With just a week to go until Christmas… if you have not already, it’s time to get all those decorations up and get all the presents wrapped.
Tina, our ‘crafty’ communications team member shares some creative ways on making your very own decorations and present wrapping ideas using items lying around the house and last years’ Christmas cards!
I have a tendency to collect odd bits of paper and random bits and bobs in hope that one day they will come in useful. That day has come, all the hoarding was for this one day – Christmas Day!
Instead of buying wrapping paper and decorations, why not have a go at making your own or use things around your home?
Here are some ideas…
- Reuse boxes and gift bags
Whenever I get a present in a gift bag, I always keep them so I can use again. I also kept some fancy shoe boxes which I use for storage. Boxes can also be used to put awkward shaped presents in –also it makes it harder for the person to guess what the present is!
- Reuse old Christmas cards to make gift boxes
Here is a quick and easy way of making gift boxes. If you saved your Christmas cards from last year you can turn them into boxes, which can be used for small gifts such as sweets and chocolate. I also like using these boxes to keep bits and bobs in like buttons and paperclips.
Here is the quick guide from Crafty Pod
- Make hanging decorations from old leaflets or paper
I have been addicted to making these paper decorations- they are quite easy to make. Mine are made out of old leaflets, a calendar and some red envelopes I saved from Chinese New Year. They look great hanging in my front room, or you can make mini ones for the Christmas tree!
Watch this ‘how to’ video.
- Reuse packaging
You be surprised how much stuff round your house you can use to put your presents in. I ordered some clothes that came in a box shaped like pizza box once! You can use things like plastic cartons you get supermarket vegetables in, jam jars, takeaway containers…the list is endless!
Do you have any Christmas craft ideas to share with us? Send us a message!