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DIY Christmas | 4 Christmas Card Ideas

I've been making my own Christmas cards ever since I can remember.  My family get them every year, whether they like it/want them or not.
I thought I'd share 4 ideas, of varying ease and time resource if you're looking to make your own too.

| WHAT YOU NEED |

Gold Glitter Thickers | Gold Stickers [similar] | London Stickers | Wooden Decoration | Glitter Card | White Glitter | Gold Vinyl Paper | Craft Knife | Blank Cards & Envelopes

| HOW YOU MAKE THEM |

Sticker Quote
These are fun, quick and easy and can be personalised to the person you are giving the card too - use stickers to decorate with a quote from their favourite Christmas film or lyrics from their favourite song:
Available in a range of styles, sizes and colours - this is a great craft for all.
I also know that this range of stickers isn't the cheapest - but if you love them as much as me and can't find an alternative, shorter/one word decoration, such as 'peace', 'noel' and 'joy' looks just as great and will see the pack go further.

Glitter Decoration
A card and a small gift in one, these glitter decorations take a little more time, but have unlimited possibilities.
I picked up a wooden star decoration from HC and stuck glitter card to the front and back, before adding personalisation with small glitter stickers:
Punch a hole in the top of the card to thread the decoration through, or simply fix in place with some washi tape.

Paper Craft
This card is simple in its design but looks very impressive!  It includes a little more investment of time with a pretty and sparkly card as a result.
I used sticky backed vinyl for this DIY as it makes the whole process much easier.  I started with a rough outline of the wreath using a lid as my template and then drawing leaves around the outside and inside to create my outlines:
I then used a craft knife to cut the leaves first, leaving room at the base to then cut and join each leaf together, creating the wreath and to remove the shape as one whole piece:
Remove the backing to then fix in place on the card:
You could leave this as a blank wreath, add a bow or a simple work in the centre:

Confetti Shaker
The most time consuming of all the cards, this is a fun card that can be adapted to almost anything.
I love the imagery around snowy London in Winter, so used this as my inspiration for a snow globe card.  I used a lid to draw the globe, adding a base with pencil and a craft knife to neatly remove the section:
To create the 'shaker', cut two sections of plastic or clear sheet [I have many piping bags to hand, so I used this], slightly larger than the removed section of card [around a 1/2cm overlap will do and fix one to the back of the card:
Add any background, scenery or static elements to the second.  I layered pretty London stickers to create my scene - perfect as the buildings were simply black and white:
...with colour for the bus, taxi and telephone box.
Finally - adding the 'shaker' - whether you opt for glitter, confetti, sequins, fake snow or mini pompoms, place your shaker elements in the centre of your globe to ensure you don't add too much filling.
[For reference: I removed about 3/4 of this in the end!]

Now sandwich your two plastic sheets together with a generous helping of glue to ensure your 'shaker' elements don't fall out:
...and then fix in place behind the 'globe' cutting on the card:
Finally, I added a glitter card stand for the globe:
[FYI - this sticker range also has Paris and New York sets available - gorgeous].

Do you make your own cards? Please share!

DIY Christmas | Easy Calligraphy Baubles

The easiest way to achieve a calligraphy-style personalised bauble in minutes!

| WHAT YOU NEED |

| HOW YOU MAKE THEM |

I've made personalised baubles before [DIY here] but todays DIY is a slightly different version for a decoration that also makes a great gift, place setting or present tag - and not just for Christmas!  Also - they take minutes to make!
I have seen some beautiful personalised baubles in gorgeous calligraphy and I wanted to achieve the look myself.  I had plans to do this in a few ways [and will try them on other projects], but when I found this pack of thickers from HobbyCraft, a much quicker and easier solution was found!
Next, add your choice of filling to the bauble before sealing closed:

I used eucalyptus, as it has pretty much become my decoration of choice this year.

As their name suggest, thickers stand out - and in this case, I felt a little too much.  I didn't like the thick white foam border:
With a gold pen, I coloured in the foam easily [it may help to peel off the stickers to prevent the bauble from being marked] and felt it improved the overall look.
I used plastic clear baubles for this DIY, but any bauble will do - this is a great idea for up-styling old baubles too [this other glitter glue DIY and nail varnish DIY might interest you too]!

P.S -
If you do want to have a go at writing directly on to your baubles - whether you are great at calligraphy, are able to adapt handwriting to achieve the same look, this DIY might be helpful.
If you use clear baubles, you can also write on to paper and then place this inside to trace over on the outside.

