Christmas is always an incredibly exciting time of year but, when you like having an arts and crafts project to work on, it can be even more fun. There are plenty of things you can make in the lead-up to Christmas, from home decorations to cards you can surprise your friends and family with.
Here, we’re going to outline just some of the ways in which you can get crafty this Christmas. Read on to find out more.
Your Christmas tree is likely to become the heart of your home during the festive season, and making your own baubles can help to give it an extra personal touch. You could even start a tradition of getting together with your friends, partner, or family, and making at least one decoration every year. Then, in a few years’ time, you can look back at your collection and remember all of the fantastic Christmases you’ve had together.
When it comes to making your own baubles, you can buy your own materials, or you can purchase everything from shops such as Hobbycraft, which stocks DIY Christmas decoration kits. You can choose which route to go down depending on how crafty you and your party are.
This year, consider swapping any generic Christmas stockings you might have for ones that you’ve personalised. Whether you like to fill them with small and quirky gifts, or you use them purely for decoration, embellishing them yourself can make them extra-special.
It’s great if you already have some simple stockings that you can add decoration to but, if you don’t, they’re very affordable to buy. In fact, Poundstretcher offers Christmas stockings for as little as £1.99. These can then be personalised with everyone’s initials, and then decorated with glitter and festive felt shapes.
This year, try bringing the outdoors in by using plants and foliage to decorate your home for Christmas. If you would like to incorporate greenery into your festive décor, you have plenty of options. For example, you could create your own Christmas wreath, spray some leaves gold and scatter them around your home, or make a table centrepiece using foliage from your garden.
If you would like more inspiration, Wyevale Garden Centres has a great guide to making Christmas decorations from garden plants that’s sure to give you plenty of ideas.
Making your own bunting is incredibly easy, which means this is a great idea if you consider yourself to be a Christmas crafts novice. As with most projects, you can buy kits that include everything you need, or you can purchase all of the materials yourself.
If you would like to keep and use your finished bunting for many Christmases to come, a fabric kit will work best, as paper decorations are only likely to last one festive season.
Homemade Christmas cards always seem far more thoughtful than those that come from a box, so why not treat your family and friends to some cards that you’ve crafted yourself? With a collection of card, glitter, paper, and glue, you can make some beautifully festive designs that everyone will love — and you’ll have lots of fun creating them, too!
If you’re not sure where to start when it comes to designing your own Christmas cards, Pinterest is a treasure trove of inspiration you should definitely take advantage of. Many of the posts will also give you step-by-step instructions that will walk you through the process of creating them.
Creating your own Christmas decorations and cards is a great way to make the festive season feel even more special, and it can be a lot of fun! So, what are you waiting for? Grab your glitter glue and start crafting!
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