How to Celebrate a Merry and Bright Christmas

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Dreaming of a bright Christmas? For anyone who finds themselves yearning for summer colours long after the return of fallen leaves and full-length sleeves, brights are the perfect way to give your seasonal style a contemporary twist. Twistmas, if you will.

Transform your holiday decor with a 2017 makeover! A fun alternative to the traditional colour palette, brighten up your home with the year’s biggest and best trends: pom-poms, tassels, geometrics, ombre and colour blocking. Every corner of Christmas is covered.

Style Out Your Stockings

Pom-poms and tassels have spent the summer out in the sun, but prepare for a Christmas comeback. The embellishments are the perfect way to enhance contemporary Christmas crafts.

Remember the famous Coco Chanel quote: “Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take one thing off”? Take the opposite approach. Nothing’s done until it’s covered in pom-poms and/or tassels. When you think you’ve finished, look at your make and add a pom-pom. Or a tassel. Or many. Standard stockings will be transformed into colourful creations.

How to Make a Bright Christmas Stocking »

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DIY Felt Stockings with Tassels and Poms »

DIY Christmas Stocking

Alternative Tree Trends

Whether you’re celebrating in a cosy flat or decorating your office, it’s not always easy to make room for a full-size Christmas tree. With the brights trend, you’ll be able to ensure that your seasonal centrepiece still stands out in any space.

Add a major pop of colour with pom-pom power…

How to Make a Pom Pom Tree » 

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Transform our White Twig Tree » with just assorted pom-poms and washi tape.

Pom Pom White Twig Tree

You can even use our Wooden Pallet Tree » as your base for a colourful Christmas centrepiece. All it takes is a splash of paint. Every shade you’ll need is available in the Home Acrylic » range – mix and match your favourites!

Bright Pallet Tree

For a contemporary edge, get ready for a cactus revival. Even the festive season can’t touch this trend, with the spiky succulent providing a fun alternative to traditional trees. In the words of Vogue », “Pick up pom-poms, glitter, bows, trim—just about any tiny item that can be supported by the spines can become an ornament.” Embellish a real cactus with all of the above, decorate a mache cactus », or you could even sew your own for a bespoke spin.

DIY Christmas Tree Cactus »

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Cactus Christmas Tree Project » 

Sew Your Own Cactus Christmas Tree

If you’re still a little prickly about cactus fever, another approach is to get crafty with a Mache Cone ». Much like the cacti, the cones are small enough to add a festive flourish to your desk or kitchen counter to bring seasonal style to any room. You can use bold block colour, geometric patterns or sprayed ombre effects for high impact ideas.

How to Make Ombre Tree Cones

Brighten Up Your Baubles

Fill your boots with fillable baubles! Even a classic Christmas tree will have a contemporary edge when decorated with bright fillables – easy to create and certain to make an impact. You can use colourful ribbons, marker pens, paints and stickers to embellish the outside too.

Whether you’re a brush lettering buff, a keen knitter or a papercrafting pro, there’s a bauble for everyone.

How to Make Bright Pom Pom Fillable Baubles » 

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How to Make Origami Fillable Baubles »

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How to Make Yarn Ball Baubles »

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You can even use ready-made felted hanging decorations for a modern mix of ornaments. Find festive inspiration in everyone’s favourite off-season trends. So you think flamingos are reserved for a tropical summer? Get ready for ice-skating flamingos »! What do llamas have to do with Christmas? E V E R Y T H I N G when they’re llamas covered in baubles »!

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Merry Messages

Spell out seasonal sentiments in your choice of colours and patterns with the We R Memory Keepers Alphabet Punch Board ». Ideal as a backdrop to your party photo booth or to add a merry message to your home, create your very own eye-catching garland. Use coloured card or papers from the Pa Rom Pa Pom Pom range » to complement a contemporary Christmas.

This’ll be ideal if your festive ideas are a little off-the-wall! Get creative with the festive message – whether it’s family in-jokes, festive song lyrics or your favourite quote from Elf. SANTA’S COMING.

Tissue Christmas Tree Garland »

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You can also use mache and wooden letters to create unique messages across mantelpieces, shelves and tables. There are even wooden fillable letters, perfect for filling with even more pretty poms!

How to Make Joy Fillable Letters

Get Ready for Wreaths

Revolutionise your wreath-making by stepping away from tradition. If you’re bigging up the brights theme, a modern-inspired wreath will start the fun at the door. Before friends and family even step inside your home, you can show off festive flair – and there’s plenty of creative ways to do it to suit everyone’s strengths.

A pom-pom phenomenon will work wonders for your winter wonderland, so transform your Yuletide yarn into a seasonal statement piece. Poms are made easy with the Clover pom-pom makers », so simply pick out your yarn – we recommend our Premium Acrylic » for both colour palette and value – and grab some sharp scissors to get making.

How to Make a Pom Pom Wreath »

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Another easy, modern approach is the Christmas Metal Geometric Wreath ». With a vibrant lick of paint, this design will go from glam gold to any bright shade you choose! You can then add painted pine cones and artificial foliage for that final festive flourish.

Geometric Wire Wreath

For something that’s a little snowy and a little showy, you can also bring traditional together with trending brights for a snowy house wreath. The make features little painted wooden houses that you can cover with any colour you choose – ideal for coordinating with the beautiful, bold brights that are on-theme.

How to Make a Snowy House Wreath » 

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The Advent of Colour

With an uptick of elaborate advent calendars this year, there’s never been a better time to create your very own Christmas countdown. Use your crafting know-how to create reusable advent calendars to treasure – then pick out 24 thoughtful mini gifts to brighten each December day.

Tick off the days with sweet treats, crafty pieces, makeup, toys – or a custom combo of all of the above. But first, the advent calendar itself!

Crochet your way to Christmas with a stocking garland. It’ll add a decorative detail whether you display it as it is or stocked up with surprises. It’ll be perfect for a keen crocheter – or even as a seasonal starter project, adding a burst of bright colour to your home one stocking at a time.

How to Crochet a Mini Stocking Advent »

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Another way of creating an advent countdown that doubles down on decoration is with origami. Combining the all-powerful pom-pom, funky geometrics and vibrant bright colour, an origami advent will decorate your tree, your mantelpiece, your desk, your hallway – and just about anywhere else you can think of.

How to Make an Origami Advent Calendar »

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Finally, refresh an advent classic! You can transform any Wooden Advent House » with jolly geometrics and Pa Rom Pa Pom Pom patterns ». Perfect for crafters of any level, these projects bring together all of the off-season trends that’ll be hitting a note as high as Mariah’s this Christmas.

The patterns in the Pa Rom Pa Pom Pom collection feature all the colours in the bright palette, with merry motifs including flamingos, llamas and, of course, an abundance of pom-poms.

How to Make a Bright Geometric Advent Tree »

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