Thursday 7 December 2017

Week One Round Up: Second Hand Santa Challenge

Emmaus Mossley Upcycling Group 3

On Friday 1st December, Emmaus UK launched week-one of its Second Hand Santa challenge with some of the UKs top upcycling and craft bloggers to show people how to make the most of Christmas on a budget.

The group of bloggers each created bespoke Christmas decorations using second-hand items found in Emmaus charity shops throughout the UK. 

The Second Hand Santa challenge is taking place from Monday 4th December - Saturday 23rd December and bloggers will be sharing their creations on their social media channels each week to encourage people to visit their local Emmaus shop for a Christmas bargain. 

Here's a round up of week one - Christmas Decorations:

Week-one featured:
Monday – Claire Potter Design
Christmas wreaths from old stuff - we took the Emmaus UK Second Hand Challenge! 

Finished piece Rustic wreath 2

Tuesday – Emmaus Merseyside Craft Group
Make your own Christmas Reindeer

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Wednesday – Anna Simmonds, Crafting Fingers
DIY Upcycled Angel Tree Topper

Christmas Decor angel tree topper Crafting Fingers Emmaus low res 6



Thursday – Emmaus Mossley Upcycling Group
DIY Christmas Snow Globes and Tree Decorations

Emmaus Mossley UPcycling group



Friday - Cassie Fairy, Cassiefairy
DIY Christmas Jumper Bunting Sewing Project

Finished piece Rustic wreath 2 

Cassie Fairy, a UK Blog Awards winner taking part in the challenge, said, “I regularly shop at Emmaus to kit out my home and wardrobe with low-cost yet great-quality furniture, homewares and clothing. Most of my thrifty upcycling projects started life as a charity shop find, proving that you needn't spend a fortune on new goods and can get the look for less.”


Week two of the challenge will feature Christmas jumpers and party outfits, and in week three we will be sharing ides for Christmas gifts. 

All money raised in Emmaus charity shops goes directly back into running of each Emmaus community and supporting companions to rebuild their self-esteem and move on with their lives.

There are currently 29 Emmaus communities across the country, supporting more than 800 companions in the UK. In addition there are four Emmaus groups, all of which are working towards setting up an Emmaus community in their area. Emmaus aims to offer 1,000 companion places by 2020.

Up for the challenge too? Visit here to find your local Emmaus shop and pick up some Christmas bargains.