With festive concepts a plenty, these attractive combinations and unique designs featured the feel good factor of being homemade …
1. Produce a Christmas tree of cards
There’s no requirement for a Norwegian Spruce when you can develop your own, without the worry of pine needles dropping. Just get your kitchen steps out and ask the kids to take turns handing you the cards as you pin them up.
2. Make your own crackers
Empty bathroom rolls have so much capacity at this time of year to be used to make crackers and equipping fillers. Just cover them in brown paper, or last year’s Christmas wrapping, add a little ornament, Quality Street or joke, and tie the ends with string. Ta-da!
3. Style your own wreath
Get moss and branches from the garden to loop with Christmas tree offcuts, or the kids will enjoy getting their paint pots out, as soon as you’ve stencilled in their preferred snow scene on a circular cardboard cut-out.
4. Frame your baubles
So adorable, so smart … possibilities are there’s an old painting hiding in the attic or event dust that you ‘d like to be rid of. Empty the frame and use the support as a neutral base to pin your best baubles– a joyful red ribbon completes the appearance.
5. Fill glass jars with chocolates and sweet deals with
Take an empty jam jar or pickle container and fill it with Maltesers. Slide in a band of coloured paper, tie ribbon round the cover and if you’re feeling extra crafty, make reindeer antlers out of pipe cleaners or fuzzy sticks. Rudolph would be proud.
6. Make Christmas designs out of cardboard
Clothing pegs: Tick. Cardboard: Tick. Old fabric or wrapping paper: Tick. Marker pen and glue. Tick. These Christmas bells can be pegged to a ribbon to make a fireside garland, or branches of an indoor plant.
7. Craft a wreath out of paper chains
Such enjoyable, and an easy one for children to get to grips with as the loops do not have to be precisely the same size, and they’re easy to paste or sellotape together.
8. Paint a gingerbread home
This is a charming concept to copy, and if you do not have an extra canvas, consider covering a wooden pallet with an old pillowcase or sheet. Once it’s pulled tight and embeded, you’ll be great to go and remember, shine likes glue.
9. Dry oranges for Christmas tree decors
These baked orange wheels can be threaded with coloured cotton or wool, and hung from the tree. And you can constantly put a couple aside for the grown-ups to garnish a well deserved G&T at the end of the day!