Posts Tagged 'holiday'

A handmade Christmas: hanging the baubles

We have a tree! And it’s flipping massive. We picked it out at a farm that was an hour’s drive away, overlooked the Pacific Ocean and that smelt like Christmas. There were marshmallows being toasted on the fire and trees as far as your eye could see. Magical. And so worth the drive.

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Our tree is a redwood which seems apt for us living in California. But it’s spikier than it looks and its branches can’t take much weight. The lack of dropping needles is a real bonus though.

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We’ve kept the decorating simple with a mix of store-bought, vintage and handmade ornaments.

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My favourite decorations by far are the stars {tutorial at Kate’s creative space}. They’re big, light and easy to make.

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And this bauble is filled with one of Emily’s birth announcements cut into strips.

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The wreaths are wrapped with yarn (Ben helped with these). {tutorial here}

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I also love Emily’s handprint – it’s made with air-dry clay (Crayola).

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I love Christmas so I’m sure I’ll be making some more bits and pieces over the next few days. Not long to go until the big day!

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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

A handmade Christmas – gift ideas

Christmas is really soon you know. In less than a month we will be celebrating Emily’s first Christmas and our second (!!) in America. This year will be a bit different to last: we’d just moved in to our house with our 6 suitcases of belongings, two Ikea chairs and a bed. This Christmas I’m going to cook the full traditional turkey dinner with all the trimmings and we’ll have a real tree decked out lights and ornaments. I can’t wait.

But before the big day there are some preparations needed. Not least, gifts. Here are some handmade gift ideas from my 52 crafts archives to inspire you to make something handmade this year.

52 crafts in 52 weeks: Handmade notebook

Handmade book – make a simple notebook for the budding writers, artists and list-makers in your life.

52 crafts in 52 weeks: Handmade necklace DIY
Wire jewellery – a simple wire wrapped necklace (why not make earrings too?) using a pretty focal bead.

52 crafts in 52 weeks: Soy teacup candles

Soy teacup candles – who doesn’t love candles?

52 crafts in 52 weeks: handmade clock

A handmade clock – your family will appreciate the time spent making this (pun deliberate).

52 crafts in 52 weeks: painted tote bags

Painted tote bags – perfect for all your gift recipients – you could even wrap other presents inside them and save a tree.

52 crafts in 52 weeks: etched glass candle holder

Etched glass candle holders – or you could etch a vase or a cookie jar.

52 crafts in 52 weeks: recycled wool corsage

Recycled wool corsage – this is an easy peasy gift to whip up for all your friends.

52 crafts in 52 weeks: Kumihimo friendship bracelets

Kumihimo friendship bracelets – make for all your best friends.

I hope this inspires you to make some gifts this year. What are your favourite handmade presents to make and receive?


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