Christmas will soon be upon us – already the shops are filling up with gift ideas, wrapping paper, Christmas candles and all sorts of decorations.
Relatives have begun calling up asking for children’s Christmas lists, butcher’s shops are filling orders for turkeys every day and Christmas flower arrangements from Interflora are selling like hot cakes.
A midst all the hubbub it can be easy to over-spend – take a little time out to make your own decorations this year.
Not only will you save a fortune, but friends and family will delight in your unique and quirky style.
Paper lanterns, garlands and streamers are incredibly easy to make – most of us probably remember how from our school days. Choose festive reds and greens or add a touch of glamour with sparkly gold and silver.
For those who are more of an origami expert, paper flowers scattered around the room are a pleasing touch.
Spray-paint traditional Christmas fruits and to create a fun and individual centerpiece Pine-cones, silver-painted grapes and holly leaves interspersed with some colorful seasonal fruit that is left edible makes a wonderful table decoration and can double as dessert once the meal is over!
Candlelight is flattering, festive and warming. Make your own seasonal candle holders by rinsing out empty glass jars and using glue and silver glitter to make a snowy scene around the outside. Pop in a tea-light and voila…a perfect Christmas candle holders.
Alternatively, you could fill the empty jars with fake berries and holly leaves to make colorful decorations.
White, sparkly spray paint can be used to make even the most ordinary of tree branches into a wonderful festive decoration that can be placed anywhere. You could even spray a whole pot plant and garland it with streamers for an alternative to the traditional Christmas tree.