DIY | Festive Fireplace Makeover #MadeUpFestive

You don’t have to have a tree to feel festive, why not add a little sparkle to your fireplace instead?

For day 8 of my #12daysofDIY challenge, I thought I’d bring you something a little different and share my tips for decorating my fireplace. Since we moved into our house together a few years ago, myself and Tom have always got really excited about decorating for Christmas. We have a tree which we decorate but also love making a feature of our old fireplace too.

Here’s how I decorated me fireplace this Christmas…

I have bought a few bits over the years as well as made others, I got a big ivy wreath from a local florist for about £8 but have seen similar in the Range for less. It’s just the right length and thickness to place along the top of the fireplace, so I started by adding this first, then built other decorations around this. This year I jazzed up a string of fairy lights by adding some ping pong balls to them as part of my #12daysofDIY challenge. These look, great on the fireplace, woven in between the ivy wreath, if you would like to see how I made them, click here.

The good thing about these lights is that they are battery operated, which means I don’t have to plug them in and see an ugly wire hanging down, I can hide the battery pack among the leaves and switch them on easily whenever I need to.

Ivy wreath, The Range

Ping Pong fairy lights, tutorial here.

Pot pourri, Sainsburys Home

To add a little fragrance to my mantel piece this winter, I dotted a bit of pot pourri from Sainsburys along the top of my fireplace, which not only smell amazing but look super festive. The rest I left in a star bowl at the bottom of my fireplace to make the room smell even more Christmassy. For the finishing touches I added some winter berry scented candles to add a little warming atmosphere to the room and fireplace. I love candles around the home in winter, they can make a room feel extra cosy, not mention smell divine.

All that’s left to do is switch on the lights and light the candles when I come home. There is something really satisfying about coming home after work and switching on the christmas lights and making the room feel cosy, I love winter for evenings like that.

What’s you favourite thing about winter?

I am very grateful to be able to snuggle up warm after a long day at work, many people across the UK don’t have a warm or safe home to go to. Throughout my challenge I am raising awareness and money for a charity that helps support those less fortunate, Shelter. It’s is an amazing cause which I wanted to do my bit to help, so if you have enjoyed reading any of my posts through out these #12daysofDIY  and would like to donate, even if it is the price of a cup of coffee, head over to my Just Giving page to find out more.

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Thank you for reading, don’t forget to check out the full list of my DIY’s in my festive countdown challenge here.

Anna x


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