Christmas Styling – Part 3: DIY projects that are worth the effort

Some of the greatest moments in life are shared around a lunch or dinner table with family and friends. The time around Christmas is so magical because it brings loved ones together to shower love and kindness on one another! (Can you tell we are just a tad excited?!)

This is why we love adding do-it-yourself elements to our Christmas celebrations. DIY has that special feeling, as lots of love, care and attention goes into making it happen. DIY projects can add a personal touch to your celebrations, making the details of your beautifully styled Christmas party shine. Your guests will be wowed by the effort and love you’ve put in to your Christmas celebrations. After all, isn’t it true that thoughtful, handcrafted items are always loved so much more than the usual “made in China” toy or an iTunes gift card! Not to mention you’ll feel so proud of what you’ve achieved!!

In this post – our third and final in our Christmas styling series – we provide some simple yet effective DIY styling and party suggestions, guaranteed to wow your guests!

Beautiful last-minute DIY gifts for that someone special

Christmas shopping can be one of the worst things about Christmas – battling the crowds and lugging tons of bags around while you try and find every item on your list…. we are exhausted just thinking about it! If you are still searching for a gift for someone you love, why not try your hand at some of these DIY ideas? Most only need one or two items from a discount store, a small amount of time and the willingness to give it a go! Not to mention your guests will love the effort you’ve put in!

Beautiful DIY gifts from: Image 1 – Lauren Conrad, Image 2 – The Sweetest Occasion, Image 3 – Style Me Pretty, Image 4 – Yahoo Makers, Image 5 – Hey Gorg, Image 6 – Urban Comfort, Image 7 – Tara Dennis

 

A naturally beautiful wreath

Here in Australia, mainly because of the heat, we have the tendency to buy mostly fake decorations – faux Christmas trees, wreaths, flowers and centrepiece greenery. And that’s totally fair enough! Though if you’d really love to wow your guests this holiday season, why not try your hand at making a natural wreath? Not only do they smell amazing, it’ll be the talking point of your Christmas celebration! Best of all, you can use your wreath design to add another aspect to your Christmas theme – you could keep it simple & green or add touches of fruit, pinecones, berries or ribbon to match your colour palette and add texture & interest to your wreath. Our favourite DIY wreath instructions are from Hub Pages and Fynes Designs.

Gorgeous wreaths from: Image 1 – Song Bird, Image 2 – Maison de Pax, Image 3 – Flickr , Image 4 – Houzz, Image 5 – Brit Decor, Image 6 – Kate Louise, Image 7 –  Fynes Designs, Image 8 – Carlaaston with image from Flickr

 

Wrapping ideas with a difference

We personally think that beautiful wrapping not only makes the receiver of the gift feel particularly special, but it also adds to the feel of your Christmas decorations and makes your tree look amazing! There’s nothing like a fully stocked tree right before Christmas!! Here are a few gorgeous DIY wrapping ideas to get you excited, from the simplest of projects to the most special ideas (like a mini wreath for each gift! Gasp!!).

Lovely pics from: Image 1 – Honey Bear Lane, Image 2 – Going Home To Roost, Image 3 – Go Forth, Image 4 – Urban Comfort, Image 5 – Lia Griffith, Image 6 – Craft Berry Bush, Image 7 – Cox & Cox via Pinterest, Image 8 – Boxwood Clippings

 

Last minute DIY Christmas decorations 

There’s no denying it, this time of year is always hectic. So you can be forgiven if you haven’t gotten around to decorating your place for your Christmas festivities. Though it is not too late! Here are a few last minute DIY decorating ideas that will save you both time and money.

Beautiful DIY projects from: Image 1 – Marty’s Musings, Image 2 – Blooming Homestead, Image 3 – How About Orange, Image 4 – A Beautiful Mess, Image 5 – Snow and Graham, Image 6 – Lilacs and Longhorns, Image 7 – Mason Jar Crafts Love, Image 8 – Crafts by Amanda, Image 9 – Martha Stewart, Image 10 – Nalles House, Image 11 – Growing Spaces

 

The gift of giving

If you really want to step your Christmas celebrations up a notch, why not give each guest a little festive goody-bag to take home with them? Bags such as these can be handmade from scratch if you are feeling particularly crafty, or you can purchase a plain bag from a craft store and decorate it how you see fit. DIY instructions to create one of these Christmas beauties can be found on many of the websites below.

Images: Images 1 – FourRDesigns on Etsy, Image 2 – Damask Love, Image 3 – A Homemade Living, Image 4 – Peony Studio on Instagram, Image 5 – The Idea Room, Image 6 – A Homemade Living, Image 7 – A Homemade Living, Image 8 – Celebrate Creativity 

 

Happy Christmas to all our lovely readers! Hope you have an amazing holiday season ♥


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