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  • The Best Christmas Puzzles

    Christmas is a time for families, friends and festive puzzles which keep you going all season long. With the silly season upon us, we take a look at the best Christmas puzzles.

    Activities For Kids

    It can be difficult to keep children around the Christmas dinner table, especially after they’ve opened a mountain of presents. Whilst there will be wrapping paper all over the place, make sure there are some Christmas puzzle books for your little ones. This will help help them focus and give them something to do whilst waiting between courses. You can buy place mats with Christmas puzzles on them, so the children can get creative easily. If you forget, download and print off festive colouring in sheets and puzzles from online resources.

    Elf Made

    Traditional wooden puzzles for toddlers are perfect for Christmas. They look like they’ve been hand made by the elves at the North Pole and they can help hand eye coordination for youngsters. Bright colours, easy to hold handles, interesting pictures and illustrations of cars or animals. They’re filled with educational and developmental benefits. Simple puzzles, big achievements.

    Jigsaw Puzzles

    Often the staple of the Christmas Day shenanigans, jigsaw puzzles are the wind down activity after the huge roast dinner. Settle down around the coffee table, let the food move through your body freeing up some space for leftovers and work on a jigsaw puzzle together. Whether they’re traditional flat jigsaws or extraordinary 3D structures, get everyone involved and work together to achieve. Top brands such as Ravensburger and Wasgij bring to life Waffle The Wonder Dog, Disney Princesses and amazing festive scenes. Don’t always buy brand new either. You can pick up some amazingly affordable jigsaw puzzles in charity shops.


    Discover wonderful books created for adults to boost brain power and aid relaxation. Mindfulness puzzle books are a great stocking filler. Take on the challenges during your coffee break, whilst the TV is on in the background or when you’re having your lunch hour at work. They’re often designed to de-stress and help your overall well-being. All your favourites are included, sudoku, mazes, crosswords, riddles, spot the differences and much more. Give your brain a much needed boost.

    Retro Rubik

    Is there anything more Christmassy than trying to conquer a Rubik’s Cube after enjoying your Christmas pudding? As well as the original, there is now a new options to up your entertainment. There is the Rubik’s Race game where you shift it, slide it and solve it. It’s a face to face game where competition is key. The Rubik’s Cage is a fun family game which seems easier than it actually is. It’s a brain bending and mind twisting strategy game which can literally be flipped over to ruin the chances of winning for your opponents. Suitable for children over the age of four, the Rubik’s Cube Junior Animal Assortment is an introduction to this twisty puzzle world. Available in four colourful designs, including rabbit and bear, create wacky mixed up characters before challenging yourself to turn them back to how they should look.

    We ho-ho-hope you have a great time finding festive games for the family. What are you favourite Christmas puzzles? Let us know over on Twitter.

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  • How To Have A Frugal Christmas

    Christmas is a time of giving and spending time with your loved ones. It can so easily escalate and you can find yourself spending more than you wanted to. Keeping reading for some top tips on how to have a frugal Christmas.

    Stick To Your Budget

    Perhaps you have a Christmas fund that you add to every month. Maybe you have a designated amount of money you’re willing to spend on Christmas every year. Stick to it. If you start going over your budget, you’ll soon start to regret it. Though if you are needing a new Christmas tree you might want to wait for reductions. Stay under your budget and you can keep it in your fund for next year, meaning you don’t need to save as much. Alternatively, it might come in handy as emergency funds for unexpected January bills.

    Celebrate A Day Early

    If you can’t be bothered to slave away in the kitchen this year and instead want to spend some time with the kids, why not enjoy a traditional Christmas dinner on Christmas Eve? If you would usually eat out on Christmas Day, you can enjoy the exact same meal a day early for a lot less! A 3 course festive dinner on Christmas Eve might be £20 each, whereas on Christmas Day it could be four or five times that price. Now that’s how to enjoy a frugal Christmas dinner!

    Use Your Points

    You’ve collected those Nectar points and swiped those loyalty cards all year. Now is the time to put them to use! Use your vouchers towards your Christmas shopping. It will help keep the price down on gifts and Christmas food and drink. If you’re buying gifts throughout the year, find the best price, buy on sale and be sure to make use of cashback sites.

