Is it too early to talk about Christmas? Well, with the John Lewis Advert making eyes well-up around the UK, and mince pies already selling out in store, we think not!
This year, get ahead of your Christmas decorating with Sarah Beeny Home, as we look at some fun ways to make your home feel festive for less!
- 1. Homemade plate for Santa
This is a great craft to do with kids, and something they’ll love using for years.
You will need:
• Oven safe ceramic plate
• Permanent markers
This one’s easy! You simply draw your design on the oven-safe plate, and if you make any mistakes you can use nail varnish remover to remove them. Once you’re happy with the design, put your plate in a cold oven and turn the oven to 200C and allow the plate to heat up with as the oven does. Once the oven reaches 200C, turn it off, carefully remove your plate and allow to cool.
We would advise that you only hand-wash your finished plate, your design will be more likely to come off in the dishwasher.
2. Add some sparkle
Christmas is all about sparkle, whether that’s a mountain of fairy lights or a room full of tinsel, you can’t go wrong. You can find below our collection of usual ways to use any left-over fairy lights, tinsel, glitter and mirrors you may have, saving you money as well as looking festive!
Photos from Restoration Hardware, Repinley, Bloglovin, Frontgate
You can also introduce reflective surfaces that will really help you to make the most of your fairy lights and candles, bouncing the light atmospherically around the room. Our Coleridge knobs are a perfect example of this, their reflective allure create ambience all year round.
3) Get baking!
Baking really kills two bird with one stone, your home smells and looks beautiful adorned with homemade bakes, and you always have a snack on hand should those surprise guests pop in.
We have lots of favourite Christmas recipes here, but nothing beats a homemade mince pie!
A mince pie is a glorious thing, and when they’re this cute and bite-sized it’s impossible to resist!
• A mini cupcake tin
• 225g cold butter, diced
• 350g plain flour
• 100g golden caster sugar
• 200g mincemeat
• 1 small egg
• Icing sugar
• Star pastry cutter
1. Rub the cold butter into the flour, then rub in the sugar- resist the urge to add any liquid, it will come together! Knead it briefly until it holds together. This dough should feel firm, not crumbly. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
2. Preheat your oven to 200’C/gas mark 6.
3. Roll your dough into small balls and place each one in a hole in the tin, use your fingers to press the pastry into and slightly over the edges (this will help when getting them out!)
4. Spoon a little mincemeat into the case, do not overfill!
5. Once all 24 holes are filled, take the remaining pastry and roll out until around a cm in thickness.
6. Cut out your stars and place on top of each mince pie.
7. Beat your egg and brush the top of each pie.
8. Bake for 10-15 minutes until beautifully golden.
9. Leave to cool then dust with icing.
There we go – Three great ways to make your home feel more festive for less! Let us know what you thought of this piece in our contact section, and don’t forget to sign up for our newsletter, so you never miss another update!