This Christmas I’ve felt more crafty than ever and I’ve loved creating home-made, special bits for decorations and wrapping. I wanted to share what have been my best Christmas crafty bits this year…
A dead simple decoration but, it spruces up any area that’s looking a little less festive than everywhere else.
• String or ribbon,
• Pine cones,
• White/silver/gold paint,
- If your pinecones are closed, pop them on a tray in the oven at 180 degrees Celsius for as long as they need until they open up, then leave to cool.
- With the sponge, pat white (or silver or gold) paint onto the tips of the pinecones (or spray paint them) then leave to dry.
- Tie the base of the pinecones with string or twine then hang!
I know a roll of sticky tags is about a pound but is there anything better than a prettily wrapped present under the tree? A home-made gift tag makes it just that little bit more special.
• Glitter card,
• Foam pads,
• Patterned paper,
• Black Sharpie,
- If they’re not already, cut the glitter paper into a tag shape and punch a hole through the top.
- Next, cut a triangle shape from patterned paper (use a stencil or create one).
- At the bottom of the tag, draw a spring shape for the tree’s base.
- Apply foam sticky pads to the back of the triangle then attach to the tag.
- Simple tie your string or twine through the hole and you’re done!
Homemade Christmas Cards
For a few years I’ve wanted to make my own Christmas cards but with uni and other commintments I’ve never had chance, but this year I finally could! I made about 32 of these cards (with a few extras), that’s over 64 trees!
• Cutting board,
• Craft knife,
• Patterned paper,
• Self-adhesive gems,
• Glue stick,
• Square, plain white cards and envelopes.
- Make little and large tree master copies/stencils, the tallest wants to be just over half the height of the card and the little tree just a bit shorter (making sure they both fit on the card).
- Cut the tree shape using the stencils 4 times from 4 different patterned paper and fold in half. There should be 4 pieces of paper per tree.
- Glue the white sides together until you are left with two white sides that lay flat.
- Glue the two sides onto your card so that you can see all four different papers on each tree.
- Then I added some self-adhesive gems to look like stars and a ‘Merry Christmas’ sign that I printed, you could easily just hand-write this.
A much easier alternative is to simply adopt the design from the gift tags and just apply them onto a card!
I’m sure right up until Christmas day I’ll be crafting away, I’ve loved being able to create something this year. I’ll be sharing everything else I make on my Instagram so go have a look to keep up!