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How To Make A Faux Foliage Wreath

It’s time to get into the festive spirit, and what better way to do this than by making your very own Christmas wreaths? We have used a selection of faux foliage and accessories to create them, so not only are they completely unique, they’ll also last year after year. Follow our easy step by step guide below to start making yours, but don’t be afraid to experiment and personalise yours to suit your home and Christmas decor.

You will need:

  • Scissors
  • Glue Gun
  • A selection of ribbons
  • A selection of faux foliage
  • Silver bell
  • Embroidery hoops

How to make your faux foliage wreath:

Start with a medium and small embroidery hoop, place the smaller one inside the larger one and use a glue gun to glue them together on one edge. Set this aside to dry.

Cut down and arrange your faux foliage. We’ve used a mixture of fern, eucalyptus and a gold sparkly stem. Bend and shape the foliage on top of the hoop until you are happy with the look, using a pair of pliers to help bend if your stems have wire in them.

Add a layer of glue to the hoop and start compiling the foliage, adding a little glue each time to make sure its nice and secure. We also added some gold sprayed berried for an added festive touch.

Take your ribbon and tie it once around the base of the hoop making sure you hide all stems and glue, then tie it into a nice neat bow. We’ve used bright red ribbon as it’s a great contrast to the green.

Once you are happy with your design and ribbon, take the silver bell and add a blob of glue onto the top before securing it in place at the top of the smaller hoop. Be patient with this as you may need to hold it in place until it’s dry!

We’ve almost finished! All that’s left is to add a tie to the top of the wreath so you can hang it up. Take a short length of ribbon or string (around 20cm), feed it through the bigger hoop and tie a knot at the top of the loop, then cut off any excess.

How To Make Advent Calendar Bunting

Opening a tiny door to find a cute picture or chocolate is great, but why not make it more personal and create your very own advent calendar bunting? We’ve used hessian fabric as our base with a collection of red, gold and green to brighten it up, but crafting your own Christmas advent calendar bunting means you get to personalise it however you or your kids want it – different fabrics, more ribbons, more sparkle… make them your own!

You will need

  • Scissors
  • Glitter felt roll (Green, Red and White)
  • A selection of ribbons and trimmings
  • Hessian fabric
  • Glue gun
  • Fabric marker
  • Craft knife
  • Cutting mat

How to make advent calendar bunting 

Start by laying out the hessian and cutting it into equal rectangles – we suggest 9cm x 15cm sections, but you might want to change this depending on the treats you’ll be putting in the pockets. Measure equal sections and mark them with a light-coloured pencil, then carefully cut these out using fabric scissors. You will need 24 rectangles in total.

Fold each rectangle upwards, leaving a 5cm gap at the top, then use a glue gun to carefully glue the left and right edges together to form a pocket. Repeat this on all 24 pockets then set aside.

Print out a set of numbers from 0-9 onto card or thick paper, and cut the numbers out to form templates for your glitter numbers. Using a cutting mat and a craft knife or scissors, carefully cut out your advent numbers from 1-24 from your glitter felt (or whatever fabric you fancy). We have alternated red, white and green through the numbers, but you can use any colours. Set these to one side.

It’s time to decorate your pockets, and we chose three designs to repeat throughout out bunting.

  • Gold Trim with green ribbon bow
  • Red sparkly ribbon
  • Green sparkly ribbon

Once you have decided on your designs glue them onto the pockets, and add your numbers.

Once your pockets have dried, lay them out in a row in order from 1-24. Take the widest red ribbon and measure a length long enough that all of the pockets can fit. Place each pocket on top of the ribbon so half of the width of the ribbon is still visible. Leave around 1cm between each pocket, and carefully glue gun them into place. Add another layer of glue to the top of each pocket as well as the exposed ribbon, then fold the red ribbon over to cover the join.

To create the loops to hang your bunting, take around 10cm of hessian ribbon and glue together in a loop, trim the ends of the red ribbon so there’s no excess, then attach the hessian loop to the reverse of the ribbon using the glue gun.

 

How Can One Accessory Inspire A Whole Room?

Our new TV ads feature real people in real homes, and shows how our customers take Dunelm furniture and accessories, style them up, and make them their own!

The Meknis

Ami Mekni, our Mekni family mum, has created a unique living room aesthetic inspired by upcycling and painting a piece of furniture in a ‘candy stripe’ pink and white. This led to the whole room becoming a pink and white colour palette extravaganza, with textured cushions, floral-printed soft furnishings and a statement rug to bring it all together.

