DIY Christmas Tree Gift Toppers

December 6, 2012 | DIY

With Christmas looming, I’m sure there are more than a few gifts that need to be wrapped in the coming weeks! I had some sticks leftover from the wreath DIY last week, so put together these really cute little trees that make the perfect toppers for a gift, don’t you think?

You’ll need:
– A stick or two, not too thick
– Strong scissors
– A hot glue gun (or glue more suitable for wood if you have it)
– Regular craft glue
– Embroidery thread in any colours you choose

Step 1.
Using the scissors, cut your stick into smaller parts – 2 the same size, one slightly smaller, and a very small piece for the trunk. Lay them out to make sure the tree ratio is to your liking :)

Step 2.
If your stick still has some bark on it, I found that cutting it away in the areas I was going to glue helped the glue to stick better. If you have a better glue for wood than hot glue, feel free to use it instead. Place your sticks on a piece of scrap paper and, using the hot glue (very carefully!) stick the pieces of your tree together one-by-one and press tightly until they’re dried. Be very careful with your little trees, they’re quite fragile.

Step 3.
Once the glue is set, take the embroidery thread and glue one end to the tree (wherever you like) using the craft glue. Once it’s dried, wind the thread around the tree in any style you like. Once you’re happy with it, secure the end with craft glue.

Step 4.
Now all that’s left to do is to cut out a little star from cardboard, and glue it all to your package!

And as always, if you’d like to see more DIYs, feel free to head to the DIY Archive! :)

 

DIY Christmas Wreath

November 29, 2012 | DIY

Oh I do love a good Christmas wreath! There’s just something so festive about seeing wreaths hung on doors, especially when they’re made from real foliage and berries. I find something very relaxing about making them too, from going to the market to select my branches and leaves, to cutting them down to size and winding them onto the ring.. my studio has been smelling particularly good lately with all this greenery around!

So I thought I’d pass on the little knowledge I have of wreath-making with you. I’m not sure if I’m doing it right really (I did learn a few years ago, but can’t remember the exact details!), but it gets the result so why not :)

Here’s what you’ll need:

– A wreath ring (any size and material you like)
– Green florist wire
– Various types of foliage, flowers, and berries

Note: Fragile plants won’t work too well here, look for hardy wooded plants and sticks that will last a while without water. Also, including some foliage with more volume and leaves helps to fill out areas and hides the wire better.

Step 1.
Cut your foliage into manageable pieces. My ring is 30cm (12″) and I cut them to around 13cm (5″).

Step 2.
Wind a loop of wire around the ring edge and secure. Keep the wire attached to the roll, it’s a handy way to continuously pass the wire around the wreath.

Step 3.
Take one or two of your foliage pieces and lay them over the wire. Bring the wire around the ring and over the foliage stems to keep them in place. Keep the wire fairly tight so they don’t shift around.

Step 4.
Always work in the same direction. Place the next piece overlapping the bottoms of the last so as to cover the wire. Bring a loop of wire around again and secure tightly.

Step 3.
Continue this way (not forgetting to also cover the inside edge and outside edge as well) until you reach the start again. Finish off by hiding the stems of your final foliage pieces under the tops of the first pieces you put down. Carefully wind the wire around a final time, keeping it hidden as much as possible under foliage. Once you’re sure it’s all secure, cut the wire and secure the end under the wreath.

Step 4.
Now you can look at your wreath overall and gently maneuver pieces that seem out of place, or even add new pieces if you think it needs it.

That’s it! You can add a ribbon later if you want to, or a hook of wire at the back for hanging. Most of all, just enjoy the process and have fun with it!

DIY Painted Ornaments

November 22, 2012 | DIY

Can you believe December is just a few days away?! Before you know it, Christmas trees will be going up and wreaths hung.. I noticed it’s in full swing down the main streets here already! I’ve been happily singing along to all the carols playing in the supermarket hehe..

With all that in mind, I thought it was a great time to put together a little Christmas Ornament DIY for you all to spruce up your trees this year :)

Using metallic paint really makes these beauties shine!

Here’s what you’ll need:

– Oven bake clay
– Baking paper
– Rolling pin
– Something round, approximately 5 cm (2″) wide to use as a template (or if you have a cookie cutter – even better!)
– Xacto knife
– A drinking straw
– A very find paint brush
– Acrylic paint (suitable for ceramics) in metallic gold (I used one by Martha Stewart)

Step 1.

Soften the clay by kneading it in your hands. Place it between two sheets of baking paper and roll out to an even thickness (approx. 4mm, or 0.15″). Put the slab onto a cutting mat, and using your template (I used the bottom of a paper cup) cut around the circle, keeping the knife as upright as possible (90 degrees to the table).

Step 2.

Once you’ve got your circle cut out, use the end of the straw to make a hole through the top (about 1cm in from the edge). Bake the clay circles in the oven as per the instructions on the packet.

Step 3.

Once the circles have cooled, use your fine brush to paint patterns of your choice onto the clay with the metallic paint. You may have to do a couple of coats. Don’t forget to paint the sides too! Allow to dry completely before threading with your favourite ribbon or string, and hang it on the tree for all to see! :)

Hope you enjoy! If you’ve missed any of my other DIYs you can check them all out here. :)

A Festive Round-up

November 29, 2011 | Inspired by...

As a follow-up from my Bauble DIY last week, I thought it might be fun to put together a collection of other Christmas DIY’s from around the web, so you can all get your craft on! Go – do it now!

Clockwise from top left…

1. Fantastic *neon* Christmas tree ornaments from Young House Love

2. Felt Shingle Tree by Scissor Variations (via here)

3. Foil Baking Cup DIY wrapping by Hey Look (via here)

4. Hand Painted Bauble by Aesthetic Outburst (via here)

5. DIY Christmas Ornaments by Fancy House Road (via here)

6. DIY Burlap Gift Bows by For the Love of Blog Therapy (via here)