Christmas Crafting

Its less than 2 weeks to Christmas, and here I am again with no presents made and wondering how I can pull it together in time.!

I am surprised that I’m surprised… Every January I think to myself that I’ll make one gift a month so I can give everyone some hand knitted/sewn/woven/printed loveliness.. But it never happens!

I did however, manage to add to my handmade decorations!

The tree above was made with the help of a small helper, a glue gun and my jar of odd buttons.

The star below was made after I came across a video online, (@bookhou on Instagram). I used 7 a4 sheets of light card and the glue gun again instead of staples.

I had some willow left from making a basket during the summer and I twisted it into a very rough circle to make this wreath and added a few extra bits:

And finally….! my mother mentioned she would like a wreath so today I went to the garden and gathered any flexible branches I could find along with some ivy and any other interesting wildflowers/weeds!

Then some twisting and tieing and it didn’t look too bad:

Natural, biodegradable (and free!) wreath

2 weeks isn’t much time to make gifts in, but I’m pretty sure I’ll manage a few more decorations 😁

Quick Christmas Gifts to make

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It’s late enough in December that any notion I had of sewing or knitting great gifts can be forgotten! With that in my mind I’ve been looking for some fast and effective handmade gift ideas.

I’ve been collecting old coffee tins with the plan to eventually do something with them. These covered tins are a great way to use up interesting fabric leftovers.

 

What you need:

  • Fabric Scraps
  • Washed Tins
  • Glue gun (or craft glue)
  • optional – interfacing and sharp knife

 

I began by interfacing the pink fabric as it was a little light and cutting a rectangle slightly larger than the surface of the tin.

I pressed the bottom edge and one side edge with an iron. Then wrapped it around the tin and glued the bottom edge in place :

 

 

 

After gluing the back seam and the top edge, I cut off the extra fabric using a sharp blade

 

 

For the floral and the green tin, I folded top and bottom edges of the fabric before gluing in place:

And there you have it – a  quick and easy Gift !

Ps.- if you’d like to make some quick Christmas star decorations, have a look at the ones I made last year

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Cardboard Star Decorations

 

Star Star… *

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Silver crepe 8 point star

A Makezine link popped up in my Facebook news feed the other day for some cardboard star decorations, and I couldn’t wait to give them a go.  It’s for an Origami Star Holiday Decoration.  If you’re looking for a quick Christmas craft to do yourself or with kids… give it a go!

I didn’t have any cardboard to hand, so I took the bag of cereal out of the cornflake box and used that! It gave me flashbacks to my childhood.   We used to watch the programme ‘How do you do?’ a craft show on RTE( Irish Tv channel) –  and, afterwards I’d empty every food packet in the house to get useable cardboard!! My poor mother had a lot to put up with.!  I remember some days we would have to ring my dad at work and beg him to bring home some pipe cleaners for the next ‘make & do’ project we’d just seen the presenter Mary FitzGerald create.  ( One of my earliest career ambitions was to have Mary Fitzgerald’s’ job when I grew up !)

The star above was made with cardboard with some silver crepe paper stuck onto the square before I started folding and sticking.

The black ones are made from some light craft card:

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Which we then covered with some silver snowflakes ( meant to be used as table confetti!)

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Then I took some crumpled gift wrap from the recycling pile – ( and crumpled it some more! ) before sticking it to another cardboard square and then turning it into a star!

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And finally a group shot! –

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The 8 – point star was made by sticking one star on top of the other!

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** In case you’re wondering – while typing in the title, I was reminded of one of my favourite songs

from Irish band The Frames,  called ‘Star Star’ ……enjoy!