Instead of shopping for ornaments this Christmas, spend quality time with your family by creating your very own decorations. Don’t limit yourself to just your Christmas tree – feel the holiday festivities all around your home with these easy to do Christmas decorations!

1. Cinnamon Christmas Ornaments

These cinnamon Christmas ornaments are not only simple but are also pretty cute! They take about less than half a day to complete and requires very low skill.

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  1. Parchment paper
  2. Christmas cookie cutters
  3. Toothpick
  4. 1 cup of cinnamon
  5. ½ cup of applesauce
  6. ⅓ cup of craft glue
  7. Ribbon or Baker’s Twine, Jute Twine from Muji


  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees. In a bowl, mix 1 cup of cinnamon and 1/2 cup of applesauce. Stir well.
  2. Stir in 1/3 cup of craft glue.
  3. Use your hands to thoroughly mix in the glue and then knead the dough into a ball.
  4. Place your ball of dough on parchment paper and roll it flat until it is about 1/2-inch thick.
  5. Create ornaments with cookie cutters and place on a baking sheet.
  6. Use a toothpick to make a hole at the top of your ornament so that you can hang it from a ribbon or hook when it’s done.
  7. Bake at 200 degrees for two hours.
  8. Let them completely cool before decorating (maybe adding a small felt snowflake on top). Simply hang them with baker’s twine for a rustic look.

2. Scandinavian Christmas Yarn Star Ornaments

This Scandinavian Christmas Yarn Star ornament can be put on the top of your Christmas tree. It’s simple yet really cool! Here are the materials needed and the steps to make your own star ornament.


  1. glass bowl
  2. marker
  3. scissors
  4. yarn
  5. glue
  6. cardboard
  7. toothpicks
  8. wax paper


  1. Start by drawing your desired star shape on a piece of paper. There are many available online or trace a cookie cutter. Then place the paper on a piece of cardboard.
  2. Place a sheet of wax paper over the template.
  3. Push a toothpick from the wax paper through the cardboard wherever two lines meet.
  4. In a small bowl, pour a thick layer of craft glue.
  5. Cut a very long piece of yard and soak it in the glue.
  6. Tie the end of the yarn to a toothpick at the point of the star.
  7. Wrap the yarn around each of the toothpicks to form a basic outline.
  8. Use the remaining yarn to fill in the centre of the star with the glue soaked yarn. The more you add, the more substantial the ornament will be and the longer you will need to let it dry.
  9. When you’ve filled the star, cut the yarn and tie into a loop so you can hang it. Set the ornament aside to dry completely.
  10. When the ornament is absolutely dry, carefully peel it off then give it a place of honour on your Christmas tree.

3. Snowman Candle Holder

The New Savvy - Women - Christmas GiftThese snowman candle holders make your home a little warmer and cosier this Christmas!

Materials needed

  • Six-inch glass bowl (bubble/fishbowl can buy on Amazon)
  • Frosted glass spray paint
  • Gloves
  • Black glass paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Orange polymer clay
  • Golf tee
  • Wire craft mesh (can be bought online )
  • A small length of ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Soup can
  • Hot glue gun/Blu-tact
  • Votive candle


  1. Spray paint the fishbowl with glass frosted paint and allow to dry completely. Check the progress after it is dry, and give it another coat if necessary.
  2. After the frost paint is dry, paint on the eyes and the smile using black glass paint.
  3. Condition approximately 0.5 ounces of the orange polymer clay by rolling it around in your hands until it is very soft and easy to work with. Then roll out a small cylinder. Push the end of a golf tee through the centre of the cylinder as shown. This help supports the carrot nose. Then, roll and shape the orange clay to form a cone shape. Bake the clay according to the manufacturer’s instructions (usually 250oF or 120°C for 15 minutes). Allow cooling.
  4. Wear gloves and carefully cut a nine-inch circle from the wire mesh. Be careful while cutting and working with the rough edges of the mesh.
  5. Place a soup can in the centre of the circle and fold up the craft mesh all around the can, forming it well with your hands. Then, make the brim of the hat by folding down the edge of the wire mesh all around the can. Remove the can and place the wire mesh hat on the snowman.
  6. Decorate the hat by wrapping a length of ribbon around the hat, and securing with the hot glue gun or Blu-tact
  7. Place a votive candle (preferably in its own votive candle cup holder) inside the snowman and illuminate.


4. Mason Jar Lights

The New Savvy - Women - Christmas GiftMason jar lights are a very simple way to give your home the Christmas vibe with a small number of materials and a very short amount of time to complete! They will make your homes a little brighter and filled with the Christmas spirit!


  1. Mason Jar
  2. Fairy Lights
  3. Christmas themed cloth



  1. Twist the fairy lights around in a circle a little smaller than the diameter of the mason jar and place them inside the mason jar
  2. Spread out the lights in the jar so that each light is not overlapping each other and covers the entire jar
  3. Place the Christmas themed cloth under the mason jar and turn the fairy lights on.


5. Advent Calendar

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An advent calendar is a perfect way to hype yourself up for the Christmas season! It’s a fun way to reward yourself or your family with small gifts during the countdown to Christmas.


  1. Brown envelopes from Muji (or any other kind that you like eg. from Daiso)
  2. Pins
  3. Corkboard
  4. Washi Tape or other decorations (Tokyu Hands, Daiso)
  5. String
  6. Number Stamps
  7. Little gifts (Candy, tiny toys, etc.)


  1. Number the envelopes 1 to 25 by stamping the respective number on the envelope
  2. Decorate the envelopes with washi tape or other decorations
  3. Place the little gifts inside the envelopes and seal them with washi tape or string
  4. Pin the envelopes on a corkboard

6. Wrapped Up Cabinets

This decoration is a good and simple way to dress up your cabinets for the Christmas season.


  1. Festive wrapping paper
  2. Double-sided tape/Blu-tact
  3. Scissors
  4. Ribbons


  1. Cut wrapping paper to fit the size of the kitchen cabinet or other cabinets
  2. Place wrapping paper onto the cabinet and secure with double-sided tape/Blu-tact
  3. Decorate by placing ribbons on the wrapping paper and secure with tape/Blu-tact
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Anna Haotanto is the Advisor (former CEO) of The New Savvy. She is currently the COO of ABZD Capital and the CMO of Gourmet Food Holdings, an investment firm focusing on opportunities in the global F&B industry. She is part of the founding committee of the Singapore FinTech Association and heads the Women In FinTech and Partnership Committee. Anna is the President of the Singapore Management University Women Alumni. Anna invests and sits on the board of a few startups. Anna is also part of the Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Industry Career Women’s Group executive committee. Anna’s story is featured on Millionaire Minds on Channel NewsAsia. She hosts TV shows and events, namely for Channel NewsAsia’s “The Millennial Investor” and “Challenge Tomorrow”, a FinTech documentary. Anna was awarded “Her Times Youth Award” at the Rising50 Women Empowerment Gala, organised by the Indonesian Embassy of Singapore. The award was presented by His Excellency Ngurah Swajaya. She was also awarded Founder of the Year for ASEAN Rice Bowl Startup Awards. She was also awarded the Women Empowerment Award by the Asian Business & Social Forum. Anna has been awarded LinkedIn Power Profiles for founders (2018, 2017), Tatler Gen T, The Peak’s Trailblazers under 40 and a nominee for the Women of The Future award by Aviva


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