How to make cheap homemade Christmas decorations 

Tis the season to be creative… yes that even means if you have no arty skills whatsoever. You really don’t need to be no Picasso to have a go at making these simple decorations.


The festive season is not only indulgent on the waistline but it can also mean diving a little too deep into your purse. December is just around the corner so if you’ve got decorations on your mind but don’t want to break the budget, i’ve put together a handy guide to making your home festive under £5.

I will keep this page updated with my latest suggestions for you to try at home so keep checking back for more ideas.

Homemade candles

These are super easy to make and can easily be done with bits and bobs from around the house. Old jam and chutney jars are perfect to use after a good soaking but if no-one is a fan of the cranberry sauce and the jars aren’t going fast you can always pick up a choice of maison and preserve jars for £1 at stores like Wilko and Poundland.

Reindeer jars


How cute are these! I made two and filled one with mini Christmas pudding shaped chocolate balls… because who doesn’t want more treats on top of the advent calendar?!

  • Tall jar
  • Bronze/gold/brown coloured paper
  • Red pom pom – I got a mixed bag from Poundland
  • Strong transparrent glue
  • Stick on eyeballs – I picked up mine from the 99p store
  • Scissors

Glittery jars

These are so simple and can easily be done with items you already have from around the house.

  • Any shape jar you have at home
  • Scissors
  • Strong transparent glue
  • Festive ribbon or string
  • Silver glittery snow fluff
  • Coloured glitter paper of choice

They are lovely decorations for anytime of the year and can easily be turned Christmasy by filling with glitter snow and adding festive ribbon.

Easy decorations to do in less than 15 mins


  • Pine cones – A pack of 5 from Wilko is just £1
  • Snow spray
  • Cava/wine corks
  • Strong transparent glue
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Red Pom Pom for Rudulph’s nose
  • Googly eyes
  • Coloured paper
  • Blue tac
  • Scissors

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Wine cork reindeers

I loved making these super easy decorations and believe me when I say ANYONE can make these at home. I mean, who doesn’t have cava corks lying around the house already? And if not… what a great excuse to pop a bottle of wine.

Homemade snowman


Who needs snow when you can make your own snowman on your doors at home?! I think it just looks adorable and the best thing is you can use everything you already have at home and it’s so so easy and quick to do!

These DIY decs take so little time to make you’ll still have time to put your feet up, pour another glass and snuggle up watching your favourite Christmas movie. They’re so cute for around the house and your guests and little ones will love them too.

Enjoy your creative night in and why not treat yourself to a mince pie and Buble playing in the background!

Love Leeanna xo

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How to make Baileys and Terry’s Chocolate Orange hot choc

It’s that time of year again… onesies, Christmas movies and your favourite mug of hot cocoa.


Hot chocolate isn’t just for children though. Now you’re legal you can add as many shots of Baileys as you like to the nostalgic winter treat and what’s is more festive than the flavour of chocolate orange. Without fail, every year I find not one, not two, but THREE Terry’s Chocolate Orange’s in my stocking on Christmas morning.

So if you’re like me and can’t wait until the 25th of December for the delicious sensation, why not have a go at this easy and tasty Hot Chocolate recipe. Perfect for a cosy winter night-in while you put your feet up in front of the fire.

Terry’s Chocolate Orange and Bailey Hot Cocoa recipe

Ingredients

  • Terry’s Chocolate Orange (Why not try the honeycomb or white edition for an even more christmasy feel!)
  • Milk
  • Baileys Irish Cream (Baileys chocolate and Baileys orange truffle would also make great additions to the drink!)
  • Marshmallows – mini, sparkly or giant – whatever your preference
  • Whipped Cream


Steps

  1. Choose your favourite cocoa mugs – I am loving Maison Jars at the moment so thought I’d be all trendy and have a go with these.
  2. Melt 1/4 of the Terry’s Chocolate Orange
  3. Drizzle the chocolate as you wish around the inside of the mug – be as creative as you like!
  4. Heat up two mugs of milk
  5. Melt 6 segments of the chocolate
  6. Pour the milk and melted chocolate into a blender and add 2 shots of Baileys (or as little or as much as you like!)

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7. Pour the mixture back into the mugs and re-heat

8. Now it’s time to decorate!! Add all your favourite hot cocoa toppings to your heart’s content. I added MORE Terry’s chocolate by grating shards and adding pieces with marshmallows but squirty cream would also be a fab addition.

