Creativity and imagination can help cut the costs of Christmas
Savvy shopping, crafty DIY and nature’s rich bounty can all be used to bring festivity to every home, as Sharon Dale discovers.
THE temptation to spend, spend, spend on our home at Christmas is overwhelming.
We are keen to create the perfect festive atmosphere for visiting family and friends and shops are over flowing with fabulous decorations and ideas.
Gone are the days when most households had a green tree, real or artificial, decorated with the same old tinsel and baubles, year in, year out. That kind of tradition is wonderful, and it keeps the cost down, but Christmas decor has evolved and expanded into something much more creative.
Now, just about anything goes as long as you add candles and fairy lights You can spend a small fortune creating the picture perfect scene, though you really don’t have to. For those on a tight budget and for those who enjoy crafting, here are some ideas:
Baubles from Ikea in a glass cake stand look impressive, top, while below, left to right: the Strala lamp is £10 from Ikea and felt stockings to make come from Hobbycraft.