Making your own Christmas decorations is fantastic. It's fun, cheap and environmentally friendly, and (if you do it well) really impresses visitors.
This is so easy there's no excuse not to have a go! It also doesn't have to cost a thing – other than the price of a bit of sellotape or glue. Simply collect up some leftover magazines, or better yet all those unwanted leaflets that come through the postbox – Christmassy catalogues in particular are great. Then curl up on your sofa with a hot drink and a good bit of festive music/TV and get making!
Cut the magazines or leaflets into strips, about an inch wide and around the length of an A4 sheet. Stick the first one into a loop, then fasten another loop around it and so on. Once you're done, simply stick them up around your home – in doorways, across ceilings or wherever you fancy. To get a more professional effect, twist them slightly as you go.
Paper craft decorations
Again, this is easy peasy – no special skills required! All you need are some odds and ends of card and coloured paper or other material (again, see what you can reuse), scissors, string and a bit of creativity. Cut out the card into festive shapes – maybe stars, trees, snowmen or angels. Once you've got a base, add on some detail using your scraps of material to create a collage effect – make it as simple or complicated as you like.
When you're done, simply make a hole at the top of each shape, attach a piece of string and then hang up, either on your tree or elsewhere – in a fireplace, on cupboard handles and so on.
Bring nature indoors
Out for a wintry walk? Why not see what you can gather for decorative purposes. Try weaving together sticks and evergreens to make your own wreath to hang on the front door, or table decorations to go around the base of a candle. Use tape to fasten together and then bend leaves over to hide the joins... but remember to put some thick gloves on if using holly!
Knitted and felted decorations
This is a little more challenging, but only slightly. With very basic knitting skills, you can create simple shapes such as stockings or snowmen, which make really cute hanging decorations or gifts. Even easier, cut out two matching festive shapes from a piece of felt and sew them together, leaving a small gap to add stuffing such as cotton wool or scraps of material. Add a few details – again use up some scraps, or spare buttons, and voila!
Any good at painting? Then why not make your own little (or large) Christmas pictures, to decorate your own home or give as unique gifts. Don't worry if you've never been that great at drawing - you can always opt for something more abstract. A splash of colour and sparkle captures the Christmas spirit just as well as a carefully crafted landscape!