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.

Yorkshire Post - Property - - PROPERTY -

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.

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