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Five Festive Crafting Trends

Get swept up in the magic of Christmas with the latest craft crazes

The art of handmade décor and gifts is a treasure for the creator and recipient. With a few basic techniques you can create a wide range of looks by varying shapes, colour and decorative details. Have a crafty Christmas and spread holiday cheer with these popular ideas.

Create polar bears

Nothing says wintry Christmas like polar bears! Bring your love of the arctic straight into your home by dotting paper bears around your child's bedroom, or make polar bear-inspired greeting cards for loved ones. Make miniature stuffed pals too and place them under your tree for festive scenery that guests will adore.

Build-a-scene makes

Create scenes that mimic your idea of the perfect Christmas. Make a shimmering holiday village, your own version of Santa's home, or add dimension to greeting cards by using die-cut designs to construct lovely festive scenes. If you've made a handful of miniature decorations over the years, why not place them on your mantelpiece to remind you of all the things you've crafted?

Use modern metallics

The recent craze of copper, rose gold and bronze metallic embellishments means that your crafts can be as eclectic as possible. Add gleaming accents to gift tags or greeting cards to surprise someone special, spray paint the leaves on your wreath, or make Christmas poppers using metallic paper.

Glitter-it-up

No Christmas is complete without some sparkles. Place garlands of shimmering snowflakes around your child's room, or embellish your cards with glitter for a shimmery finish. You can also adorn your house with glittered pine cones to impress your guests.

Elf love

These little creations are always a bit hit during Christmas. You can make a family of painted pine cone or pompom elves, or design felted elves to hang on your tree. Make snowcapped mountains and attach the elves to candy canes with strings attached to give the impression that they are on a zip-line.