diy your own christmas centre piece for free!
Christmas. It's literally my most favourite time of the year! However, with 4 children it can get very expensive, very quickly, and things like buying a beautiful table centre piece can be something of a luxury.
The funny thing is; I didn't set out to create a table piece. I was going to write something on alternative Christmas trees but it turned out to be even better and I really want to share this with you.
Everything apart from the spray paint was sourced from our local woods, parks and garden so its actually the cheapest and most effective Christmas decoration in our house. The branches were from a tree that had fallen in the woods when I was out dog walking. Ok, I had to swallow my pride and look like a bit of maniac carrying three rather large pieces of wood whilst being dragged along by a hellbent beagle, but it was well worth it.
I went to Homebase and bought some craft enamel spray paint in metallic copper and literally went to town. And I actually get it now.. why home crafting is so popular. I found it SO therapeutic transforming this old, discarded piece of tree into something beautiful again. The paint has a lovely subtle pale gold finish on the wood and looks super pretty. I also used this paint for the leaves which were collected from the park one damp winters day and FYI.. the paint works amazingly well on the leaves! It coats and preserves them, turning them from something inconsequential to something spectacular.
I now had the bug and wanted to keep going with this project. Dried orange slices are big news on a lot of Christmas DIY pages and, lucky for me, I had three 'on the turn' in my fruit bowl. So sliced them up, popped them on a baking tray and slow roasted them for a couple of hours. Some came out a bit burnt but I think that's just adds to the charm and adds a bit of character.
Lastly, and this has become my most favourite thing, miniature apples from the tree in our garden. These little guys were destined to rot on the branch as they were too small and bitter to eat but thanks to my addiction to spray painting, they are now these beautiful copper-coloured baubles, looking like they are suspended in mid-air as if by magic.
Will you be giving this DIY table piece a go? What do you have in mind for your table piece this Christmas?