I have been looking for a decoration to go on top of my dresser cupboards in the dining room but everything was either too expensive, or not large enough to be noticed at that height so I thought I would fashion something myself.
I started saving empty boxes of all shapes & sizes...boxes that contained shoes, meringues, cereal, biscuits & cookware. Within a few days, I had enough (wow, thank goodness we recycle!)
I wrapped each box in different Christmas paper and tied them with coloured ribbon. I wrapped a toilet roll tube and tied the ends with ribbon to make a cracker. I didn't need to buy anything - I used scraps of wrapping paper from last year (it does pay to be a hoarder sometimes!) and pieces of ribbon from my sewing box.
I arranged them on top of the cupboard and hey presto ;) I didn't want them somewhere within reach as the kids would not be able to stop themselves tearing them open, even if I explained the boxes are empty! But I think they look quite nice. They are the first decoration I've put up this year, and now I'm feeling quite festive!