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How to make Expensive Looking Christmas Decorations

expensive looking christmas decorations

Today I share with you how I made my Expensive looking Christmas Decorations. “O…Christmas Tree O…Christmas tree” “how costly decorations can be”. As we all know, it can cost a small fortune to change the decorations on our tree. Last year my Christmas tree was decorated with a random collection of all sorts of styles and colours lacking any appeal. So this year I’ve decided to give my Christmas tree a whole new look by making my own decorations. I’ve always loved the natural look for my home decor (as I’m sure you will be aware of if you’ve been on my Youtube Channel). So I decided to combine my love for natural colours and textures with a little vintage bling to give my tree a touch of vintage glamour this year with these expensive looking Christmas decorations.

First thought…what can I up-cycle? This is always my first thought when I’m planning a DIY project.

Here’s what you will need…


  • Music paper
  • Paper cup
  • Small circular tub
  • Strips of fabric
  • Little Christmas tree
  • Twine
  • Pearls
  • Gold beads
  • Gold star
  • Gems and diamantes(or bits of old jewellery)
  • Gold glitter
  • Wadding(or cotton wool)
  • Ribbon
  • 2 Cocktail sticks


  • Scissors
  • Sponge
  • Hot glue gun
  • PVA glue
  • Tea bag (damp)
  • Brush

Let’s make Expensive looking Christmas Decorations…

To make the Crown:

  1. Draw a zigzag line around the paper cup about half way up, making five points.
  2. Cut out a piece of fabric the size you need to cover the crown when wrapped around. Sponge PVA glue onto the fabric, then glue it around the crown. Leave to dry.
  3. Cut off the excess fabric that’s not covering the crown.
  4. Roll out some cotton wool or wadding then use PVA to glue it around the base.
  5. Use hot glue to attach a pearl to each of the spikes.
  6. Decorate by glueing on random bits of old jewellery.
  7. Brush PVA glue along the edges of the spikes then sprinkle gold glitter over the top, so it sticks to the glue. Tap off the excess glitter.
expensive looking christmas decorations

To make the Drum:

  1. Wipe the music paper with a damp tea bag to make it look old. Leave to dry.
  2. Cut out two circles slightly larger than the circumference of the tub and a strip long enough to be wrapped around the side. Use PVA glue to stick them on then leave to dry.
  3. Use a pencil to mark a zig-zagged line around the sides of the tub going from top to bottom.
  4. Attach twine along the zig-zagged line using hot glue.
  5. Carefully glue pearls around the top and bottom edges of the drum.
  6. Glue a length of ribbon to the top (for hanging), attaching it equally at opposite ends. Glue a little diamante over each end.
  7. Push a pearl onto one end of each cocktail stick, then tie twine around the other end to create the drumstick handles.
  8. Finally, glue the drumsticks to the top of the drum overlapping each other.
expensive looking christmas decorations

To make the Wreath:

  1. Cut the top rim off a paper cup.
  2. Tie on bits of ribbon, lace, braid, twine and any other bits of fabric that fit in with your colour scheme. Cover about three-quarters of the rim.
  3. Glue on a Christmas tree, so it’s sitting inside the wreath. You can buy these from The Works. (If you need to make your Christmas tree white, stand it in some bleach for 10 minutes, it works a treat).
  4. Wrap a little string of gold beads around the tree and glue the ends to the back.
  5. Tie some twine around the top of the wreath to hang it with.
expensive looking christmas decorations

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