Make your own foodie-inspired Christmas decorations this year, from gingerbread wreaths to edible Advent calendars and handmade tree ornaments.
Everyone loves decorating the house to look festive at Christmas. Often, simple decorations have the most impact, and making them at home can be a fun family activity for everyone to enjoy before the big day. We've got ornaments, bunting, and baubles aplenty, all made with storecupboard ingredients you'll likely have at home. They can be as simple or elaborate as you like. Go all out and string up our gingerbread bunting, or add that seasonal touch with our thrifty – but striking – bay, popcorn & cranberry strings.
Save money and show off your creative streak with our homemade Christmas gift ideas.
Homemade table decorations
Our edible adornments are perfect for those all-important final touches to your table. Make our elegant peppermint & rose cream napkin decorations for a fun palate cleanser at the end of your meal. Add a few drops of food colouring to make your decorations match your colour scheme.
Personalised biscuits make an impressive final flourish. Whip up a batch of our coconut & cinnamon place-name cookies and decorate for your friends and family. Get the kids involved and try our mint-iced chocolate name place biscuits.
Homemade Christmas tree decorations
Simply decorated biscuits can make beautiful final touches to your tree. christmas cinnamon biscuits, snowy owl christmas tree biscuits, sugar charms, orange and cardamom tree biscuits, lemon star biscuits, stained glass biscuits,
It's easy to make deliciously scented Christmas decorations. Their gloriously spicy, fruity aromas will suffuse a room and are far more pleasing than harsh artificial room fresheners. Follow our guide to making fruity Christmas tree decorations.
Homemade Christmas wreath ideas
If you'd like to make a quicker, more contemporary-looking wreath, why not try our guide to making a cookie-cutter wreath. All you'll need are around 20 cookie cutters in festive shapes, some clear string and a ribbon. Hang as a decoration, or use as an ingenious way to present cookie cutters as a gift for a baker.
Want to try your hand at baking up something fun and festive? Try our gingerbread wreath, made from delicately spiced biscuits. It makes a beautiful, (not to mention tasty), gift or a stunning centrepiece.
Homemade Advent calendars
For some festive arts and crafts that the kids can get stuck into, follow our guide to making a homemade Advent calendar. Let them decorate their own using a muffin tin, some card and as many pens, paints or glitter glues as they can get their hands on. Fill each hole with a small treat of your choice and you're ready to hang them up.
For a fabulous edible version, try our chocolate gingerbread Advent calendar, complete with hand-painted snowflakes and baubles.
Christmas cake decorations
Last but not least, don't forget your Christmas cake! You don't have to be a whizz with a piping bag – try our guide to making Christmas cake bauble bunting. Make our suits-all Christmas cake, then ice with jam, marzipan and fondant icing (follow up to step 2 of our classic iced holly cake). Experiment with different coloured straws, string and baubles to create a showstopping cake topper.
Jazz up a standard sponge with some chocolate trees and marvellous mini meringues. Check out our Christmas cake decorating ideas for some simple tutorials to follow.
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