Personalise your home this Christmas with these home-made decorations
Put the Christmas shopping on hold and enjoy a little me time by indulging in a relaxing craft project. These simple ideas are easy to do and will add a personalised finishing touch to your Christmas scheme.
1. Write fortunes for the year ahead
Pen fortunes on attractive note paper, roll into a cigar shape and tie with metallic ribbon (or cheat and buy these stylish Wild Masquerade fortunes, £18 for 8, from Anthropologie). Tuck them into the branches of your Christmas tree, then hand them out to guests with the first round of drinks.
2. Plant up terrariums
Create a beautiful indoor garden that will last the winter by displaying house plants inside glass terrariums – try these gold and glass terrariums, from £15 each at Oliver Bonas. Fill the bottom of the container with a layer of small rocks, then add a layer of activated charcoal, followed by potting soil. Plant cacti and succulents in open terrariums and miniature ferns in closed containers.
3. Make an alternative Advent calendarTurn a shelf unit into a contemporary Advent calendar by stencilling 1 – 24 inside the cubbyholes. This display box, £135, Out There Interiors, is the ideal backdrop for small gifts, baubles and trinkets. Stand it in the hallway to create a festive welcome as you come through the front door.
4. Upgrade a plain wreath
Transform a basic wreath into a thing of beauty by adding some faux berries, dried oranges and bundles of cinnamon sticks tied with organza ribbon. The Traditional wreath bundle, £12, at Hobbycraft includes all you need to create this festive decoration.
5. Fill your own crackers
Personalise crackers for your guests on Christmas day by buying an empty pack that you can fill with your own bad jokes and little treats – try this red and white set, £5 for six, from John Lewis. You could even turn it into a meaningful moment to share with family and friends by including a short poem or your favourite memory of time spent with them in the past year.
6. Create a display for cards Put all those Christmas cards to good use by creating a smart wall display. This wire reindeer card holder, £27, from Cox and Cox comes with a set of wooden pegs so you can fix up some of your favourite cards and festive family photos. Finish it off by winding a string of fairy lights around the wire frame and tucking in a few fresh springs of holly.