These recycled bottle Christmas lights snapped on London's South Bank are an absolute riot of colour, and the drinks containers are such a great idea for making alternative shades. I've seen bottles used to make lamps before, but get hundreds of them together, and the effects are really striking. London's South Bank has put up amazing alternative Christmas displays for several years running now, and these, for 2007, were by Turner Prize nominee Anya Gallico. We're still awaiting news on this year's installation, but it promises to be every bit as exciting and ethical. Watch this space for more info.
[image: Lewisham Dreamer]
The build-up to Christmas is always so much more fun than the actual event itself, and this may have something to do with the chocolate hit that many of us will be counting on at the start of each day. When else would find yourself having chocolate every morning? Alternatively, you could put toys, messages or even crafting supplies in your custom-made calendar, as The Purl Bee has done here.
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When I rounded up DIY Christmas tree ornaments last week, I hadn't yet seen this lovely idea from Split Yarn. Making these colourful decorations really is as easy as...shoving yarn into a clear bauble. Looks super effective though, and with a few different colours, you'll need little else on your tree. And what a thrifty idea, too! Clear baubles cost next to nothing, and who hasn't got some spare wool about the place?
Related: How to make your own tree ornaments