Put a bow on it

Who says Christmas can't be simple? Beautiful, fuss-free decorations fuss-free allow you to get the look you want at home, with plenty of time left to spend with family and friends.

Working with similar materials and colours creates continuity – this is especially important during Christmas, where the use of pattern and bold hues bring a festive feeling to each room. From table decorations to DIY gift ideas, here are six ways you can use ribbon over the festive season.

  1. Use ribbons and branches to create a natural napkin holder for each guest at lunch.
  2. Update stair banisters, window handles and other nooks with a touch of Christmas using small, natural arrangements.
  3. Finish off each gift with different ribbons – mix and match different monochromatic shades and ribbon widths for fabulous effect underneath the tree.
  4. Everyone loves a handmade touch at Christmas. Make your own jam, biscuits or Christmas pudding and attach the recipient’s name to the package with a sweet bow.
  5. String up your wreath, baubles and bunting and affix any weightier items with double-sided tape – some types can hold up to 85 kilograms, and it can easily be concealed behind the ribbon.
  6. Give perennial blooms seasonal charm by dressing the vase up in festive colours and patterns.