This year say goodbye to tradition and create your own Christmas.

All you need to give your home a festive feel are basic items from the hardware store.

With little more than a hot glue gun and balls of twine you can turn a tree branch into a rustic chandelier.

You’ll need a forked branch about 30mm thick with several smaller limbs. Use one left over from spring pruning or source one from a local arborist. Any smooth-barked tree like crabapple or eucalyptus will work.

Trim the branch with a handsaw, sanding any rough edges. Wrap a plastic ivy garland around it then add handmade twine baubles and jar lights. You can use live greenery but it will only last a day or two.

The branch is only temporary so use heavy-duty twine to hang it from a hook on a wall or ceiling. Just make sure the fastener is rated to take the weight of the decorated branch.

You can spray-paint the branch to match any colour scheme.

Step 1. Prepare the branch

Step 1. Prepare the branch
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Prepare the display by wrapping greenery around the branch, securing it with hot glue.

Roll white twine into balls, securing the ends with glue and attaching a looped hanger, then tie them to the branch.


Step 2. Add lights

Step 2. Add lights
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Make the lights by filling jars with silver beads and adding a tea light to each one.

Light them with a stove lighter, then hang them on the branch.

For a safer option, use flameless, battery-powered LED candles.

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