{Freebie} Printable Christmas Wrapping Paper

December 18, 2013 | Christmas, Freebies

Christmas is so close I can almost touch it! Yippee!

In case you haven’t finished wrapping your gifts yet (like me – oops), I’ve got some sweet printable wrapping paper for you to use. You can download it in either A4 or Letter size, print it, wrap those little gifts right up and voila – they’re ready to pop under the tree. You’ve probably noticed these papers in a couple of shoots recently, and they match perfectly with the Freebie Christmas Tags from last week!

Freebie Wrap!Get them here in A4 or LETTER

WrappingPaperGet them here in A4 or LETTER

Freebie Wrap!Happy wrapping friends! :)

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DIY Twine Twig

December 3, 2013 | Christmas, DIY

Hi friends!  :)

I’ve got another DIY for you today! Last week I showed you a tutorial on how to make some cute little Cement Christmas ornaments, and this week I’ll be showing you how to make something to hang them on :)

I’ve been seeing decorative twine twigs and trees around a bit this season, but because I don’t have the cash to spend on them right now, I thought I’d attempt to make my own. And actually – I surprised myself with how well it turned out! Sometimes I go into these DIYs with no idea whether the vision in my head is actually going to work with the materials I have, so was thrilled to get to the end of this one and find myself with exactly what I’d been trying for! :)

Twine Twig DIYThis is a really simplistic and creative alternative to a Christmas Tree – albeit a smaller, less green, and less tree-like version haha. But still really cute! And, I don’t think it has to be limited to Christmas time either – I can totally see this on it’s own in a vase all year round (Or hang some eggs on it for Easter, hearts for Valentines Day?…)

So, let’s do this!

Twine Twig DIYYou’ll need:
- 4 lengths of thick wire (approx. 1 metre each) – They should be as thick as you’d like your branches to be. Mine were still bendable, but pretty solid.
- A roll of twine
- Tape
- Super Glue
- Pliers
- Wire cutters

*There were no hard and fast rules about how to shape your branch. You might want to use more or less wire, or have shorter lengths. Play around with it, and do whatever works for you. Also if you have a specific bottle you want to put the finished branch in, keep it in mind as you work. This will determine how long the stem should be to fit nicely. Keep the bottle nearby so you can keep measuring the branch against it.*

Step 1.
Take the 4 lengths of wire and hold them together in a bundle. You can tape them together lower down to stop them separating, or just hold them firmly. Start to move and bend the individual pieces of wire to form the branches. Make some shorter and some longer. If you want another branch, you can even bend one of the lengths of wire in half and bring the bottom half up to form a branch.

Once you’ve got the branches in the positions you like, tape them together. If you have any longer lengths of wire coming out the bottom, fold them up so they’re all around the same length. Tape them all together. It doesn’t matter too much if it looks a bit messy at this stage, it’ll all get covered.

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When winding on the twine, it’s best to start from the ends and work to the middle. Keeping the twine attached to the ball – begin at the top branch tip, glue the start of the twin over the end of the wire with superglue (be careful not to glue your fingers!). Once it’s secure, begin to wrap the twine around the wire tightly, adding a dob of superglue every now and then to stop it unravelling.

Keep wrapping until you reach a junction. At the junction (where another branch comes in), glue the end of the twine to the wire and once it’s secure, cut it off from the main ball.

Twine Twig DIY

 

Step 3.
Do this same process with the remaining branches, always starting from the end and working to the middle.

Twine Twig DIY

Step 4.
Once all the branches are done (or you can do it in stages like I did in the photo above) wrap the main middle stem tightly from top to bottom. Work all the way down until you reach the base of your branch. Glue the end of the twine down and cut off the excess.

Ta daaaaa! One twine-wrapped branch, ready for decorating.

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The Cement Trees looked really pretty with the twine, don’t you think? And I added a touch of neon ribbon and wrapping to make it bright and cheerful :)

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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! :)