Creating Memories From Scratch: Christmas Craft Ideas for the Whole Family

 

GarlandIt’s not easy finding the perfect Christmas decoration. Most people either spend too much money and aren’t totally satisfied with their purchase or they don’t spend enough, and lament over the near non-existence of decorations. Here’s how to make the perfect gifts from scratch and get everything you’ve ever wanted without spending a fortune.

The Softball Ornament

This one is easy. Go down to a sporting goods store and pick up a softball. Now, wrap it up in leftover fabric to make a unique ornament. The best ornaments will be wrapped in brightly-colored, Christmas-themed, fabrics. Use crafter’s glue to hold the fabric in place.

Attach a string to one side of the ball, preferably where the fabric comes together. Tie it off with a bow or get some ribbon to make it look pretty.

Now you have something you can hang on your tree or give to a friend or loved one.

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Welcome Guests to Your Home

If you’re struggling with ideas on how to decorate your home, start with the hallway. It’s the first thing people see when they come to your home.

You can give your guests a dramatic welcome by placing a pair of inexpensive plastic urns at the front door. You can pick these urns up at most garden centres, and dress them up with miniature Christmas trees. And, if you don’t want to purchase miniature trees, break off a few branches from a pine or similar tree.

Decorate it, and they will become quaint little “Charlie Brown Christmas trees”.

Easy Table Toppers

You have two choices here:

  1. Go out to a Black Friday event and pick up pine cone Christmas decorations. Or;
  2. Make them yourself. Most people can find pine cones out in the front garden or in a local park.

Once you gather up a few cones, you can dry them out, spritz them with cinnamon essential oils, and then glue them together. Put a decorative garland underneath each cone and it becomes a pro-grade table topper.

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Splurge On Raw Materials and Snake Ideas from Boutique Stores

OK, there are times when you just have to attend in-store events for ideas. It might even be a good idea to splurge and buy some decorations – especially if you find something that’s way beyond your crafting abilities.

But, really, the reason to go to a Black Friday event or pick up some Black Friday deals is to get ideas, and maybe some raw materials for your decorations.

Example: Let’s say you waltz into a high end department store. You know you’re not going to buy anything because a wooden apple costs £20, and a hand towel will set you back at least £50.

But, you see a centerpiece that’s basically a serving dish with fruit in it. The arrangement is pretty unique. Is it something that could inspire you to make something similar? Probably. If you make some time and with a bit of planning, you could probably even come up with something better, unique and something that compliments your style

 

Deena Nelson has been running local craft workshops for years and likes to share her tips and ideas with an online audience as well. She is frequent contributor for a number of craft and lifestyle websites.

Getting festive with Ocean

We have a bit of a tradition in our house. Every year we buy some new decorations and baubles for the tree, something to add to the (already) large collection that will ensure that the house doesn’t look exactly the same year after year. I get the decorations from some of my favourite stores (Paperchase, Debenhams, John Lewis) and then, on the last weekend in November, we decorate the house as a family. It is always a lovely time, Christmas music on , a glass of sherry in hand, and, by the end of the weekend the house looks all festive and pretty and the Christmas mood is fully in place.

This year I have had a little bit of help in the decorations department with Ocean Loans giving me a challenge to find pretty, unusual pieces to create Christmas in my own. Unfortunately the decorations are not actually in situ yet, partly because I’ve had to order a new tree (the old one had turned from glittering white to a rather less than beautiful yellowish tinge – imagine if a dog had mistaken it for a real tree and you get the general idea.) The tree is due to arrive anytime before the 2nd December, so we are going to concentrate on putting the decorations up first, and then adding the tree as the final touch.

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So, what did new decorations did I get this year? Well, a new tree calls for a new fairy, and I found the perfect one at John Lewis for just £12, it is glamorous, and white and silver, which is basically my specifications matched totally. I also got reindeers – lots of reindeers. It is no secret that I am a little obsessed with reindeers at Christmas, I line them across my window ledge. This year Paperchase has come up trumps with reindeers of the prettiest colours, and I also found another beauty when we went to see the Blithbury Reindeers. I have a feeling I am going to need to find more space for these!

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Click to view at John Lewis

 

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Click to view the sitting deer at John Lewis

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The Hollybush Garden Centre which is located very close to my house is always a treasure trove at Christmas, a veritable Winter wonderland. We picked up some amazing things from Hollybush, including some ‘Frozen’ tree decorations and a gorgeous fashion decoration – a sugar coated dress mannequin that I just fell in love with.

