Posts Tagged 'craft'

A handmade Christmas – super last-minute Advent calendar

Every year I think I’ll make a cute and crafty advent calendar and every year December 1st is upon me too soon and I’ve failed to produce anything. This year I actually succeeded with a day to spare. Go me!

52 crafts in 52 weeks - last minute advent calendar

The numbers were all cut using my Silhouette machine and then I just used my washi tape (I may need to buy more soon, stocks are getting depleted) to make a tree outline and to attach the numbers to the wall.

52 crafts in 52 weeks - last minute advent calendar
One year I may make a longer lasting, re-use every year style of calendar. But this one will work for us this year. And it livens up a very bare piece of wall for a few weeks too. Oh and because it’s masking tape, it won’t damage our rented walls.

52 crafts in 52 weeks - last minute advent calendar

Happy December 1st everyone!

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A handmade Christmas – cards

I have a weakness. A weakness for Washi Tape.

52 crafts in 52 weeks - Washi tape
I’m not very good at making anything with the beauties I collect; I just gaze at them adoringly. However when I needed an easy Christmas card design, one that I could do after bedtime (Emily’s obviously), during naps and even in the time Emily was willing to sit next to me “helping”, I turned to my treasured tapes.

52 crafts in 52 weeks - washi tape Christmas Tree cards
I used three different tapes for each card. I just cut pieces of different lengths; stuck them to plain white cards; and finally topped the trees off by punching a star shape.

52 crafts in 52 weeks - washi tape Christmas cards

These could not be easier to make. Now I just have to actually write and mail them. England, you might get them by the New Year if you’re lucky!

52 crafts in 52 weeks - Washi tape Christmas card

Nursery projects part 2

{part 1 here}

We have a bit of a blue & green bird theme going on in the nursery and this project came to me whilst browsing the Ikea blog. There was a wall of bird boxes hanging on a nursery wall and I thought “I can do that”.

All it took was some fabric scraps, buttons, glue, cardboard and a bit of measuring and planning.

I started with a paper model so I could work out the dimensions and pieces I needed. To give you some idea of scale, the base is 3″x3″ and the height is 6″.

I then used these pieces as a guide to cut out the cardboard (I used corrugated card from an Amazon box).


I have a box full of fabulous vintage fabric that I picked up in Oxfam years ago so I pulled out some blues, greens and browns. Using the cardboard shapes as a template I cut the shapes out allowing about 1cm extra so I had some spare fabric to wrap around the edges of the cardboard. Then I stuck it all down using mod podge.

To assemble the bird houses I used hot glue (my favourite part!) and added buttons.


Finally, to hang them we drilled holes directly in the back of the houses and hooked them on to nails.


I love them combined with the framed Charlie Harper postcards. I don’t mind admitting that this is my favourite project so far.

More ideas: you could hang them from the ceiling instead of the wall; make mini ones for a mobile; stand them on a shelf; make them in a variety of sizes. This was such a fun project, I’d love to see if you have a go!

Nursery projects part 1

The time is approaching: Baby is due in 5 weeks and 1 day. I can hardly believe it! So much has happened since I found out I was pregnant and that we were moving to the west coast of America. You can catch up on what we’ve been up to since moving over on Letters Home.

So, to the craft. As you can imagine I’ve been itching to get making for the baby’s room for quite some time but the arrival of my craft supplies (and other important things like furniture) from the UK has really kicked me into action.

I still have some projects on the go so this is the first post of probably about three or four about what I’ve made or am making for our little one’s first room.

We’re renting so painting wasn’t really an option – and even if it was, it’s not something we have time for. So decorating the walls in other ways was high on my list of things to do.

The very first thing I made was this handsome chap.

I picked up the wooden owl shape from Michaels. But you could just as easily cut one out of some sturdy cardboard (corrugated would be best).

I then drew around the owl onto some paper (thin cardboard would be better) and divided it into the shapes of wings, feathers across the chest, head etc. I used them as a template to cut out pretty scrapbook paper which I then pasted onto the wood using Mod Podge (PVA would do fine too).


You could make this for virtually no cost if you used cardboard and paper or fabric scraps you already own. It would be fun to personalise it with your baby’s name too. As we don’t know if we have a boy or girl I can’t do that yet but maybe later.

And that’s it. Here he is hanging over our changing station (the drawer unit is from Ikea, along with most of our furniture).

Just look at the cuteness in this drawer…

Part 2 to follow very soon and it’s my favourite project so far.


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