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November 6, 2014 / By: Katherine Bryan-Merrett No Comments.

The frosty mornings have got us thinking about Christmas. We spent this morning in the office sharing our favourite Christmas DIY ideas which we’ve reproduced below. Whether you’re after gifts, decorations or food we hope they will help with your winter finances


1. Make your own Sock Snowman

2013-11-29 16.12.55-1Keep an eye out on South West Art Workshops’ website ( between now and Christmas for some great creative workshops and events. Our current favourite is the Sock Snowman one which teaches you to create your own festive Sock Snowman from an old white sock. For more information, go to

2. Christmas Cake

This year, stir-up Sunday falls on 24th November which is less than 3 weeks away! This easy recipe by James Martin is very simple to follow and the cake is delicious. Go to

3. Dip a candle

Candle dipping at the annual Advent fair at Wynstones School on the 29th of November is a great activity for all ages to make a beautiful candle which can be used as a gift or to light at home during Christmas.

4. Make a Christmas wreath

Stroud Valleys Project are hosting an event on Friday 5th and Saturday 6th December to learn how to make festive wreaths from natural materials. All the materials are provided and you can leave with a beautiful handmade wreath to hang on your door.

5. Mice Pies

Supermarkets are already selling mince pies but if you follow this great recipe from the National Trust, you can make your very own delicious mince pies —

6. Christmas cards


Why not creat your own Christmas cards to send to all your friends and family this year? To inspire you, here is a huge selection by Martha Stewart –

7. Bath tea bags

A tea bag full of natural herbs and spices can make the perfect Christmas gift and they are quite simple to make! Have a look at these great recipes to get you started

8. Window Decoration

Folded stars made from kite paper and hung on the window can be a beautiful addition to your festive home, especially when the light shines through. For s rep by step video guide, go to

9. Glitter baubles


Make your own baubles to hang on your Christmas tree this year by following these simple steps

10. Heart Garland

Make your own beautiful heart garland inspired by Kitrsie Alsopp and gift it to a friend or use it to decorate your home. For instructions, go to


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