DIY Christmas | Feather Tree Cones

As a Christmas DIY that has been in my drafts for years, I thought I'd actually make these pretty feather trees for 2017 [this is a bit of a New Years resolution for me - completing the ideas I've had in my drafts - so expect many a 2012-2016 themed/popular DIY over the next few months!].

I've got three slightly different versions to share - they are really easy, a great craft for in front of the TV and kids can get involved too.

| WHAT YOU NEED |
Paper Mache Cones | Feathers | Hot Glue Gun | Glitter | Mod Podge | Craft Knife


| HOW YOU MAKE THEM |

I wanted to display my feather trees together, so opted for a little variation in the height of my trees, taking around 5cm off the bottom of one cone and 10cm from a second:
Although the intention is to cover the cones in feathers, there may be some gaps [particular towards the base of the cones] and rather than have the brown paper show through, I covered the lower third of the cones in a thin layer of mod podge and glitter [because I cannot help myself], using contrasting colours to the feathers:
To build your feather trees, begin from the base upwards, a line at a time to layer and space the feathers evenly:
[I used hot glue for speed and strength, but any strong glue or fixing, such as tape, will also work]

With each new line, I added the feathers at around 2/3 of the length of the previous layer and in the gap of the feathers to create the most coverage:
Continue layering until you reach the top of the cone. To create a neat finish, I trimmed the ends of the feathers and created a point:
If you feel the top is still a little messy, you can add a decoration, such as a pom pom or star to cover.

Repeat with your other cones, in which you can vary the spacing of the feathers or add further decoration: sequins, beading, garlands or glitter....these can be adapted easily to suit your decor and colour scheme.

Using the same technique, I created three variations with the type of feather used and the positioning.
I bought some white feathers [currently on offer here], which were very fluffy, smaller in size and dense in their coverage - this created a beautiful, wispy feather tree cone:
The more structured and flat grey feather was positioned so that the shape went in towards the cone and created a more streamline and controlled feather tree:
..and finally, using similar shaped feathers, I positioned them facing away from the cone, which created a more layered and traditional shape to the feather tree:
These different colours, styles and textures look great as a group, or can be decorative accents to areas of your home on their own.
This craft is one that definitely has you panicked half way through that you have gone completely off track - but keep with it - the more feathers you add, the more full your trees will become and the shape can be changed by adding your feathers at different angles.
Sorry about these photos - the sky was so, so grey - which although my aesthetic, does not help for blog photos!

DIY Christmas | Wire Star Wreath

Make your own door/mantle/wall wreath! This everlasting star wreath will make a stylish addition to your home or dress up your front door and can be adapted to suit your colour scheme!

Last year, I made an Ivy wreath with trimmings from the garden, but for 2017, I've made an everlasting wreath to bring out each year.

| WHAT YOU NEED |

Wire Star FrameEucalyptusHot Glue Gun | Floral Wire | Wire Cutters
From Poundland: Gypsophila | White Berries | Frosted Pines


| HOW YOU MAKE IT |

There are two approaches to this - minimal, making the wire star a feature [Hobbycraft have some great examples of this on their blog] or to use the star as a frame for a more full, traditional wreath.

I decided to cover the frame completely, using the same simple materials as the mantle wreath/tablescapes: gypsophila, eucalyptus, berries and pinecones.
Start with your base colour and texture.  For me, this is always gypsophila as it has good coverage, a little goes a long way and it adds a little detail with its small flowers.  I spread evenly adding one sprig to each side, the spring facing towards each point of the star, securing in place with floral wire at the base[trimmed to size to use only what was required]:
Although I like symmetry, as with the mantle garlands, I didn't pay too much attention to the sides being completely equal in length or fullness.
I then added the eucalyptus - the main feature of the wreath.  Following the same direction as the gypsophila, I trimmed the base of each sprig close to the first set of leaves and staying close to the lines of the wire star to keep the shape:
Two sprigs were used on each side for consistency, but I also trimmed smaller sections to close gaps, add more shape and help make the wreath appear more 'full':
The white berries and frosted mini pinecones details were then added.  I decided to add these in a fairly random manner throughout the wreath, but did concentrate on areas that needed colour breaking up, wire covering up and fullness or detail adding to the shape.  Starting with the berries:
Then adding the pinecones:

I used hot glue to secure them in place and layer the wreath.

Once I added all my details, I finished the wreath with leaves from the eucalyptus, removed from the stem and glued these in place where extra fullness was needed and also to the back of the wreath to add more shape and a little protection at the back.

There are so many ways that you can decorate a simple wire frame to suit your décor, colour scheme and style - and can be easily updated or changed each year.
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