DIY Christmas wrapping paper. Great project to do with kids too. All you need is:
brown craft paper
Make a printing stamp by cutting a potato in half and then cutting a shape from it with a cookie cutter (I used star and christmas tree cutters). Dip the stamp into paint and start printing onto craft paper. You can stamp your shape randomly or in an orderly pattern. Alternatively you can use the cutters directly as stamps by dipping the upper side (not the sharp side) of the cutter into paint and printing onto your paper. Leave to dry. And then wrap, wrap, wrap those presents.
Add some twine, red berries and lavender twigs to finish off.
Every year I try and make a batch of new Christmas decorations. I’ve always wanted to try working with polymer clay which is soft like plasticine and you can model it into shapes and then bake it in the domestic oven to harden it. Well this is the result: white fimo clay christmas stars with a red hand drawn pattern on the front.
If you want to try making these you will need:
fimo clay (I used 2 packs of 56g in white for all the stars you can see in the picture),
star cookie cutters (or other christmassy shape),
sanding paper (optional, if you are a perfectionist and want to make them extra smooth),
special pen for drawing on clay (optional, if you want to decorate the stars. All my other decorations are red and white so I went for red illustrations on the white stars to be in keeping with my theme :-))
Method: it’s all pretty straight forward. Roll the clay to 3/4mm thick. Cut into shapes with cookie cutters and make a little hole with a toothpick or needle for the string for hanging, bake in oven according to clay instructions. When cool sand them and then draw on top. Leave for the pen drawing to dry according to pen’s instructions. Done!
And some hand knitted mini Christmas socks for the tree. Pattern suggests cotton, I’ve done them in wool:
Getting Christmassy. I love DIY decorations for the tree. Lots of tutorials out there with wrapping baubles in various materials (wool, twine, strips of ripped fabric) to create your own. This is my version using ribbon. So for this project you’ll need:
At least 1.5 m of ribbon per ball depending on the width of your ribbon
Polystyrene balls, glue, pins (2 per bauble) & string for hanging
1. Start wrapping from top holding with thumb and go round overlaying the ribbon. 2. Glue the edge when you finish. 3. Insert pin (with a bit of glue on) at top and bottom of the bauble through all the layers of ribbon to hold in place. 4. Add a string round one of the pins heads and you’re done!
And the business cards for Elizabeth Webley photography. She sells lovely cards.
Skeletal leaf found amongst the rotting leaves in the garden. I love the beautiful texture. Definitely can make something out of it or just frame it!
More Christmassy finds. Red berries to be used in wreaths or making a garland
Found these lovely mini pine cones. Great for Christmas craft: for wrapping presents or making mini decorations or in wreaths. Need to go out and collect some more. Would look lovely spray painted white too. Will try that at some point.
The printed goodies for my woolly business have arrived. Very please with the stickers and labels printed by moo. A bit of hand drawn pattern on them to go with the handmade ethos of the business. Not far to go, just the website to do and them I’m ready to sell!