I'll admit it - I'm not a big fan of tinsel (or at least I wasn't, until I fell in love with this DIY Christmas Bunting Tutorial!)
I know, I know, it's jolly and Christmassy and tackiness doesn't really count during the festive season, right? And yet, I never can seem to talk myself into hanging it on my tree, mantelpiece or anywhere around my home for that matter
So when I saw a string of dark green tinsel in Tiger and thought, yeah, I could work with that, I was a little taken aback. "Tinsel? Really? I've lost my mind already and we're not even halfway through December."
I found comfort in the knowledge that this wasn't going to be just any kind of tinsel. I planned to completely transform it into the least-tinsel like bit of tinsel you've ever seen.
I don't know about you, but I'd say I did a pretty good job. Complete with acorns, berries, mushrooms, and even some teeny tiny fairy lights, my Tiger tinsel bunting is unlike any other.
I've always thought less is more with Christmas. You don't need to cover the whole house in decor as long as you have a few standout pieces - this is definitely one of them. It looks classy, cosy, and just screams screams screams, 'it's CHRISTMAAS!!'
Want to make your own? It's much easier (and cheaper) than you'd think.
How to make your DIY Christmas bunting
- Battery powered fairy lights
- Plastic, wire mushrooms
- Green tinsel
- Plastic acorns
- Silver, wire mushrooms
- Wired holly
- Plastic, wire berries
- UHU glue
The whole lot came in at just 12 quid, which, for those of you who buy luxury decorations regularly, is a cracking deal.
1. Lay the tinsel out flat on a table.
2. Twist the end of the wire holly around one end to attach, then begin to wind it around the tinsel. This should be done relatively tightly, with a space of around 4-7 inches between each twist (don't worry too much about accuracy).thefaili
3. Repeat this process with the fairy lights, making sure to leave some wire at the end to allow positioning of the battery pack.
TOP TIP: It may help to keep the fairy lights on whilst making your DIY Christmas Bunting to make placing easier.
4. Begin attaching some of the mushrooms and berries. Begin with a cluster: tie a berry, silver mushroom and red mushroom around the tinsel using the wire. Then, apply some UHU glue to acorn and add it to the cluster, pressing hard for a few seconds until it sticks into place.
5. Add a few more clusters along the tinsel at roughly 15inch intervals. Try to vary each cluster slightly, to give a more rustic look.
6. Now it's time to go crazy! Use smaller berries, and other space mushrooms, acorns and berries to fill in some of the gaps between the clusters.
TOP TIP: Make the additional items sporadic. We're going for a fantasy feel with an authentic, natural touch.
7. The holly wiring means you will now be able to hang your 'tinsel' bunting almost anywhere. Get ready to wow your guests!
What is the one Christmas decoaration you can't live without? Let us know in the comments below.