    You Don’t Need Leftovers

    There’s no point in buying more food than you will eat. You don’t have to make enough to feed a small country and be swimming in leftovers for the rest of the Christmas holidays. You don’t need to stockpile just because the shops will be closed for a day. Nor should be buy something just because it comes in festive packaging. So much Christmas food is never eaten and ends up being thrown away. Save your cash, just buy what you need!

    Be Sneaky With Gifts

    If you know that your children will be needing new clothes soon as they’ve had a growth spurt, sneak some trousers and t-shirts into their Christmas presents. Not everything they receive needs to be the latest gadget or something they’ve asked Santa for. Babies need nappies. Kids need shoes. You’re going to spend the money on these things anyway. If you can get away with it, you might as well wrap them up and add them to their pile of presents.

    Hand make, hand deliver

    There’s nothing wrong with making your Christmas gifts. The personal touch is something we don’t see very much any more but it can mean more than you know. Create Christmas crafts with your toddlers and use your hobby of sewing or baking to make unique presents – this Christmas rocky road makes a fabulous gift. Hand deliver your Christmas cards to save money on stamps. If the recipient spots you walking up the drive, you might even get invited in for a brew! There’s also a tip on how to save not only money but your time. Order flower delivery in advance. It would cost less, gave you extra time and some of flower services like MyGlobalFlowers offer a free postcard where you can write your wishes.

    Buy On Boxing Day

    If you’re not going to see your loved ones on Christmas Day, consider saving some money and buy your gifts on Boxing Day. It’s amazing how much more you can get for your money if you wait a few days. If you’d usually get family members something from their favourite shop, consider giving them some ‘Boots’ money or ‘Fat Face’ money so they can spend it for themselves in the sales. Steer away from vouchers just incase the retailer goes bust, as vouchers are then worthless. Cash is king.

    Festive Freebies

    Take advantage of free festive events to enjoy the spirit of the season. Just as prices get inflated for weddings, Christmas costs can spiral out of control too. Head into town when the Christmas lights are switched on. Wander around garden centres which are all spruced up with fairy lights and moving Christmas characters. Use that free coffee on your app for a delicious orange hot chocolate or spiced latte.

    Consider not buying for family and friends, or maybe doing a secret Santa instead to help keep spending to a minimum. Maybe you can all agree to just buy for the children this year? You don’t have to spend lots of money and you really can enjoy Christmas on a budget. We wish you a frugal Christmas & a thrifty new year!

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  • How To Buy Christmas Cards Online

    If you’re sending Christmas cards this year, keep reading and discover how you can buy Christmas cards online. Take the hassle out of hitting the shops with our top tips including buying personalised Christmas cards.

    Christmas Cards Online

    Christmas Cards Online

    You can buy Christmas cards online from a wide range of retailers. You shouldn’t be paying full price either as you can always find a voucher or click through a cashback website. Xmas cards are usually available in packs of 5, 10 or 20. Some are even available in boxes of 100 meaning that you’ve completely covered yourself for this Christmas and probably have leftovers to put in the loft for next year too! Take a look at The Works for cheap and cheerful cards or Paperchase if you’re feeling a little bit flush. Charity Christmas cards are also available from places such as the RNLI and Oxfam, with traditional imagery as well as modern Llama designs!

    Bulk Buy

    There are online retailers who let you design your card online, or simply upload some photographs into their pre-designed templates, then select the exact amount of cards you wish to buy. If you want to send the exact same personalised card to everyone this Christmas, maybe using a fantastic family photograph you snapped in the park, you can bulk buy the number you wish. The more you buy, the cheaper the cost per card. Some online shops are offering 50% off the total price. If they’re not, one top tip is to add the order to your cart but not complete your purchase. Some retailers will see this and send you a voucher you can use to make your checkout cheaper.

    Individual and Personalised

    You can buy individual Christmas cards online and get them sent out to the recipient directly. Through websites such as Moonpig and Funky Pigeon you can choose the design, type your greeting and have it posted straight out to your loved one. Easily choose your design by clicking into the category of Dads, Mums of maybe Baby’s First Christmas. Boyfriend and Girlfriend sections are also available or you can choose to send a card from the dog! You can opt for a Disney theme on your custom Christmas card or even upload your own photograph for that extra special festive touch.

    DIY (Decorate It Yourself)

    There are loads of online retailers where you can buy card and craft supplies to make your own xmas cards from scratch. Decorate them however you wish, get the kids to use their artistic skills or maybe even bring some of the outside in and create 3D Christmas cards with little bits of nature. You’ll find white fold-able cards in various sizes online, along with glitter pens, specialised calligraphy pens and plenty of festive stickers for children to decorate with. It’s often cheaper to make your own and can be received with more joy, especially as you’ve put the time and effort into your creation.

