If you enjoy making crafts for Christmas, this one is especially easy to do with small children and needs very little to be bought, which is always a bonus.

For a working snow globe all you need is the following:
Mini Tree or scene of your choice

To make the snow globe simply: 

  1. Glue your chosen scene to the lid of the container. Kilner jars or vintage sugar shakers look great for this.
  2. Fill the jar approximately 3/4 of the way with one part glycerin to four parts water.
  3. Add the glitter.
  4. Screw the lid back on, ensuring the glue has dried and shake!

This snow scene from Sweet Paul is made using rock salt

These jars were brushed with glue on the top and bottom before the glitter or fake snow were added, to create a frosted effect.

For something more minimal simply place your chosen Christmas scene under a small bell jar

One of the best things about the run up to Christmas is that there are loads of opportunities to get involved with some crafting. Some of the quickest, simplest and cheapest ideas are using recycled materials to make your own gift wrap.

Newspaper, brown parcel paper, string and even old woollen socks and jumpers can all be upcycled into the most stylish packaging. Here’s some of my favourite ideas.

I love the shot of acid yellow used here and the tape measure is a genius idea if you are giving a gift to a crafter or somebody who sews.

Paint on the back of a doily and use as a stamp.

This grey knitted wrap is a great way to upcycle old socks or sweaters

Use up leftover haberdashery to decorate parcels

Simple sacking cloth or upholstery materials give this parcel a rustic charm.

I love this idea of using feathers. These are cut from felt but feathers are readily available to buy in bulk online. I’ve just been given some partridge feathers by a friend that are beautiful, so I’ll be recycling those.

Buy a decorative paper punch from a craft store to pretty up brown parcel paper gift wrap.

These mini pom poms are so easy to make using tissue paper. There are lots of how to tutorials online for larger party poms, just scale them down for perfect parcel size.

Use newspaper and keep it graphic with black and white or red and white twine or ribbon.

The highly artistic Alison Goldfrapp is to curate a collection of 20 of her favourite pieces of art, for the Lowry in Salford, Manchester. Goldfrapp will be one of the first in a series of “performers as curators” for the gallery and the free exhibition will be on view on Saturday 19th October.

Goldfrapp, who herself graduated from art school, is heavily involved with all aspects of her bands visuals and the pieces chosen give an insight into her fascination with fairy tales and folk lore.

If you’ve not seen Goldfrapp’s new short film for Annabel, a beautiful and touching song of love and acceptance for a boy trapped in a girls body, taken from their 6th Album “Tales of Us”, you will be in for a treat.  Made by Alison’s partner, Lisa Gunning, who worked on the Sam Taylor Wood film “No where boy” this short film is a dreamy and melancholic accompaniment.