This Christmas, I’ve felt a little bit more festive than usual. With my own place in another country and away from my family who are notoriously traditional about Christmas, it was up to me to take up the mantle of Christmas nostalgia.
Gingerbread men double as effective Christmas decorations for the tree. Implant iridescent edible beads that are available from the cooking aisle of the local supermarket. Alternately, jellies, chocolate buttons and pieces of honey-comb work well.
Gelato-shaded retro utensils like egg beaters and so on can be strung up with gingham ribbon on hooks in the kitchen. So long as they aren’t required for practical purposes.
Edible Christmas Wreaths
The wonderfully geometric shapes of pretzels, lend themselves well to making chocolate coated wreaths (so long as they aren’t broken). Simply line them up in a circular formation, and coat them with the decadent liquid of choice: white, milk or dark chocolate. Then plump the wreaths up with pieces of jelly-tots and marshmallow. Once they are set they can be hung on the tree as decorations. Chocolate coated pretzels also make great place settings, on the big day.
Retro Letter Stamps
Nostalgic letter stamps can be found for sale on eBay and other second-hand market stalls. Try to get contrasting sizes and fonts for an eclectic look. These letter stamps can be placed together on a table, to display a Christmas message; or used as a stamp on canvas and display a message. These also double as tree decorations for an unexpected old-world look.
Opt for the sweetheart neckline dress with a cinched waist and voluminous skirt. The good news is that this 50’s classic will suit almost any body type.
Do you know of any other clever, money saving DIY ideas for Christmas? Let me know.