Sunderland Echo - - Try Something New -

a n re­cent years, the (ahem!) hum­ble Christ­mas jumper has be­come as much a part of the fes­tive cel­e­bra­tions as turkey, mince pies and re­peats on the telly.

Fri­day, De­cem­ber 15 is Christ­mas Jumper Day, when the na­tion dons its finest fes­tive knitwear to work to “make the world bet­ter with a sweater’ and raise money for Save The Chil­dren.

It’s all for a good cause then, and the shops are full of “taste­fully tacky” Christ­mas sweaters.

Whether it’s a sweater de­pict­ing Chew­bacca in a Santa hat or Don­ald Trump as The Grinch, the Christ­mas sweater is big busi­ness.

Not to be a Scrooge, but if you fancy get­ting crafty this Christ­mas, why not make your own?

The in­ter­net is full of sites where you’ll find easy-to-fol­low tu­to­ri­als, and Save the Chil­dren have come up with a novel way to make your own Christ­mas jumper with just of­fice sup­plies.

Just fol­low these sim­ple steps, and you can wear this home­made woolly won­der on De­cem­ber 15.

You will need: coloured sticky notes; a cheap, dis­pos­able jumper; pa­per clips; safety pins; tin­sel; split pin; sticky stars; empty cof­fee pod; prin­ter pa­per.

Steps: Fold some green sticky notes into a tall di­a­mond shape, then at­tach them to the jumper to mimic a Christ­mas tree. They should stick to the jumper, but you might need to glue them.

At­tach lots of pa­per clips to each other in a string to cre­ate a dec­o­ra­tion for the tree.

Layer them in a zigzag pat­tern and se­cure to the jumper with safety pins.

Cre­ate the baubles by lightly scrunch­ing up some more sticky notes (or you can use sweets).

At­tach the baubles to the pa­per clip string with more safety pins.

Sta­ple some tin­sel to the sleeves of the jumper.

Care­fully un­fold a pa­per clip, then fold it back on it­self to ex­tend the size while not hav­ing any pointy bits stick­ing out.

Place the mod­i­fied pa­per clips in a cross shape on the jumper, then place four reg­u­lar pa­per clips on top of those di­ag­o­nally to cre­ate a star shape.

At­tach the star to the jumper us­ing a split pin, then at­tach a few stars around the jumper for some ex­tra dec­o­ra­tion. Feel free to use small stick­ers, too.

Peel the foil off a cof­fee pod and empty the con­tents. Cut in half to cre­ate a half-bar­rel shape.

Glue the cof­fee pod to the bot­tom of the sticky note tree to cre­ate the base. Do not do this if you would like to keep the jumper in good con­di­tion, as it may be hard to re­move.

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