This is my last blog before Christmas, and if a bit like me you've left things till the last minute here are some tips for making Christmas decorations. Be creative from what you find in the garden or areas around you.

 Any jars or bottles around the house can be filled with foliage, berries and even apples can make it look festive. I like them in clusters as they make more impact.

Any jars or bottles around the house can be filled with foliage, berries and even apples can make it look festive. I like them in clusters as they make more impact.

 Collect a pile of pine cones and tie them up together to make a stunning wreath or garland. If you have time you can paint some of the edges with gold or silver metallic paint to give them some sparkle and less rustic.

Collect a pile of pine cones and tie them up together to make a stunning wreath or garland. If you have time you can paint some of the edges with gold or silver metallic paint to give them some sparkle and less rustic.

 How easy is this? Church candles surrounded by a selection of nuts or lay them on a bed of cranberries. Simple and stylish.

How easy is this? Church candles surrounded by a selection of nuts or lay them on a bed of cranberries. Simple and stylish.

 Wrap some candles in foliage and tie them with white ribbon, again effortless and looks beautiful. 

Wrap some candles in foliage and tie them with white ribbon, again effortless and looks beautiful. 

 This table looks so festive, a pile of nuts, candles and fruit in the centre, and dried leaves from an oak or maple tree (any tree with nice big leafage), placed on a plain napkin. 

This table looks so festive, a pile of nuts, candles and fruit in the centre, and dried leaves from an oak or maple tree (any tree with nice big leafage), placed on a plain napkin. 

    A sprig of rosemary tied around a white napkin with some twine, looks unpretentious and natural. The satsumas, foliage, candles and pine cones make a cheerful centre piece.

 

A sprig of rosemary tied around a white napkin with some twine, looks unpretentious and natural. The satsumas, foliage, candles and pine cones make a cheerful centre piece.

 Simple and fun. 

Simple and fun. 

 I love these dried orange slices tied to shrubbery they make a tasteful garland or wreath.

I love these dried orange slices tied to shrubbery they make a tasteful garland or wreath.

 What a great way to recycle! Put some candlesticks into empty wine bottles with sprigs of spruce tied with twine, an array of them look gorgeous. 

What a great way to recycle! Put some candlesticks into empty wine bottles with sprigs of spruce tied with twine, an array of them look gorgeous.