Making my home beautiful brings me satisfaction all year round, but especially at Christmas when I can put up a big tree, welcome back the ancient ornaments I have collected over the years and add a touch of sparkle here and there with my warm glow fairy lights.
This year Christmas is certainly long awaited and now that I know I can spend it with my family again, I want to make this year’s one to remember. When my family turn up for lunch on Christmas Day, I want them to be ‘wowed’ by my Christmas decorations.
That said, with so much to do and an endless list of Christmas gifts to organise, things can get pretty hectic, so planning a Christmas table setting often gets pushed to the bottom of our long to-do lists, however, I do have a few ideas up my sleeve.
Looking for inspiration? Set the tone for a memorable Christmas by following these step-by-step luxury Christmas table setting ideas that you can make in the comfort of your own home.
DIY personalised coaster place settings
What you’ll need:
Vinyl name – cut out or order online
1. Clean the surface of each coaster with warm soapy water and dry with a cloth. Leave for a few minutes until it feels completely dry to the touch.
2. Cut off a small piece of transfer tape which will cover the entire name you have chosen for coaster place setting. Layer this over the vinyl name and press down.
3. Rub over the tape and vinyl using the scraper. Keep in mind that you want to create a strong bond between the tape and the vinyl.
4. Carefully peel back the tape to remove the vinyl from the backing in one piece.
5. Place the backing tape sticky side down onto the coaster ensuring it is positioned in the centre.
6. Use the scraper to rub over the surface of the tape again. This time you want the vinyl to adhere to the coaster.
7. Peel back the transfer tape from one corner. Do this slowly and carefully checking all the vinyl is stuck down onto the coaster as you go. If the vinyl sticks to the tape use the scraper to rub this area again and try peeling a second time.
8. Once the tape is off your place setting is ready. Here the coasters have been styled with some natural dried palm fronds for a boho twist on a festive look.
DIY orange peel scented natural candles
What you’ll need:
Pyrex glass bowl
1. Using a knife slice the orange in half. Cut the flesh away from the peel and scoop it out with a spoon. Take out as much as you can leaving only the peel.
2. Place a small pan filled about a quarter full of water on the heat. In the pan place a heat resistant glass bowl. Melt the soy wax in the bowl over a low heat.
3. Once melted turn the heat off and leave the wax to cool slightly before pouring.
4. Add a few drops of orange essential oil to the wax to create a warm festive scent.
5. Take a wick and dip the metal wick sustainer (the metal at the end of the wick) into the wax. Hold this down on the bottom of the hollowed-out orange until the wax is dry and the wick is set in place. If you have a wick holder put it in place now. Otherwise you can use skewers or sticks to hold it in place.
6. Carefully pour the wax into the orange peel. Fill the peel to the top with wax.
7. Pick off a few fresh rosemary leaves and sprinkle them into the surface of the wax. Leave the wax to start setting, then sprinkle a few more so they sit on the surface of the candle.
8. Once the wax is fully set remove the wick holder and trim the wick to around 1cm.
9. Light the candle and enjoy the warm glow and festive scents!