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:
2 weeks isn’t much time to make gifts in, but I’m pretty sure I’ll manage a few more decorations 😁
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:
Which we then covered with some silver snowflakes ( meant to be used as table confetti!)
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!
And finally a group shot! –
The 8 – point star was made by sticking one star on top of the other!
** In case you’re wondering – while typing in the title, I was reminded of one of my favourite songs