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Kirstie Allsopp – Dreaming of a homemade Christmas 9 December, 2009

Posted by kirstieallsopp in mydeco guest blogger.
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Hi everyone and welcome to my second blog for mydeco. Last night was the first part of Kirstie’s Homemade Christmas on Channel 4 – a three-part special in which I return to my original homemade home in Devonshire to create the perfect crafted yuletide.

Image credit: Channel 4

In last night’s episode, I showed you how to get your home ready for the festive season with the perfect handcrafted decorations. This gave me the chance to meet up with some of the artisans who helped me to transform Meadow Gate in series one – I got some great tips on cake decoration, picking the perfect Christmas tree and even glass bauble blowing!

For those of you who didn’t catch the show, don’t worry – for the next three days I’ll be posting a blog on mydeco with ideas for easy handmade decorations that even the most craft-challenged amongst you could manage!

1. Paper snowflakes

Image credit: Channel 4

Paper snowflakes are the ultimate credit crunch Christmas decoration – they cost next to nothing to make but are great fun to have a go at with the kids and look gorgeous, especially if hung in a window or against the dark green of a tree. Like most people, I used to make these at school, so as long as you can handle scissors, you can do this!

2. Popcorn garlands

Image credit: Channel 4

The kids will love making these – they’re super quick to do, cheap to make and can be eaten afterwards. You will need to supervise little ones with the needle, but the results are always great. The materials for a 1m long garland will cost about £1: just buy some yarn, popcorn and cranberries and start threading!

3.Easy to make wrapping and cards

Image credit: Channel 4

These Christmas gift wrap and card designs are so much fun for the kids to get involved in making. You don’t need any complicated kit to make them and they’re a great way to give your gifts a personal touch – ideal for giving to the grandparents! All you need to make these are some different coloured papers, paper gift bags, stiff white card and plenty of colourful glitter and ribbons to make your designs look festive.

In tonight’s episode, I show you some handmade alternatives to simply buying a gift on the high-street, then I demonstrate how to wrap them up in style! Catch it on Channel 4, 8pm.

Stay tuned for more of my tips for a crafty Christmas in tomorrow’s blog…



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