Make it a happy homemade Christmas

The best Christmases are homemade, full of things made straight from the heart, like the perfect Christmas pud, some personal Christmas tree decorations or a little DIY Christmas gifting. We’ve got plenty of inspiration right here. So, let us help you make this a homemade Christmas you’ll never forget.

Get Christmas crafting

All you need is some great ideas, lots of glue and a few handy household items to inject a little personality and design style into your home this Christmas. Use everything from old tins, fabric scraps and cardboard boxes, to pegs, pinecones and candy canes to make amazing holiday decor. Here’s a few easy and creative DIY Christmas ideas to try.

  • A fun and easy idea that will make your gift wrapping extra special! What do you need? Plain tags, paint, ribbon, glue and a little foot. Paint and press on to the card, making sure to get a good toe print. Use the paint to add antlers, nose and ears.
  • What a super cute way to hang up your cards. Let the kids get creative with some wooden pegs, paint, pompoms, ribbon and whatever else you have to hand. These will also make really fun place holders.
  • All you need is a square piece of paper and a crafty mind. Fold the paper in half twice. Cut some straight and/or curvy lines into the edges. Then unfold to reveal your unique snowflake design.
  • What a fun way to celebrate the season! They’re easy to make and decorate and are a wonderful activity for  the kids.

Make your own festive wreath

There is nothing more Christmassy than a traditional festive wreath. Why not create your own to welcome people this Christmas and fill your house with festive fragrance and cheer? You can repurpose common household items or rely on your favourite craft supplies.

  • Collect your materials

    You will need a wreath ring or floristry wire, green twine and moss, some hardy, textured foliage, such as ivy, evergreen oak, herbs, pinecones, twigs and rose hips. This will depend on what you like.
  • Add your moss

    Form a base with the moss, moulding onto the ring in one direction. Make sure it’s nice and full. Then cut off some wire, ribbon or string (depending on style) to create a hanging loop and twist until secure.
  • Add your foliage

    Pre-cut your foliage to a similar length. Add one piece at a time. Finish off by wrapping with festive red ribbon. Fir cones, dried oranges and cinnamon sticks also look great and create a delicious festive aroma.

Dressing the dinner table

All those lovely finishing touches will make all the difference when it comes to creating a warm and festive atmosphere. Think handmade name cards, homemade napkin rings, DIY garlands and centrepieces, real candlelight and lots more jolly decor ideas to make your table merry and bright.

Cook together for Christmas

Spruce up an old family recipe or just enjoy some new festive foodie delights. Our influencers couldn’t wait to share these super simple  homemade Christmas recipe ideas. We think you’ll love them.

Christmas chocolate heaven!

A dreamy, gooey dessert-lover’s dream, this chocolate soufflé has a delicious molten centre and a light springy sponge. Delish!

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Marvellous make-ahead Christmas recipes

Keep calm and get your festive meal prep on. Try one (or all) of these traditional make-ahead Christmas recipes and take the stress out of hosting the family feast.

Thoughtful and affordable gifts

Looking to keep costs down this Christmas? Our influencers have helped us come up with 3 ways to bring a smile to everyone’s faces with something affordable and extra special.

  • Get creative with @thecraftylass and this brilliant Beer Advent Calendar. All you need are a selection of Aldi beers, tissue paper, ribbon, tags or card and a pen.
  • This gorgeous homemade Advent calendar is the best! Pick a good branch and upcycle some Christmas wrapping paper into 25 cute little envelopes. Tie with festive ribbon and add a treat (maybe a cheesy Christmas joke too).
  • @heneddyhouse shows us how to gift these gorgeous rainbow sugar scrubs this Christmas by mixing 3 cups of sugar, ½ cup of warm coconut oil and a drop of food colouring.

Christmas cookies

Talk about taking  cookies to the next level! Watch and be inspired to make these  lovely  gingerbread  Christmas trees, all dressed up with bright festive colours and twinkly sprinkles.

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Cook up a gift!

Our amazing foodie gift ideas are perfect for the festive season. Not only is it less expensive to give hand-made gifts, but it’s also more meaningful. And we think everyone will love a bottle of Blackberry Vodka or our scrumptious homemade Candy Cane Brittle. These and lots more festive and delicious foodie ideas to gift your friends.

Create your own hamper

Our influencers have convinced us – handmade hampers are a wonderful idea. Something you can build and personalise for whoever you like. Whether you are making for the kids or the in-laws, cheese lovers or someone who you think deserves a little pampering, they’ve got fabulous festive ideas for everyone.

It’s a homemade wrap!

After you’ve picked the perfect gift, why not try a unique, thrifty and personal way to make their perfect gift extraordinary? All you need are a few household bits and bobs. Warning! Gorgeous gift wrapping ideas coming up…

  • An oldie but a goodie. A lovely idea for Christmas cards. Your children will have great fun learning how to make cute stamps out of potatoes!
  • Leftover ribbon and scraps of trim are great for styling your gifts, so don’t throw them away! If you don’t have enough to wrap around the box, simply layer them on top of each other to add a little extra something to your gift.
  • Instead of spending money on lots of new wrapping, collect old newspapers, paper bags, and even maps. They make a thrifty and unique way to wrap your gifts.
  • There’s always a much more fun way to wrap gift cards. Disguise it in an old mug, add some chocolates and decorate or use an empty jar with some tissue paper and ribbon.

Find the perfect gift with Katie the Carrot

If you’re stuck for Christmas gift ideas then talk to Katie. She’s on hand to offer affordable gift inspiration for everybody this Christmas. Just tell her who you’re shopping for and she’ll make some recommendations!