If you just love nothing more than to get down with your creative side and get crafty, then winter is the perfect excuse - especially when it starts to creep towards Christmas. Settling down on a cold and crisp evening, and adding a festive touch to your home is an instant way of heightening all the Christmas cheer. There are so many festive decor DIYS out there that are so easy to achieve, that we've highlighted a few of our favourites.
Wine Glass/ Vase Centerpieces
A simple yet really effective craft to create. This is a great opportunity to let your personality out and create something entirely bespoke. Why not coat your wine glass in glue, then roll in glitter? Once dry, turn your glass upside down, pop a tealight in the top and you've got a centrepiece that will add instant glamour (and sparkle, don't forget the sparkle) to any dining table. Alternative to glitter, how about placing some pine cones underneath the glass together with some faux winter berries?
The same effect can be created using a clear glass vase by placing a candle in the base of the vase, then draping festive decor around the outside - artificial flowers, berries, holly or mistletoe. Or keep it simple and add a few leftover baubles from the Christmas tree. If you're feeling extra snazzy, why not fill your vase with water, add your faux foliage, and float a candle at the top? Festive, romantic, and utterly fabulous!
It's so easy to head on out to the nearest shop that stocks festive decorations and buy a wreath to hang in your home. But how about making one of your own? If you have nimble-fingered and want to go all out, you could make an intricate wreath with lashing of foliage. Or you could go for one decked in baubles to make it extra Christmassy. But if you want to keep it super-simple, how about wrapping twine or tinsel around a cardboard wreath base, Styrofoam or plastic hoop? Both are really easy to find, the method rather simple, and you can keep the finished product for years to come. Wrap your tinsel or twine tightly round your chosen wreath base, then secure in place. You can get extra fancy and attach some baubles with the help of a glue gun, or leave it for a simplistic, yet stand out finish.
Hand Print Christmas Tree
*WARNING: You will get messy with this craft* One for little ones and families alike to get involved in, and one that adds a really, really personal touch to any home. Draw out the tree template first on a separate piece of paper, then get started. Once all the hand prints are dried, cut them out and stick on the "tree." Add glitter, paint your own baubles to "hang," and don't forget the fairy/star on the top.
Having too much fun with this one? Why not make your own hand print wreath or reindeer too?
Wrapping Paper Chains
A Christmas institution in its own right, but instead of making paper chains out of your bog standard plain or coloured paper, why not string some up made from any leftover wrapping paper from last years festivities? Either create one long strand, or interchange wrapping paper with plain. This will not only be a really cute touch, but is a great craft for little hands to get involved with too.
Jam Jar Snow Globe
Something that you regularly see scattered around Pinterest, and that is surprisingly quite easy to achieve. Finish off that jam, clean out the jar, and find the festive items you wish to use in your snow globe. Removed the jam jar lid, and glue your chosen items on to the underside. Put this to one side and leave to dry for a day or so (you don't want anything falling off!) Once the lid is completely dry, fill the jam jar with bottled still water, and top with glitter in the colours of your choosing. If you want to you can add a few teaspoons of glycerine, as this will make the glitter fall slower. Give everything a stir, then screw the jam jar lid back on, making sure it's sealed on tight. Flip the jar upside down and voila - one homemade snow globe.
NB: If there are little hands around, you might want to secure the lid on the jam jar so that it cannot be taken off. As nice the idea would be of a glittery carpet, it might not be the best thing to try and clean!
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