Christmas is right around the corner, so now is the time to think about planning.
Home-made decorations are a joy to create, especially with children, and can save you money better spent on gifts and food as well as giving your home a unique festive look.
Decorating with flowers for Christmas from Interflora is one of the easiest ways to brighten up your home in a festive manner.
The notable poinsettia flower has long been associated with this time of year, and their red blooms and green foliage tie in nicely with the traditional Christmas colours. Add pine cones, eucalyptus leaves and cinnamon sticks to your arrangement for additional festive colours and aromas. You can easily get spray paint from your local DIY store and spray paint the pots in silver or gold to add a bit of sparkle.
Coloured paper is your friend when it comes to DIY decorations. From simple streamers made from coloured loops to hanging lanterns of the type we all remember making at school, coloured paper ornaments are fun to make and cost virtually nothing.
Candlelight gives a warm and cosy feel to a room in winter. Wrap the base of pillar candles in holly or decorate old jam jars with glitter to make festive tea-light holders. You can use candles as a centrepiece for your Christmas table or scatter them about the room to create soft, flickering light all over.
Snowflakes are great fun to make and simple enough that even your youngest children can get involved.
Simply fold a piece of white paper in half several times and then cut out small chunks from the outer edges. When you unfold it you will have your very own unique snowflake. Hang in windows, cover with glitter and intersperse with cotton wool to create a snow scene of your very own.
Fruit can be utilized to make decorations that are eco-friendly, cheap and tasty! A basket filled with green foliage and topped with bright red apples and other fruits nestled amongst pine cones looks wonderful, and you can keep replacing the fruit as it gets eaten.