How to DIY the Festive Season

by Creative Style Interiors

It’s almost December already… where has 2014 disappeared to? The Festive Season is almost upon us once again, and the time has come to get those gifts and decorations in order!


It’s easy to get caught up in the commercial side of the Holiday season. There are ads for the latest gadgets, discounts on fashion, and toys, toys, toys… everywhere! We’ve decided to skip the shopping centres this year and give the season a personal touch with some DIY gifts and decorations.

Gingerbread Cookies

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This traditional ‘cookie’ is so versatile! Bake it into cute little shapes and give them to the young and the young at heart.  If you’ve got some extra time and dough (pun intended), then why not create gingerbread table decorations?

Gingerbread Tree

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This is a fantastic idea for a table centerpiece! At the end of your meal, everyone can simply break off pieces to eat. It’s easy to make, but does take a little patience. Make a gingerbread dough according to your favourite recipe (We love Bourke Street Bakery’s Gingerbread recipe).

Roll out your dough and cut into star shapes in at least 3 different sizes. Once baked and cooled, dip the corners of each star in royal icing. Stack the stars starting with the largest and gradually building upwards to the smallest, being sure to position each star to fill the gaps. Secure each layer with a dab of icing. Decorate with icing sugar and silver cachous.

Paint Chip Gift Tags

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These are certainly not your average gift tags, and cost very little to make. All you need is some paint chips from your local hardware store (although we recycled an old Dulux fandeck), cardboard, twine, some coloured beads and a little imagination!

Candlelight Centrepiece

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You don’t need to spend a fortune on table decorations that will only be used once a year. All you need for a fabulous table centerpiece is a few wine glasses, coloured baubles and tea lights, strategically arranged on a piece of mirror. You can make your centrepiece as small or large as you like, and you can use glasses of any shape or size. The candlelight reflecting off the mirror and sparkling off the glass looks beautiful and festive.

Glittering Centrepiece


If you’re short on time for decorating, this is the ideal table centrepiece for you! It can even replace your large tree if you don’t have much space to work with. All it takes is a tall tree-shaped ornament, a large serving bowl and a selection of baubles. Let the baubles fall naturally into a sparkling pile, filling the bowl and surrounding the tall ornament. It’s sophisticated, fun and super fast to put together.

Treat Boxes

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If you enjoy giving homemade treats to your family and friends, chances are you’ll need something fun and festive to package them in. These plastic takeaweay containers cost $2.50 for five from most discount variety stores. All you need to do is get creative with cardboard and markers to make fabulous labels that you can customise for each new treat!


Enjoy the ‘Silly Season’ and getting together with family & friends… it’s a wonderful time of year!


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