Emma & Ed

Emma and Ed are a young couple with two very different styles, but their home has come together to reflect both of their tastes through their statement picture wall. It’s the perfect combination of Ed’s need for neatness and Emma’s more mix and match approach, showing off their favourite things in frames.

Our Dunelm colleagues have kindly shared their personal stories with us, from individual Dunelm products to decorating a whole room after being inspired by an in-store display.

 

Simon P – Deco Charm

“Having recently moved, when I saw the sofa in-store I knew exactly the look I wanted to go for. Nearly everything in my home is from Dunelm! This is the summer house at the end of the garden, it’s a joy socialising with friends and family, and everyone loves the room! Bathroom next.”

 

Daniella K – Farringdon Furniture

“I bought the Farringdon Nest of Tables before I moved into my home because I loved them so much. The warm wood style has inspired an industrial-chic revolution in my living room and I have coordinated with similar styles throughout. I recently picked up the matching console table and I love how it adds a cosy, office nook to a once unused space.”

 

Kate S  – Kilner Jars

“After we fitted our navy kitchen, we wanted to find some complementary accessories. Dunelm had so many options but we settled on the Kilner jars as these just set off the space so well. The grey jars store our tea, coffee and sugar and the clear jars are practical but pretty too!”

Sophie L – Peacock

“I was drawn to the peacock picture initially after seeing it in-store on display, I liked the gold teal and greens together and went from there really. I also thought the lighter colour flowers on the dark background of the bedding was quite striking and really lifted the room.”

We would love to hear how a Dunelm product has shaped your home! Why not share your story on Instagram by tagging @DunelmUK and use #MyDunelm. Our favourites might even get a share!

Creating The Perfect Indoor Picnic

We all know that British summer weather can be unpredictable, but don’t let this ruin your picnic plans! We have all the tips and tricks you need to quickly change a sunny picnic in the park to a makeshift indoor picnic. Set up camp by a large window and enjoy the weather without getting wet!

The food

First things first you’ve got to plan the perfect picnic food. Inside or out, this is one of the most important elements to a successful picnic. Finger foods such as mini sandwiches, pork pies and cakes are all firm favourites, but why not experiment a bit with fruit skewers or mini pitta pizzas? As you’ll be at home you have the luxury of a kitchen and most important of all a fridge – you wouldn’t get that in a field! Prepare your fantastic feast and set aside for later. Involve the little ones in preparing the food, as this way they are more likely to try new foods and experiment with different tastes and textures. Although you are inside, serve the little nibbles on melamine dinnerware for an authentic picnic feel.

Fun fruit skewers

Pre-wash and cut a variety of fruits such as apple, melon, grapes and strawberries – place them in a bowl and let the little ones assemble them just the way they like.

What you’ll need:

  • Long wooden skewers
  • A selection of fruits

Mini pitta pizzas

Children of most ages can assemble these themselves and make them just the way they like. Cut the pittas in half or into circles using a cookie cutter, evenly spread the tomato puree over the base and add toppings, then bake in a preheated oven (180°C / 350°F) for 4-5 minutes. These mini pizzas encourage an interest in cooking but only need a few ingredients.

What you’ll need:

  • Pitta bread
  • Tomato purée
  • A selection of pizza toppings (cheese, pepperoni, sweetcorn, mushrooms, peppers)

Set the indoor picnic scene

Clear a space in pretty much any room in your house, gather some blankets or beach towels and a few cushions. Lay the blankets or towels on the floor and scatter cushions around the edge, (if you have a small rug this will work just as well as the blankets). Pop on the kids’ favourite tunes and arrange the food and drinks on top of the blankets. Top tip: place the food and drinks on trays just in case of any spillages.

Dunelm Outdoor PicnicThe finer details 

If your wanting to create the picture-perfect indoor picnic don’t forget to add in those Instagramable touches, – think killer jars, milk bottles and themed dinnerware. Combined with delicious food and cool shakes, snap away and you’ll have an Insta-worthy picture in no time.

Finishing touches

If you’re wanting to go all out you could create a super easy pop-up tent indoors, all you’ll need is some string and a blanket or bedding sheet. Fix the string to something sturdy and drape the blanket over, and there you have a makeshift indoor tent. For added fun, play giant wooden toppling tower or giant dominoes for a screen-free afternoon. Pour a glass of something chilled for the adults sit back and relax.

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