Christmas is just around the corner and it’s almost time for the decorations to come out and the tree to go up. Many start to feel the pinch at this festive time so here at La Hacienda, we've come up with some ideas for homemade Christmas decorations that mean you can save some extra cash this year.

Palma lanterns christmas decorations#1 Lanterns with a Twinkle

There’s nothing quite like fairy lights at Christmas. They’re in the streets of our villages, towns and cities and they significantly enhance our efforts to decorate our homes and gardens every year. Our twinkling lanterns are a great idea for your home this Christmas and what’s more, they will look sumptuously stylish. They’re also perfect for achieving ‘Hygge’ – the Danish idea of living well and creating a warm, inviting atmosphere that you and everyone you care about can relax in and enjoy.

Our Palma lanterns are absolutely king for this. With sleek stainless steel and glass construction, when paired with fairy lights they’ll twinkle spectacularly and look superb. Place the lights inside the lantern then add in some baubles or other decorations. The Palmas are available in a range of sizes that will fit various decorations and will be perfect for your table and for placing in your hallway or living area and even outdoors.

#2 String Table Trees

String table trees are great for adding decoration to the table during the best feast of the year. What’s more, they’re so easy to craft, low cost and you get the pleasure of making them! All you need for this one is a sheet of A4 paper, green thread or string, fabric stiffener and some glitter or beads. Begin by rolling the A4 paper into a cone to resemble the shape of a Christmas tree. Secure it and trim the bottom so that it can stand upright. Cover the cone in fabric stiffener then wrap the string around, covering the whole cone. Leave this to dry. Once dry, remove the paper cone from underneath. Decorate how desired but be sure not to decorate these little trees with anything too heavy – they’re fairly delicate.

#3 Pinecones

Pinecones can make rustic, wintery and fantastically festive natural homemade Christmas decorations that are so versatile, you can make an array of decorations for your fireplace, table or tree. Use glitter and paints to decorate these however you wish or attach ribbons and bows for hanging on the tree. The choice is yours! We particularly like pinecones painted subtly on the ends with white paint and finished with silver glitter. Dreaming of a white Christmas? Make these and you’ll be sure to have one… in style!  Whilst collecting pinecones, why not pop some in your firepit when keeping warm outdoors for a natural subtle woodland pine scent.

#4 Starry, Starry Night

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Enjoy the outdoors during Christmas

These twig stars are easy-to-make homemade Christmas decorations that can be placed on the table or hung on the tree. What you’ll need to do is pop outside and go on a hunt with your young ones for some twigs. You want to make sure that they’re not too brittle otherwise this won’t work as well. By brittle, we mean when you snap them, the two ends won’t completely detach from each other. They need to stay joined so you can bend and snap them into triangles.

Once you have made two triangles, flip one upside down onto its point and one should be sitting on a flat edge. Fasten the two together using ribbons of your choice, preferably ones that will match or complement your Christmas colour theme. Add extra glitter or sequins if desired. If you need these for the tree, tie a loop of ribbon around the top to enable you to hang them, otherwise, use as table decorations or scatter on your windowsills. You can also wrap dainty fairy lights around the stars to really make them shine.

#5 Gold, Silver and Bronze Leaves

Easy, convenient and cheap to make, these leaves are a beautiful way to add elegance to your collection of homemade Christmas decorations. You’ll need some PVA glue and some gold, silver and bronze paints. Add a dash of glitter if you’re a glitter lover. Go outside to your garden and choose some nice leaves. You then need to cover the leaves in PVA glue and set aside to dry. Repeat this step 3 times. Try not to apply the glue too thick as you will lose some of the natural qualities of the leaves. Once fully dry, paint with the desired colours and decorate however you wish. Scatter around your home, on the Christmas dining table or pierce and attach ribbon to hang on your tree or even a door handle.