A bit of Christmas inspiration
We've pulled together some of our favourite Christmas crafts, festive traditions and winter inspiration to help you get into the festive spirit.
Christmas handmade crafts
From prepping pine cones for hanging decorations to gold painted branches in buckets, why not let Christmas come naturally this year. Want to get crafty this Christmas but need some inspiration? Look no further...
Snow topped pine cones
A favourite, these look lovely grouped together in a bowl or vase, or just scattered on window sills and around a fireplace. Just take a big, open pine cone and apply white paint to the edges to look like snow. Once dried, you could add a little sparkle by dotting some of the scales with glue and adding silver glitter.
Mini Christmas tree pine cones
Lots of fun and you get to use pomp poms! Make your own mini Christmas tree by choosing a large, open pine cone. Dip or cover in green paint. When dry, glue small pomp poms or beads onto the face-up ends of the pine cone scales. Add a dusting of glue and glitter after painting if you’d like to create a tinsel effect.
Metallic pine cones
Pine cones look great just dipped or painted in full gold or silver paint. You can add glitter afterwards if you want to make them shimmer too.
Tip: If you’re dipping your pine cone in paint or glue, it’s always a good idea to check for any small bugs that might be making their home inside.
Stir-up Sunday traditions
We love Christmas traditions. They’re a wonderful way to connect not only with our loved ones as well as people we meet but also with our cultural heritage.
We’re sure many of you have fond memories of being in the kitchen gathering up the ingredients and turning them into something magical.
Spotting winter wildlife
Whilst wandering the grounds at Lacock, look out for squirrels, hedgehogs and robin redbreasts as you explore the routes and paths around the abbey, you may find more inspiration than you thought.
Thousands of migratory birds come to the UK’s shores in the winter, so it’s one of the best times to go bird watching if you’re making a special trip. Of course, as the trees lose their leaves it’s much easier to spot birds anyway, and winter is a great time to put feeders out, increasing your chances of seeing lots of different birds in your own garden.
The number and variety of birds you see is likely to be driven by the weather. Get mild conditions and you are likely to be graced by small numbers of your regular feathered friends. But a cold snap could see much excitement as greater numbers and variety of species go in search of sustenance.
Christmas at Lacock
We may be biased, but we think a Christmas visit to Lacock is just the thing to get you in the festive spirit.
Join Peter Rabbit™ and friends in the abbey grounds or mix reindeer spotting with Christmas shopping in Lacock village.
Take a festive photo with the willow reindeer in the Tudor courtyard and see how many Christmas trees you can spot in the abbey windows.
Don’t forget to vote for your favourite tree in the community Christmas tree festival.