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DIY: A modern take on Christmas craft

Give Christmas classics a fresh twist with these easy updates

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Christmas tree decoration, from May Time; hanging ceramic decorations, from Source Home + Object; envelopes and stickers from Gordon Harris and Warehouse Stationery.

 

Up date

Create an event-filled Christmas calendar using mini envelopes and wooden pegs, and get creative with stickers and card. Write a fun little Christmas note for each day.

Ceramic star decoration, from May Time; white bowls, from Indie Home Collective; vintage preserving jar, assorted prices, from Junk & Disorderly.

Ceramic star decoration, from May Time; white bowls, from Indie Home Collective; vintage preserving jar, assorted prices, from Junk & Disorderly.

 

Circle of life

Pull out the old family albums and display your vintage photos and memorabilia. Create a layered wreath shape and secure with washi tape and Blu Tack.

Washi tape from Collected and Father Rabbit; Comback rocking chair from Kartell; Pony Rider cushion from Father Rabbit; Jelly vase from Kartell; white pinecone decorations from Citta Design; wall painted in Resene ‘Midwinter Mist’.

Washi tape from Collected and Father Rabbit; Comback rocking chair from Kartell; Pony Rider cushion from Father Rabbit; Jelly vase from Kartell; white pinecone decorations from Citta Design; wall painted in Resene ‘Midwinter Mist’.

 

Let it snow

Washi tape is a cheap and mess-free way to spruce up your walls for Christmas. Create easy geometric snowflake patterns that will peel off in the New Year!

Ceramic decorations from Source Home + Object; House Doctor mug from General Trading Co; iron console table with stone top from French Country Collections; balsa wood and paints from Gordon Harris.

Ceramic decorations from Source Home + Object; House Doctor mug from General Trading Co; iron console table with stone top from French Country Collections; balsa wood and paints from Gordon Harris.

 

Wood for the trees 

Cut triangles of differing heights out of balsa wood with a craft knife and intersect two pieces to create simple and sweet 3D Christmas trees. Paint different sections with your favourite colours.

Wall hooks and bowl from General Trading Co; wooden beads and clear plastic baubles available from Spotlight.

Wall hooks and bowl from General Trading Co; wooden beads and clear plastic baubles available from Spotlight.

 

Bauble basics

Makeover some old or cheaply-bought baubles with cans of model paint in matching hues for a grown-up tree. Try threading small wooden beads onto twine and fashioning them into star shapes, or filling clear plastic baubles with delicate feathers for a natural appeal.

Fairylights, $69 per set, and tall glass jar, $152, from Tessuti; linen bunting, $19, from Father Rabbit; copper reindeer, $139, from Citta Design; vintage wooden bowl, $95, from Indie Home Collective; glass baubles, $9.50 each, from The General Trading Co; iron console table with stone top, $1725, from French Country Collections.

Fairylights, $69 per set, and tall glass jar, $152, from Tessuti; linen bunting, $19, from Father Rabbit; copper reindeer, $139, from Citta Design; vintage wooden bowl, $95, from Indie Home Collective; glass baubles, $9.50 each, from The General Trading Co; iron console table with stone top, $1725, from French Country Collections.

 

Twinkle twinkle

Tiny glimmering LEDs are the new fairy lights, and are pretty all year round. Display them in glass vessels in your entrance way for an enchanting welcome.

Fairylights and tall glass jar from Tessuti; linen bunting from Father Rabbit; copper reindeer from Citta Design; vintage wooden bowl from Indie Home Collective; glass baubles from The General Trading Co; iron console table with stone top from French Country Collections.

Fairylights and tall glass jar from Tessuti; linen bunting from Father Rabbit; copper reindeer from Citta Design; vintage wooden bowl from Indie Home Collective; glass baubles from The General Trading Co; iron console table with stone top from French Country Collections.

 

Throw some light

Easy and effective, tall candles placed inside a ceramic or concrete pot make a moody centrepiece. Prop the candles up using stones. Make festive lanterns using vintage jars, berries and fauna, with a tealight floating inside.
Words by: Kendyl Middelbeek & Samantha Totty
Photography by: Wendy Fenwick

 

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