Christmas Survival Guide: Happy Thrifty Chrimbo!

After The Storm bring you their Happy Thrifty Christmas! Your guide to creating some festive cheer without breaking the bank!

What a year! Over the last couple of months, after a Covid-jacked summer, most people waited with bated breath to understand if Christmas is going ahead, cancelled or something in between. Up until this year, Christmas has been one of traditions. We buy gifts, too much food and embrace the merriment in the run up to the Big Day. This year, people are dealing with the aftermath of redundancy, furlough, illness, grief and loss on many levels due to the pandemic. So this year…. After The Storm bring you their Happy Thrifty Christmas! Your guide to creating some festive cheer without breaking the bank! 

Read on to find out how you can decorate and enjoy Christmas on a shoestring:


Orange peel garland 

Create a beautiful, eco-friendly decoration that can warm up any home in need of a little Christmas spirit. All you need are a handful of oranges, some string and an oven! 

Find full details of how to make here: How to Make a Dried Orange Garland - The Ginger Home


Homemade wreath 

A friend of mine has used Freecycle/Trash nothing to collect some festive and non-festive bits to build a wreath – and it looks fab! 

You need:

Something round – a pool noodle, rolled up newspapers, an old bike tyre perhaps 
Anything you can find to attach to the wreath. Think old toys, decorations, anything small-ish to fit on 
Glue gun 

Step One - Build the base by creating your round base – pull together with masking tape/Sellotape if needed! 

Step Two - Attach the hook – any old wire, a wire coat hanger, something to attach to the nail once complete 

Step Three - Build your wreath! Throw it all on and use your glue gun to attach as your go. You might want to play around with arrangement before gluing down 

Step Four – Hang your wreath up and admire

Gift wrapping

Use old newspapers to wrap your gifts – Reuse old newspapers to wrap your presents. Add a touch of homemade glamour with a spring of rosemary and tie together with twine for a lovely festive feel that won’t break the bank

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