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DSCN9677[1]Here are a few more tree decorations I picked up at Paperchase – it has a 3 for 2 deal which is always great.

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Click to visit Paperchase

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Are you getting any new decorations this year?

Destination Christmas has arrived at Selfridges

When do you officially start your countdown to Christmas? Is it when you first realise that every advert on TV is for some sort of toy? Is it when you see the giant tins of Quality street have arrived in your local supermarket? Maybe your countdown doesn’t begin until the first Christmas lights switch on, or until you see the John Lewis advert, or maybe you are far more traditional, and start your countdown when you open that first window on your advent calendar.

For me, the Christmas countdown starts when Selfridges open Destination Christmas, opening the curtains on their wonderful festive windows, and introduce the ‘elfridges’ who are there to shop your every yuletide need. This year, the windows are a twist on the traditional fairy tales, and I will popping to London very soon to get a look at close quarters.

Pretty lights in Selfridges Birmingham

Pretty lights in Selfridges Birmingham

I love that Selfridges always has an unusual selection of Christmas decorations that range from the very traditional to the ultra-modern, and from the very beautiful to the cute and funny. The latest collection is full of gorgeous pieces that you can put on your tree this year, and then enjoy for years to come. I like to add a few new decorations to my tree each year, even more so now Joe is old enough to help decorate it, and so I will be making a trip to Selfridges soon so we can both pick a new bauble (I have a feeling Joe will choose the glass truck bauble, or the London Eye Snowglobe). I have my eye on the super cute resin boots which look a lot like the Uggs that come out every time the weather turns cold.

Here are my favourite picks from a really lovely selection.

 KURT ADLER Glass truck bauble 10cm £16.95 click to visit Selfridges

KURT ADLER Glass truck bauble 10cm £16.95 click to visit Selfridges

KREBS GLAS LAUSCHA Unicorn tree decoration £16.95 click to visit Selfridges

KREBS GLAS LAUSCHA Unicorn tree decoration £16.95 click to visit Selfridges

 GISELA GRAHAM Frosted holly berry bunch £1.95 click to visit Selfridges

GISELA GRAHAM Frosted holly berry bunch
£1.95 click to visit Selfridges

COACH HOUSE Pearl encrusted bauble 10cmm £6.95

COACH HOUSE Pearl encrusted bauble 10cmm £5.95

GISELA GRAHAM Bambi plush decoration 28cm £22.95 click to visit Selfridges

GISELA GRAHAM Bambi plush decoration 28cm £22.95 click to visit Selfridges

GISELA GRAHAM Santa It's a Long Story plaque £5.95 click to visit Selfridges

GISELA GRAHAM Santa It’s a Long Story plaque £5.95 click to visit Selfridges

 GISELA GRAHAM Fuschia glitter leaf bauble 8cm     £5.95 click to visit Selfridges

GISELA GRAHAM Fuschia glitter leaf bauble 8cm
£5.95
click to visit Selfridges

 ORNEX I Love Selfridges bauble 8cm £6.95 click to visit Selfridges

ORNEX I Love Selfridges bauble 8cm
£6.95 click to visit Selfridges

 SELFRIDGES Selfridges bauble £5.95 click to visit Selfridges

SELFRIDGES Selfridges bauble
£5.95 click to visit Selfridges

 ELGATE London knitted mini stockings set of three £5.95 click to visit Selfridges

ELGATE London knitted mini stockings set of three
£5.95 click to visit Selfridges

 KURT ADLER Resin boots bauble 7cm £10.05 click to visit Selfridges

KURT ADLER Resin boots bauble 7cm
£10.05 click to visit Selfridges

 VILLEROY & BOCH Mini Christmas ginger house £26.95 click to visit Selfridges

VILLEROY & BOCH Mini Christmas ginger house
£26.9o click to visit Selfridges

 ELGATE Houses of Parliament bauble 11cm     £3.95 click to visit Selfridges

ELGATE Houses of Parliament bauble 11cm
£3.95
click to visit Selfridges

 ELGATE London Eye Christmas collage-base snow globe 4.5cm £5.95 click to visit Selfridges

ELGATE London Eye Christmas collage-base snow globe 4.5cm £5.95
click to visit Selfridges

 KURT ADLER British phone booth decoration  £16.95 click to visit Selfridges

KURT ADLER British phone booth decoration
£16.95 click to visit Selfridges

To view all the Destination Selfridges decorations, click here.