Here are some clever and inspiring ideas to make your home the most stylish ever this festive season. No need to buy more decorations, just apply our festive style ideas and use what you’ve already got, but in a different way!
1. Stencil me in
- A plain heart wreath can be prettied up with a single decoration hanging inside it. A star, snowflake or dove all look festive — simply find a shape you like (try looking for one online) and cut it out from white felt or cardboard.
2. Make a statement
- Not sure what to do with leftover (or mismatched) decorations? Here’s the answer. Attach fine wire to each ornament, group together, add some greenery, fresh or fake, tie together with some ribbon then attach to the back of chairs. Simple!
3. 3D trees
- Cut out a tree shape from old wallpaper cuttings or thick wrapping paper and glue onto a piece of card that’s been folded in half. Then cut out another tree — exactly the same — fold in half and glue down its spine, leaving the two sides to ‘pop’ out. Finish it off by gluing on sequins as baubles.
4. Make it personal
- For a crafty cracker, fill toilet roll tubes with Lindt chocolate balls, cover in brown paper and tie the ends with different coloured paper ribbon. Write names on parcel tags by hand for a special touch.
5. Add a touch of luxe with ribbons and bows
- Real ribbons make a gift look so special — and they’ll keep for next year. Bonus!
- Save boxes of various shapes and sizes (doesn’t matter what’s printed on them as you won’t see it). Use white printer paper to cover your boxes. Buy a selection of wired ribbon to tie round your parcels, finishing each one with a beautiful bow. Personalise each gift by simply adding cones, Christmas decorations or fresh foliage.
6. Not-so-bare chairs
- Tie a length of organza ribbon around the back of your dining chairs together with glitzy baubles and star-shaped decorations. Go one step further and add your guests’ initials using a glitter pen.
7. Fragrant pomanders
- Hold the centre of some ribbon at the top of an orange, take both ends down to the bottom, cross over, then bring them back to the top. Tie ribbon tightly to secure, then tie the ends together to form a hanging loop.
- Add a small bow, in the same type of ribbon, at the top of the orange.
- Poke cloves into the orange until the whole surface is covered — the cloves absorb the juice and give off a real Christmassy smell.