There are plenty of ways to decorate your home, and using homemade decorations is a great way to make your home that little bit more unique and save money. I enjoy decorating the house and garden at Christmas and every year, I like to try out new things.
If the kids are off school, it’s the perfect time to create some fantastic Christmas decorations as a family to put up in your home or to give as gifts. You can do this simply with items you can find in the garden or on a woodland walk.
Here are a few Christmas decoration ideas for the festive season this year:
I 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. And you could even add some glass or plastic baubles if you want to give 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!
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 Christmas 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, here’s how you can use them:
- Decorate them with glitter or snow frosting and attach string to hang on your tree
- Bleach them – mix one part water with two parts bleach and submerge the pine cones for 24 hours, attach string or ribbon and hang from wherever you want
- Paint the pine cones and use them as place cards on the table
- Use the plain pine cones 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.
- If you’re feeling super creative, get some strong glue and make little reindeer ornaments
- Get some string and create stick trees, stars or snowflakes – check out the ideas on my Pinterest board.