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5 easy, fun and frugal DIY Christmas craft ideas that won’t eat into your gift budget

29th November 2016
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Our designer Georgie is a twine-twirling pro. 

At this time of year, the big corps are scrambling to take things off your hands, and yet the festive season is the perfect time make things personal by making things with your own. Not looking forward to dusting off your hotchpotch box of decorations? Rather than hitting the high street in a fear-of-failing-at-Christmas induced panic, with a little creativity it’s easy to shake up your festive decor without breaking the bank (and have some fun along the way). Have a go at our quick, inexpensive and nature-inspired ideas that are easy on the environment, make beautiful use of what’s already around you and don’t require you to be a super-crafter to impress with a personal touch.

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Foraged Wreath

What you need:

– long twigs (or a flat wire wreath ring)

– foraged evergreen leaves

– floristry wire

Create a circular base weaving long twigs together (willow works well) or alternatively buy a flat wire wreath ring. Forage for evergreen leaves, such as ivy, myrtle, eucalyptus and holly (be careful of Holly’s prickly leaves and don’t let children or pets eat its toxic berries). Use floristry wire to tie the greenery onto the ring. Repeat until the entire wreath is covered. Decorate with holly, berries or dried fruit.  

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Dried Fruit Garland

What you need:

– whole oranges, apples, pears, lemons

– string

Cut oranges, apples, pears, lemons and lime into approximately 1cm thick slices. Place them directly onto an oven rack and heat at 110°C for 3 hours to dry them out. Once cooled, use a long piece of string to thread the slices onto. Tie a knot at each end and cover the string with twine or ribbon.

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Natural Napkins

What you need:

– napkins

– twine

– evergreen foliage

– fresh herbs

Use square linen napkins, the napkins you already have at home, or use off-cuts of material to create your own. Fold the napkin in half and roll up. Wrap twine around the middle a number of times and tie a bow. Feed evergreen leaves and classic British herbs like rosemary, thyme and sage underneath the twine to make for a fragrant addition to the dinner table.

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Candle Holders

What you need:

– empty jam jars

– tealight candles

Clean up old jam and condiment jars (or Kilner jars if you have any spare). Carefully rub over a little white spirit to remove traces of label glue from the glass. Light your tealights and carefully place inside each jar. If you wanted to jazz them up little, you could add attach a small stem of foliage to the outside of the jar with a length of cord or twine.

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Hand-decorated gift tags

What you need:

– old christmas cards

– hold punch

– twine

– ribbon

Crafting your own gift tags are a great way to add a unique and personal touch to your lovingly wrapped gifts with the added benefit of recycling what you’ve already got. Cut out sections of old christmas cards, pierce with a hole punch and loop through some ribbon or twine to attach to a gift. Plain luggage tags are inexpensive and ideal for dressing up with your own designs, patterns, old postage stamps and calligraphy-style writing with brush pens and metallic ink.

Sick of the big companies owning Christmas? Big corps pay themselves at this time of year. We give our producers ¾ of the retail price all year round. Other retailers give than ¼. Got any ideas on avoiding the big companies at Christmas? Share your tips with us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter and together let’s enjoy a #CorporatelessChristmas.

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