Christmas

Dec 13
BY Angela Slater
Advent arrangement with plant pots, cones, orange slices, pine sprigs, candles
Try this alternative arrangement to the traditional Advent wreath The period of Advent encompasses the four Sundays and four weeks running up to Christmas when the lighting of the candles commence. There are two types of candles; one which is marked off with the days running up to Christmas and where a section is burned down each day. The second type has four candles, usually incorporated into a... READ MORE
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Dec 12
BY Angela Slater
Christmas table arrangement with church candle, conifer, hydrangea, teasel, crab
Use your fruit bowl to make a stunning natural arrangement A stunning Christmas centrepiece can be quite easily and cheaply made using just household items, a church candle and fresh and dried vegetation from the garden or a walk in the countryside. The centrepiece in this video would go well down the middle of a table, in the window or on a sideboard and is really cheap and easy to make, the... READ MORE
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Dec 12
BY Angela Slater
Eucalyptus leaves
Use household items to easily make a lovely Christmas decoration Eucalyptus leaves (pictured above) READ MORE
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Dec 11
BY Angela Slater
Hand-made lighted twig star hanging on a door
Cut the cost of Christmas and hang a hand-made lit star in the window A lighted star made from twigs makes a really lovely Christmas decoration, especially hung in a window, and what’s more can be made for a fraction of the cost of buying one on the high street. If you gather the twigs from the garden or a walk in the countryside the only expense will be the battery lights which are about £4 – £5... READ MORE
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Dec 11
BY Angela Slater
Red stems of Cornus (Dogwood)
Make your own inexpensive Scandi-style decorations quickly and easily Scandi-style Christmas decorations are really trendy at the moment and are quite expensive to buy on the high street;many of them are so easy to make yourself from bits and pieces foraged from the garden or a walk in the countryside or along the beach. A 2D Christmas tree made from twigs is so easy and needs very little... READ MORE
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Nov 29
BY Angela Slater
Ridgedale Infinity luxury artificial Christmas tree from The National Tree Compa
How to assemble and dress out a Ridgedale Infinity artificial Christmas tree READ MORE
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Nov 29
BY Angela Slater
Rustic Christmas wreath hanging on a door
Forage in the countryside and your garden to make a free Christmas wreath A rustic decorated willow wreath can be as simple or as ornate as you would like to make it and as cheap or as expensive, depending upon what you choose for the ornamentation. These trendy minimalist wreaths can be really expensive to buy on the high street but you can actually make one for free if you are prepared to do a... READ MORE
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Nov 28
BY Angela Slater
Christmas tree with lights and gold decorations
Master the art of lighting your Christmas tree by following our guide  There is an art to lighting a Christmas tree to make it look stunning; first of all you need a good amount of lights, we recommend 100 per foot of tree, so a 210cm (7’) tree will need at least 700 lights. Use just an ordinary string of lights, not the cluster lights as they are a huge number of lights on just a short... READ MORE
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Nov 27
BY Angela Slater
bundles of twigs
Make your own Scandi style alternative Christmas decoration Rustic, Scandi style Christmas decorations are right on trend at the moment and so expensive to buy on the high street. They are really easy to make yourself from bits and pieces you can find in the garden or on a walk in the countryside. If you live on the coast driftwood makes absolutely fantastic alternative Christmas trees. READ MORE
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Nov 27
BY Angela Slater
Keswick Spruce artificial Christmas tree from National Tree Company
Follow our guide to achieve the perfect bushy artificial Christmas tree To get your artificial Christmas tree looking its absolute best it needs all the branches to be pulled up and any gaps covered, and there is an art to this. The tree comes packed in a box so a lot of the branches are lying flat against the main wire and can easily be missed if you’re not methodical about how you dress it out. READ MORE
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