A mum has shared her candy-themed Christmas tree on social media and has revealed that she styled it with bargain purchases from The Range and B&M.
Mum of two Michelle Jollands, from North Lincolnshire, has created a magical looking candy-themed Christmas tree by picking up bargains from stores such as The Range and B&M.
The housewife told money-saving community LatestDeals.co.uk: “I love crafting and making all sorts of fake food and decorations.
“I had all my Halloween decorations and props made but that wasn’t happening, so the next holiday was Christmas.”
She added: “I looked to America for inspiration as they always go all out for holidays and seeing some sweet decorations in B&M and Home Bargains, I had something to inspire me more.”
Amazingly, each of the items cost between 99p and £1.29 and were from The Range, B&M and Home Bargains.
The 40-year-old said: “I bought my tree second-hand from Facebook Marketplace for £45, the decorations I bought added to around £25 and the rest I made from most things I found around the house.
“The candyfloss was made with pillow stuffing wrapped and glued around a straw, coloured with pink eyeshadow, drizzled with PVA glue and sprinkled with glitter.
“Some of the gingerbreads were made by pouring plaster of Paris in a silicone mould and painted with acrylic paint.”
She continued: “For the lollipops, I cut out circles in cardboard sandwiched between with a skewer, painted and glued on pipe cleaners in a spiral.
“The chubby lollies were made with styrofoam balls with double-sided tape around the middle and painted.
“My advice for a fuller tree is a roll of organza, which comes from eBay and costs around £3.50 for 25 yards.
“It comes in all colours, and you can use pipe cleaners and twist on to the tree.”
As she decorated, Michelle looped the organza and explained how she worked from the middle and then made her way down.
She said: “This makes the tree look full even before decorations are added.
“Another tip is to bunch three baubles together with pipe cleaners and twist onto the branches.”
If you would like to create a magical Christmas tree just like Michelle, you’ll be happy to know that you can order some of the items that she used online, despite lockdown.
The mum added: “You can make it a family day or just make yourself feel better by creating something you can enjoy. I must also give my daughter credit who loved helping with the decorations!
“I’ve been so overwhelmed by the response since posting my tree online and I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out.”