You've been hanging your Christmas decorations wrong – there's a cheap hack to instantly make them look expensive & posh | The Sun

‘TIS the season to deck the halls, and while we're all looking to bring the festive cheer to our first post-pandemic Christmas, a lot of us are also feeling the financial pinch as we approach the holidays.

 However, this Christmas provides the perfect opportunity for our nation of DIY lovers to reconnect with their creative side. 


With 74 per cent of households having taken on DIY projects over lockdown, it’s likely many of us have some leftover paint begging to be used. 

Plus, with 39 per cent of us upcycling more these days, now is the ideal time to give your decoration collection a much-needed makeover.

 Dulux Creative Lead, Stephanie King, comments: “There a lots of reasons upcycling has taken off recently – a newfound love for DIY over the pandemic, consumers becoming more eco-conscious, and of course the cost-of-living crisis forcing us to re-evaluate where we spend our money.

“Decorating my home for Christmas is one of the ways I get into the festive spirit most, and with easy ways to upcycle less-than-perfect décor, there are plenty of affordable and sustainable options to keep the experience exciting. 

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“It’s perfect for getting the kids involved too.”

Stephanie has come up with four wonderful ways to give your decorations a little lift using left over Dulux Heritage paint. Find out how you can bring some upcycling magic to your home this Christmas with Stephanie’s four hacks:

  1. Tip-top ‘Tablescaping’

Stephanie says: “Christmas decorating is all about creating that warm, fuzzy feeling, and a great way to bring this into the home is with colour cohesion. A beautiful – and waste-free – way to do this is by livening up some décor in need of TLC with left over paint. 

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“In this TikTok video, I’ve shared how you can give vases a two-toned transformation using paint samples from the Dulux Heritage range, which would look gorgeous on the table amongst your Christmas day spread, while tying into the colour scheme of your dining space for that cosy, cohesive vibe. 

“I’ve used the shades Red Ochre and DH Blossom to bring some warmth to wintertime.”

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  1. Keep it Cool

Stephanie says: “The holidays are often the highlight of our social calendar, and one way to make your Christmas parties  ‘pop’ is with flashy décor. 

“A great way to add a glitzy touch to your drinks selection is with an upcycled ice bucket. 

“You can create one using a cleaned-out paint tub plastered over with some glamorous festive wrapping paper or redecorated with some paint, before filling it with ice to keep your drink of choice cool. 

“If you are taking a paint brush to it, be sure to go over the can with a primer first – the Dulux Heritage Undercoat should work a treat.”

  1. A festive refresh

Stephanie says: “Baubles lost their sparkle? There’s no need to splash out on some new decs when a lick of paint can take your family’s tired trimmings from drab to fab. 

“Rustic wooden decorations can be given a new lease of life with Dulux Heritage Eggshell paints – and it’s also a great activity for the kids to get involved with over the school holidays. “Coat in Florentine Red or DH Grass Green to achieve that classic Christmas colour scheme, or add delicate details with the great range of Dulux Heritage whites for decorations fit for an ice queen’s palace. 

“If you haven’t got any paints spare from your last decorating job, pick up some Dulux Heritage testers from your local Dulux merchant to complete the project with less waste.”

  1. Upcycling on the cards

Stephanie says: “You know the festive season has begun when you hear the first Christmas card drop from the letterbox, and displaying the home with your favourites is a fantastic way to decorate affordably. 

“Many people choose to put their cards up on the fireplace or use hanging Christmas card holders but those looking for a unique and more creative way to showcase their Christmas cards may enjoy doing so with a touch of upcycling. 

“You could use your own discarded shutters, or ones found on online marketplaces or at your local flea market, and neaten them up with a paint suitable for wood, such as the Dulux Heritage Eggshell range, before slotting your cards into the gaps. 

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“Alternatively, you could use some scrap wood, smartened up with a lick of paint and string lights to pin your cards to.

“Painting your display of choice with soft yet cool neutrals – such as Silver Fern or Ochre White – will help the colours of your cards pop.”

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