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Turn over a new leaf

If you’ve no room for a traditional Christmas tree, try one of these home-made designs to get an alternative festive look

Evergreen felt tree

You will need

✓drill ✓wooden dowel, around £2.50 for five 30cm lengths, eBay ✓round log slice (we cut out own but for pre-cut try eBay) ✓glue gun 42 sheets wool felt in Holly Green, £1.50 per sheet, Blooming Felt ✓scissors ✓papier mâché cone, from a selection at The Little Crafty Bugs Company ✓assorted berries and beads

Gold cylinder candle, £11.99; gold honeycomb candle, £8.50; berry sprig and candles, from a selection, all Gisela Graham

◼ Using a drill bit just slightly larger than the diameter of the wooden dowel, drill a hole in the centre of the log slice. Place the dowel in the hole, securing with hot glue.

◼ Next, start to cut out leaf shapes from the green felt. Place a dab of hot glue at one end of each, then pinch together to make more of a 3D leaf shape. Once you have plenty of these cut and glued, start sticking them on to the cone, starting at the top. Work your way down, adding leaves all the way round and overlapping slightly to avoid any gaps. Once the cone is fully covered, you may need to cut a few slightly smaller leaves to create a neat finish at the very top.

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About Your Home Magazine

As you can tell from our photo, the Your Home team has been having great fun putting together this year’s Christmas Made Easy. We’ve been busy making, baking, shopping and researching to ensure that this special festive issue is packed with the very best craft ideas, recipes and practical advice you’ll need to make sure that this Christmas is your best one yet. We’ve created some gorgeous craft projects to give your gifts, decorations and cards a truly personal touch, that not only means they’re fun to make, but also means they will be eagerly received by family and friends too. We’ve also been busy in the kitchen, trying and testing dozens of recipes to make sure you have everything you need to feed your friends and family over the festive season, from party nibbles and cocktails to three-course meals, as well as some seriously delicious gifts to make for the foodies in your life. Plus you’ll find plenty of practical tips and advice to make sure your Christmas runs smoothly, including money and time-saving apps and websites, smart ways to plan your time, affordable ideas for having fun with the family and lots more. We really hope you enjoy reading this issue and that you have a very happy Christmas and New Year!