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NDA's Crafting at Christmas: How-to Christmas Crafts. We share our favourite DIY craft ideas and tutorials
How-to Christmas Crafts

Who doesn’t like decorating for Christmas, but at this time of year, money can be tight for new decorations. But with a little imagination you can make the most wonderful decorations yourself. We share our favourite how-to ideas and inspirations to help inspire your to get DIY crafting this Christmas.

NDA’s Crafting at Christmas: How-to Christmas Crafts

We could all take inspiration from how the Scandinavians decorate their homes at this time of the year. They are very much in touch with nature and love to bring natural foliage into the home, they would always have a real tree and they make great use of candles. But Christmas doesn’t have to cost a lot, these key festive elements can be recreated on a budget. With some creativity, you can get crafting and make your own decorations this year.

NDA's Crafting at Christmas: How-to Christmas Crafts: Candles and homemade decorations are perfect items to decorate the home and add festive touches throughout without spending a lot.

DIY Candleholders

If you don’t already have candle holders or candelabras, old jam jars can be used to great effect decorated with white lace and snow covered pine cones, perfect for tea lights. Bottles decorated with small branches of pine secured with natural string make an impressive display for taller candles.

NDA's Crafting at Christmas: How-to Christmas Crafts: Christmas lighting can be easily achieved by decorating jar jars and bottles used using as candle holders  decorated with greenery for a festive touch.

Or how about this idea, cover pillar candles with cinnamon sticks  secure to the candles with decorative ribbon and berries. This way you will get a wonderful cinnamon aroma as well as a display of different sized candles.

NDA's Crafting at Christmas: How-to Christmas Crafts: Christmas lighting can be easily achieved by decorating candles with cinnamon sticks and berries for a festive touch.

The Scent of Christmas

Christmas is all about the festive smell of pine cones, rich spices and wonderful Christmassy scents that waft through our interiors each year. But before you invest in expensive scented candles, get creative. It is possible to dry slices of orange that then can be form into a Christmas wreath like the one below, they have been layered with bay leaves and cinnamon sticks, then add a gingham bow ready for hanging.

Individual orange slices can also be hung from your Christmas tree with string, intersperse these with your tree decorations for a Christmassy aroma for all who pass it.NDA's Crafting at Christmas: How-to Christmas Crafts: handmade wreaths made from dried orange slices are the perfect items to decorate the home and give off a festive scent.

NDA's Crafting at Christmas: How-to Christmas Crafts: The scent of Christmas, oranges and cloves are the perfect items to decorate the home and give off a festive scent.

Along with the aroma of cinnamon, orange and cloves are another scent associated with Christmas. Orange and cinnamon pot pourri can be expensive to buy, but you can get the same aroma and an extra decoration by carving into oranges just under the skin then studding them with cloves.

Make your own Christmas Decorations

NDA's Crafting at Christmas: How-to Christmas Crafts: A handmade Christmas stocking is the perfect item decoration a fireplace to add a festive touch.

If you like sewing why not make all the family a stocking each, they can be made of any fabric you have spare and are really simple to make.

1) Cut out the stocking shape in fabric, the back can be a different fabric from the front.

2) Then it is only a matter of placing the wrong sides of the fabric together and machining round the shape, turn through to the right side and give it a good press.

3) Decorate with bows and any other trimmings you have, or add their initials for a personalised touch.

Simple! Everyone likes a stocking even the older generation and it shows you have gone to a little extra trouble instead of buying a generic one from the high street.

NDA's Crafting at Christmas: How-to Christmas Crafts:  handmade felt decorations are the perfect items to decorate a tree or add to a fireplace display for a festive touch.

A great way to get older children involved, is by making simple felt animals like little Rudolf here:

1) Once the shape has been cut out go round the outer edge with a small running stitch, leaving a small area open to stuff with wadding.

2) Add a small button for a nose and stitch on a ribbon loop on to hang on the tree.

3) Simple triangles of fabric stitched together and padded make cute-looking, stylised Christmas trees with button and ribbon trims.

The same method can be used to make this very pretty heart wreath.

NDA's Crafting at Christmas: How-to Christmas Crafts: A handmade Christmas wreath is the perfect item decoration for doors or to hang on walls for a festive touch.

If you don’t like to sew how about some paper craft, these angle wings are simple to make and look particularly affective using music score paper but would look just as good using Christmas paper or paper doilies.  Strips of stiff paper can make paper chains or paper hearts, another good activity for children.

NDA's Crafting at Christmas: How-to Christmas Crafts: handmade paper craft decorations are the perfect items to decorate your home and add a festive touch.

I hope that has given you some ideas to make an individual handmade Christmas, Happy Crafting.

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