    From personalised Christmas cards to customer Christmas cards, when you discover xmas cards from the comfort of your laptop, you’re well on the way to conquering Christmas. Organise your Christmas cards online and you’ll be able to relax and enjoy the festivities with less stress.

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  • Vegan Christmas Gifts

    Do you have Christmas gifts to buy? Maybe you need to finish that festive list but you’re not sure what to get? If you have vegan friends to buy for, what can you actually buy them? Worry no more. With veganism being bigger than ever, there are plenty of presents available which are spot on this Christmas. Mrs Pinch is here to take a look at some of the best vegan Christmas gifts.

    A Twist On Tradition

    Whether you love adding it to a hot chocolate or you enjoy a tipple after your Christmas roast dinner, everyone loves a bit of Baileys. You’ll be pleased to know that it’s now available for vegans! Made with almond milk be sure to pick up a bottle of Baileys Almande to enjoy around the Christmas tree this festive season.

    The Sweet Stuff

    If you love to pop a few sweeties in your Christmas stockings, you can’t go wrong with amazing vegan offerings from the likes of Candy Kittens. If you want something a bit more widely available, did you know that Skittles, Starburst and more flavours of Millions are vegan friendly? Love Hearts are as well and you can pick them up from most well known supermarkets. If you’re popping by M&S, Percy Pigs aren’t vegan but his friend, Colin the Caterpillar has a couple of vegan options, veggie Fizzy Rainbows and Fruit Sours. If chocolate is more up your street, enjoy a bit of luxury vegan from Hotel Chocolat. These include a variety of dark chocolates and some of the liqueurs which are perfect vegan Christmas gifts!

    Shop Small

    We’re all so often encouraged to shop small and when you do you find some hidden gems. Clicking through to online shopping platforms such as Not On The High Street can reveal some companies you’ve never heard of. When their passion is veganism, you know their products are going to be good. A quick search on Etsy brings up vegan soap, pamper boxes, t-shirts and jewellery. There is so much variety you really can find something that little bit different. Once you know the name of the business, you can search for their website and buy direct too.

    Three For Two

    Christmas brings with it that all important offer from Boots, that 3 for 2 sale! They’ve even put together a handy edit of their vegan Christmas gifts, which include candles, toiletries from Fearne Cotton and Disney Princess make-up gift sets. Don’t forget that the cheapest item is free on the Boots 3 for 2 mix and match promotion, so you can get more for less this Christmas.

    Build A Hamper

    There are online retailers who now stock 100% vegan products. The entire range of products and the ingredients used in the making of them have not been tested on animals and are totally free from animal derivatives. That’s vegan for you! At websites like The Dirty Vegans you can build your own hamper with amazing products like bath bombs and essential oils.

    Worrying about what to buy your vegan friends is no longer a problem. Discover exquisite, elegant and exclusive vegan Christmas presents this festive season.

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  • Christmas Rice Krispie Treats – Peppermint Crunch

    The taste of peppermint always reminds me of Christmas, and these peppermint crunch rice krispie treats are a great Christmas rice krispie treat recipe for this festive season. This recipe uses just a few ingredients to make a delicious and unusual Christmas snack or dessert.

    Christmas Rice Krispie Treats

    Really easy to make, this recipe cheats by allowing you to purchase rice krispie squares to save you time and effort in making the Christmas rice krispie treats. I am all for saving time and effort during the busy festive period.

    Ingredients to make Christmas rice krispie treats

    Christmas Rice Krispie Treats

    In order to make this recipe you will need:

    • 8 rice krispie squares
    • 8oz Wilton Candy melts – to make them extra peppermint-y you can use a peppermint flavour, but white candy melts work just as well. You can also purchase them at Hobbycraft stores and eBay.
    • 1/2 cup of crushed peppermint sweets or candy canes
    • 8 lollipop sticks (Amazon link)


    Open the Rice Krispie squares and discard the wrappers.
    Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
    Insert one lollipop stick into the base of each Rice Krispie Treat and place on the prepared baking sheet.
    Place the baking sheet in the fridge for 20 minutes.
    After 20 minutes, pour the Wilton Melts into a microwave safe dish and heat in the microwave in 30 second increments stirring occasionally when melted.
    Christmas Rice Krispie Treats
    Dip each Rice Krispie Treat into the melted chocolate and use a spoon to coat 3/4 of the way. Let the access melted chocolate drip back into the bowl.
    Place the dip Rice Krispie Treat on the prepared baking sheet and sprinkle with the crushed peppermints or candy canes.
    Christmas Rice Krispie Treats
    Repeat with all treats.

