Six low-cost ways to make your home feel cosy for the holidays

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WANT to make your home feel cosy for the holidays?

The #AutumnAesthetic hashtag has racked up more than 610million views on TikTok and stars such as Stacey Solomon have been adding decorated doorway garlands to their houses.

Six low-cost ways to make your home feel cosy for the holidays

So turn half-term into craft term and make your own DIY budget version . . . 

Take the family out for a long walk as a way to collect the items you need to decorate your garland.

Look out for gnarly twigs, pine cones in lots of different sizes and brightly coloured autumn leaves. Bring them home and leave them to dry out on a window sill overnight.

Dig around in the loft or cupboards for Christmas decorations in autumnal colours — think oranges and reds.

Cute characters such as ginger-bread men or adorable animals also make nice additions, while baubles of different sizes add depth.

A wire base is the best type for a doorway garland.

Check the shed, ask your neighbours or order some cheap chicken wire online. You’ll need enough to go around the doorway.

An adult should use wire cutters to trim to size, then wrap tape around any sharp edges.

Use craft wire (Hobbycraft, £5) to string through the leaves you collected as well as your twigs, baubles and any other decorations, then weave in and out of your chosen base.

Pick up sticky hooks from Poundland to hang your garland around your door.

You could add a couple of 79p Tesco pumpkins at the base, which you can reuse for Halloween carving as well as tasty dinners.

If you can’t stretch to a doorway, why not just create one long or several short garlands that can be placed on the table or on top of picture frames to add an autumn touch?

For something simpler, make cute fabric pumpkins by filling old odd socks with rice, then wind cotton thread around them.

See Goldie Sock’s handy craft tutorial at

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