#Blogmas | My Handmade Christmas Tree

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Let’s talk about Baubles

I have a confession to make… my Christmas tree has been up since the 20th of November :#) and I’m not even sorry!

As soon as the evenings get darker I start thinking about putting up the tree- the twinkling lights really cheer me up and make the living room all cosy <3

This year I’ve been spending my evenings binge watching Gilmore Girls and making these felt decorations- a fox and a reindeer. I’m so happy with how they turned out. For someone who barely knows how to sew and failed textiles in year 9 for breaking a sewing machine, I think I did OK 🙂 .The machine thing was an accident but my teacher didn’t believe me haha…cowbag!.

I’m thinking of writing a tutorial post on how to make your own- would you guys be interested in that? In the meantime, check out my previous post for a tutorial on making snow covered pinecones 🙂

I also used some felt to personalize our stockings this year, cause y’know, I’m rock’n’roll like that.

The rest of my decorations are from Ikea, which I talked about in a previous post, and Canadian Tire. I’m especially excited about the geometric gold ornament- it cost $3 (£1.50) and after Christmas I’m planning on flipping it over and whacking a tea light in it to make a cheap and fancy candle. Who knew you could get something so fancy from Canadian bloody Tire of all places? Stick with your girl on this one- I’ll hook you up! 😉

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And here is the finished result! Ta da! What do you think? I love being nosy and seeing how other people decorate their trees at this time of year. There have been so many beautiful ones tinseling up the blogosphere already and I’m all about that! Christmas is the one time of year you get to let your glitter flag fly- so why not go overboard? 😀

What’s on your tree this year?

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#Blogmas | Luxury Christmas Tree Decorations For £1

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This is the first Christmas my boyfriend and I have our own place- yay!.  Finally some space for a tree! 🙂

What’s not so great though is that so we didn’t have any decorations already, so we had to buy everything.  The cost of this was adding up quickly (*ahem* what is a tree skirt and why does it cost £30 please!?), so I came up with this simple craft to save money. I made 20 fancy looking baubles for my tree and paid £1

That’s right- £1! 

I’m pretty smug, tbh.

They’re really fun to make too- simply collect a bunch of pinecones from a park and you’re basically ready to go!. (If you for some reason don’t have pinecones in your area, you could pick up some pre-packaged ones online).  If the pinecones are damp, simply lay them out on a towel and leave them to dry in a warm area of the house overnight. I also picked up some spray snow from the £1 shop (get it online here).

After that it’s pretty simple: ‘Oh hey spray snow! Meet pinecones!’ (just make sure you put some newspaper down first ;))

And there you go 🙂 You have some super cute, Anthropologie-esque  decorations for next to nothing.

You can use basically anything to hang them on your tree- from sewing thread to whatever bits of string or ribbon you have lying around. If you want it to look extra polished you can use some fancy twine: I got mine from Ikea.

They look so happy on my tree! It’s a great way to add that ‘real’ touch to a faux tree, with the added benefit that you don’t have to spend weeks hoovering up pinecones… I also have tonnes of spray snow left over, so look out windows! I’m coming for you next!

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I’m so happy with this simple DIY!

Are you inspired to try it?

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#Blogmas | The Christmas Jumper of Dreams!

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I’ve never been into Christmas Jumpers.

There, I said it!

It pained me to spend £20+ on something so un chic which I’d only wear once a year. This year I was determined to find the one. The one I’d wear for years to come. The one I’d fall in love with. The one that actually looks good and is also fun so you look a tiny bit less miserable at office Christmas party (cause no amount of knitwear can save you then!).

Enter H&M and this gorgeous little number. Pastel pink velour and rose gold embroidery??? Sign me up!

This Christmas is also incredibly exciting for me as I *finally* have free rein over the Christmas decor!.

Your girl did not hesitate to go all ‘Monica from friends’ up in here.

I started buying decorations in November, had my Pinterest board since September, and anything not ‘on theme’ got relegated to behind the sofa. Eep.

That said, I didn’t go overly crazy and spend too much dollar (*pats self on back*). I decided to keep it cheap and cheerful since we had to buy everything this year.The theme I chose was a shabby chic gold and white, with owls because y’know… badass. I made off with about 5 different sets of baubles from Ikea- their selection this year is sick. It includes fluffy white snowball style pom poms, silver owls, fancy gold ribbon (move over, tinsel), and some shabby chic wooden hearts which could totally be used year round.

I love the thought that these are our first set of decorations, which we’ll keep them for years to come, so as our family grows these might be the first baubles our kids get to put on the tree 🙂

Or if they’re anything like me they’ll be like: ‘Who chose this colour scheme!? I can’t wait to get my own place!’ 😉

Warms my heart <3

Happy decorating!

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PS: Can we talk about advent calendars?? This one from Kinder is basically where they’ve been hiding all the chocolate (my Mam swears Kinder eggs were thicker in the 90’s…) If you haven’t got one yet- why not have a sneaky peek at these? 😉

How are you decorating this year?

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