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Personalised Christmas decorations

(December 01, 2013)

Personalised Christmas decorations

I've always been a fan of personalised items for the home. Taking items bought from the high street and putting my own twist on them, so I have something truly individual. In this article, I give you some cheap, simple ideas to create individual and chic Christmas decorations, which are truly unique.

First buy some plain glass baubles.

 

Glass baubles image 1 Glass baubles

This year, I have bought ones from Next (with white feathers in the inside) and ones from M&S (which have sequins in them).

Glass baubles

Take the baubles and gently remove the top part of the bauble which is a spring-wire hoop/prong. Do not damage this as you'll need to replace this once you have added your contents to the glass bauble.

Add anything which takes your fancy (and remove the original filing if not to your taste). Black and white photographs of friends/family work well, as do Swarovski crystals and pearls, swirls of velvet ribbon … the options are limitless and can be personalised to your home and décor.

Replace the wire prongs and hang.

These also make great gifts.

Another alternative is to make your Christmas decoration from scratch. One option is to use jewellers' wire to create modern-style baubles.

For my first design, I have used 0.8 silver-plated jewellers' wire and formed it into a star shape. Every so often I have added small 4mm Swarovski crystals and pearls to the wire when forming the star shape.

Add a small piece of ribbon, so the bauble can be hung.

Another idea is to use the jewellers' wire to make a traditional bauble shape. To achieve this, use a long piece of jewellers' wire, which has been straightened, making a loop at both ends. Using a large length of wire, wrap this around the straightened wire piece and make a bauble shape.

As each bauble is meant to be individual, don’t worry too much about the baubles all being the same shape and size. This is the beauty of making things yourself ... there are no set rules.

Another simple Christmas decoration is to use organza bags (available on Ebay and not John Lewis) with ribbon draw-string tops. Either fill them with gifts (ideal for hanging from the tree as surprise gifts), or fill them with scented potpourri and hang them around your home or (if they are scented with fir essence, for instance) hang them in artificial trees for that authentic fir tree smell, without the shed pine needles!

Have fun ... and a very Merry Christmas!

Claire Meredith, December 2013

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