflakes with ribbon, pompoms, or anything else you love.
Spoon Mini Trees
A cute take on the standard Christmas tree. As the name suggests, the tree is made entirely from spoons.
What you need:
- Plastic teaspoons
- Hot glue gun
- Paper mache Christmas tree cone
- Spray paint (color of your choice)
Start by painting the cone the same color the spoons will be. Cut the handles off the spoons. Begin gluing the spoons to the cone around the bottom in a circle. Work your way up until you get up to the top of the cone. If you want, you can spray paint the spoons a Christmas red or gold.
DIY Christmas Stocking
Christmas stockings are fun to make and great for adding some Christmas sparkle to your decor. You can follow a standard Christmas stocking shape then use your own fabrics and colors to add a personal touch.
What you need:
- DIY Christmas stocking template
- Sharp fabric scissors
- Sewing machine
- A fat quarter of the main fabric and lining fabric
- A small amount of ribbon
- A small amount of fabric for the cuff
Download and print a free Christmas stocking pattern. Fold the main fabric in half and cut out two stocking shapes. Then do the same with the lining fabric. Cut out two pieces of cuff fabric following the template. Follow the directions on the stocking pattern and finish off the decoration by adding your own personal touch like your initials or ribbons.
Get Creative: Christmas Arts and Crafts
Doing arts and crafts has several benefits, from releasing mental stress and improving eye-coordination to saving money and boosting intellectual wellness. It can also help you get creative with ideas for holiday gifts. Although it can be tough to be single at Christmas, use the time to your advantage. Spend time with friends and do all those things you never usually get around to. Decorate your home with DIY Christmas crafts that celebrate you and your style.