Monday, 5 December 2011

Try 'home-made' Christmas decorations

christmas home decoration
Designate a Saturday for Christmas preparations, and rope in your children to help. A pack of black card, some glue, glitter and paint are all you need to make bunting, place settings and other tabletop flourishes. The key shapes never change. Use tree, bauble, star and bell stencils to give an instant Christmassy effect. The truly ambitious could try a robin or two.

With real trees costing around £10 a foot, an artificial one could save you a fortune. And they are no longer the garish emerald-fur bonanzas of old. They look realistic, rescue you from treading on pine needles and are fully recyclable. Our 7ft Snowy Paper Tree, complete with LED lights, cost £85 from John Lewis.

Creating your own tree decorations is easy. Baker Ross has six ceramic “paint your own” baubles for £4.99, but my children love Decoration Sewing Kits (six for £5.94). These come with plastic needles, wool, stuffing, stickers and sequins. Four paper chains cost £11.40, enough to decorate both your house and the neighbours’.

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