Twig display If you hail from the northern hemisphere and your home is lacking some wintry Christmas cheer, make a snow-inspired twig display. Gather some long-ish twigs (you could try Safa Park or the park near Jumeirah Public Beach) and spread them outside on a sheet of newspaper. Spray with white paint and leave to dry before turning over and repeating. Place twigs in a glass vase and hang Christmas decorations from the branches. This makes a beautiful table centrepiece. Spray paint, Dhs24, available at Art Stop, Jumeirah Plaza (04 349 0627)
Bespoke envelopes Gift vouchers don’t have to be impersonal – you can pretty yours up with some bespoke envelopes, made using old newspaper, sheet music or lace paper doilies found in supermarkets. If you’re making a standard-size envelope, start with an A3 sheet of paper and cut it into the shape of a diamond/rhombus, with the card or voucher positioned in the centre. Fold the right and left sides over to meet in the centre and hold with a piece of tape, then fold up the bottom and secure in place. Write a greeting on the front, then fold down the flap and seal. Voilà! For lace doilies, check out your local supermarket; try Spinneys, various locations including Jumeirah 1 (04 349 6900)
Tin lid ornaments If you’re a mad recycler and have been saving empty jars all year, you’ll love this project.
1 Gather the lids from jam jars, hot chocolate tins or pasta sauce pots. Using a piece of chalk or marker pen, draw outlines on the back of each lid in the shape of a festive symbol (try a Christmas tree, a bell or a star).
2 Take a nail and place it point-down along the outline, then gently tap it with a hammer to create a neat dent. Continue along the outline until you’ve created a pattern all the way round.
3 At the top, puncture a hole straight through the lid with a hammer and tie on some ribbon, then hang from the Christmas tree. For tools such as nails and hammers, check out ACE Hardware, various locations including Dubai Festival Centre (800 275 223).