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10 Top DIY Christmas Crafts

We’re on the slippery slide to Christmas where must-do lists seem to elongate and time whizzes by at twice the speed. Take some time out to add a festive ambience to your home by attempting these crafty suggestions. Instead of popping to the shops for the umpteenth time, because the reality of the angst in searching for a carpark is truly traumatic, check your home supplies first. Raid your stationery stash, wool basket and pantry for materials…although purchasing fresh strawberries is kind of essential.

Clockwise from top left: how gorgeous are these Santa Hat Brownie Bites? Follow the recipe at Erica’s Sweet Tooth; Challenge yourself to produce variations of these textural Crocheted snowflakes from an Instagram tutorial; Reindeer jars complete with pipe-cleaner antlers, googly eyes and a tell-tale red nose are a classic receptacle for everyone’s favourites – scorched almonds; Handmade gift-tags are divine in their simplicity.

Clockwise from top left: Book angels require basic origami skills and discarded pages (image from meinegruenewiese.blogspot.ch on Pinterest); How many ways can you wrap a present? Select one from 30 superb suggestions; Snowman chocolate bark not only looks delicious but the addition of pretzels subdues sweetness; Save your paper bags and fallen branches for an advent calendar; Last year in her spare time, my sister knitted this entire nativity collection designed by Jean Greenhowe, while her partner contributed by building a stable from recycled materials; Twig Christmas trees can vary in size depending on your kindling stash or gathering prowess – image is from french website planete.deco.fr. Spread Christmas joy with some humble creativity.

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