3 Easy Christmas DIYs

13 Dec 2017

I know that I'm not the only one when I say that Christmas is the best time for crafting. There's just so much inspiration out there and so many fun things to create - there's almost not enough time in the month! You can make gifts, home decor, items for the Christmas table - the list just goes on. And the best part about it all is that the things you make are totally personal to you. You'd have a one-of-a-kind item at the end and it'd be something that would last you for so many Christmases to come! That's exactly why I've decided to try my hand at a few new crafts this year and because I enjoyed making these bits and bobs so much, I thought I'd share them with you all!

Christmas potpourri bags
Little bags filled with dry goods like these you can see above are available all over the place at this time of the year, but they're so simple to make yourself! All the spices can be bought in bulk on eBay at very reasonable prices, along with the organza bags, and the orange slices are super simple to dry out in the oven. I used this method and not only was it easy to do, but it also made the house smell gorgeous. The spices I added were cinnamon sticks, whole cloves and whole star anise. I also added dried bay leaves because I think their scent works well with the orange and spices, but they're totally optional! I opted to use little organza bags for my potpourri as I like putting the finished bags on the radiator. As the organza is so fine, it allows the scent to pass through and fill the whole house. They'd make perfect gifts!

Geometric advent tree
I know that this is so extra, but I wanted to make my own advent calendar this year. I realise that there were a bunch of great ones on the market (including a cheese one from Asda), but I just wanted one that was totally unique and would last for years. When I saw the blank wooden advent tree in Hobbycraft, I was hit with inspiration. I picked up a load of acrylic paints in traditional Christmas colours - green, white, red and gold - some Christmassy buttons and numbers. I could've quite easily painted all the drawers in solid colours, but oh no, I had to go the extra mile. I chose to make each drawer unique by painting on geometric shapes. I did this by popping a strip of masking tape over the area I didn't want to paint and adding a coat to the blank side. I then waited for this to dry, then added another coat and removed the masking tape. For two colours, I had to do this step, then cover the painted area with a piece of masking tape when dry and repeat. If you want to do this, make sure you remove the masking tape very carefully so that you don't damage the paint. Then I stuck numbers on each and a button on each of the handles to jazz it up even more. The best thing about having your own advent calendar is that you get to decide what goes in it, so mine has been filled with Celebrations and Heroes. Yum!

Pompom pudding wreath
Wreaths are a key piece of decor at this time of the year, however, the area I live in is not so friendly, so my wreaths stay firmly indoors. That hasn't stopped me from making one though! I think I've mentioned on here before that I'm currently into making pompoms and most of the ones I've been making recently were for this wreath! This project required very little effort, but it was the one that took the most amount of time (but also looks the best, in my opinion). I used a medium sized pompom maker from a set that I bought from eBay to make each of the brown and white pompoms. This can also be done with a fork or with cardboard if you don't have a pompom maker - the results are exactly the same. I then stuck these on to a large metal wreath form with hot glue. I made the holly leaves out of green felt and made the berries with the smallest pompom maker, then stuck these on with hot glue, and hey presto, a Christmas pudding! You have to make sure to squish the brown and white pompoms up next to each other when sticking them on, otherwise there will be gaps in between. They're extremely fun and therapeutic to make though, so watch that you don't get carried away!

I would love to know if you guys have crafted anything up this season. I'll need more inspo for next year, so send me photos!

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