We’re all struggling to make plans this year, and most of us are already thinking of a quiet Christmas at home with immediate family. Doing a ‘crafty Christmas’ will help to get you all in the festive spirit and fill in time more usually spent doing other Christmas activities. We’ve picked out ten Christmas crafts to do at home this year – all are available for online purchase.
1. Colour-in Christmas wrapping paper, eat sleep doodle
Perfect for keeping younger members of the family quiet while you get on with other things, this wrapping paper will add a personal touch to presents that have to be posted this year. It costs £4.95 for three sheets and is available from UK design company eat sleep doodle.
2. Christmas wreath embroidery kit, paraffle embroidery
This kit includes everything you need to create your own handmade Christmas decoration and is perfect for beginners. The design uses ten different embroidery stitches, and there’s a booklet to help you learn each one! Embroidery can be very relaxing so this is a great way to unwind in the evenings. £22.50, available from paraffle embroidery.
3. DIY macrame Christmas star ornament kit, my little wish
Create your own macrame star decorations with this DIY craft kit. The kit contains everything you need to make a star ornament which can be hung on the wall or used as a table decoration. £22, available from my little wish.
4. Charles Dickens’ Old Curiosity Shop tree decoration, The Shop Floor Project
These fabric house kits feature buildings associated with famous writers and are designed by renowned folk artist Amanda White. They are perfect for hanging on a tree or to incorporate as part of a bigger centrepiece. There are several in the set – we’ve picked out this Dickens classic as being the most festive! £18 each, available from The Shop Floor Project.
5. Mosaic Christmas tree kit, The British Craft House
A bright and cheerful mosaic Christmas tree kit containing everything you need to make a decoration. This mosaic kit is suitable for beginners and younger children (under supervision). It costs £12 and is available from The British Craft House.
6. Paper chain kits, The Shop Floor Project
Garlands have been made since Roman times and there is something very joyous about draping and festooning a chain of paper loops around the home. Available five designs, each one is also printed with a star or stripe lining. The finished garland measures 10 metres. £18 per kit, available from The Shop Floor Project.
7. Candle kit in Christmas Spice fragrance, Parkminster
The rich scent of Christmas spice (cinnamon, nutmeg, star anise) is an integral part of the festive season. Make your own candles with this kit, which contains soy wax flakes, fragrance oil, glass jars and wicks to make two votives. Made in Sussex. £18, available from Of Cabbages and Kings.
8. Origami star pattern kit, Cambridge Imprint
For an unusual Christmas garland, this kit contains everything you need to make 36 double-sided, five-pointed origami stars including 36 different sheets of Cambridge Imprint patterned papers, a book of instructions, and a keepsake box also covered with Cambridge Imprint paper. £13.96, available from Cambridge Imprint.
9. Christmas felt tree decorations kit, British Heart Foundation
Decorate your tree for a good cause. This kit contains everything you need to create three 3D felt tree decorations, including pieces of aida fabric, shaped card, pom pom trim, ribbon, needle, embroidery threads and full colour instructions. £3.99, available from the British Heart Foundation.
10. Christmas crafting kit, Artcuts
Get creative and make your own Christmas decorations with this kit, which contains everything you need to make 12 sparkly wooden decorations. It is a perfect craft kit for all abilities from beginners through to advance crafters. £22, available from The National Trust.
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