Have you ever made your Christmas gifts? As you can imagine, I have in the past. Most years it’s been something really nice and festive to do but I do remember with a real lack of fondness, the year I was far, far too ambitious! I even roped Nick in and the poor boy spent an entire day cutting the pages I had designed for my tear notepads. Then the frosted glass spray paint didn’t work for the personalised bottles I’d dreamt up, peeling off as it dried and I had to come up with a different idea on the fly to rectify this disaster. See, even DIY bloggers have fails sometimes and needless to say the whole day wasn’t the most enjoyable.
I’m very excited to be putting our tree up this weekend! It was always a bit of an occasion growing up. Even as teenagers me and my brother would clear our diary to make sure we were present on this magical day. Bought decorations are lovely but there’s something even better about making a few new decorations every year. Here’s an idea to try. These hanging tree decorations look just the right dose of handmade and couldn’t be much more straightforward.
You will need…
- Fimo Air/microwave modelling clay
- Fimo sculpey gloss satin varnish
- Gold sharpie marker
- Cutting board
- Circular cutters or cutters of your choice
- Stampable letters (I used these)
- Tapestry thread or bakers twine
- Rolling pin
How to make…
- Start by rolling out the clay until it’s all about 1cm thick.
- Use your cutters or scalpel around a stencil to stamp out your shapes. Use a pencil to make a hole at the top of each shape enabling you to hang them later. Set aside.
- For the circular decorations you need to stamp in your Christmas phrases while the clay is still mouldable.
- Leave all the shapes to dry out overnight or you can use the microwave to dry them out quicker.
- Then glaze your decorations. I did two coats either side to make sure the coverage was even and nice and glossy.
- You can now get busy with your sharpie marker. The gloss enhances the metallic affect. Simply draw out whatever design you want. My doodles are pretty easy to copy. I used a medium nib sharpie but if you want more detail you can go for a fine nib.
- Then thread your string/tapestry thread through the hole and tie a knot in the end.
I know that each time I give you a DIY idea I make a point of telling you how simple it is to make but this one really is the easiest and quickest project ever. So if you have the craft skills of a 5 year old then never fear, this ones for you!
You will need to get hold of some glitter sticker paper (a totally genius creation). I found mine in Paperchase and was encapsulated so the glitter ain’t budging but you can also find it here and probably many other craft shops and websites.
- Glitter sticker sheet
- Metal ruler
- Cutting mat
- Clear glasses (look for a flat bottom to sit the candle in)
- Draw an elongated triangle onto your card. Make sure you measure how tall it needs to be for the size glass you have. Then cut the shape out to make a template.
- Draw around your template onto the back of your glitter sheet.
- Then scalpel each shape out, using the ruler to guide you.
- Take each shape individually and peel of the backing paper. Adhere to you glass, lining up the bottom of each elongated triangle next to one another.
- When you are getting near to making it the whole way round, work out how many more triangles you can fit in. I had to trim a little off some of my end shapes to make them fit snugly. Alternatively you could use a tape measure to record the circumference at the start and size your triangles accordingly but this is far too technical for my enjoyment!
Now you can light your tea lights and set these glasses a-glowing! They make lovely tables centres and it turns out they look pretty festive (not my intention) so they’ve come right in the (St) nick of time!
envelope advent calendar // geometric tree beading // bristle brush snow globes // gingerbread mug huggers // driftwood Christmas tree // printable advent boxes // rosemary wreaths
Despite having been designing Christmas since July in my job, the festive season seems to have somewhat crept up on me. Suddenly there’s gift sets at the front of every shop and the coca cola advert graces our screens and all completely unapologetically, despite not even having made it past mid November! There’s always tons of stuff to buy everywhere you look at Christmas but I always think it’s a great excuse to make things Here are a collection of DIY ideas I’ve found online to get the creative juices flowing. Sometimes the simplest ideas are actually the best. Happy making!