Make your own fairy light heart by twisting two or three lengths of wire into the shape of a heart or star
Transform cookie cutters into simple Christmas decorations with wrapping paper or old Christmas cards. Trace the shape of the cutter onto covered board and cut out. No need for glue as the foam board will wedge tightly into the cutter. Finish off with some pretty ribbon.
Fill glass jars with festive treats, add ribbons and handmade labels and give them fun, cheerful names like Elf Kisses or Christmas cheer.
Make a bold statement with a faux stag’s head and tie decorations to coloured string to add festive cheer to a plain wall. 3D Laser-cut stag’s head, around €32, Cox & Cox.
These candy cones are easy to make and the kids will love them. Spraymount wrapping paper onto some pliable card, wrap into a cone shape and seal with double-sided table. Using pinking scissors, cut out a festive image and stick to the front of each cone.
A cluster of baubles tied with ribbon adds an elegant touch. Baubles, from a selection at Brown Thomas. Ribbon, from a selection at A. Rubanesque.
Get in a festive mood with a simple display of pinecones in a wooden bowl. Perfume the cones with holiday scents such as berry or cinnamon.
Create a striking effect with a cluster of white globes and plain doilies. Get similar globes from Talking Tables at Daintree.
A wire basket is perfect for displaying your favourite decorations.
Spray paint leaves silver, then attach a length of wire to the stalk and cover with strips of muslin cloth for elegant place setting decorations. We used Plastikote spray paint in Brushed Nickel, available from leading hardware stores.
Small jewel-coloured baubles work well as place names, while a spray-painted doily adds instant glamour.
Using simple boxes is great for oddly shaped gifts. Square cardboard boxes, from a selection at Tiger.