Transform your garden into a winter wonderland

Where better to cosy up under the stars on a crisp winter’s night than in your own winter wonderland. Here’s how to introduce some festive magic into your outdoor space without spending a fortune.

Set the scene

Don’t have acres to play with? Even the smallest outdoor space can become a winter wonderland. As long as you have trees and bushes or a fence to hang lights off, a tiny patio or balcony can still look magical.

Build your own Winter Wonderland: set the scene

The fire is so delightful

Forget expensive garden heaters – opt for a fire pit instead. Not only will it smell fabulous, it will look stunning and provide the perfect centrepiece for your alfresco festivities. Ours came from B&Q and cost £54, but you can buy them for around £30. 

Build your own Winter Wonderland: The fire is so delightful

Twinkle, twinkle

Create your own starry night – and save on electricity – by stringing up solar-powered fairy lights. They’ll charge during the day, then light up your trees and bushes when dusk falls. Ikea has a great range of fairy lights – the ones we used cost between £6 and £12.

We also used battery-powered fairy lights to create these gorgeous wreath buckets (available from Amazon), filled with foliage, twigs and berries, and decked out in tinsel (all B&Q). 

Build your own Winter Wonderland: Twinkle, Twinkle

Christmas crafts

Encourage your own little helpers to join in with an outdoor craft project. Get some narrow logs or tree trunks and saw them at an angle at one end, leaving the other end flat so they stand up. Then paint them to look like Santa and his elves, making sure you use exterior paint if you’re going to leave them outside.

Or take an old wooden pallet, cut it into a Christmas tree shape and string it with festive lights.

Build your own Winter Wonderland: Christmas Crafts

And where would Father Christmas be without Rudolph? Our team made this reindeer hoopla game by painting a sheet of MDF and adding branches as antlers. Wrap some festive ribbon around a cardboard ring, and get ready to show off your skills.

We spent £40 on paint and wood at B&Q, But the results can be used year after year.

Build your own Winter Wonderland: Christmas Crafts

Cosy up

No winter haven is complete without cosy accessories. These white furry rugs from Ikea are around £5 each. And they’re machine washable too, so no need to worry about spilling your hot chocolate.

We spent £57 on wooden apple crates from Amazon to sit on, but you could also use deckchairs or patio furniture. 

Build your own Winter Wonderland: Cosy up

Sweet treats

Chilly nights call for warming mugs of hot chocolate and scrumptious sweet treats. We jazzed up the hot chocolate with marshmallows, sprinkles, whipped cream and chocolate curls.

Build your own Winter Wonderland: All things nice

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