Make your own seasonal Latvian decorations

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If you're tired of tacky tinsel and perplexed by a preponderance of plastic in your Christmas decorations, Latvian State Forests is here with a solution.

The publicly-owned foresty company has produced a series of very short but very good videos showing you how to make beautiful seasonal decorations of your own using natural materials. They are in Latvian, but you don't need to know the language to be able to understand thanks to some expert demonstrations.

First up we have a Christmas star (see above) using pine cones, pine sprigs and a glue gun.

Perhaps even better is this variant below, which uses a few zig-zag branches to make a different star shape.

Now that you've got the hang of it, you can have a go at these pine baubles.

And now your confidence level is high, do you think you can manage this grand project: a complete winter forest scene?

As ever, take care when using Christmas decorations. The State Fire and Rescue Service has to answer calls every year in which decorations have caught fire, and issues an annual reminder to keep naked flames away from Christmas trees and wreaths. If your celebration does end in conflagration, the number to call is 112.

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