I hope you enjoy these tasty Hot Chocs as much as we did on our cosy Sunday night. They go perfectly with mince pies too, to really get you in the Christmas spirit.

Love Leeanna xo

 

DIY Christmas decorations: How to make your own festive wreath

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I’m not usually very artsy and crafty, but there’s something about listening to Michael Buble’s Christmas album that really made my creative side come out.

So, as we sang along to Buble’s version of ‘It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas’, with a sparkly pile of baubles and fresh-from-the-tree sprigs of holly spread across the table , me and my housemate got craft-happy with our first homemade creation- a Christmas wreath.

And believe me it really is easy to make, just follow these simple steps…

Step 1: Wrap ribbon around the wreath, leaving an equal distance between each turn. We chose this tartan print because it looks so festive and cute against the greenery!

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Step 2: Once the ribbon is tied tightly around the wreath. Use the same, or in a different pattern, to make a large bow for top of the wreath and tie it on using green wire that can be twisted and tied as messy as you like at the back because when it is hung up and looking beautiful from the outside, no one can see what is behind.

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Step 3: Now you can get your sparkle on by adding clusters of little baubles. We chose to do groups of three gold baubles- I particularly loved the one that looked like a disco ball!

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Step 4: Interweave sprigs of holly into the wreath to make it look even more festive and cute.

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And there you have it your very own front-door masterpiece!

There are many other ways you can do your own homemade Christmas too. So whether your a creative whizz or like me- not the most talented- these DIY decorations suits all tastes and skill levels.

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Balance a branch in a clear jar and decorate with white paper decorations for a simple but stylish festive statement. 

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Paper decorations always look fab for celebrations and are so easy and fun to make! Try using wrapping paper for an even more festive look and create a chain of dangling stars which can be hung from walls or ceilings. Silver and gold paper will look especially cute this festive season and if you hang them down your window, you will be sure to bring some festive cheer to passersby.

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One of my friends had a go at making a Christmas tree out of fairy lights like this one from Pinterest, because he knew he wouldn’t be in his flat for much of the Christmas season- also the perfect student alternative to spending money on a Christmas tree! Who would have thought using fairy lights to create the shape of a Christmas tree would look so pretty?!

candle jars

I think these candle jars I saw on Pinterest look great for the festive season and what a great way to re-use items around the house?! Arm yourself with a box of tee lights, some fir tree clippings, clear glass jars, fluffy cotton wool and gold ribbon to create these beautiful Christmas lights.

After browsing on Pinterest for more creative ideas, it’s made me want to make even more homemade decorations. So why don’t you give it a go too.

Love Leeanna xo

Happy New Year! My highlights of 2015 and some 2016 ideas for you

So the new year started with a bang… from what I have heard. Unfortunately I can’t actually remember the first few hours of 2016 as I may have got a little too excited about the festivities. I did drink a third of a bottle of champagne before I’d even put my sparkly dress on!

I can’t believe how fast 2015 went, it just flew by but I have had one of my favourite years so far and these are definitely my highlights:

2015 has been great… especially my trips to Newcastle, Cambridge, Ibiza, Sunny Beach and Bruge!! And despite turning 20 this year I’m glad I have still embraced my inner child riding all of the rides at Thorpe Park, ridding Harry’s broom and flying Ron’s car at Harry Potter world and visiting Hertfordshire Zoo and London Zoo.

Read more: Summer Time Healthy Dinner Inspiration

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New things I’ve done this year that I would love to do again and definitely recommend is a partying at a silent disco, having yourself a go at punting and seeing the Angel of the North in Newcastle.

Read more: Beat The January BluesWith some Bargain Buys

London life

Things I have loved about my second year living in the city… watching my fave chick flick, Mean Girls, on a sunny rooftop in Fulham Broadway, scaring all of the tourists when I dressed up as a petrifying Cheshire Cat for Halloween and partying at Notting Hill Carnival for the first time where I tried Caribbean jerk chicken. Mmm mm Summer in London this year was wicked!

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Winter

But I can’t work out if Christmas in London was even better… my favourite winter moments were  sipping a cocktail from a frozen glass in the Ice Bar, while wearing a huge igloo cape, and typically being a regular at Winter Wonderland and its German Bar.  But this year I got to embarrass myself going down the Magical Ice Kingdom slide and also watch Cirque Berserk, which was absolutely incred! This Christmas we did ice skating at Somerset House and I’m so glad we did because it is just one of prettiest places i’ve seen in London especially when it’s all Christmasy.

