It's beginning to look a lot like a rather crafty Christmas…

12 Dec

joy convopieces2 It's beginning to look a lot like a rather crafty Christmas... So Christmas has arrived…

On Friday night, we bought our tree
(and named him Bruce the Spruce)
then on Saturday we set about decorating.

A lot of last year’s decorations were looking
a little tired… so I decided to make my own,
using things that we had left over from the wedding,
like baker’s twine, paper doilies and washi tape.

tree convopieces1 It's beginning to look a lot like a rather crafty Christmas... Candy canes, word banners
and a stealthy deer!

I looked for pretty paper to make
my Joy word banners with…
I couldn’t find any so I made my own
using washi tape. (God I love that stuff!)

joymirror convopieces It's beginning to look a lot like a rather crafty Christmas... I even cheered up this mirror with a little ‘joy’ too.
(Yes, I was watching Home Alone at the time!)

If you’d like to make your own,
here’s how in this mini ‘how to':

1.a Find yourself some pretty paper.

1.b Or fail to find to pretty paper
and decide to make some yourself.
I just took A4 sheet of paper
and stuck rows of different Japaneses
washi tape to it. And voila!

washipaper convopieces It's beginning to look a lot like a rather crafty Christmas... 2. Draw in pencil your letter shapes
(I do it in pencil so I can rub it out!)
howtojoybanner convopieces It's beginning to look a lot like a rather crafty Christmas... 3. Then cut out using scissors or a scalpel.
4. Using a needle, thread some baker’s twine
through each letter twice. Then tie the ends
with a loop and a slipknot so you can adjust them.
That’s it!

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I still had lots of paper doilies leftover
from the wedding so I turned them into

merrytypewriter convopieces It's beginning to look a lot like a rather crafty Christmas... … Xmasy doilies with typed phrases
and dotted ‘em round the flat.

merryfoxmas convopieces It's beginning to look a lot like a rather crafty Christmas... There has to be a fox right?

elephantsugar convopieces It's beginning to look a lot like a rather crafty Christmas... I’m counting the elephant as festive since he’s red!
yellowwallxmas convopieces It's beginning to look a lot like a rather crafty Christmas... The rest we hung up, using fishing wire…
(it’s virtually invisible which is great for decorations,
not so good when you’re trying to find the end of it!)
love tray convopieces It's beginning to look a lot like a rather crafty Christmas... We also made some ceramic hearts…
Strangely I didn’t take any pics of making them.
But I did take pics of our ceramic stars.
It’s the same theory, different shapes!
starshowto convopieces It's beginning to look a lot like a rather crafty Christmas... 1. Basically you roll out some ceramic clay
(like you would with some pastry).
2. Then use a star/heart shaped cookie cutter
3. Depending on your clay, leave to dry or bake.

(I’m planning on making a little star banner,
that’s why they have holes in them.)

loveandsnowman convopieces It's beginning to look a lot like a rather crafty Christmas... And to complete our ‘love xmas’ scene
I added my wee snowman, tree and pudding.
(The pudding makes me laugh so!)

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The rest of the weekend was spent
doing secret crafty stuff.

Handmade presents mainly…
but also crafty things I’m making
for a book which I can’t tell you
more about until next year!

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So I’m starting to feel a mite more
festive now… how about you all?

pixel It's beginning to look a lot like a rather crafty Christmas...