One of the things I really enjoy about social media is the connections you can make and the interactions between people you rarely get the chance to have in ‘real life’. In particular, I love twitter chats and every Tuesday evening at 7pm GMT there is #CraftBlogClub. They are a friendly bunch, and even though I don’t make it every week, I always enjoy it when I do! Back in November the Secret Santa was mentioned and thought it sounded like fun and signed up!
I got Katie of Katiegetscrafty and after a little bit of internet stalking, decided to make her a small notebook and a gemstone bracelet!
Then just before Christmas, my Secret Santa package arrived! I was a good girl and saved it for Christmas day. My Secret Santa was the lovely Zoe of zoflo. She had made me some gorgeous goodies; a hessian star and some wooden Scrabble tile Christmas decorations (oh and a chocolate reindeer lollipop!
It was really lovely thing to be a part of and would definitely do it again. If you were part of the #CraftBlogClub Secret Santa or any other crafty swap this Christmas, pop a comment below, I would love to take a look.
These simple, rustic star decorations use wooden beads and some wire. You can even add some glitter for extra Christmas sparkle. You will need-
-25 round wooden beads. I’m using 6mm ones, but you can use any size.
-Washi Tape. Helps hold the wire in place.
-Glitter glue. Well, it is Christmas.
1. Cut a 50cm length of wire. Thread on 10 beads, leaving a 10cm tail (you can use some tape to hold this bit of wire down and stop the bead coming off!)
2. Pick up the longer end of wire and thread it through the first bead you added, which will be the one at the shorter end of wire.
3.Pull the wires tightly to form a circle.
4. Thread 3 beads onto the longer end of wire, find the bead that this wire come out off, skip the next bead along and thread through the next. Gently pull the wire until the 3 beads make a point on the outside of the circle.
5. Repeat step 4 until you have five points. Both wires will now be coming out of the same bead, just on different sides.
6.You can just hang your star like this, but I prefer having the wires coming out of a point. To do this thread the short end of wire through the beads again to the nearest point. For the longer end, thread it round through the inner circle again and up the other side of the same point as the other end.
You can then add glitter or ribbons, or use larger 8mm beads. Let me know if you make your own Beaded Star Decorations by commenting with a link or message me on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook! Happy Christmas crafting!
For someone who doesn’t knit or crochet, I seem to have a lot of wool. So I’m always trying to come up with inventive ways of using up some of the yarn I have accumulated. This garland uses polystyrene balls covered in yarn and sequins to make a really different Christmas decoration.
You will need:
-Polystyrene balls. I used 4cm/1 1/2”
-Wool or yarn
– Bead and Sequin Pins
-Awl or kebab skewer
1. Secure the end of your yarn to the polystyrene ball using a bead or sequin pin. These are shorter (16mm) than standard dressmaking pins, so you do not risk the sharp end poking out.
2.Begin wrapping the yarn around the polystyrene ball. I find it easier to hold the yarn and move the ball rather than the other way around. I attempted to use a fluffy mohair yarn, but it was just to soft to grip the polystyrene- cheaper wool works better!
3.Make sure you cover the surface equally for even coverage.
4. Keep wrapping until you can’t see any white of the polystyrene.I found it took approx 8 metres of yarn for a 4cm ball. Secure the end with another pin and cut off the tail.
Making the hole
5. Working on a cutting mat use an awl (a kebab skewer or large pointed needle also work) to poke a hole in the polystyrene.
6.Make sure you go all the way through
7.Using a needle, thread some yarn or twine through the hole. I made my own twisted needle from 0.6mm wire, but you can buy long, large eyed needles.
8. Knot either side of the ball to hold it in place. I spaced mine out about 5cm apart.
Decorating with sequins
9. Use the bead and sequin pins to attach the sequins
10.You can create lots of different pattern, like stripes
11.Try using different types of sequins, placed at random, for a really lovely effect.
12. You can even make star or snowflake patterns!
You can hang the garland on your tree, as a mantelpiece swag or even use the same technique to create baubles and ornaments. Let me know if you use this tutorial to make your own yarn and sequin decorations, by commenting with a link or message me on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook!
Ok, its official, we can mention the C word – Christmas! Not wanting to scare you but it is December the 1st on Sunday…
And one of the first official Christmas items to be installed in most peoples houses is the Advent Calendar. Rather than pick up a commercial chocolate one from the supermarket this year, why not have a look at these amazing Handmade, Designer and DIY Advent Calendar ideas and tutorials from around the web:
Its just over 3 weeks til Christmas! And to get me in the mood I spent a wonderful Monday morning teaching Christmas wreath making at The Beetroot Tree. Here are just some of the fabulous wreaths made by the ladies. Its amazing what you can do with some electrical cable and random fabric scraps!