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I enjoy decorating the house and garden at Christmas and every year, I like to try out new things. There are plenty of ways to decorate your house, and using homemade decorations is a great way to make your home that little bit more unique and save money.

Are the kids off from school? Why not get together as a family and create some fantastic Christmas decorations to either use yourself, or perhaps give as gifts? All using items you can find in the garden.

Here are a few of my favourite Christmas decoration ideas and how to decorate your house and garden for the festive season this year!

Let there be light!

lights-at-christmas-londonI use lots of light around my home, both inside and outside. Of course fairy lights look great on your tree, wrapped around your banister or even draped from your ceiling but I love using lights in different forms as well. Lanterns look great outside your front door and create a great ambience if there’s enough of them. I like to leave the outside light off and use the lanterns as the main source.

If you have any plants like conifers outside the front of your house, these look great with lights on too – you could even add some glass or plastic baubles if you want to get a bit more sparkle.

Another unique way of lighting would be to use Mason jars filled with fairy lights in a garland and hung up around either the inside, or outside of your home.

You can also create a fantastic winter container to pop on your porch with small holly plants, skimmias or red berry Gaultherias!

Homemade decorations

 

There are loads of things you can pick up in the garden or cheap items from the store to make some lovely homemade decorations. Making decorations at home can be a lot of fun, especially if you can get the whole family involved!

Pine cone decorations

When you’re next out on your walk, collect up some pine cones and take them home. Pop them on some towel or kitchen roll in a dry place.

Once the pine cones are completely dried out, there’s loads you can do to turn them into decorative items, here are just a few ideas:

  1. Decorate them with glitter or snow frosting and attach string to hang on your tree
  2. Bleach them – mix one part water with two parts bleach and submerge the pinecones for 24hours, attach string or ribbon and hang from wherever you want
  3. Paint the pinecones and use them as place cards on the table
  4. Use the plain pinecones as a decorative arrangement in a vase or bowl

Twigs and sticks

Pick up twigs and sticks of varying shapes and sizes. Dry these out in the same way you would pine cones, and use these to create fun and pretty decorations.

  1. If you’re feeling super creative, get some strong glue and make little reindeer ornaments
  2. Get some string and create stick trees, stars or snowflakes – check out the ideas on my Pinterest board.

Cinnamon sticks

The smell of cinnamon makes me think of Christmas, and I love to use it as decorations around the house. Get hold of some cinnamon sticks from your local shop and try these ideas:

  1. Arrange them around candles and tie with some ribbon
  2. Bunch some up and tie with twine to hang on the tree, you can also make stars or other shapes
  3. ­You can also use cinnamon sticks in bundles with decoration on as door hangers too

Homemade decorations are an inexpensive way to have a personal touch to your décor this Christmas.

See my Pinterest for more Christmas ideas!

Feed the birds

 

Why not add some festive decoration outside, while also catering for birds over the winter? Check out my how to make a fat ball guide and make into a different shape form a ball instead – you could create a dove or a Christmas tree using a stencil or cookie cutter. It would still need to be quite thick though to hold the string for hanging purposes.

Wreaths

Making your own Christmas wreath isn’t too troublesome, and they look great and unique when you’ve made them yourself!

Decorations to use on a wreath

  • Christmas beads
  • Ribbons
  • Holly
  • Decorative clips
  • Pine cones
  • Small bells
  • Dried orange slices
  1. Get hold of some floral wire, flat wire rings, craft glue, work gloves and all the plants or decorations you plan to use
  2. Take the flat wire ring, which can be purchased from lots of hobby stores or garden centres and start to bundle your greenery together and wrap the wire tightly around the stems and pole. Do this the whole way around
  3. Once you have filled the whole wire with greenery, ensure that none of the wire is showing and all the bunches are secure
  4. Take your decorations and add them to the wreath using floral wire or glue and design exactly as you want!
See my blog: How to make a Christmas wreath

Remember to send me any photos of your fantastic Christmas decoration ideas on my Facebook or Twitter, or leave a comment in the box below with how you plan to decorate this year!