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DIY Christmas decorations
Timer tree. Picture: Robert Duncan/The West Australian

Simple DIY ideas add a personal touch to Christmas decorations.

String art tree
You’ll simply need a board of MDF, nails and twine. Start by lightly pencilling a tree shape on to the MDF, then hammer in the nails, evenly spaced, around the shape, making sure you don’t hammer them all the way in. Tie the twine with a knot, to one of the lowest nails on the board and start crisscrossing the twine across the board in a haphazard style. When you’re happy with the pattern you’ve created, tie off with another knot.

Timber tree
You’ll need 3m of timber, red paint and a paintbrush, nails, a hammer and a handsaw. To start, measure out the seven lengths of timber you’ll need to make the tree shape, then cut to size and paint. Once dry, construct the cone shape of the tree and nail the timber pieces into place. Nail your trunk to the bottom part of the cone shape, and position and nail the branches into place. You could construct a simple base for the tree so it can stand independently, or simply lean it against a wall as shown.

Storing dectorations

“When storing ornaments, try to group them in like kinds — like plastic and shatterproof ornaments together and glass or fragile ornaments together — and wrap the fragile ornaments with newspaper or bubble wrap,” Myer’s Fiona Adam said.

Caroline Thew, of Corner Store, said egg cartons made great containers for precious glass ornaments, while fishing tackle boxes, with their multitude of compartments, were another handy way to organise and store decorations.

Store decorations in a place where there is minimal moisture and keep all storage containers, bags and boxes clearly labelled for easy access next year, Ms Adam recommended.