Craft Blog Club Secret Santa!

Craft Blog Club Secret Santa!

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!

#CraftBlogClub Secret Santa 2014
#CraftBlogClub Secret Santa 2014#CraftBlogClub Secret Santa 2014
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!

#CraftBlogClub Secret Santa 2014
#CraftBlogClub Secret Santa 2014#CraftBlogClub Secret Santa 2014
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.
Emma

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Christmas Beaded Star Decorations

Christmas Beaded Stars Ornaments Tutorial
These simple, rustic star decorations use wooden beads and some wire. You can even add some glitter for extra Christmas sparkle.
Christmas Beaded Stars Ornaments Tutorial
You will need-
-25 round wooden beads. I’m using 6mm ones, but you can use any size.
-0.4mm wire
-wire cutters
Optional –
-Washi Tape. Helps hold the wire in place.
-Glitter glue. Well, it is Christmas.
Christmas Beaded Stars Ornaments Tutorial
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!)
Christmas Beaded Stars Ornaments Tutorial
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.
Christmas Beaded Stars Ornaments Tutorial
3.Pull the wires tightly to form a circle.
Christmas Beaded Stars Ornaments Tutorial
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.
Christmas Beaded Stars Ornaments Tutorial
5. Repeat step 4 until you have five points. Both wires will now be coming out of the same bead, just on different sides.
Christmas Beaded Stars Ornaments Tutorial
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.
Christmas Beaded Stars Ornaments Tutorial
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 TwitterInstagram or Facebook! Happy Christmas crafting!
Christmas Beaded Stars Ornaments Tutorial

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Tutorial – Christmas Sequin and Yarn Garland

Christmas Yarn Ball Garland DIY Tutorial
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
-Sequins
-Cutting Mat
-Awl or kebab skewer
-Long needle

Christmas Yarn Ball Garland DIY Tutorial

Wrapping
Christmas Yarn Ball Garland DIY Tutorial

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
Christmas Yarn Ball Garland DIY Tutorial

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
Christmas Yarn Ball Garland DIY Tutorial

9. Use the bead and sequin pins to attach the sequins

Christmas Yarn Ball Garland DIY Tutorial

10.You can create lots of different pattern, like stripes

Christmas Yarn Ball Garland DIY Tutorial

11.Try using different types of sequins, placed at random, for a really lovely effect.

Christmas Yarn Ball Garland DIY Tutorial

12. You can even make star or snowflake patterns!

Christmas Yarn Ball Garland DIY Tutorial

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 TwitterInstagram or Facebook!

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DIY Advent Calendars

DIY Advent

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:

Bunting Advent Calendars
bunting collage
Hanging Advent Calendars
hanging collage
 Alternative Advent Calendars
alternative collage
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