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Handcrafted Decorations

11 Dec

As a Christmas addict, I have very sensibly rationed my spending on decorations. Each year I allow myself a few shop bought decorations and I also embark upon one craft project to make my own. This year I have attempted to created a paper mâché NOËL decoration for my fireplace. It was very time consuming, but actually a simple process and the result was a brilliant bespoke decoration that will last for years to come. Make your own with these simple steps:

1) Collect cereal boxes and cut them into the letter shaped that you desire, with card for the back, front and sides.
2) Cover the whole creation in masking tape to improve sturdiness

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3) Start the paper mâché process! It’s messy but fun. Simply use one part water and two parts white PVA glue and mix. Spread this mixture over strips of newspaper using your fingers as a press to glide away the excess. Drape the strips across the letters until the whole letter is covered. Leave to dry and if it’s too bumpy you can repeat the process as necessary.

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4) Finally, lay your dry letters out on newspaper and spray with a gold paint. I used a £1 spray from the pound shop. Leave to dry, then flip over and repeat the process. Don’t forget to do the sides also!

6) Et Viola! Sit back and enjoy your creation

 

 

Halloween Interiors

15 Oct

Halloween does not have to happen but once a year, with wallpapers from Graham & Brown you can decorate your house in a gothic look all year around. My suggestion would also be to actually make your own spooky decorations using the wallpaper. Ideas are:

  • Spooky table runner (see here)
  • Backdrop: either use a poster hanger ot two canes of wood to hang the perfect backdrop onto your wall. If you don’t care about little holes, you can even use pins/wall tacs.
  • Door hanger: for the best effect hang over so it covers both sides of the door
  • Spooky rug: note this only works on linoleum floors, where you can stick down with blu tack or double sided tape!

I have tested out the skull wallpaper, it is covered in velvet, and the only word to describe it is… sumptuous. Though, at £55 a roll, it would have to be! The website does list some of their designs in a sale at £10 however they are not as spooky as the skulls or cobwebs that I would choose.

Spooky Skulls

Spooky Skulls

Creepy Cobwebs

Creepy Cobwebs

Verdict: 10/10 for quality, 5/10 for value

Christmas Crafts Moodboard

14 Dec

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1st December – put the decorations up!

29 Nov

This year I have chosen some extra cute decorations for my Christmas tree, which can be found in Oxfam stores. My favourite is the Fair Trade Reindeer decoration, from their ethical range. At £4.99 it is a bargain for the amount of detail that you get on the decoration. With the added bonus that this decoration has been designed and sourced by Believe you Can, which works with Fair Trade producers in South India. As 50% of the producers’ profits supports two schools and a health clinic in rural India you can splurge a little knowing that it is going to a good cause.

Verdict: A super cute 9/10

A Jingling Reindeer

I also love the felt advent calendars for sale at Cargo. At £16 they are a bit on the pricey side, but very sturdy so you can use it year after year. Available at www.cargohomeshop.com

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Verdict: A DIY advent treat combined with a nice decoration equals a 8/10

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