Crafty mum creates stunning Christmas display for free using recycled chicken wire

A mum-of-five has revealed how she made an entire Christmas display for free.

Katie Whitehurst, 38, wanted to decorate her home for the festive period without splashing too much cash.

The clever parent decided to make use of old trees and recycled chicken wire to create an impressive door garland.

With her crafty DIY skills, Katie created her reusable decorations in five hours without spending a penny.

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After seeing door garlands costing more than £300 online, Katie asked friends to donate any items destined for the dump.

NHS team leader Katie told LatestDeals: “I came up with the idea as I really wanted a wow factor outside my house but after looking around the price was way out of my price range.

“I had an old tree heading for the tip and thought ‘I wonder if I could make something with this myself’.

“My friend gave me some chicken wire that she had no use for and it was just in her way, so I asked if I could take it off her hands.

“I made the top at first and then thought ‘I need more trees to carry this on around the whole door’.

“So I asked around if anyone was throwing old trees away and I got another three.”



Katie did the DIY project all by herself

Katie revealed her top tips on how to create the garland.

“My top tips would be to be prepared, have patience and get everything you need before starting,” she said.

“Before you cut the chicken wire, work out how thick you want the wreath to be and cut to size before you clip to the wall.

“Add an extra couple of centimeters for stretch as the branches go in the holes of the chicken wire.

“Then attach the chicken wire to the wall with wire clips, cut the trees up with wire cutters and weave the branches through the chicken wire.

“Fluff the branches out before adding to get the fullness you are trying to create.”



Mid-way through building the gardland

Katie reused an old set of lights to add the finishing touch.

“Check where you’re going to plug your lights in and start from that side of the wreath when adding the lights,” she said.

“Don’t worry if it doesn’t go right the first time – you can mess about it with it to get it right.

“It’s your masterpiece, your personality and your home.”



The completed decorations

The mum-of-five was delighted with the outcome and the amount she’d saved from creating the decorations herself.

“I was absolutely thrilled to not only have saved myself a huge amount of money, but also that I’d saved these items from ending up in a landfill,” Katie said.

“I really enjoyed the time and love I put into making it and how proud I felt at the end result.

“I’ve had lots of compliments. Someone’s trash is someone else’s treasure and this is certainly my treasure.”

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