Creative tips: How to make Christmas decorations for your home
Words by Christine Toner
Get the homemade touch this Christmas with our creative experts.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, but it doesn’t have to be the most expensive. Here are Your Move we’ve scoured the city and called on our favourite creatives to share their tips and tricks for turning your home into a winter wonderland this Christmas.
Traditional Christmas wreath
By Sam Cook of Sugarstealers Florists
You will need:
- 10-inch wire wreath frame
- One reel wire
- Bag of Sphagnum moss
- 1.25mm florist wire
- Selection of pine cones
- Selection of evergreen foliage
- Dried orange slices and other festive decorations
- One metre of festive ribbon
- Moss the wreath frame by rolling the sphagnum moss into cylinders and placing onto the ring. Using the reel wire, bind the wire around the moss and the frame working all the way round the design.
- Wire all the materials: Bend the wire in half and using only one end wrap this around the stem three times, then bring the second wire down to form a wire stem. Place the centre of the wire at the base of the pine cone and intertwine the wire through the open end of the pine cone, meeting the two wires, and twist the wires together.
- Add the foliage to the ring by placing the two wires at an angle (not to come out at the base on the side) and bend the foliage back into place, working around the ring till the moss is covered. You will need approximately 50 stems of foliage.
- To decorate the wreath add the pine cones and the decorative items using the same method as the foliage. Place these on top of the foliage to stand proud of the design.
- Make a bow by using around 1m of ribbon, folding it in half and pinching in the middle. Using a figure of eight bring one side of the ribbon to the center and pinch, before using the same technique to bring the second side to the centre and pinch. Using one wire in half wrap around the centre of the ribbon and twist the wire tight to secure the bow. Place this into the design to finish.
Decorative door bow
By Natalie Campbell, owner of florist, venue decorating and party accessory firm Bows & Roses
You will need :
- One roll of organza fabric
- A pair of scissors
- Measure the length and the width of your door.
- Cut a piece of the organza so it is three times the length of your door.
- Wrap the organza around the door so the ends come over the top and under the base.
- Cross the ribbons of organza in the middle of the door (internally) and feed through the sides back to the front.
- Cross the ribbons over the front of the door to create a cross shape and feedback through the sides of the door.
- Tie in a knot at the back to secure the organza.
- Fan out the organza to widen the cross.
- Cut off a good size of organza and make a bow.
- Tie the middle of the cross with a piece of string to secure it and tie on the bow.
The key to making a beautiful bow is keeping all your loops the same size. Make sure the first loop is the size you want and use this as your pattern for other loops.
By Nina Mitchell of Nina’s Flowers
You will need:
- Candle Spikes
- Oasis pins
- Green floral wet oasis brick
- Super glue or oasis fix
- Flowers and foliage
- Glue the oasis pins onto the dish.
- Drop the oasis brick onto the water, let it gradually sink to the bottom. DO NOT push it under the water, as this will create air locks.
- Place the oasis brick onto the oasis pins on the dish. Place candles into the candle spikes and position on the oasis.
- Cut the stems at an angle to allow them to slide easily into the oasis. This also helps the flowers to get more water into the stem.
- Cover the oasis brick with foliage first, then add in flowers and decoration.
Nina will be among the stallholders at the Winter Arts Market on Saturday 2 December at Liverpool Cathedral.
Kids craft: Mini hats
Rebecca Pennington of Ovis Yarns shares her quick and fun craft the little ones can help with:
“Want a quick knitted decoration that looks like it took hours?” says Rebecca. “Then these mini hats are for you! Especially great for beginners or children, the hats can be made with the following steps:
“Cast on 30 stitches and knit until you get a rectangle that measures 6cm high. Cut your yarn, leaving a tail of 20cm and thread through the stitches on your needle, then slip the needle out. Pull all the stitches tight and then fold the rectangle in half (right side together) and sew up the side – turn it inside out, and you have a mini hat!
“Attach a mini pom pom to the top and you’re done.”
Clare Fernandez-Hart of Liverpool-based, fmaily-run interiors business Painted Olive shares her tips on adding a trendy festive touch to your home.
“Foliage is king this year,” says Clare. “Invite nature inside when you decorate your home this Christmas by introducing a botanical mix of eucalyptus and holly accented with woodland creatures and as many twinkling fairy lights as you can get your hands on.
“Combine this season’s nomadic patterns with trendy rustic chic furniture and a folk inspired palette of berry red, hague blue and frosty white to evoke whimsical childhood memories of Narnia.
“The spirit of Christmas should be felt in every room, and there is no better way to achieve this than by adding ‘that Christmas smell’ with some cinnamon scented candles to entice your senses and rouse seasonal joy all around your home.
“Welcome guests into your home using feel good festive signs and slogans on reclaimed timber, epitomising rustic seasonal charm. The ideal finishing touch, they provide a fun talking point when it comes to decorating your home this Christmas.”