    Storing these Peppermint rice krispie treats

    If you need to store these Christmas rice krispie treats because you have somehow not eaten them all at once (they are SO moreish!) then store them in an airtight container.

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  • Christmas Gifts For Kids

    Have your kids been watching television and between shows, adding every advertised toy to their Christmas list? The festive season is here and whilst buying can easily get out of hand, we all want our children to have a magical and memorable time. Let’s take a look at some ideas for Christmas gifts for kids.

    Off The Telly

    Maybe your children are obsessed with a certain TV show? Perhaps they’ve been saying that they want a certain specific item all year long? If you are going to get them the new toy from the Paw Patrol, PJ Masks or Lego Friends range, make sure you buy at the best price. This might not always be online (if it is, don’t forget to click through via a cashback site.) Retailer shops often have great discounts in the run up to Christmas. Don’t be afraid to buy from charity shops either. You often find great items that still have plenty of playing hours left in them. And if you spot a dinosaur toy that your kid will love, then why not snap it up?

    Second Hand Still Has Use

    With that said, it’s not just charity shops that have great products for low prices. Be sure to check Facebook Marketplace for items that local people are selling and eBay for things that you can have delivered. Second hand is still good and so often there is absolutely nothing wrong with the item, the person just doesn’t use it any more. A bit of elbow grease to get any dirt off it and make it look brand sparking new does the trick. If there are any marks on it, just say that the elves must have been paying with it before they put it in Santa’s sleigh!

    Things They Need

    Don’t be afraid to buy them things they need. If you have a new baby, wrap up some nappies. If your eldest needs new clothes as they’re outgrowing what the current contents of their wardrobe, buy them some trousers and t-shirts to open. Winter coats are expensive so wrap them up before they wrap up the kids! Stretch it as far as sports gear and things for classes they might attend. Football boots, swimming trunks, piano books.

    Help Their Hobbies

    Christmas gifts for kids don’t have to be physical things either, it can incorporate their hobbies. They can be the things they enjoy week in, week out. Whilst you might get them a new piano book for them to practise with, why not pay for their piano lessons as their Christmas gift? You could gift them their football lessons or going to girl guides. If relatives always ask what the kids would like for Christmas, they could always give money for these things too. “Grandma and Grandpa have paid for your swimming lessons this year.”

    Family Memories

    Value experiences over things. Experiences as a family. Spending time together. You could create a family box or jar and put little envelopes in which the children can pick out every month. Whatever it says inside you’ll do, as a family, within the next thirty days. This could include trips to the cinema, meals out, going to a theme park or a day at the zoo. Obviously a trip to the beach might not be ideal if picked out in February, but it might be the best day out you have, the one you always talk about for years to come. If you’ve booked your holiday for next year, keep it a secret until Christmas Day and give it as a family gift. That way, when they perhaps receive a little less this year, they still have that holiday to look forward to.

    Remember, you don’t have to spend money to have a wonderful Christmas. Children crave time with loved ones as much, if not more than toys and sweets. Spend time together, play games that you already own, snuggle up and watch a festive film on the TV. These are the gifts they will remember, the gifts of time well spent.

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  • Christmas Activities For Toddlers

    With so much to do in the run up to Christmas, the festive season can fly by as quickly as it’s arrived. If you’re looking for some Christmas activities for toddlers, you’ve come to the right place. Mrs Pinch is here with some of our favourites, which will be a huge hit with your little ones.

    Christmas Crafts

    Toddlers love crafting and it can be a great thing to do during the festive season. There are loads of different ideas on Pinterest and they include felt, pom-poms and pipe cleaners. Have you ever considered giving your children’s makes away as Christmas gifts? Grandparents love it! Take one child size foot, one piece of card and some paint. Paint the foot, press it onto the card and you’ve got yourself a Christmas tree! Add some extra decorations and you’ve got a toddler made Christmas card!

