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Seven easy ways to create a festive home this Christmas

Who says it takes time and money to make your home look gloriously festive at Christmas? Not us! With some clever DIY Christmas decorating ideas and a few simple tricks and tweaks, you can create a fabulous Yuletide feel in next to no time – and without breaking the bank. A few strategically placed tasteful decorations, a cinnamon-scented candle or three and some sparkly lights do wonders for starters – but to make your home look really special, you need to add the personal touch. Here’s how…

Image is everything


Deciding on a theme is key when looking for Christma decorating ideas for your home. Whether you want a traditional feel or a minimalist look, a multicoloured Santa’s grotto or a winter forest ambience, having a theme simplifies things and creates a consistent vibe in your home. An icy woodland-inspired theme, for example, can look stylish and is easy to create with white and silvery decorations. Decorate with foliage and twigs from your garden, dress your mantelpiece with a homemade garland, or use pine cones. Gorgeous!
Make it personal: These silvery personalised photo snowflakes are the perfect DIY Christmas decorations that add a lovely element to any theme, creating instant focal points – hang them on sparkly twigs, hooks on the wall, or the mantelpiece. They cost very little and are ready in two hours with Jessops’ click and collect service.

Think outside the box

One of the biggest misconceptions about Christmas decorating is that you need to adorn entire rooms with tinsel and sparkle to transform your home for the festive season. In fact, investing in some key home accessories that tie in with your existing décor is a tasteful, cost-effective and easy way to add a subtle but stylish effect. Some festive scatter cushions or a Yuletide-themed blanket add Christmas cheer in a different way to traditional decorations.
Make it personal: Swap your usual family photos on the mantelpiece with family festive pictures captured in vision blocks. They’re available in three sizes, are low-cost and are ready in two hours with Jessops’ click and collect service.


Make the most of your Christmas cards


Christmas cards are coming back into fashion, so make the most of yours and show them off. Use a pinboard with a nice frame and pin your cards in a pattern, or tie string across the frame and peg cards to the string. The frames can then be hung or leaned on a shelf, mantelpiece or ledge. You could even have one in each room and colour code your cards to match your room’s colour schemes. Alternatively, create a tree shape with your cards using ribbon and stick in place with Blu Tack. Voila!
Make it personal: Remember, you can make your own personalised photo greetings cards. Allow seven working days for delivery or collect in store for free.

Create an extra-special Christmas tree


Your Christmas tree doesn’t have to look like it’s straight out of a catalogue. Adding personal touches that intertwine with the decorations will make your tree beautifully unique. As well as all those homemade decorations the kids have made over the years, use their beautiful faces to decorate your tree. Give each family member their own branch with a personalised Christmas bauble. Choose your favourite photos and let Jessops print and slot each one carefully into an acrylic bauble that’s sturdy enough to be used year after year.

Dress your table

If you’re hosting Christmas dinner, consider some festive accessories to add a magical touch to your table. Adding a festive motif to a plain table cloth or making dining chair bows with ribbons will create instant wow factor without spending too much. Keep your china neutral and build up colours and accessories as you go. Scatter mini baubles, shimmering confetti and shiny chocolate coins between place settings and bigger pieces such as candles and flowers.
Make it personal: A set of personalised photo coasters are wonderful DIY Chrismas decorations and will give a lovely touch to your Christmas table, and are available in two hours with Jessops’ click and collect service.


Create a feature wall or mantelpiece


One way of making a beautiful impact on your Christmas decor is by switching up your usual wall décor with themed art and personalised festive photos. This is a lovely look for an entry hall or living room, and it’s a great way of keeping pace with the family as it grows and changes every year. A wintery family shot, your frosty garden or a family pet frolicking in the snow: these images are timeless at any time of year and make fantastic Christmas decorations when December rolls around. Whether it’s one big, beautiful, family festive shot on canvas or a collection of Christmassy shots in a multi-frame, these unique wall decorations will be a guaranteed talking point.
Make it personal: Swap your usual family photos on the mantelpiece with family festive pictures captured in vision blocks. They’re available in three sizes, are low-cost and are ready in two hours with Jessops’ click and collect service.

Get snapping

When the big day arrives, be sure to whip out your camera and create a photo display for guests to enjoy. Encourage friends and family to snap away on their smartphones, then print the pictures out immediately on a compact portable printer. Alternatively, use an Instax camera for even more instant results. You can then pin the photos to lengths of ribbon or fairy lights with mini wooden pegs for an ever-growing gallery and a wonderful DIY Christmas decoration that tells your own personal festive story.
Merry Christmas!



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