STUDIO CITY (KCAL9) — Celebrity interior designer, Jennifer Adams, stopped by KCAL9 Friday to show viewers how to make DIY tree ornaments to decorate the Christmas tree on a budget!
Hanging tree ornaments out of cardboard
- For a natural look, use cardboard, for a more refined look, use white or colored art board, or thin sheets of wood from a hobby store.
- Use holiday themed cookie cutters to outline the shapes.
- Decorate with marker or glitter pens, paint, ribbon, beads, colored glue or glitter or scrape book paper.
Tie ribbon bows directly to the branches
- Buy rolls of wide holiday ribbon and tie them yourself. Trim the non-loop ends on a diagonal or with a V shape.
- Buy premade bows, using picture hanging wire or unbent paper clips to attach them to branches.
Decorate with food
- Strings of cranberries and unseasoned, air-popped popcorn is inexpensive and easy.
- If you have pets or a potential ant or other pest problem, decorating with food for the whole season may not be a good idea. Colored plastic or wood beads can stand in for the food.
- Dry citrus slices in the oven to add a pop of fun color around the tree.
Embellish existing glass ball ornaments
- Shop garage sales and thrift stores for solid color glass or plastic ornaments
- Use glitter pens, paint, silver and gold Sharpie markers to draw designs like stars, hearts, zig zag shapes or spell out words
- Fill clear glass ornaments with beads, feathers or glitter
Make your own paper chains
- Get the kids involved and have them cut colored paper or scrape book paper into strips and glue them together one at a time, looping each strip through the link you just made.
Adams is also holding a special bedding event starting Friday through Dec. 15 at the Laguna Nigel Costco, 27972 Cabot Rd.