Christmas is rushing towards us even though I’m struggling to believe it’s not just late September!
This is an idea I saw on pinterest (how many sentences start like that in my life!) that actually came out ok. No pinterest fails round here but I mean it was the simplest diy project ever! All you need are alphabet stamps, an ink in a colour your feelin’ and some simple wooden pegs.
I went for a variety of Christmas sayings to use for present packaging and some for sealing packets (crisps cough cough) in the kitchen.
With remembrance day approaching and it being 100 years since the outbreak of war I seem to have poppies on the brain. These crepe paper poppies were fun to make but did take a little time (I made around 50.) I took inspiration from this tutorial but cowboyed it a little!
First gather your supplies
From top left in a spiral:
– scissors (duh!?)
– strip of green crepe paper any thickness it just must be cut across the grain (makes more sense when you are holding the stuff) but it basically makes it stretchy and easy to manipulate
– random coloured crepe paper square (let’s call it the length of my pinky squared!)
– length of wire doubled over and twisted together
– black paint
– masking tape (mine is standard thickness so for this project I cut it in half lengthwise to get skinny tape)
– petal (I freehand all mine because I like the wonky look but you can use a template if you prefer just make sure you cut with the grain going up-down the petal. This means you can sculpt some shape into it and make it look more like a realistic poppy!)
– Green crepe paper leaf, again let’s work with that grain people!
– Square of scrap paper (again the pinky size reference works well!)
Now you have your supplies it’s time to get poppying!
1. / 2. To make the stamen, roll the paper square into a ball and twist the wire. Hold the paper ball into of the wire (covering the two raw ends) and cover with the crepe paper square. Pull everything tight and use the masking tape to secure. Paint the stamen black and leave to dry.
3. Attach petals (between 3 and 7) adjusting until they look right then tape into place. Decide where you like your leaf and attach that using a small piece of tape too. Right at this point nothing looks too pretty underneath but do not fear!
4. Add a spot of glue to the green strip and secure right to the top of the poppy, let it dry a moment then wrap all around the stem and secure at the bottom with another spot is glue.
Tada! I strung some in my front window and the rest are for a work project I hope goes to plan!
I had seen variants of this project all over the internet and if I had know quite how simple it was going to be in would have already filled my house with lamps!
I found the demijon at a carboot sale glimmering in the early morning sun for only £2 and it was love at first sight! The lamp kit came from amazon but rumor has it local diy type places stock them too (just not where I live!)
It’s a complex process of jamming it into the top of the bottle until tight. My bottle neck was a little large so a hodge podge of white tack did the trick and you can’t even see it in the day to day life of a lamp!
Blue tack doing its sticky thing!
Add a shade ( mine was cheap!) and plug it all in, make a coffee and bask in your new glow!
So hows your christmas prep coming along?
I am not ashamed to admit that I threw my self imposed schedule out long ago and am ‘winging it’! Life, laughter and fun things get in the way and frankly thats what I think the month of December should be all about. However decorations are currently zooming up (with the aid of my Cinderella style woodland helpers) and I thought it was the oerfect time for this little, easy, cheap and quick DIY.
I love to decorate every inch of the house I can get my mitts on and this includes the bathrooms. Almost everyone who ever comes round will be using the bathroom at some time or other and so it seems sad to leave this vital room out of the festive fun.
First cut holly leaves and berries out of standard cardboard box card then paint them the appropriate colours using acrylic paint.
Once they are dry they can be stuck together, to make sure mine were extra secure I used E800 glue.
Once the pretty bit is dry they need to be flipped over and a smaller piece of card added over the top of the elastic band to hold it down but still let it slip freely.
Once that is dry I went to town with the glitter and PVA!
And all done! Super simple and I am so pleased with the way they pop in our monochrome bathroom!
Christmas is coming!
I needed new slippers but nothing seemed quite fancy enough for me so I purchased this cheap £6 pair and did a little DIY on them. Firstly i hacked off the prissy little bows then made some pompoms.
Pompoms make everything better right?
I know they are absurd but wearing them makes me feel like a premature christmas elf!
I’m not a crazy jewellery hoarder but i do like a little glitter in my hair. Buying shiny trinkets for your hair can get costly super quickly and these took me under 30 mins to do, from rummaging in the drawer to setting them aside. The adhesive then needs to dry overnight but thats ok because you can go on living your day to day life!!
I used half the gems from 2 packs of 59p ‘The Works’ gems, classy lady I am not. Plus bobby pins and super smelly contact adhesive (that should most certainly be used in a really well ventilated area!)
I slid two pins over a piece of card with the flat sides facing up then covered that in a line of glue before whacking on the gems and letting them dry overnight. The card stops the pins sticking together and makes it easier to isolate all that messy glue!
These would make such cute little gifts, you could put them into christmas cards for classmates!
Let’s get spooky coz it’s almost Halloween! I haven’t gone as bonkers as normal because there is just too much house to try and decorate so I thought I would focus on the front porch because that’s where the any little monsters will be coming to!
From afar, can you spot them?
I used the ghosts I made last year from scraps of white fabric and lace around balls of tightly scrunched newspaper. They were inspired by the ghosts made by the Beautiful Mess girlies but I used more layers of fabric so my ghosts have more tutu like skirts (I think they are ballerinas inside…)
I hung them from strings cast across our little front porch. They flow beautifully in the wind which is lucky considering the gales we have forecast for the next couple of days. Let’s hope theu survive!!!!