Alternative Christmas Tree

We are now well into the time when we deck our halls for the festive season. Christmas decorations are my favourite, I think I can be so much more creative around the house and the smell of fresh pine makes the house devine. 

A few months ago I got a Cox & Cox Christmas catalogue through the post box and as usual I sat down with a cup of tea and read through the brochure. I spotted the wooden Christmas Tree in the brochure and thought it would have been perfect in my hallway as it looks a little bare, the brochure was laying open on my coffee table when Chris spotted it and suggested using this as inspiration and make something similar very easily and it wouldn’t cost us a penny as we could use wood from the forest and everything else was around the house.

I began to get creative. I worked out that I needed 10 branches largest from 100cm, incrementally decreasing by 10cm each time until I ended up with the final 10cm branch. Then we went out on a hunt for them, into the woods. On my search, I looked for sticks that were roughly the same width and relatively straight but I wasn’t really strict with it, I wanted it to look rustic as though it is just collected from the forest. Once I collected the sticks, I brought them home and measured them out, laying them on the floor and moving them around to suit, I then used a saw to cut them to the length I needed. Once the wood was cut, I began marking where the holes should go and started drilling through. I cut 3 metres of twine and folded it in half at the top, then I feed through twine on both sides and tied a knot just below each branch to hold it in place, I left about 10cm inbetween each branch. When I had finished knotting each branch I cut the end of the twine and I hung it in our hallway and considered how I would decorate it.

The first thing I wanted on the tree was lights, I used 300 fairy lights. I started at the bottom, near the electric socket and looped the lights around each branch until I reached the top of the tree. 300 was a lot of lights for the size of my tree but I do love an excuse to crack out the fairy lights! When I turned the lights on I was impressed.


The tree stayed this way for about a week and although I liked it, I thought I could add the extra Christmas decorations that were leftover from my Christmas tree decorating. This year I seemed to find that I had lots left over, as I kept buying more than I needed but I couldn’t say no to some of the gorgeous ornaments from Sostrene Grene and The Range. I started to add the decorations to the tree using drawing pins, I only added about 1 or 2 on each branch then when I seen how nice it looked with decorations I kept adding until I thought it was complete.


I’m absolutely delighted with how it turned out and its the cheapest Christmas decoration I have in my house. The wood, twine and drawing pins were already in the house and the Christmas baubles were leftover from the tree. Why not try this simple DIY before Christmas, you don’t need to make it as big as I have made it you could make it half the size. Have you made any Christmas decorations this year?

Lashings of Love,

Kerrie xo

 

 

 

 

 

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Christmas DIY Decorations: Car in a Jar

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After spotting a car in the jar on Instagram, I decided I would have a go at trying to make it myself. When I went Christmas shopping for decorations, I was starting to see these little snow globe type ornaments everywhere I’m in completely in love. I think it’s nice to have  decorations like this around the house on coffee tables, the fire place and on shelves.

DIY What you will need to make a Car in a JARWhat you’ll need:

  1. Car (1:64 scale) – I prefer the vintage cars but I have also made one with a Range Rover for my dad – I got them mine in Home Bargains but you can get them in a range of different places, eBay, Amazon and The Range.
  2. Magic Snow – I found this in Home Bargains – a small tube makes a lot of snow and if you are making more than one Christmas decoration that will use snow, I would advise making them all on the same day and then use it. This snow will stay like this as long as it stays dry. If your not using magic snow, use salt, it looks just as good and is just a cost effective.
  3. Mason Jar – small jar with a metal lid I think is most effective
  4. Christmas Tree – I believe others have used bristle like mini Christmas trees however I thought I would improvise and take apart another Christmas decoration. this time I found a faux pine Christmas tree decoration and took a branch from it, I then removed a few of the spines from the bottom so it now looks like a Christmas tree.
  5. Red & white string – originally I bought a few meters of eBay however I have seen that IKEA now have this as part of their Christmas wrapping section, its cheaper than buying it by the meter but the white is actually cream.
  6. Bells – I used Christmas decorations and took them apart to get the individual bells. You can get them from just about anywhere but I’d recommend a cheap one especially because they will be pulled apart. I didn’t use all of the bells for my car in a jar, so I added them to my Christmas wrapping.

Directions:

1. Make your snow and add about 2cm to the bottom of the jar, shake it around the bottom so some of it goes over the windows so it looks like its snowing. o0 the-little-lash-room-diy-christmas-decoration-car-in-a-jar-22. Make your Christmas tree and tie it to the car using the red & white string and put it in the jar
the-little-lash-room-diy-christmas-decoration-car-in-a-jar-43. Close the lid of your jar and tie some red & white string around the top with some bells. Place wherever you want in your house, or even better add a gift tag, driving home for Christmas, and give it to someone as a gift.

Lashings of Love

Kerrie xo