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5 DIY makes using leftover Christmas items

Repurpose last year's festive décor to make creations you can have in the home all year round

5 DIY makes using leftover Christmas items

1. Framed garland art

Plan to throw out odd bits of garland? Before you even think to do that, why not create a stand-out piece perfect for your mantelpiece? Source a deep box frame, craft paint in a colour of your choice, and your leftover garland. Using your craft paint, add a phrase or even a scene that means something truly special. Once dry, place your garland within the frame and put it on display for everyone to see.

2. Bottle designs

If you've gone through one too many bottles of bubbly during the festive season, and you've suddenly realised that you've got a lot of cleaning up to do, don't despair! You can create something lovely and original with each. You'll need paint brushes and a variety of paints for this one! First, ensure that your bottles are clean, then in a colour or colours of your choice paint geometric prints or any other style you choose to match your home décor. Fill each with flowers or incense to bring any room setting to life.

3. Ribbon garland

When it comes to the Christmas season, there's almost always an inordinate amount of ribbon that's adhered to just about anything. We know how sad it may be to have to throw them out every year too, but we've got just the solution. Get a long piece of string and scissors, then cut up your ribbon in strips before tying them to the piece of string. Make as many garlands as you'd like, then hang them around the home, or better yet, keep them for parties you'll have throughout the year.

4. Wood ornaments

We know you can't bear to see your real Christmas tree just thrown out as if it wasn't a special part of your celebrations. Why not keep the memory alive by cutting circles out of its trunk and transform each piece into an ornament? Think of a few designs that you'd like, get some paint and paintbrushes and decorate each circle. Once dry, make a hole in the top of each ornament, tie a string through each and keep them for the upcoming festive season.

5. Wrapping paper place mats

So, you've got plenty of Christmas wrapping and no idea what to do with them. Firstly, if you've got kids or grandkids, think back to the last party you had for them... do you remember the mess all their friends made when it was time to indulge in a bit of cake? Also remember the cleaning process. With this simple solution, you can use your Christmas wrapping one more time as place mats for the next celebration. Cut the paper in rectangular strips, using a corner rounder to give each mat a decorative edge, and that's it! Just don't forget to place them on your table at the next party!