Why not make your own Christmas decorations this year? It’s a magical way to get the children even more excited about the build up to the big day. These clever little ideas are easy to master and will add a more personal touch to your tree and table this year.

MAKE YOUR OWN...BOW TABLE NAMES

Add a personal touch to the Christmas table with these fun festive place names.

  • Clothes pegs
  • Bows (or small toys for the kids)
  • Glue gun or strong glue (for the adults to use)
  • Card

How to make this Christmas decoration:

  1. Glue the bows or toys onto the pegs and leave to dry.
  2. Write out your guests’ names on small pieces of card and clip the name and the napkin into the peg before placing on top of each of your table settings.

MAKE YOUR OWN...FELT TREES

These trees look sweet hung on a tree, or you can make them larger as a table decoration.

  • Sheets of felt in green and white
  • Scissors
  • Needle and thread
  • Beads

How to make these Christmas decorations:

  1. Cut a circle the size of a pencil end out of one of the sheets of felt.
  2. Place your first circle on a different colour of felt and cut around it leaving a small gap of about 1mm.
  3. Repeat this process, making sure your circle gets larger and larger, until you have a perfect tree shape.
  4. Tie a knot in a piece of thread then push a needle and thread through the centre of each layer, starting with the biggest.
  5. Once all your layers are threaded add a shiny bead for a star and tie a tight knot to secure the thread. Make sure you leave enough of a loop to hang it up.

Safety first: If the kids are making these decorations, help them with the cutting out and don't leave them unsupervised.

MAKE YOUR OWN...TREE STAR

This star decoration is made of wrapping paper and is a great way to make Christmas decorating even more special for the little ones.

  • Wrapping paper
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • String
  • Tape

How to make this Christmas decoration:

  1. Cut 8 pieces of paper measuring 8 x 4cm then fold the paper in half lengthways. With the open edge at the top, take the top corners and fold down to meet the bottom fold to make triangles. Fold the piece in half widthways with the folded triangles facing in.
  2. Repeat for all 8 pieces and then slot together by inserting a triangular end into a square end.
  3. Attach a loop of ribbon to the back with tape, hang and admire.

MAKE YOUR OWN...ADVENT CALENDAR CHAIN

We love this novel paper chain calendar. Just use your favourite colour combination to create a special countdown.

  • Coloured paper
  • Felt tip pens
  • Tape
  • Scissors

How to make this Christmas decoration:

  1. Cut 25 strips of coloured paper each measuring 9 x 3cm.
  2. Number each piece from 1 to 24 and write ‘Merry Christmas’ on the last one.
  3. Using tape, make a paper chain from the pieces in number order with 1 at the top and 24 at the bottom.
  4. Make a sign for your calendar and decorate it however you like.
  5. Carefully tape the chain to the sign link and stick to the wall for all to see.