How To Make A Fabulous Bespoke DIY Christmas Display.

I definitely fall into the more is more, maximalist camp when it comes to Christmas decorations, nothing pleases me more than going big with a riot of colour and pizazz. 

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Every year I do a large display outside the front of the house, not only do I enjoy the creative process, but I also love the look on the faces of the children that walk past every day on their way to school, it is this awe and sense of wonder that is the magic of Christmas to me.

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I often get asked "oh that must be so hard to make" or " I couldn't make that" and when I tell people that, yes, you most certainly CAN make this yourself they are surprised. This year I have decided to give you all a step by step guide into how to achieve this Christmas extravaganza using items that most of us have hanging around from previous years and getting a bit crafty with some items that are technically, rubbish...  

Without further ado, lets get onto what you will need...

Shopping List

  • 2 x 3m Garland (these can be pre loved as they are covered and are just used as a base)
  • 2 x Packs of warm white LED Lights (suitable for outdoor use)
  • Florist Wire
  • Cable Ties
  • Assorted Baubles
  • Waterproof ribbon for parcels
  • Sticky tape
  • Cellophane
  • Wrapping Paper
  • Additional Decorations
  • Decomesh or waterproof ribbon
  • Old Boxes of varying sizes.


First start by wrapping your LED lights around the garland, spacing them evenly, I think it helps to twist the garland around the wires to secure

Attach the garland to your house, we have a wooden frame around our door so I use cable ties to attach the garland to the house

Make your parcels in the usual way, with decorative paper and tape, before adding the ribbon wrap them in a layer of cellophane (if you live in part of the world that is wet this time of year).

Add the ribbon to the parcels

Using cable ties attach the parcels at jaunty angles to the garland

Add decomesh or waterproof ribbon to the garland around the parcels

Fill in the gaps with assorted sized baubles, attaching the baubles to the garland with florist wire

Add any remaining decorations of your choosing

Stand back and admire your handywork and be the envy of your neighbours!

Estelle Bilson retro christmas diy door display 70s House Manchester the bidding room