We’ve all got more time on our hands at the moment due to lockdown and we can’t visit shops to buy gifts and decorations so why not get crafty on your kitchen island or kitchen table and create some? You’ll save money and resources by doing it yourself and best of all you can have fun with your household!

Festive paper chains

Everyone has made paper chains as a child but they aren’t just for kids! Take a look at these wonderful festive paper chains made from beautiful old carol sheet songs. Alternatively use recycled paper or magazines. Make it a family kitchen activity.

Christmas flowering potted bulbs

Why not plant some sweet smelling Narcissi Paperwhite bulbs which will produce an avalanche of beautiful flowers making the perfect Christmas gift. Buy the bulbs from Parkers Garden Centre in Mottram and support local small businesses such as The Curious Fox in Chorlton by purchasing a beautiful pot to plant them in.

Scented orange decorations

Orange pomanders make gorgeous scented Christmas decorations hung in the kitchen or alternatively why not gift them? Try making wonderful tree decorations from slices of orange. Simply cut an orange into slices and decorate with cloves then bake in the oven until they are hard. They will fill the kitchen with sweet scent for weeks.

DIY Christmas Wreath

Hazel Grove Flowers have come up with the ingenious idea of putting together a DIY wreath kit. So, instead of going to their shop to learn how to make a wreath you can have fun in the kitchen at a virtual wreath making party with friends!

Snow globe ornament

Make a glittery mason jar snow globe but if you don’t want the mess or water and glitter how about a water free snow globe? You could chose a larger storage jar and set up a whole winter village! Take a look at how to create these mesmerising globes at Country Living.

Gingerbread House

Gingerbread houses double as Christmas decorations and sweet treats. Whether you prefer candy covered gingerbread, or something a bit more healthy like this nutty gingerbread house, you’ll be sure to find a design to suit every member of the family at Good Housekeeping.

These divine cookies flavoured with ginger, rosemary and vanilla from Country Living make adorable Christmas decorations for the tree or simply display them on a plate in the kitchen, but don’t expect them to last long!

Gold ring foliage decorations

These beautifully simple gold hanging rings from Rose and Grey in Altrincham look stunning hung at the kitchen window or on a wall. Make a truly individual kitchen decoration by choosing you own selection of holly, ivy, fresh eucalyptus or cuttings from the Christmas tree to decorate and you will create a unique kitchen aroma.

Christmas Cake

With just six weeks until Christmas it’s not too late to make a Christmas cake. Try whipping up this recipe from Phil Vickery in your kitchen and you are sure to impress your family on Christmas day!

We hope we have given you some ideas on how to have fun with your household in the second lockdown. If you’re looking to extend your home or simply refit your kitchen in 2021 why not take a look at our handmade kitchens. Give us a call or fill in our contact page and we will advise you on everything you need to know about our bespoke kitchen service.