Free fabric scrap wreath tutorial

First of all, thank you for your support this year! For reading this blog, liking and following me on Facebook and Twitter and of course, for your purchases of my vintage homeware and giving me commissions. It’s been an amazing year and I am looking forward creating beautiful things again in the next.

Here’s a little something for you to get stuck into during the holidays: a fabric scrap wreath. I made lots and sold them at fairs. Everyone loved them! They are easy to make and are very decorative.

You’ll need:
1. wire wreath frame
2. about 1/2 meter of fabric

How:
1. Cut/rip the fabric into long strips of 2cm wide.
2. Cut the strips into small strips of about 10cm long.
3. Tie each strip around the wire frame and keep doing this until you can’t see any wire anymore. The fuller, the better!

Enjoy your holidays, see you in the New Year!

Nina x

DIY craft project tutorials – for a homemade Christmas

Felted garland tutorial from Small Bird Blog

I have been browsing the internet loads to find inspiration and cool ideas to create handmade Christmas decoration to sell at the upcoming Christmas fairs. I have already made some lovely fabric rag wreaths, but am also going to have a go at making tree ornaments and anything else that is beautiful but relatively easy to make. After all, my maternity leave is starting next week, so an ideal time to get cracking with those crafts!

As you’re probably not all going to be able to rush down to my stall at the Christmas Fair (but wouldn’t that be great!), I thought I share some of the DIY projects I found with you so you could have a go yourself at creating a ‘homemade Christmas’ this year. Enjoy!

  • Fabric covered polystyrene/styrofoam ball
    This is one of the things I will be attempting soon; baubles covered in fabric squares. Endless possibilities here with your favourite pieces of fabric! Go to the tutorial

 

  • Using vintage papers
    Clear, glass ornaments decoupaged with vintage papers, sprinkled with glass glitter and tied with “Noel” made on a printer. There’s no real tutorial here, but I guess it’s using the decoupage technique and glue such as Mod Podge to get the paper to stick to the ornaments.

 

  • Clay ornaments with doily print These are super simple to make but oh-so-elegant. The one pictured is featured on the beautiful website of Marley and Locker.

1. Use air-dry clay, roll it out so you have a thin even sheet (about 3-5mm thick).
2. If you want start by pressing a piece of linen or cotton onto the clay to create a textured effect.
3. Press a doily or piece or lace into the clay and carefully take it away to reveal the imprint.
4. Take a small round glass or other shape you like and press it into the clay to cut out the shape. Use a nail or similar to pierce through the ornament so you can put a ribbon through it later.
5. Use rubber stamp letters to create a word or Christmas wish.
5. Let the ornament dry completely.
6. Paint the ornament with white acrylic paint or leave it natural.
7. Fill in the imprint of the word with a darker shade of paint.

  • Clay doily bowls
    If you really getting into this technique, why not try these gorgeous little bowls as well?
    Go to the tutorial

 

  • Fabric rag ornaments
    Couldn’t quite find the tutorial to go with these, but aren’t they lovely? My guess is cutting out thin equal strips of fabric, then using pins to hold them in place on a polystyrene ball. I’m gonna give this a go…Please let me know if you’ve discovered a better way of doing this!
  • Branch candle holder
    No Christmas without candles, so of course I am including a tutorial for a candle holder! This one is made with little twigs and will add a bit of rustic beauty to your home. Go to the full tutorial
What are you going to give a try? 

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DIY gifts on a budget

December is an expensive month. It’s all about eating that special food, wearing those special clothes, adding that special decoration to your home, let alone buying all those extra special gifts for everyone. It’s fun (right?), but it’s madness! This blog is all about tastefully saving money by recycling, buying vintage or making stuff yourself, so I thought I do a post about DIY Christmas gifts. I mean, how much better is it to give or receive something that’s been lovingly hand-made? Much better than trawling those jam-packed shops looking for….for what actually?

For the drinks & nibbles

I came across this idea on addicted2decorating which I really liked. Stenciling or painting a wooden tray. An ideal blank ‘canvas’ for any creation.


For the ladies

Jewelery is always a nice idea. A woman can never have too many necklaces, I say. I really like the idea of recycling old buttons (sew them as decoration onto cushions, clothes, etc), and like me, you probably have quite a few of them lying around in boxes and drawers. Hey, why not make a necklace out of them?

This example is from www.treehugger.com

 

Here’s a helpful How-To on www.craftstylish.com


For the bathroom junkie

Making soap is something I’ve always wanted to try but somehow it looks like a lot of work…! I love the way hand-made soap looks though, cut into big colourful chunks – and I would be so happy with a gift like this! Have a look on teachsoap.com for all the how-to instructions if you fancy giving it a go. If you think it’s all too much hassle – why not buy some off etsy – plenty of people who are happy to do the hard work for you.

 


For the traveler / explorer

Something very original and highly unusual I came across on a site called Inhabitat Green Gift Guide, is a “personalised walking tour” on Google maps! “Show them your hometown – or even their hometown!” they say. “You can either print it out and make it part of a tour booklet, or, depending on your internet skills, post it on a simple website. Alternately, you could lead them down your streets with a personalized podcast”. Sounds very 2011!

For the sweet tooth

And what about making some home-made chocolate truffles and presenting them in cute little boxes? I made truffles for the first time last weekend and they were so easy to make and absolutely delicious. Needless to say they didn’t last very long… But as they’re so easy to make I think I’ll make another batch and bring them home to my family for Christmas (I’d have to put them in my suitcase in hold though, cause I don’t think they’d survive the flight otherwise 😉

 



Have a creative Christmas!