WITH nativity plays on the horizon, you might worry kids’ costumes cost myrrh than you can afford.
Ready-made fancy dress outfits will set you back at least a tenner and if you have more than one child, it soon adds up.
So I put my elf’s hat on to come up with DIY costumes for less.
That’ll save you enough dosh for a well-deserved drink afterwards . . .
MARY AND JOSEPH: For Joseph, pick up Dunelm’s two-pack of brown pillowcases, £5.99. If you have got a little Mary, Matalan has £5 blue cases. Turn one into a tunic by cutting holes through the sides and top. Need it longer? Sew or safety pin the second to the hem and hide the stitches with a belt. For the headpiece, fold an an old white pillowcase and secure with an elastic headband, £1 at Sainsbury’s.
ANGEL: A white dress can make up the main part of this outfit. If not, fold Ikea’s £2.50 sheet in half and cut a line in the fold for your child’s head. For wings, paint an old cardboard box with Wilko’s white acrylic paint, £1, and decorate with B&M’s £1 silver tinsel. Fix around the chest with Hobbycraft’s £1.10 white elastic. Wrap more tinsel around Hobbycraft’s £1 pipe cleaner to create a halo, before gluing to Alpha XR’s £1.39 Alice band.
SHEPHERD: Fashion a tunic out of Argos’s £2.50 cream pillowcases. Then, wrap Dunelm’s £1.50 striped tea towel over your child’s head and fix with the Sainsbury’s headband I mentioned earlier. For the shepherd’s cane, Sellotape Wilko’s £1 brown wrapping paper around an umbrella.
STAR: First off, get H&M’s black leggings, £2.99, and black T-shirt, £2.99. Create a sandwich-board effect by cutting an old cardboard box into two stars and covering with Wilko’s gold foil wrap, £2. Tie the pieces together with Hobbycraft’s £1 gold satin ribbon.
KING: Get your kid to wear their brightest trousers and T-shirt, then add a dressing gown. If you need one, eBay has them for £5.95. Craft a crown out of an old cereal box, spraying with Wilko’s gold paint, £1.50, and bejewelling with Hobbycraft’s £1 gems.
- All prices on page correct at time of going to press. Deals/offers subject to availability.
Win Christmas with Sky VIP
GET ready for Christmas with Sun Savers and Sky VIP.
TEN lucky Sun Savers members will share more than £20,000 in Sky VIP goodies to get you ready for the festive season.
Each winner gets a year’s subscription to Sky Q including Sky Cinema and Sky Sports, a 49in TV, a Sky Q minibox, a kids’ smart watch and £200.
It means you can enjoy all the TV you love, all in one place. You can watch, pause, rewind or restart live TV.
Plus, watch all of your favourite shows on catch-up, YouTube and Netflix.
You will also get your hands on a new kids’ smartwatch with a year’s free 1GB data plan on Sky Mobile.
Plus, you will bag £200 to help cover your Christmas essentials.
Sky VIP is Sky’s free loyalty programme open to all their customers.
It gives exclusive access to the best Sky tech, plus the chance to enjoy amazing experiences such as sparring with boxing champ Anthony Joshua.
Sky customers can join through the My Sky App, which already has lots of rewards waiting.
To be in with a chance to win our fantastic prize package, download the Sun Savers app or go to sunsavers.co.uk then click “Start Collecting” on the “Win Christmas with Sky VIP” page in the “Offers” section.
Collect TEN Sun Savers codes from those printed daily in The Sun and The Sun on Sunday until December 10.
Then enter or scan your ten codes on the website or app before midnight on December 16 when the competition closes.
- Terms and conditions: Multiple code collect Nov 23-Dec 10, 2019. Entry closes 23:59pm Dec 16, 2019. 18+ UK residents only – new and existing Sky customers. Netflix account not included. Online access required. For full T&Cs, see sunsavers.co.uk.
Deal of the day
THIS L.O.L Surprise! Bubbly Surprise Assortment is just £19.99, down from £24.99 at Smyths. Kids will love it.
YOU might have the grown-ups’ drinks sorted but what about the kids? A six-pack of Appletiser cans at Waitrose is £2.50, down from £3.32.
My Sun Savers fiver
GERALD CLARK from Grantham, Lincs, says: “Our Sun Savers fivers will pay for Christmas lunch out at a hotel – and I won’t have to cook.”
- Send your Savers fiver stories to sunsavers.co.uk/fivers and you will get 28 codes worth £5 if yours is printed here. Please include your name and town.
MAKE light work of styling up your living space with a modern lamp. Aldi has a great option for just £14.99. It’s far cheaper than a similar one from Amazon for £31.99.
Shop and save
WHIP up some Christmas cocktails then get set for that New Year detox with this 1.5-litre jug blender. It’s just £10 at Asda, down from £15.
Reader's saving tip
WENDY STODDART from Chesterfield, Derbyshire, says: “Save ice lolly sticks to use as plant labels instead of buying expensive plastic ones.”
- Send your cash-saving ideas to sunsavers.co.uk/tips and get 28 codes worth £5 if yours is published here. Please include your name and town.
Your paper could be worth £50,000
EVERY CODE YOU ENTER IS A TICKET: ONE lucky reader is in line for a bumper early Christmas present – thanks to our £50,000 Sun Raffle.
Every month YOU could win the super cash giveaway in our Sun Raffle just for reading this paper.
Entering could not be easier – simply download the Sun Savers app or sign up at sunsavers.co.uk.
Then, opt in to each month’s Sun Raffle by clicking “Yes!” when prompted and start collecting the codes printed daily inside the paper – scanning in the app or entering online.
Saturday November 9’s code is on Page 20.
The next big giveaway is on Saturday, November 30 – perfect for making it a Christmas to remember.
With every code you enter you will earn a Raffle ticket into that month’s £50,000 Raffle.
There is no limit to how many tickets you can collect per month, so make sure to enter as many codes as you can to give yourself the best chance of winning. Remember, you have got to be in it to win it.
Not already a Sun Savers member? Join Sun Savers today.
It only takes a minute to sign up – just search “Sun Savers” in the app store and then download the app, or head to sunsavers.co.uk. To get started, all you need to do is enter a few details.
- T&Cs apply. For full T&Cs see sunsavers.co.uk.
Fancy a free fiver?
YOU can get FREE cash with super Sun Savers just for buying your favourite paper.
Our brilliant new rewards club will pay back our most loyal readers.
Just pick up the paper each day to collect your Sun Savers codes and we will GIVE YOU £5 when you have collected 28.
This isn’t a one-off and there is no limit to how much cash you can save.
For every 28 codes you enter, we will give you a fiver. So over the course of a year, that could add up to £65.
We are keeping it super-simple. You don’t have to enter codes from consecutive days, so don’t worry if you forget a day or two.
most read in money
Download our easy Sun Savers app and quickly scan your code using your smartphone. Or go online and enter your code at sunsavers.co.uk.
To get you on your way, join today and we will put a bonus £1 in your Sun Savers wallet tomorrow. And the good news doesn’t stop with free cash.
With Sun Savers, we give you the best hacks, deals and tips to save money every single day.
TO JOIN: Don’t worry, folks — joining takes just 30 seconds, in three steps.
- PRICES correct at time of going to press. Deals/offers subject to availability.
- GOT a story? RING The Sun on 0207 782 4104 or WHATSAPP on 07423720250 or EMAIL firstname.lastname@example.org