Today I did a last minute dash to our local $2 shop to grab some accessories to dress our Christmas table. Before I set off, I did a quick internet search for Christmas table themes for some inspiration. Here are some of my favourites this year... 1. Red and white This colour scheme is a classic. Use lots of ornaments and little details for a traditional look, or keep it clean to make a contemporary statement.
2. Candy Canes Following on from the red and white theme, Candy Canes can be used in lots of creative ways on your Christmas table - as part of your centrepiece like the below vase, or as placecard holders. They're fun, inexpensive, and edible!
4. Inspired by nature There's something magical about including traditional winter Christmas plants, such as pine, holly and pine cones on your Christmas table. Whilst it might be hard to get fresh holly in Australia, you can use any type of pine (sprigs of humble conifer work well), dried pine cones, or Poinsettia (which is readily available around Christmas time). You could also play around with beautiful Australian natives, such as Eucalyptus leaves, Christmas Bush, Grevillea, Waratah and Kangaroo Paw which often come in lovely shades of red.
We love the combination of different types of greenery mixed with hessian band and tie
5. Contemporary teal Teal Christmas decorations are everywhere this year - this colour is really on-trend. Teal works really well with silver or white and is a refreshing choice for a summer Christmas.
Mix teal baubles and beads with silver accessories for a fresh table setting
This super cute Christmas table place setting will have the kids rushing to the table for Christmas dinner! It also demonstrates that part of the fun in decorating the table lies on where you place your plates and cutlery.
Handmade Christmas decorations make a Christmas tree unique and give it personality. I've really enjoyed looking at the Christmas decorations in stores this year, as the handmade style is definitely on-trend. Unfortunately, they're not cheap and often start around $10 per decoration. The great news is, many are easy and affordable to recreate yourself. They also make thoughtful Christmas gifts that will be treasured forever. Here are ten of our favourite handmade Christmas decorations for 2015...
1. Paper heart Christmas decoration
Imagine the fun you can have recreating this Christmas decoration using different types of paper...
Image from www.notonthehighstreet.com
2. Popsicle stick nativity decoration
This is a sweet, simple way to use popsicle sticks to create a unique Christmas decoration.
Little bottles with cork stoppers are easy to source these days. We love that you can pop a personalised message in each one, and add the date for a unique memento that they will hopefully keep for years to come.
These simple shapes look great layered with hessian, buttons and smaller felt shapes. Great way of using up fabric scraps and they are small enough to sew by hand, so no sewing machine required. I'm going to trace around my Christmas cookie cutter shapes to create neat shapes.
One year, I thought it would be a great idea to hang candy canes on our Christmas tree. The ants liked that idea too! These pipe-cleaner candy canes are an ant-proof alternative and you could have lots of fun with the colours you choose. Silver and gold beads would also look beautiful and this is a great activity for the kids to do too.
This is a great way of giving dagging old baubles a makeover (choose the ones that won't shatter) with some fun fabric and ribbon. Gather a square of fabric around the ball and secure with an elastic band. Cover the elastic band with some ribbon or tinsel.
What a fun way to use up little scraps of fabric or ribbon (great for quilters!). Cutting the tree out with pinking shears gives the edge a lovely zig-zag look (and looks more like a Christmas tree), whilst ensuring the fabric doesn't fray too much. We also love the stitching over the tree that looks like tinsel. These khaki green colours look great, but red, bright green and metallics would also look good too.
Image from www.chickenscratchny.com
9. Scrabble Tile Christmas decoration
A great way to make use of a Scrabble set with missing pieces.
I've saved my favourite until last. This decoration is simply made from 12 circles that have been strategically glued - click on the image for instructions. I would love to try this one using left over scraps of Christmas wrapping paper, but also think plain paper or metallic paper would look great too.
Christmas trees are a great source of inspiration for handmade cards. Here are ten of our favourite ideas, which demonstrate how different you can make a Christmas tree look! 1. Folded Christmas tree This simple idea just uses folded white paper in different sizes. You could play around with different types of paper for your tree or card base. Experiment with wrapping paper, metallic paper, handmade/textured paper and glue little decorations like sequins or stars on your tree.
2. Triangle Christmas tree card Wondering what to do with those little scraps of Christmas paper left over from wrapping all your gifts? Yes, they can be reused! You can also use any sort of paper or card, such as craft paper, newspaper, plain white paper, or even paper doilies, as this card demonstrates. Buttons and twine also add a third dimension to this card. This is a simple design you could make with your children.
You don't have to be a great sewer to create this card. The beauty lies in the type of thread you choose. You could opt for something colourful on a contrasting background, like this card. Or go for something natural and tonal, like twine on a kraft card base. Use a template or a ruler to mark your holes with a pencil for a neat finish.
This is also a great way to use up little strips of paper or ends of washi tape rolls. The spots on the card base also give it texture and interest. We also love the way the strips are placed unevenly - this gives the tree a more natural look.
This is a great way of using up leftover pieces of ribbon. As with the hand-sewn Christmas tree card, measure and mark your card so you know exactly where to punch your holes and thread the ribbon through. Experiment with different types of ribbon - printed, plain, metallic, Christmas-themed, etc.
This card reminds me of a dancer's twirling ribbon - it's simple but very delicate and effective. It's also a great way of using up leftover pieces of ribbon. Organza and metallic ribbon gives the card a light, festive look.
This beautiful button and sequin Christmas tree would also make a beautiful Christmas tree ornament. If you attach the tree to the card with Blue Tac or double-sided tape (so that it can easily be removed) and attach some twine at the top of tree so that it can be hung, your recipient will get years of use out of it and think of you everytime they look at their Christmas tree.
Christmas trees are a great motif to use on greeting card because they can be simplified as triangles. This card has a gorgeous patchwork effect and we love the red and white colour combination. You could of course, go crazy and layer lots of different coloured paper or fabric triangles for a bolder look. The large red ribbon is also a lovely way to finish off this card.