ARE you sick of the same old Christmas decorations knocking around the house?
There comes a time when that tacky tinsel from the early 90s needs a new home and the dusty ornaments require a refresh.
In recent years, celebrities have inspired us all with intricate and impressive arches made from balloons and flowers of all different shapes and sizes.
Stacey Solomon is the queen of arch decor, but we don’t all have the time or money to achieve her style.
Thankfully, a crafty mum has shared her own step-by-step guide to create a fab and festive bauble arch for a fraction of the price.
Mum-of-boys Dan – named dcausi on TikTok – showed off her creation in a short video, detailing the cost of each element from high street stores like B&Q and Home Bargains.
Her DIY decor is stunning, but trolls say it’s far too much effort.
The clip begins with a snapshot of the bauble arch, sitting neatly around her patio doors.
The reflective ruby red and shimmering gold decorations work beautifully against the white doors and emerald green feature wall.
“What you need to make a bauble arch on a budget,” the text reads over the image.
First, pop to B&Q for some chicken wire for £16, and be sure to buy the plastic coated stuff to protect your walls.
Then log into Amazon to find some 3M no nails hooks – Dan suggests the brand Command, and the bigger the better.
Grab some battery-powered fairy lights to style between the baubles. Dan bought hers for £5 from Home Bargains, along with some mini nail-free hooks.
You’ll find a pack of ornament hooks on Amazon for £2.49, then whack out some old tinsel from the loft or return to Home Bargains for six metres of tinsel – it cost Dan £6.
Finally, buy at least 300 baubles (Dan suggests B&M or Home Bargains) to finish the look.
As Dan lists each element, she films her bauble arch in progress. This includes sticking the chicken wire to the wall and cutting to shape, and fixing her fairy lights onto the wire with hooks.
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The baubles are hooked onto the wire in a similar fashion, and the tinsel is cut into small pieces and tucked into gaps between the baubles.
The finished product is stunning, but not everyone is impressed. Dan says the total cost came to around £200, and people say that’s not budget at all.
One troll was confused by her ‘cheap’ claim, and replied: “You said on a budget, that’s not cheap at all.”
Another shared: “It’s stunning but this decor is very expensive in SA [South Africa] and we don’t get it all year round to purchase as we go along.”
Others were more put off by the effort Dan went to for her festive focal point.
“The thought of them having to take this down is too much,” said one user.
Another warned: “Call the fire fighters now.”