LighterLife: Top 5 Christmas craft ideas

November 26, 2013 - Christmas, Lifestyle

Don’t let Christmas get in the way of your weight loss! Keep your mind off the Christmas pudding with our pick of festive craft ideas…

The perfect Christmas wreath  114414217Bring the outdoors inside this Christmas by making your own foliage Christmas wreath. This activity can involve the whole family. Wrap up warm and head out to your local forestry, or even your own back garden, and collect twigs, evergreen leaves, seasonal berries, and whatever else takes your fancy. This video by offers a step-by-step guide on how to make the perfect festive foliage wreath, which you can hang proudly on your front door.

Dinner crackers Screen Shot 2013-11-26 at 11.10.35Impress your guests at your dinner party this year with your handmade Christmas crackers. You can write your own jokes, anagrams or puzzles, and personalise your prizes to your guests taste. Making them yourself gives you the freedom to make the prizes as cheap or expensive as you like, and they can also double up as table place names by putting your guests initials on the outside. Check out for a
simple how-to-guide.

The smell of Christmas 90971272 There’s nothing quite like the smell of cloves and cinnamon sweeping through the house at Christmas time. A great way to infuse your home with these scents is by making beautiful Pomander balls made from oranges and grapefruits, and hanging them as Christmas decorations. They are easy to make, and you can decorate them with different colour ribbons and bows. Check out for a simple demonstration
of how to make one.

Personalised cards  Screen Shot 2013-11-26 at 11.31.13Making your own Christmas cards can be a fun and cheap way to send a personalised Christmas message to your friends and family. You don’t need to get any fancy or expensive supplies; you can make a perfectly lovely Christmas card from bits and bobs around the house. Buttons, scrap fabric, recycled card, string, and wrapping paper, are all ideal for making pretty cards. For inspiration, Check out who have a variety of different styles for you to create.

Trim your tree 159175820 For many of us, decorating the Christmas tree is one of the most rewarding parts of the festive season. However, forking out for Christmas decorations can be quite expensive, especially when you have gifts to buy on top. Why not make your own tree decorations instead? Felt Christmas ornaments can be easily crafted by you and the children, and will make your tree unique. From felt stars and hearts, to elves feet and Christmas puddings, these 50 DIY decorations will have your tree looking fab!