Christmas winner: DIY table decorations fit for festivities

14 December, 2016

The Christmas table forms the centre piece for the big day. It’s the place where you pull crackers, devour a hearty three course meal, open presents and make memories. With the attention that it will deservedly get, the table needs to look the part for the festive season – and finishing touches will make all the difference.

Here’s how to pour your creative magic into this year’s Christmas table, to make it look its festive best.

Paper place mats

If you have a favourite roll of wallpaper, use a leftover length to create eye-catching place mats for your table. You can cut them into whatever shape suits your style – if you’re looking for something contemporary, go geometric, or for a traditional feel, choose a circular cut.

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Christmas candles

Flickering candles instantly inject a soft winter warmth to a Christmas table. Purchase plain candles and enhance them with a festive flourish – you can tie ribbon around them, leftover decorations or a sprig of holly.

Pretty table scatters

Give your dining table an extra special touch using table scatters. Simply use leftover wallpaper and cut out mini snowflake shapes in a variety of sizes, finishing them with a sprinkle of glitter. They can complement other festive décor on your table with ease.

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Homemade napkin rings

Dress up your napkins using scrap wrapping paper – an easy craft idea that can add extra oomph. Simply cut the length you need and wrap around the napkin in tight fashion, using double-sided tape to fix in place.

Creative cutlery ties

Set your table with a difference this year. Opt to bind together each person’s knives and forks with a length of ribbon in your desired colour palette. You could even add a feather or small fir branch for extra festive impact.

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Stylish jars

Use simple glass jars to create a stunning centrepiece. All you need to do is add something to go in them – whether it’s leftover baubles that didn’t make it on the Christmas tree, berry stems or a string of fairy lights.

Table top wreath

No Christmas table is complete without a festive wreath. Rather than buying one, opt to make one yourself using your colour scheme as your base. If you want a Scandi-style wreath for your table, use minimalistic twigs and pine cones to form the centrepiece. Or if you’d prefer something a little more traditional, wrap your wreath in classic firs, poinsettia flowers and mistletoe branches.

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Beautiful chair backs

Go all out this year and create chair backs for each person at your table. Maximalism fans may enjoy creating mini wreaths for each chair that can be easily tied in place. Or, keep things easy with a big, bold ribbon tied in pretty style.

For more DIY tips to get the festive feeling, head over to our Christmas crafts post.