I absolutely love Christmas, everything about the seasons appeals to my personality and senses. It makes me genuinely very happy to shop for gifts for my loved ones, I get all the feels watching Christmas movies and don’t get me started on the food. When you have a child Christmas becomes even more special, you want to create and hold on to beautiful memories for a lifetime.
I don’t think there’s much lovelier than looking at a piece of festive decor or a gift you’ve actually made with your own hands. Of course some things might be easier to just but buy it’s so satisfying to research your project, gather your materials and finally hold the finished piece. Don’t get me wrong – I’m not a crafty mom but I do like to give it a go and I think I have a natural, if unrefined, flair. I’ve had my highs and lows for sure, let’s not forget the infamous spring wreath that landed me in A&E with second degree burns!
Last November we moved into our current home and we really landed on our feet with some amazing neighbours, one family in particular have got some serious skill when it comes to making amazing wooden creations. I’ve watched over the course of the year as they’ve built benches, tables, planters and lots of outdoors Christmas decor. Over the summer I finally plucked up the courage to ask just how they are so talented – it turns out the answer is pretty simple. Years of practice and Pinterest!
My fate was sealed.. hours later I had read about every festive up-cycled pallet tree, log slice garland and Christmas Eve crate that I could find. Once I’d started there was no stopping me, I now have grand plans for a wooden snowman countdown, a felt mistletoe garland and I’m booked into a wreath making class at the start of next month.
The more rustic wooden makes really appeal to me for a few reasons. Firstly I think the natural outdoorsy look is really tactile and has a Scandi vibe which I love. Secondly, going for something more rustic means your DIY doesn’t have to be perfect. If something goes a little wrong you can step back and find a way to make it work, there’s a much greater margin for error. After all the last thing you want is to embark on a wholesome festive DIY spree and end up sweating and swearing under your breath before abandoning your project.
I’ve put together a Pinterest board full of the best rustic DIY Christmas makes, have a look below. All that remains is for me to gather my materials, Matt’s dad has some logs and pallets are easily sourced. Following that i’ll need to make sure i’ve got the right tools for the job. We have the basics but I think a new saw and a few clamps from SGS will make things run a lot smoother!
What do you think of some of these ideas? Follow my Pinterest board for inspiration if you’re keen to have a thrifty but stylish Christmas and do let me know if you make any, I’d love to see your photos!