Every year, my mum, sister and I promise to make an effort to do as much of our Christmas shopping in independent shops, charity shops, local craft fairs or Christmas markets. If we’re feeling really creative, we’ll even try and make something.
Obviously, come December 23rd, this pact tends to go out the window and we all inevitably end up in John Lewis in a sweaty panic debating whether to purchase a candle so expensive you’d expect it to be scented with Mother Theresa’s sweat, or a box of Chilli, Chestnut and Chutney flavoured chocolates.
So here are a few little ideas about how you can have a homemade Christmas without being Kirsty Allsopp.
It’s a running joke in my family that every year without fail, everyone will get chocolate bark. Basically dark chocolate melted on a baking tray and then covered in whatever you want to cover it in. I always opt for dried cranberries, pistachios, walnuts, and almonds to make it colourful!
We’re notorious in my family for making each other homemade cards for literally every occasion. My cousin Cassie made me this beautiful linocut print card, with a calligraphy envelope!
My mum always makes an effort with Christmas crafts. She made this beautiful wreath at a willow weaving workshop (alliteration, thank youuu) and everything in it is natural and from the garden! She also roasted these orange slices to adorn all our presents!
These are my mum’s famous collage pots that she makes every single year. She makes them from old cardboard boxes and pretty papers and they always go down a treat at Christmas fairs.
Ok so I know not everyone has access to a laser cutter, but my sister does, and so she made me this incredible wooden wreath. She cut it out of a bit of plywood, spray painted it, and then stuck the little berries on. I love it, because it’s a wreath I can keep for life.