Quick Ways to Personalise Your Christmas Decorations and Gifts
From creating a winter scene to making your own gift wrap, see how to put the finishing touches to your Yuletide prep
You’ll have to do a bit of advance preparation for this project, but once you have the basics, the rest will be simple for the kids – and fairly mess-free.
Pick up a length of two by six (or more than one, depending on the number of budding artists you have) at your local timber yard or DIY store. You can have the wood cut to your desired shapes at the yard or store, or do it yourself once you get home.
Smooth the edges with fine sandpaper to eliminate all possibility of splinters. Tape off the edges with masking tape, then cover the front and back of each block with blackboard paint. Let the pieces dry according to the paint instructions.
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A blackboard encourages family and friends to add festive greetings, inspired messages and imaginative doodles to your wall without worrying about the after-holiday clean-up.
For a quick and dramatic way to personalise gifts, consider black wrapping paper and chalk. The paper gives you a blank canvas, and you can be as minimalistic or ornate as you like.
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A simple build-your-own edible snowman kit makes a last-minute gift or party favour for friends and family to enjoy.
- Three jumbo-size marshmallows
- Reese’s mini chocolate peanut butter cup for the hat
- Mini chocolate chips for the eyes and mouth
- Two pretzel sticks for the arms
- Thick string for the scarf
- Orange sprinkles for the nose
- Clear plastic bag (mine is 3 x 5in and from a local craft shop)
- Label (optional)
- Canvas drawstring bag (mine is 7 x 9in; a 5 x 7in bag is fine, too)
- Pencil plus orange and black markers
Do you make any festive decorations yourself or as a family? Share your tips and photos in the Comments below.