This year I have two little people who I really want to make Christmas special for. I know Christmas doesn’t have to be about spending lots of money but I may have been a bit silly with the amount of presents they have! Fortunately I also love to save money where I can which is why we’ve been busy getting our craft on and making our own decorations.
I thought I’d share 5 of our favourite handmade Christmas decorations:
Handprint family Christmas tree – The toddler loves to paint so really enjoyed this craft. We all covered our hands in green paint and carefully placed them side by side on a large sheet of paper – daddy first, then me, the toddler and the baby. You might have to use your imagination with this one but I love our family Christmas tree.
Scrabble tile decorations – I always snap up old Scrabble sets when I see them in charity shops. I keep the plastic and cardboard tiles and put the rest in the recycling! Normally the tiles sit in a huge glass jar but they also look great made into Christmas decorations. Just spell out your favourite seasonal word and place on stick-on felt sheets, cut round the word and you have an easy decoration. You can easily attach a ribbon and hang from your tree too.
Wooden stirrer snowflakes – I have to admit to picking up a few extra stirrers on our last few visits to the local coffee shop! They make great snowflake decorations. We coloured ours in and dabbed a little glue in the centre of each to hold them in place.
Cinnamon hearts – this is on our list for tomorrow. I found a simple recipe online to make them using shop bought apple sauce and cinnamon powder. As well as looking cute I know they’ll smell great as well.
Button trees – the toddler enjoyed looking through the button box and picking out the green buttons. I threaded through them with embroidery cotton and added different buttons for the star and tree base.
I’ve written this post for the BritMums #XmasSavingTips project, sponsored by Tesco Mobile. This December Tesco Mobile is offering families some of the best deals on handsets and tariffs. Most notably the Samsung Galaxy Ace – available for £12.50 a month including 500 free minutes, 5000 texts and 500 MB of data. And the BlackBerry Curve 9320 - available on pay as you go for £125.
Why Tesco is great for families:
- You can control your mobile spending with their capped tariff which means that family members can’t use any more than their allocated monthly minutes, texts and data and you don’t end up with any nasty surprises on the bill at the end of the month.
- With two or more contracts you get extra perks with the Tesco Mobile Family perks offer, this means you can add all your family handsets onto one single bill and each member can choose from a selection of extra perks each month such as free texts, minutes or data.
- What’s more, if you’re a Tesco Clubcard customer, you’ll get triple points for every £1 you spend at Tesco Mobile (that’s a lot of Pizza Express vouchers !)
I received payment for this post which is part of the BritMums #XmasSavingTips project, sponsored by Tesco Mobile.