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Rather than outsourcing your Christmas decorations, why not take the time to make your own? You’ll score beautiful, bespoke decorations (maybe cheaper ones, too!) and get a festive school holiday activity out of it.

Fabric tinsel

Turn your old t-shirts, socks, tea towels and scrap fabric into a beautiful fabric tinsel garland! You can stick to a neutral colour scheme, opt for the traditional green and red or go all out with a rainbow. You’ll need: Scrap fabric, scissors.

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Paper and string Christmas tree

Short on space? This is the Christmas tree for you! This string Christmas tree with paper ornaments can be hung on any wall. Best of all, it’s made entirely from items you definitely have laying around somewhere. You’ll need: string, paper, scissors, tape or blue tac.

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Vintage paper ornaments

Bedazzle your tree and have a fun craft-ernoon all in one hit with thanks to these vintage paper ornament templates from Good Housekeeping! Add your own twist with beads, sequin, paint pens, glitter… you name it. You’ll need: paper, template, string, scissors, decorations.

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Splatter wrapping paper

Take your Christmas presents to the next level this year with some custom-made wrapping paper – this one is so kid-friendly it’s not funny. Simply lay out some brown kraft paper, get your paints ready and splatter away! You’ll need: coloured paints, kraft paper, water, cup.

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Hoop Christmas wreath

A Christmas wreath provides the perfect finishing touch to your home, but they don’t need to cost an arm and a leg. We love this DIY for that reason – also, because it’s seriously beautiful! You’ll need: large embroidery hoop, greenery, flowers, glue gun.

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