Friday, 25 November 2016

Making your own Christmas decorations

It can be expensive buying Christmas decorations especially if you suddenly decide to change your colour scheme or just fancy a change.  But rather than purchase new why not make your own, even better see if you can get the children involved and enjoy a festive crafts session together. 

Depending on how you get on they can even make little gifts for friends and family to hang on their Christmas trees.  Handmade is so much more thoughtful as you have put the time, energy and love into making them!

Saltrock blog had a lovely post all about DIY Christmas Decorations – they have scoured the Internet and compiled a post full to the brim of fantastic ideas for you to try at home.  Many of the decorations use natural things you can find quite easily like pinecones or shells – so get your kids outdoors first and enjoy a nice walk and see what you can find on your adventures that can be transformed into one of these decorations.

If you live by the seaside you might prefer the nautical theme, with seashell candles to add gently flickering candlelight to your home and perhaps the seashell baubles.  It’s amazing what people have thought to make and how fantastic they actually look.  I always wish I was more creative but even following others ideas can give you a huge sense of satisfaction.

My favourite from the suggestions though is the dried fruits because I love the smell they would bring to the room.  Memories are very much brought alive by scents, so surrounding yourselves in decorations made with oranges and cinnamons sounds wonderful to me.

I feel motivated to have a Christmas decoration making session very soon!!!  Our tree goes up mid December so will enjoy a weekend of making before then, just writing this post has helped me feel all Christmassy.  We did make reindeer garlands with toast (yes really!) once you can read more by clicking the link – I don’t think it quite had the visual appeal in the picture but the boys enjoyed making them which is the main thing!!!

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