    Slime & Sparkles

    Kids everywhere love slime and you can create festive slime with Christmas colours and smells. It’s not just the playing with the slime, it’s the creating it too which is a huge part of the fun. If you’re not up for making your own slime, simply add some sparkles to a tub of play dough for extra festive fun!

    Wonderful Wreath

    Decorating the front door to your house is so inviting during the festive season. Make it a family activity or use some craft supplies to get your little ones to make their own, perhaps for their bedroom doors? A polystyrene hoop, some tinsel, a few dabs of glue and some colourful pom-poms makes a great wreath. Alternatively, cut the middle out of a paper plate and get them to paint. Finish with a ribbon! This is one of the most simple of all the Christmas activities for toddlers, yet one they seem to love the most!

    Brilliant Baking

    Is there anything better than the smell of freshly baked biscuits? Get toddlers involved in creating the mixture, using festive cutters to shape the cookies and added some decorations at the end. Wrap them up as gifts for neighbours, treats for playgroup or just enjoy them with a glass of milk!

    Reindeer Food

    Create some treats for Santa’s reindeer by mixing together some oats, dried fruit and an extra special sprinkle of edible glitter. Bag it up for the children and sprinkle it outside on Christmas Eve. Be sure to not use any plastic star shapes or similar as they can be a danger to birds and other wildlife who feast on what the reindeer don’t munch.

    Christmas Wrap

    Why buy Christmas wrapping paper this year when you could get your children to make it? A roll of of brown parcel paper is relatively cheap and you can let the kids loose with crayons and colouring pencils. The personal touch can mean a lot!

    Books & Films

    Snuggle together on the sofa and enjoy a Christmas story like The Night Before Christmas. If you need some down time, pop a festive animation on the TV and munch your way through some popcorn together. Whilst they’re not old enough for Die Hard, they should be fine with Arthur Christmas!

    Seeing Santa

    A visit to Santa is just as important for capturing childhood memories on your iPhone as it is your children telling the big guy what they’d like this year. You don’t need to pay a lot for your visit to Father Christmas. Don’t get drawn in by expensive breakfast with Santa events. Garden centres often have amazing Santa’s grottos, with little gifts for the children, for about £5 a head. Make fantastic memories!

    Reason For The Season

    Christingles are a great way to help teach children all about the tradition of Christmas. You only need a few things to bring together your Christingle. Take an orange which represents the world and tie a red ribbon around the centre which represents the love and blood of Christ. Poke in some cocktail sticks and carefully add sweets and dried fruit, representing all of God’s creations. Finally add a candle to the top which, when lit, represents hope and Jesus’s light in the world. Children love the Christmas story and sneaking a couple of sweets into their mouths whilst decorating their oranges.

    Enjoy the festive season with your little angels and keep them entertained with these top Christmas activities for toddlers.

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  • Free things to do over Christmas

    Christmas can be an expensive time of the year, and many of us are looking at ways to cut back. Here are 15 free things to do at Christmas time that will keep you and your family entertained without paying out for costly activities.Here are some free things to do over Christmas.

    Free things to do over Christmas

    Watch Christmas films

    There’s little better than getting all snugly and settling down for a Christmas film with your favourite snacks (hot chocolate is mandatory too). You can turn it into a weekend activity and go for a movie marathon if you want. If you don’t have any Christmas films on DVD then you might find some for free on free streaming websites, or ask your friends and family if you can borrow some.

    Hand deliver your Christmas cards

    Stamps can be expensive, so hand deliver any Christmas cards that you can. This can be a fun activity for the whole family if you arrange something with your recipients. If you are lucky you’ll be invited in for a warm drink and a mince pie too!

    Drive/walk around looking at Christmas lights

    This activity is so much fun and one we do every single year. I love looking at the Christmas lights put up every year, whether it be down the high street or individual homes. This never fails to make me feel festive, and if I need some extra Christmas cheer then this is my go to activity.

    Attend a Christmas service

    Your local church is likely to have a Christmas carol service on in the run up to Christmas, and attendees are often bribed with a free mince pie and a festive drink (mulled wine perhaps!). This is a great festive activity that doesn’t cost a penny!

    Decorate your tree or home

    Magically transforming your home into a Christmas wonderland is a great feeling, isn’t it? This is a fun, free activity that everyone can join in with. Simply use last year’s decorations or see what you can DIY to turn your home into a festive wonderland.

    Go to light switch ons

    Christmas light switch ons are either your idea of heaven or hell. Although they can get crowded, and I am often rammed by pushchairs, they are a fun, free activity that helps to get me in the Christmas mood.

