Christmas branch and bauble crafts with the children

Branch & baubles decorations - to make this Christmas with kids!

There are a lot of Nordic / Scandi influences around at the moment for Christmas ideas. Neutral, simple, yet stylish themes. With this in mind we decided to use this look to make our very own quirky and fun Christmas decorations – using a branch and some baubles! The twins love helping me, and making anything – and so this was perfect to get them involved.

House of Fraser are currently sharing a series of ideas for make-your-own Christmas decorations. One of the ones we liked in particular was by Designer Laura Fulmine and her festive ladder. This is beautiful and so striking!

Laura-Fulmines-Festive-Ladder (Branch & baubles decorations - to make this Christmas with kids!)

Watch her make it below…

Inspired by Laura we wanted to bring the outdoors and nature into our home this Christmas. The ladder was a little complicated to make with my three year old twins helping, and so instead we took inspiration to get a few branches from our local woods and make a simple version on which to hang our baubles.

Lottie and I went out into the woods to collect a few branches, which we throughly enjoyed.

Branch & baubles decorations - to make this Christmas with kids! Branch & baubles decorations - to make this Christmas with kids! Branch & baubles decorations - to make this Christmas with kids!

We collected two branches and took them back home to dry. Once dry Harry & Lottie set about hanging baubles in different colours onto the branches. They loved this, and were so excited to help. Then they wrapped tinsel around (with my help) to add a little sparkle to the branches.

Branch & baubles decorations - to make this Christmas with kids!

Branch & baubles decorations - to make this Christmas with kids!

Branch & baubles decorations - to make this Christmas with kids!

Branch & baubles decorations - to make this Christmas with kids!

I then attached string to either side of Harry’s, which now hangs in the living room – from a shelf. He went for blues and silvers on his. Lottie went for pinks and purples and gold tinsel. Her branch is sitting on a table in the hallway.

Branch & baubles decorations - to make this Christmas with kids! Branch & baubles decorations - to make this Christmas with kids! Branch & baubles decorations - to make this Christmas with kids! Branch & baubles decorations - to make this Christmas with kids! Branch & baubles decorations - to make this Christmas with kids! Branch & baubles decorations - to make this Christmas with kids! Branch & baubles decorations - to make this Christmas with kids!

So that is how we have made Christmas our own and created our very own family style! Fun, easy and a great activity for the children. Now they love seeing their creations in and around our home.

Please note: this post was written in collaboration with House of Fraser.

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    • Jess
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      November 29, 2015 / 9:03 pm

      Thanks lovely – so easy and we had SUCH fun xx

  1. Shannan
    November 29, 2015 / 9:13 pm

    This is such a brilliant idea and my kids would certainly love getting involved with this. Love Lottie and Harry’s x

    • Jess
      Author
      November 29, 2015 / 9:33 pm

      Thank you 🙂 They loved doing this and we had a great time!! xx

  2. November 30, 2015 / 7:58 am

    Look at you getting all crafty during the festive season 🙂 We always have sticks in various guises with ornaments and decorations hanging off them. They look nice whatever the time of year x

    • Jess
      Author
      November 30, 2015 / 9:17 am

      I know!! 🙂 Really shocked myself actually 😉 But really enjoyed it and loved seeing the twins making their own decorations, such a nice activity xx

  3. November 30, 2015 / 9:39 am

    It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas! I love this, we might have to give these a try 🙂

    • Jess
      Author
      November 30, 2015 / 9:57 am

      Thanks! Yes it is – loving the excitement levels in our house at the moment! xx

  4. November 30, 2015 / 3:34 pm

    Oh I love this, I think I might give it a go, I was hanging some paper baubles from a little branch the other day but didn’t know how to hang it up! Will give it a try this week! xx

    • Jess
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      November 30, 2015 / 4:05 pm

      I was going to do sticks into a vase but this is quite a nice piece for hanging up – or placing on a table! Oh thanks lovely – I am not usually very crafty but liked doing this one xx

  5. November 30, 2015 / 9:34 pm

    Oh this is really cute, I so wish I had a mantle to put decorations on! Nordic wouldn’t go in my house but is perfect for yours!! Hurrah for Christmas! x

    • Jess
      Author
      November 30, 2015 / 9:35 pm

      Thanks lovely 🙂 Very excited for Xmas this year the twins are at GREAT ages! xx

  6. November 30, 2015 / 10:19 pm

    Love this idea – will have to store it away for when the boys are bigger. Your photos are always fantastic too. #MarvMondays

