We all have our ancient boxes of tired but traditional festive decorations waiting under the stairs, in the loft, or at the back of the cupboard, gathering dust until it’s time to hang them up once more. But just the simplest of tweaks or additions can bring old decorations back to life and up to date, and give you a fun activity for a rainy winter afternoon, too (as if December weren’t already busy enough!)
So put on your Christmas CD, put a log on the fire and read on for our Christmas home-made décor tips…
I always seem to end up with several rogue pinecones amongst my decorations. They’re so easy to find, free to those near woods and very cheap indeed to those who aren’t. But with just a couple of tweaks, pinecones can really bring a bit of cosy country glamour to your home.
Start with some tree decorations. Gingham red and white ribbon go well with almost any décor, working well with both chic and warm looks. Cut about 25-30cm off, and tie firmly in a bow. Take some cheap natural garden rope or string, wrap round and in between the spokes on the pinecone (as you might a Christmas tree), then loop up and tie around the bow, leaving a loop above the bow to hang from the branch. No glue, no fuss, and a lovely country decoration for hardly any expense. If your décor is more “high-end” than rustic, you can use satin gold, silver or even white ribbon to match your scheme. Make sure to tie it all tightly though, so no pinecones end up going rogue!
Tea lights and glass candles are always a winter staple, giving off warm light and lovely scent. But as chic as their logos on the side of the glass may be, you can make them even more festive. For the country look, take your garden string and tie cinnamon sticks all the way around the candles – so you have a wooden “fort” feel to the candle. Or for a more playful, child-like theme, how about tying candy canes (facing out) around the glass instead, so you have a playful vase effect in red and white – and a treat at the end of the season. Ribbon can be used instead of string, of course, though make sure it’s all tied tight!