There is nothing quite like the scent of a real pine tree to fill your home – and these days you can get them delivered and picked up. We love this beautiful, no-shed Noblis Fir Christmas tree (8 ft), ch
A mini Christmas tree is the perfect hallway decoration to welcome guests, and can be made using large evergreen branches. Decorate your tiny tree with sweet bunting made from scrap paper. Simply cut into triangles and use a hole-punch to create openings for pretty ribbon to string through. Socker galvanised plant pot, Ikea. All paper and ribbon from Daintree.
Want to make your very own birdhouse? It’s simple – fina a template online. We used cardboard and wrapping paper to decorate ours. Red robin, The Blue Door. Red birdhouse decoration, €6, Carolyn Donnelly Eclectic for Dunnes Stores.
Some unusual decorations are well worth buying, though. Gold glitter stag, Talking Tables. Reindeer, Carolyn Donnelly Eclectic for Dunnes Stores.
Forget about matchy-matchy gift wrap and keep under the tree looking homely and eclectic by mixing your finishes – think craft paper, foil, velvet and a little bit of sparkle. Wrapping paper from Daintree and Tiger. Wired ribbon, A. Rubanesque.
Baking your own Christmas cookies is both fun and easy. Head to image.ie for our simple recipe. Display your treats on pretty fabric napkins or give them as gifts by popping them in some cellophane and sealing with a length of ribbon. Tango wool throw, The Blue Door. Blarney Woollen Mills window rug; small lidded basket; Kaushambi placemat, all Meadows & Byrne.
Transform old glass jars into enticing vessels for sweets and treats. Gather up a few old Christmas decorations, and glue them onto the jars’ lids. Lay them out on old newspaper and spray-paint the outside in the colour of your choice.
We used scrap fabric and leftover wrapping paper to make these beautiful festive wreaths. Use a large dinner plate to trace a circle on a piece or cardboard, then use a side plate to trace out a hole in the centre. Cut your fabric into evenly sized strips (use a pinking scissors for a neater finish) and tie it around your cardboard ring until it is completely covered.
Upcycle your old lightbulbs into sparkly festive baubles. For the glitter bulbs, cover half the bulb in craft glue and sprinkle with glitter, making sure to lay down old newspaper to catch the excess. For cool metallic decorations, cover the top of the bulb in masking tape and spray paint the exposed part. Vintage Christmas decorations; stripe ribbon, both RE.
Scour your shed for scrap wood – the more faded and worn, the better. We used pieces from a broken garden bench to make this cute tree. Saw pieces of wood into five or six different lengths, sand down the edges for a smooth finish, and nail them to a piece of wood running vertically across the back. Then simply decorate with some old and new decs (Meadows & Byrne, The Blue Door, Dunnes).
A scattering of metallic leaves adds a festive, rustic touch to a dinner table. While raking leaves or walking through the park, take a few minutes to collect the prettiest ones, in a variety of shapes. Dry them off and spray paint them gold or silver. When completely dry, flatten them by placing them in a heavy book for a day or two. Leaves spray-painted in PlastiKote Glitter Silver and Gold.
Give plain envelopes a touch of Christmas magic by lining the inside with old wrapping paper. Simply trace the outline of the area you want to cover onto the back of your wrapping paper and cut out using a craft scalpel or sharp scissors. Leave a free edge so the envelope can still be easily sealed and use spray-mount to stick in place, bringing the patterned paper just inside the visible edge.
Hand-painted pine cones look gorgeous nestled in your Christmas tree or simply displayed in a pretty bowl. Use an old paint brush to apply craft glue, then dip into a bowl of glitter and gently shake off the excess. Old tea plate in wire holder, RE.
Mix a few standout Christmas baubles with cheaper stock ones for easy wow factor. Geisha; Russian doll; blue glass bird, all Carolyn Donnelly Eclectic for Dunnes Stores. Wire basket, €12.95, Meadows & Byrne.
Fabric bunting looks all the more charming when it’s homemade. Cut odd bits of fabric into rectangles and snip into one end to create the flag shape. Then simply fold over at the top, stitch and string. A Merry Little Christmas trees fabric; Novella Finnelopy fabric in aqua, both sewscrumptious.co.uk. Intergral 100% linen fabric, Coccinelle Pepper Mint, both Camengo.