Why not trying doing it yourself this Christmas? We don't mean start putting shelves up - just making some bits and bobs rather than buy them...
Why not trying doing it yourself this Christmas? We don’t mean start putting shelves up – just making some bits and bobs rather than buy them…
Stuffing is one of the best ways to get some really tasty herbs in your Christmas dinner.
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Get your friends and family to save all their empty matchboxes and get the kids to help you decorate them. Write numbers on the edge of each box and stack them up as our picture shows.
For the surprise you could either pop a little chocolate or gift into each drawer, or you could stick a Christmassy picture to the bottom of it.
There are loads of ways to make your own cards. Cutting up last year's is a great way to recycle. You can also jazz them up a bit with a generous sprinkling of glitter and the gubbins at the bottom of the bag you keep the tinsel in.
Making your own cards is something you can also get the kids involved in too. Keep hold of magazines and Christmassy leaflets that come through the door to use as extra decoration.
If last year's Christmas decorations are looking a little sorry for themselves, why not make your own?
Take a coloured bit of square paper and fold it up diagonally again and again into a small triangle. Then, take some scissors and cut into the sides of the paper making small triangular holes. Open it up and you'll have a lovely snowflake to hang up.
Why not get some brown paper from the post-office and sit down with the kids and design your own wrapping paper? If you've got lots of presents to wrap, get a few Christmas-themed stamps and some gold and silver ink and get creative!
It'll save you money in the long-run, plus, lots of the shiny shop-bought paper isn't recyclable, and your homemade stuff will be.
Don't worry if you're not too handy with a needle and thread, an old pillow case makes a great children's stocking. You can get iron-on pictures in most haberdashers - why not add a new one every year for an extra Christmas morning surprise?
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