    • Jess
      Author
      December 1, 2015 / 9:39 am

      Thanks lovely 🙂 Much appreciated xx

  7. December 1, 2015 / 8:24 pm

    Love this, so simple but absolutely so gorgeous! May have to try and make our own. Thanks for linking up to Marvellous Mondays, hope to see you again next week! Kaye xo #MarvMondays

    • Jess
      Author
      December 1, 2015 / 8:25 pm

      Thanks Kaye – so simple, and even I could do it! Kids loved it too – ha ha 😉 xx

  8. December 2, 2015 / 10:02 am

    How pretty are those?! I love that it was a real team effort too, lovely idea, looks like lots of fun! #HomeEtc xx

    • Jess
      Author
      December 2, 2015 / 11:19 am

      Yes I rarely get to do much alone these days 🙂 My little crew are always on hand xx

  9. December 2, 2015 / 10:04 am

    Love this idea. So simple and stylish. Right, I’m off to scavenge some branches…. #HomeEtc

    • Jess
      Author
      December 2, 2015 / 11:18 am

      That was one of my favourite parts! Love going for a nice walk, all wrapped up, and scouring the woods 🙂 xx

  10. December 2, 2015 / 10:47 am

    They look fab, so simple yet effective. x

    • Jess
      Author
      December 2, 2015 / 11:16 am

      Thanks so much and we really enjoyed making them xx

  11. December 2, 2015 / 11:01 am

    By the looks of it the twins have inherited your flair for interiors Jess. The branches turned out beautifully.
    #homeetc

    • Jess
      Author
      December 2, 2015 / 11:16 am

      I think they are better than me – especially Lottie! Got two little helpers in the making 🙂 xx

  12. December 2, 2015 / 1:36 pm

    That is a really cool idea! There is some about the rustic look that just makes you think of Christmas, but I would never have thought to actually go out into the woods and bring some home. Might just try that! x #HomeEtc

    • Jess
      Author
      December 2, 2015 / 2:12 pm

      I was very inspired by the video and we love collecting sticks – so a perfect combo! xx

  13. December 2, 2015 / 1:59 pm

    I’m loving the Scandinavian looking Christmas themes this year too! I love these branches, such a cool idea. Thank you for hosting xx

    • Jess
      Author
      December 2, 2015 / 2:12 pm

      Thanks Lisa and I am too – it is really appealing me to this year xx

  14. December 2, 2015 / 8:34 pm

    I love the one with the hearts Jess it so pretty, I love up cycling and making things myself its so satisfying x

    • Jess
      Author
      December 2, 2015 / 9:44 pm

      It is isn’t it? And the kids had such a great time too xx

  15. December 2, 2015 / 8:41 pm

    Love these – so cute, and fab the twins did their own. Absolutely gorgeous !! (Logs and Twins!) xx Thanks for hosting #homeetc

    • Jess
      Author
      December 2, 2015 / 9:43 pm

      Thanks lovely, we enjoyed it so much xx

  16. December 2, 2015 / 10:40 pm

    So, so sweet! I love it when the kids get involved. It makes it so much more lovely to look at! xx

    • Jess
      Author
      December 3, 2015 / 9:17 am

      I know! They are a little less polished when the kids make them but that makes it even nicer! xx

  17. December 3, 2015 / 10:39 am

    It’s definitely beginning to feel a lot like Christmas!!

    • Jess
      Author
      December 3, 2015 / 11:24 am

      Yay so exciting and very close now 🙂 xx

  18. December 3, 2015 / 12:16 pm

    Naughty mama — I’ve done NO Christmas crafts yet with the boys *slaps wrist*. You put me to shame with this!! Looks fab — I bet the kids loved making these 🙂 Cannot WAIT to get our decorations out and up this weekend!!! Then it really WILL start to feel Christmassy!! 🙂 xxxx #HomeEtc

    • Jess
      Author
      December 3, 2015 / 1:48 pm

      I know! Mine are half up – cannot wait for the tree!!!!! xx

    • Jess
      Author
      December 3, 2015 / 9:43 pm

      Thanks lovely 🙂 xx

  19. December 3, 2015 / 9:35 pm

    I always notice the scandi themes! I guess that’s because I love it and we have loads of decorations in this “theme”. I ADORE this idea, definitely going to have a woodland walk and do the same! Great post lovely and stunning pictures as always. Xx

    • Jess
      Author
      December 4, 2015 / 9:12 am

      Thanks lovely – it is slowly creeping more and more into my home!! xx

  20. December 8, 2015 / 8:05 pm

    I love the Nordic look. I’ve promised the kids we’ll have a bash at making some of our own decorations on the weekend. Looking forward to it. Yours turned out really well xx

    • Jess
      Author
      December 8, 2015 / 10:35 pm

      Ooooh good luck and I’m sure they will look gorgeous xx

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