It’s almost that time of year where you can feasibly decorate your house with Christmas decorations without friends and family being incredulous that it’s far too early.
Just before you start unpacking those boxes of baubles and tinsel, why not take some time to create your own? Think of it as a mindfulness moment before the madness of Christmas.
It doesn’t have to be difficult. We asked Rebecca Snowden, Interior Style Advisor at online furniture retailer Furniture Choice for some of the most simple yet Christmassy crafts you can do yourself to decorate your home with this Christmas.
Fill jars with fairy lights
Filling mason jars, vases, bell jars and glass bowls with pine cones, string lights and other festive trinkets is a cheap and cheerful way of creating a centrepiece for your shelf or dining table.
Put a few pine cones inside a bell jar and then wrap some twinkling lights around them for a beautiful festive centrepiece.
Place sprigs of green around the room
Incorporating small sprigs of greenery around your house is a subtle nod to Christmas and ties in nicely with the main event, the Christmas tree.
Rebecca says, “The Christmas tree doesn’t have to be the only green decor in the room; place sprigs of eucalyptus and rosemary on display as informal decor. As well as bringing in more natural elements to the room, they will provide a pleasant, fresh aroma. Alternatively, try putting sprigs of green inside a small jar or bell jar - this is a particularly good option if you have curious children and
Wrap string lights around wire frames
String lights are a great way to add warmth to your living space. Buy some cheap wire frames and entwine string lights around the shape for an eye-catching decoration.
If you want to add a touch of Christmas without majorly disrupting your current decor, drape string lights around frames you already own. Rebecca recommends: “Oak frames add general warmth and depth to a room and work well with neutral colours.”
Use pine cones and acorns as cute decorations
Incorporate natural woodland elements like acorns and pine cones for a subtle hint of nature, with the added benefit of complementing neutral, muted or winter tones in the room.
“Try placing a cluster of pine cones and acorns on a shelf with some greenery for an informal festive look. Pine cones and acorns can also be scattered on your Christmas table, perhaps with some frosted sprigs, for a cosy, relaxed arrangement.
"If you want to take your DIY skills a little further, make your pine cones shimmer with some glitter and arrange them in your favourite bowl, and if you’re feeling ambitious try making a wreath with your pine cones with glue and wreath frame.”
Make your own baubles
You can buy transparent make-your-own baubles on the high street, and it’s a fun way to really personalise your tree – you and the whole family can get involved.
Try placing glitter and springs inside them and use twine or string to attach them to your tree. You could even use glitter or metallic pens to draw designs on them (if you’re not artistically minded, polka dots work!)