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The Best DIY Christmas Activities

Published by Joanna Whitworth in Christmas, decor

Christmas is an exciting time of the year, however after all the frenetic parties and shopping it can be quite nice to sit, relax, and do something creative. With this mind we’ve put together some great festive DIY activities for you to relax with. 

Make your own snow globe

This DIY Mason jar snow globe is one of the prettiest we’ve found on Pinterest, and would make a great gift or decoration for the mantelpiece.  Find the guide on how to make this on Simple Craves & Olive Oil.  Once you have mastered this why not make a few in various sizes to create a real centrepiece for your Christmas dinner table?

  

Gold tipped Paper Feathers

We love how sophisticated these feather gift decorations are, and they would certainly make your gifts more memorable.  Lia Griffith has a PDF you can print out to assist you to create your own.

 

Make your place settings

We found these sweet and effective Christmas candy cane name holders on Fun with Holiday Crafts.  To create these inexpensive holders all you’ll need is Candy canes, ribbon, a hot glue gun, and cards printed with your guests name in a font of your choice.

 

Make your own wreath

This DIY wreath is so inventive and will help to use up all those left over bits of wrapping paper.  Pinterest is filled with ideas on how to create your own and we love this one! Its delicate nature means it will probably be best kept indoors for your guests to admire.  To see the full step-by-step guide head to Centsational Girl

 

Build a gingerbread house

There’s something really satisfying about building and decorating your own gingerbread house. To bake your own house take a look at the queen of baking - Mary Berry’s recipe here, however if baking is not your thing, don’t worry you can pick up sets of premade pieces and ready-made icing easily. We love the winter wonderland theme of the house below which we found on Biscuiteers.

 

Activities such as these are a great way to get into the festive spirit and can also create a welcome break from the busy weeks around Christmas.

We hope you find these suggestions useful and from everyone at Plumbs, we wish you a very Merry Christmas!

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Traditional is the New Quirky

Traditional decorating methods are experiencing a renaissance thanks to craft shows like Kirstie's Vintage Home and other instructional programmes celebrating the country's new 'make do and mend' spirit. Old crafts such as decoupage, patterned paint rollers, loose sofa covers, willow weaving and patchwork are helping to individualise our homes - vintage techniques that have been given a fresh charm by modern re-interpretations of pattern, style and quality.

Patterned Paint Rollers

 

A fresh alternative to paint or wallpaper,  patterned paint rollers are essentially a high quality stencilling method. Super easy to use, the carved rubber designs produce a high quality pattern and can be used to create other items as well such as wall designs,  lampshades, wrapping paper, birthday cards. The best thing about these rollers is their versatility - change the paint, whether that's a smooth matte chalk, a high shine gloss, or simple emulsion, and change the colour, and you have a brand new look. It's worth thinking outside the box as well; consider 'stencilling' wooden furniture, short pile rugs or even the floors (if you own your own home). Resist temptation to roller the cat though.

Loose Covers

Loose covers – also known as slipcovers – have been a traditional craft for generations.  Craftsmen make tailored covers designed to mould perfectly to furnishings like a good suit on a person, but can also be easily removed and washed for freshness and comfort. While big box stores have released cheap covers that have more in common with a draping sheet than a tailor made blazer, the traditional art of tailoring loose covers is still alive and well. There's a vast selection of colours, textures and styles available if you want a revamp which is more temporary than new upholstery.

Decoupage

Decoupage – a Florentine form of collage – can be edgy or romantic, an eclectic burst of colour or a moody black and white photo-scape. Usually,  papers are combined with paint, gold leaf and multiple layers of sanded varnish. Again the versatility and scope of decoupage makes it popular with young and old crafters alike. Crafters have lined bookcases with art prints, vintage posters and colourful paper scraps; map fragments, flowers and portrait photography have all been popular. I knew an artist who was fond of music; she would scan in armfuls of concert photographs, gig tickets and record sleeves, and use the resulting collage to decoupage tables and ornaments.

If you want to incorporate more traditional crafts into your home, contact Plumbs today for a free no obligation home visit, and get loose covers or re-upholstery today!

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