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Top 10 Simple Christmas Decorating

With everyone keeping an eye on the cost of Christmas this year we have created a Copper & Teal Top 10 to help you with some simple decorating ideas. You can make your home look welcoming and festive on a budget - small additions can make a big impact. Sometimes less is more! So do have a look through our "Top Ten" decorating tips - we hope these suggestions will inspire you and bring some seasonal cheer.

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Simple White Candles, grouped together on a tray, can create a lovely vignette. Add succulents for subtle colour, or maybe some eucalyptus leaves. This could then form your centrepiece on a dining table, can be placed on a kitchen island or even a sideboard. A beautiful focal point that will last the festive season.

Natural Foraged Greenery can be one of the easiest, and cost effective, ways of adding that seasonal touch to your home. Conifer foliage and branches like fir, pine and cypress can be both a visual feast and smell wonderful. Evergreen foliage like holly and ivy are perfect - mistletoe too - if you can find it!

You may want to consider your lighting at this time of year - from a financial and environmental perspective. LED Lighting is very energy efficient and lasts longer than conventional bulbs. Also, from a safety point of view, LED lights do not produce as much heat - so are safer to use over long periods of time.

Large Christmas trees can be expensive - and shed a ton of needles! One alternative is to try a foraged branch for a Minimalist Tree look. Less can often mean more - as you can see in this simple Scandi living room. Use only your favourite decorations, and keep clutter at bay, for a relaxing, peaceful scheme. 

Don't be apprehensive at the thought of making your own Christmas Wreath. There are tutorials online to help and some companies will send you a "wreath kit" to get you started. By making a bespoke one you can use your favourite foliage - and colours to tie in with the rest of your decorations or front door! 

Making your own Paper Decorations can be a project to put you in the Christmas mood! These baubles are made by Swedish wallpaper designers - Borastapeter. They have a tutorial on how to make these gorgeous decorations - why don't you have a go? Invite some friends and be creative together!

Many people dry oranges for decorations over Christmas - so how about Apple Garland decorations for a change! They can be dried out in a low heat oven, just as you would with oranges, and then threaded onto string. Then adorn your tree, staircase or even add to your wreath - with a stick of aromatic cinnamon.

You don't need to spend money on expensive paper for gifts - White & Brown Paper can look just as festive. Add small sprigs of greenery and a simple tag tied with string. This way you can personalise your gift for that extra special touch. Another benefit is that you can recycle all the paper - if you don't use tape.

Keeping your Christmas Table neutral is an effective way of making a big impact. By decluttering you can focus on a few key additions like a greenery centrepiece, candles, napkins and basic white crockery. Personalise each setting with a sprig of fir and nametag - you could also purchase "fill your own" crackers!

Get the kids involved in making Star Gingerbread Biscuits. They are simple and fun to make - especially when it comes to the icing sugar! When finished they can be stored in Kilner jars and given as gifts - or hung on the tree. Who knows - you could be starting a new Christmas tradition for your family.

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