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How to… do Christmas decorations with a twist

Tired of the same old Christmas decorations? Deck the halls in style this festive season by getting creative with festive favourites.

Christmas is all about family and tradition, but traditions vary from home to home. Whether you wait until after lunch to open your presents or dive in as soon as you’re awake, there are lots of ways to enjoy the season – so why not take a personal approach to your decorations, too? We’ve picked our top ideas for making this Christmas your most stylish – and individual – yet.

Colour pop

Boxes of decorations are often overflowing with hand-me-downs, which rarely follow a theme and are often piled enthusiastically onto the tree. This year, why not be selective and choose a single colour scheme? You can get the kids involved in sorting your baubles and trinkets into colours before letting them run wild (with your chosen shade) on the branches. Everybody’s happy!

Lovely lighting

Fairy lights aren’t just for the tree – why not create focus around a living room doorway with strings of lights and foliage for a grotto-like effect? You can also lighten a dark corner with this gorgeous lantern, scattering decorations around it to maximise the sparkle: just be sure to keep it out of the reach of children and not to leave a lit candle unattended.

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All wrapped up

Give your gifts an eco feel by wrapping in brown paper and string, then add some contrasting pizzazz with baubles tied on top. When it comes to what to put in the parcels, we’d be pleased to unwrap anything from the 1920s-inspired Gold Rush collection – these light-reflective pieces are perfect for the festive period.

Tip of the week:

Keep hold of your favourite Christmas cards for crafting opportunities next year: the cut-up pictures make perfect gift tags or seasonal fillers for picture frames.