Read more: London Fashion Weekend at Somerset House

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Read more: A Guide to 2015’s Winter Coats

Music

I have seen some of my favourite DJs, bands and artists play live this year and my highlights have got to be…

Chase & Status at Amnesia in Ibiza. This might even be one of the highlights of the life. I saw Chase & Status about three years ago at Reading festival and ever since I’ve been desperate to see them again! And omg there were even better abroad… probably because I dancing on the podium the all night grabbing strobe lights straight apposite the DJ set.

Rudimental at Ally Pally in North London. I loved this night even more because Alexandra Palace is such an amazing venue… You would actually feel like a Princess in a place if you were wearing a ball gown. I definitely recommend going to a gig there! I’ve seen Rudimental three times and they’ve never failed to impress… I loved it this year because their guest singers were flawless and I still can’t stop playing ‘Lay it on me’ all the time!

BESTIVAL. I know I go every year, so it’s no surprise this was one of my highlights!

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NEWPORT, ISLE OF WIGHT – SEPTEMBER 13: Tito Jackson, Jackie Jackson, Marlon Jackson, Jermain Jackson of The Jacksons performs on day 4 of Bestival at Robin Hill Country Park. (Photo by Joseph Okpako/Getty Images,)

I’ve got to say though this year my faves were defs The Jacksons (can you believe they’re actually grown ups now?!), Duke Dumont, sweating it out in the Bollywood tent for Shy Fx, dancing in the pouring rain with the girls squeezing under one rain cape for Mark Ronson and of course Annie Mac at the port- she’s amazing every year!

Read more: Festival Fashion Fever

If you haven’t tried any of my 2015 highlights then make sure you do this year!!

Love Leeanna xo

#MidweekManicure || Festive Sparkle

Tis’ the season for Christmas parties, mulled wine and festive sparkle. ALWAYS my favourite time of the year because I’m not the only one obsessing over anything with sequins and going OTT on the glitter.

To match my sparkly and Christmasy mood, as I was getting ready for my work Xmas party,  I decided to treat my nails to a a Christmas tree-inspired manicure!

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I just love the festive dark green colour and making my nails look bold with glitter. Plus it was super easy to do.

I used my dark shimmery green L & B polish as the base colour- I love this varnish because its subtle sparkle isn’t too bold but will catch and shine in different lights.

I topped the base colour with my w7 green tinted glitter polish which always looks great on top of other colours to enhance the sparkle spectrum.

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And to go the extra mile for the Christmas do I added a few sprinkles of glitter from my Avon Colour Trend pot to each thumb and third finger. I set the glitter and coated all of my nails with a clear top coat to give it extra shine and hold.

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I did this manicure last Monday and the glitter and polis are still going strong. I always make sure to keep my sparkly nails going through to the end of the Christmas party season.

I hope you have a go at some DIY festive nails this season too and find your favourite festive manicure. Happy partying this Christmas!

Love Leeanna xo

Do Secret Santa under a tenner

Housemates, workplaces and friends all over the country partake in Secret Santa, which means the gift for your selected buddy needs to be perfect for them without you having to break the budget.

So whether you are aiming to make someone laugh, suit the needs of a gadget lover or find something pretty and cute, here are some ideas for all under a tenner.

1. For the chocoholics– Give them brownies every month with this Brownie Club subscription.

£9.75 notonthehighstreet.com

£9.75 notonthehighstreet.com

2. For the beauty queens– Give them some sparkle with these glitsy nail varnishes perfect for Christmas parties.

£2.99 Barry M

£2.99 Barry M

3. For the ‘adults’/alcoholics–  A pop up wine glass, especially perfect for work colleagues who feel the same stress as you. At such a bargain price, you should even be able to stretch your pocket to a fiver bottle of blossom hill from Tesco.

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4. For the selfie addictsInstagram Mini Prints. Inkifi allows you to upload images from your friends’ social media accounts and turns them into classic polaroid snapshots. Write your own captions and notes to your favourite memories.

Pixie Lott’s christmas treat for us

Wouldn’t we all like to be Pixie Lott? She can sing, she can dance, she’s gorgeous, she has every girl’s dream wardrobe, OH and she is currently in the beautiful Maldives with her dreamy ab-perfect model boyfriend, Oliver Cheshire.

Ah well at least we can feel christmasy, wrapping up the presents while listening to Pixie Lott’s festive sing-song of White Christmas.

I’m loving her jazzy Christmas jumper too. The ‘Nice Baubles’ cosey sweater is only £12 from Primark!