Making your home look cosy and festive doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg. Here are our 7 homemade decorations for you to try at home
Christmas time - so much excitement, so much joy and oh, so much expectation. Whether it's expectation to buy food, or presents or even the endless Christmas cards - the weight of Christmas expectation gets heavier the older you get.
However, one thing you should definitely stop worrying about is spending a fortune on Christmas decorations. Making your home look cosy and festive doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg. As long as you're willing to get stuck in, you can have a house so Christmassy it'll make Nigella jealous.
Here are our 7 homemade decorations for you to try at home:
Easy peasy - pomander balls
This is so simple, yet so effective. All you need are a few large oranges and a handful of cloves; you just need to pierce the skin of the orange with the cloves. You can create shapes and patterns - just two rows wrapped round the middle look nice. They'll look great next to the fireplace or on the coffee table and the smell is Christmas in a fragrance.
Use what you have - clothes pegs
Old fashioned, wooden clothes pegs are easy to get hold of so why not make the most of them? All About You is full of interesting ways to turn the humble clothes peg into pretty decorations. Our favourites are the festive fairies.
Edible art - gingerbread men
Homemade and edible - is there a better kind of Christmas decoration? If you opt for gingerbread men you don't necessarily need to hang them up or put them on display, but it's a nice way to make the house feel festive if you pop them on a plate when family and friends turn up. This recipe from BBC Food is sure to leave your guests with a smile on their faces.
Light it up - candles
You'll probably have twinkling fairy lights all over the house but don't forget the joy of lighting a candle. Obviously make sure to blow out candles before you leave a room and never leave a child alone with an open flame. Make them festive by putting them in a heat-proof jar and sticking cinnamon sticks to the side, or use a hammer and nail to turn an old tin-can into a gorgeous, rustic lantern.
Recycle - blinging baubles
Making your own doesn't mean turning your back on your old favourites; you can just update the ones that are starting to look a bit tired. Scraps of old fabric, glitter and glue, even some old newspaper can add new life to a plain, old bauble. We think this idea from Mummy of Many Talents is the perfect way to update your decorations.
Pretty paper - colourful paperchains
Paper and scissors - we all have them at them at home so why not put them to good use and get snipping to make some pretty trimmings. Even better than using plain paper, why not use some thick wrapping paper or old Christmas cards if you have them? Follow these simple steps from Wiki How.
Brighten up some branches
Make the most of off cuts from the tree or some bare branches from the garden. You can either string them up around door frames or place them in a large vase. Spray them gold or silver to add a bit or sparkle or hang wooden ornaments from them for a more vintage look.