    Play board games together

    I am guilty of only getting the board games out on Christmas day – if you are like me in this respect then why not play some board games before the big day? I love to make a festive food picnic, get some drinks together and let the games begin. It is one of the great free things to do for Christmas that the whole family can get involved in.

    Wrap gifts together

    Wrapping gifts together is a fun Christmas activity that doesn’t have to cost a penny. If you don’t have any Christmas wrapping paper then you can DIY your Christmas wrapping paper. Check out all these wonderful pins on Pinterest for inspiration.

    Write a letter to Santa

    Writing a letter to Santa can be a fun activity for any age – even your 30 year old husband!

    Bake some Christmas goodies

    This activity is free if you have ingredients in your cupboard. You can make anything from biscuits to sweets, and perhaps even make some home made goodies as Christmas gifts.

    Make some Christmas decorations

    You can turn everyday items into Christmas decorations – whether you bake gingerbread men to hang from the tree, or you make festive pompoms, making Christmas decorations is a fun, free activity for the whole family.

    Download free Christmas printables

    Whether it is a crossword, Christmas themed colouring in page or a door sign, there are plenty of free Christmas printables available to keep you or your little ones entertained for hours.

    Visit a Christmas market

    Although Christmas markets are trying to sell you something, there is fun to be had just by wandering around them! Wrap up warm and have a stroll, getting ideas for Christmas and enjoying any free samples on offer. It is one of many great free things to do for Christmas.

    Donate to your food bank

    Did you know that you can collect free food to donate to your local food bank? Using cashback apps like Shopmium, Checkout Smart and ClickSnap, you can get freebies that can be donated to your local food bank. What’s more, if you are new to Shopmium, you can enter code khemyggz to get a FREE jar of Nutella.

    You can also shop your own cupboards to see if there is anything suitable for donating to a food bank.

    Eat Christmas food

    What is it about Christmas that means we buy food we only get at Christmas? I’m not talking about the obvious seasonal foods, but rather the ~special~ food we get in for Christmas. For us its fancy cheese, nice sausages for Christmas breakfast and lots of fresh fruit juice. You can start ploughing through your festive treats before the big day.

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  • Poundland Christmas Wreath

    I don’t know what it is about Christmas that makes me want to get all crafty and make items for both gifting and decorating my home. From this festive joy sign to making bath bombs, I love a Christmas craft activity. This year I have made my first ever Poundland Christmas wreath and I am really excited to share it with you. It took me about 30 minutes to create whilst listening to Christmas music, and there were lots of materials left over so I could have made more. Keep reading to find out more about how I made this Poundland Christmas wreath and to win everything you need to create your own!

    Poundland Christmas wreath

    What you will need to make this Christmas wreath

    Poundland Christmas wreath

    Everything you need can be purchased from Poundland. Here are the items and the prices:

    • Glue gun – £2
    • Glue sticks – £2
    • Pinecones – £1
    • Red velvet bows – £1
    • Dried orange slices – £1
    • Cinnamon sticks – £1
    • Wreath base – £1 for 2
    • Wreath greenery – £1
    • Present decorations – £1
    • Not photographed, I also used some snow spray which is also £1

    As I mentioned there were plenty of items left over for other crafts so you could make more wreaths or do what I did which was to fill a clear vase with the items to make a Christmas themed centrepiece.

    How to make the Poundland Christmas wreath

    Start off your wreath by covering the wreath base with the greenery.

    You can then spray your wreath with snow spray if you would like.

    I went for an uneven snow spray effect, to mimic how it would fall in real life.

    Poundland Christmas wreath

    Before gluing your items to the wreath lay them out until you find a layout that you like.

    This gives you a chance to see what works really well for your wreath, and chop and change things as you like.

    Poundland Christmas wreath

    Using the glue gun and glue sticks, carefully glue down the decorations and allow to dry.

    Once dry, gently lift up your Christmas wreath to see if anything falls off. If anything does then use more glue or change where you have placed the glue on the decoration.

    Poundland Christmas wreath

    An optional step at the end is to spray some more snow spray onto your Poundland Christmas wreath. I absolutely love how it looks here with a little bit of snow spray on.

    And there you have it – a Christmas wreath made with Poundland decorations.

    Win everything you need to make your own Christmas wreath

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    Poundland Christmas wreath

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