Eight cheap Christmas craft ideas – from foraging for nature's freebies to deals on creative kits for children

GETTING crafty is a great way to keep the family entertained over the Christmas holidays without spending a fortune.

I love taking a winter walk and collecting free materials, courtesy of Mother Nature, such as foliage and pine cones.

Plus I’ve got lots more tricks to save money on creative kits and art supplies.

GO FORAGE: Greenery such as holly and ivy are perfect for making garlands to hang over the mantlepiece or to create an attractive centrepiece for the dinner table.

LET US SPRAY: Branches spray-painted in silver, gold or white look stunning draped in fairy lights. Get more nature-based decorating inspiration from TikTok, YouTube and Pinterest.

ZEST DRESSED: Dried orange slices are a colourful addition to your garland. Slice the fruit into thin rounds and lay these out on a baking tray lined with parchment. Cook for 45 minutes at 140C and leave to cool.

CLOVE IT: Make an Elizabethan-style pomander, or perfumed ball, by piercing the skin of an orange with a toothpick and pressing in neat rows of cloves.

KITTED OUT: Hobbycraft has a three-for-two deal on kids’ craft sets online and in stores, including Galt Mega Mosaics for £10, Pressed Flower Art for £14 and So Bomb DIY Aroma Bath Bomb Factory for £22, plus many more options.

SAVE: £10 when buying all three

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STOCK UP: Sign up to topcashback.co.uk and you can get £10 back when you spend more than £10 online at The Range, which stocks heaps of arts-and-crafts supplies. The deal is for new TopCashback customers only.

SAVE: £10

CASH IN: Earn six per cent back when you shop at createandcraft. com via the link on TopCashback. Spend £50 and get free club membership for extra discounts and perks.

SAVE: £3 in cashback if you spend £50

IN FOR A POUND: I can’t get enough of the stationery and crafts aisle at Poundland. Get rainbow gemstones, gold letter stickers, Crayola Wiggly Eyes and a ten-pack of glitter tubes all at £1 a pop.

  • All prices on this page are correct at time of going to press. Deals and offers are subject to availability.

Deal of the day

TOAST a two-for-£20 deal on a range of beer and spirits at Asda. Includes Captain Morgan Sliced Apple rum-based spirit and Gordon’s White Peach distilled gin, each normally £13 for 70cl.

SAVE: £6

Cheap treat

FEED six to eight people for £9.99 with this 1.2kg Deluxe mulled wine sticky-glazed gammon joint in Lidl stores from today. Or get the demerara sugar-baked option for the same price.

What’s new?

VIRGIN Media O2 customers can claim a free mince pie, doughnut or muffin between Monday and Thursday this week and next from Greggs. Download the Priority app to get your code and you can claim one sweet treat for every day the promotion runs.

Top swap

FEELING fancy? Try this box of 12 Les Délices de Rose Collection of assorted macarons from Waitrose for £5.50. Or defrost and serve Iceland’s box of Luxury 12 macarons for just £3.

SAVE: £2.50

Leah’s little helper

NHS staff can claim two £10 Uber rides to and from work on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, as well as a £10 meal or grocery delivery with Uber Eats. To claim, you will need to sign up to the app with your work email address and activate the offer by December 20.

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