The Christmas countdown has begun and now is the time to start thinking about how to decorate your home for the festive season.
Christmas can often be a mad rush of buying gifts and compiling lists in preparation for the celebrations.
So, whether you fancy getting creative or buying your decorations direct, we’ve come up with some ideas to help save you time and provide a little inspiration.
Here are our top ten tips to help turn your home into a winter wonderland:
Decorative jars: Fill glass jars or bowls with fruit such as oranges studded with cloves, lemons and limes, baubles and bows, nuts or black and white ornaments, and display around your home.
Marks and Spencer have this bowl complete with festive decoration for Â£45.
Table setting: Use colourful baubles to hold each nameplace around the table and bunch together cinnamon sticks with ribbon and lay on top of individual plates with sprigs of berries
Edible tree decorations: Bake or buy gingerbread men and personalise for each guest by piping icing names. These could also be used as gift tags and place cards. Sainsbury’s has this gingerbread cutter (pictured) for just Â£2.
Festive staircase: Wrap decorative garland and fairy lights around banisters and hang material stockings filled with miniature presents. Tesco sells this traditional 6ft garland for Â£10.
Christmas chain: Make a festive paper chain by cutting up wrapping paper into strips. Glue a loop together, feed another strip through the loop and glue. Repeat the process to however long you need. www.dotcomgiftshop.com has them already cut up for Â£6.95.
Are you sitting comfortably? Swap your normal cushions for festive ones to add a little Christmas cheer to the home. A range are available from Marks and Spencer for around Â£35 each.
Stencil messages: Spell out a festive message, such as peace and joy, with stencils. Buy the letters from a stationery store and back them with different coloured paper to create your colourful message and stick them to the wall.
Jazzy jars: Take a range of coloured jars and fill them with festive flora and hang. Simple! Get this range from www.dotcomgiftshop.com for Â£9.95.
Festive table centerpiece: Buy a strip of green garland from your local garden centre, long enough to run down the middle of the dining table. Head outdoors and collect pine cones – or buy them from a craft store – and decorate them with snow or glitter before attaching with floristry wire to the greenery for a decorative centre piece.
Floating candle: Take clear vases or bottles, fill up halfway with water and add berries and twigs or a drop or two of festive food colouring. Line up the bottles in a row and add a floating candle.