Want to give your Christmas dinner table a flourish without getting lost in a fake snowstorm? Try these fab ideas
You've spent all that time cooking the turkey and cutting little crosses into the bottom of each Brussels sprout, but the table hasn't even been set. Don't panic. Just rope some of the family into these craft activities to give your Christmas dinner a bit of bling.
Christmas tree cake stand
Cake stands add a touch of class to any occassion, so load yours up with Christmas tree snippings for festive glamour. Nestle some mini yule logs and chocolatey treats in there, and you'll be even more popular.
Wine glass snowglobes
With a bit of glue and some dinky ornaments you can turn a simple wine glass into a personalised snowglobe.
... or if you feel wine glasses are strictly for drinking wine, then jam jars work just as well.
Coffee filter snowflakes
An oldie but a goodie, making snowflakes with the kids is a Christmas tradition not to be missed. Let them put their stamp on the Christmas table by giving everyone a personalised snowflake place mat. Because every snowflake is unique! Aw!
Adorable place cards
Wintery kids' toys are two a penny (think moose, deer, polar bear) in the toy shops at this time of year, and they make the cutest place card holders.
Or you could have a rummage the kitchen drawers for sweet cookie cutters. Assorted shapes don't matter.
Mitten cake toppers
A bit of coloured card and some cocktail sticks make cute cupcake decorations, place names, or labels for your party snacks.
Mini bauble vase
Take some clear baubles off the Christmas tree and turn them into dinky vases. Dot them around the table for a festive forest. It's a bit tricksier than the rest, but well worth it for the wow factor.
Make it look like Santa's elves did all the cooking, and decorate your table with cute little stockings to hold the knives and forks.
Pine cone vase
Revamp an old candle holder or vase with a bundle of pine cones and some string. If you've got a naked poinsettia pot it's an easy way to cheer it up. Follow instructions on how it's done here but if you're using them with candles, remember that pine cones are very flammable indeed.
If you haven't got the right-shaped pine cones, just get out the spray paints. Gold pine cones look gorgeous arranged in a vase as a centrepiece on the dinner table or strung up like this.
Drawing pin candles
It's amazing what you can do with a box of drawing pins. These crafty bloggers show you how to stud them into some boring old pound shop candles for a totally blingin' candle display.
These woodlandy napkin ties with sweet-smelling cinnamon look great on white cloth. Freestyle with your own foliage adding red berries or ivy as you please. How very sophisticated.