Last-minute Christ­mas dec­o­rat­ing and craft ideas

Last-minute makes you'll use time and time again!

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these very merry dec­o­rat­ing and craft ideas will get you through the fes­tive sea­son with­out miss­ing a beat. There’s the con­tem­po­rary and space-sav­ing wood-grained MDF tree laden with keep­sakes in boxes, the clever ta­ble-set­ting idea, the framed baubles or the sparkling door hanger. Which will you make?

1 Min­i­mal, mod­ern and merry! Craft this gor­geous cal­en­dar us­ing MDF, paint and a win­dow squeegee to cre­ate the wood-grain ef­fect on the tree. It’s quick, it’s easy and it fea­tures a gift-wrapped pressie for each of the 12 days lead­ing up to Christ­mas.

2 Cre­ate a spec­tac­u­lar three-tier cen­tre­piece with clear glass­ware you have at home or from char­ity shop finds. Work­ing from the base up, and us­ing an epoxy ad­he­sive to glue all the pieces to­gether, start with an oven­proof flan dish, then at­tach a small jam jar in the cen­tre. Place a glass side plate on top of the jar and, onto this, at­tach a footed dessert bowl, fol­lowed by a clear saucer for the fi­nal tier. And now for the fun bit, the dec­o­rat­ing. Ar­range a berry LED gar­land, wreath-like, around the bot­tom tier of the ta­ble dec­o­ra­tion. Place as­sorted sizes and fin­ishes of soft pink and sil­ver baubles through­out the cen­tre­piece and you’re done!

3 A few twigs and pretty baubles are all you need for a charm­ing wall dis­play. Break four twigs to suit the shape and size of your de­sired frame. Ar­range as a rec­tan­gle or square, cross­ing twigs at each cor­ner. Use twine to bind the twigs to­gether at the cor­ners, then sus­pend co­or­di­nated baubles within the frame and mount on the wall. Sim­ple!

4 Make fes­tive place cards for the en­ter­tain­ing sea­son. Leav­ing a long tail, se­cure the end of a piece of bead­ing wire around the neck of a bauble. Wrap the wire tail around a marker pen or a pen­cil sev­eral times to cre­ate a spi­ral. Ap­ply a drop or two of hot glue to the cen­tre of a small branch of­f­cut and im­me­di­ately place bauble onto it. Us­ing a tag punch and card, punch out a tag, then punch a small hole at the curved end. Write your guest’s name on the tag be­fore feed­ing it onto the bauble’s spi­ral wire.

5 Do some­thing dif­fer­ent this year

and think be­yond a wreath for your front door. To make a sim­i­lar door hanger, cut sev­eral lengths of ar­ti­fi­cial fo­liage. With all stem ends even, wind jute string around the top and se­cure. Wrap fairy lights around the fo­liage, con­ceal­ing the bat­tery pack within the green­ery (which you can glue in place). Wire a few clus­ters of three baubles or so to­gether and, work­ing your way from the top down, at­tach to the fo­liage.

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