I made Christmas crackers with something everyone has lying around – they're free and look incredible | The SunDecember 17, 2023
CHRISTMAS mad Laura Welsh has come up with the perfect way to make crackers for your festive table – and they’re free.
The 44-year-old is in the running for the prestigious Scotland’s Christmas Home of the Year title.
She features alongside four other shortlisted home-owners in the festive special of the BBC programme, judged by telly stars Anna Campbell-Jones, Banjo Beale and new addition architect Danny Campbell.
And one of the top tips Laura has when it comes to decking out her home in style is creating your own crackers with an item many people will have lying around in their garage or lift.
Recruitment firm boss Laura, from East Renfrewshire, said: “I made my christmas crackers myself.
“I only just decorated before Christmas last year so I had excess wallpaper and that meant there was a colour theme, with the navy, gold and sparkle, and the stag motif, running throughout. That means it all ties in to perfection.”
Laura used her leftover wallpaper to make the exterior of the crackers, meaning it matches perfectly in her freshly decorated home.
Commenting on how smart it looked, Judge Anna loved all the details in the dining room,
She said: “The table setting is absolutely amazing. It’s not the kind of place you’d spend Christmas day in your jammies.”
And it’s not the only personal touch in her home.
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The Christmas daft mum-of-one makes sure every room in her home sparkles once December hits.
Laura, married to Andrew, 45, and mum to Lexie, six, said: “I absolutely love Christmas, I am looking for ideas and inspiration all year round, it doesn’t really stop.
“I love bling and the energy – we don’t have a quiet household at all. I love being the congregation point and welcoming people into our home.
“We work so hard all year round and when it comes to Christmas, as much as it’s a time for downtime, it’s also a time to see people you can’t see throughout the year because they work so hard all the time.
“On these dark cold and miserable nights, I love nothing more than getting home and putting my lights on and having a little bit of bling in my life. You just feel so much better.”
Laura’s home is up against a cosy cottage, a home with more than 30 trees and a former court house transformed into a traditionally trimmed apartment.
She’s waiting with bated breath to see who takes the top prize when the show airs on Monday at 8pm on BBC Scotland.
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