Guide written by:
Jennifer, Self-taught DIY enthusiast, Manchester
Once you've picked the perfect Christmas tree, you can finally get around to the fun bit: decorating it! From fairy lights to baubles, gold and silver pine cones and sparkling tinsel, there's no end of ways to brighten up your Christmas tree.
For purely practical reasons, it's always best to put the fairy lights on your tree first followed by the tinsel. You can then put your baubles and other hanging ornaments in place.
Decorating your home doesn't have to end with the tree...! Why not give your furniture a bit of festive cheer, too ? Here are a few ideas for decking your furniture out with Christmas spirit.
LED strip lights are ideal for making your furniture look a little special. Simply wrap lights round your bookcases, sideboards or shelves. There are plenty of different types of LED lights to choose from, whether you're looking for battery-powered or plug-in lights. Some can even change colour to match your mood!
Have fun crafting your own little themed scenes with ornaments of Father Christmas, Rudolph, elves or snowmen. If you're looking for a bit more, you can go for a whole ice rink or a snow-topped winter village. Want something a bit kitsch? A dancing Santa should do the trick!
To top off your decorations, don't forget to jazz up your windows for decoration that can be enjoyed inside and outdoors.
Practical and easy to apply, why not apply a few Christmas decals to your windows? Stars, snowflakes, penguins, bears... there are plenty of designs to choose from!
Alternatively, you can unleash your creativity with snow spray to create your very own winter wonderland! Make your own stencils or use shop-bought ones to draw on icicles or create a frosty effect. If you have some snow spray leftover, why not let your kids tackle the Christmas tree and really make it a Christmas to remember?
Indoor projector lights are ideal for taking your party to the next level. Simply place the box on an item of furniture and direct the light at a wall (preferably one that isn't already decorated!).
These lights can be used to create stunning displays of dancing stars, snowflakes or even Santas! There are plenty of models to choose from but beware that prices can vary. Easy to install, projector lights are ideal for anyone with reduced mobility looking for a quick decoration with maximum effect.
Making your own Christmas decorations is a great way to fill a chilly winter afternoon and provide a fun activity for your kids. What's more, this is the most cost-effective and original way to decorate your home for the festive season! From decorating a wooden tree by hand to cutting out paper stars to hang around the home, there are loads of crafty ways to keep busy. You'll find plenty of tutorials online for activities like filling glass bottles with fairy lights or hand-painting baubles. You can even collect your own wood to craft a unique and rustic centrepiece for your Christmas table.
You can also gather pine cones and spray paint them gold or silver. Hung from the tree or just placed around the home, pine cones are always a charming addition to the home over the holidays.
Guide written by:
Jennifer, Self-taught DIY enthusiast, Manchester, 17 guides
I didn’t receive any special training, I learned everything on the job as it came up. And what a joy it is to be able to do little jobs around the house that we love so much. That is, until the moment we decided to move and had to do everything; from the floor to the ceiling, from the kitchen to the bathroom...In short, you become as good as a pros. So today, my friends don’t hesitate to call me when they need help. And when you dip your toe in, there’s no turning back. It’s a true passion that drives us to take on the challenges, to have an idea in mind and see it come alive with just a few tools. And a passion is even better when you can share it. So, whenever I can give you a little advice, it’s with great pleasure that I do it.