Christmas project 4… pipe cleaner gift tags

OK I am the first to admit this does rely on you having a family with first names that start with a different letter or being creative and using different colours for different family groups. I did this for some friends, I had a duplicate on the N so I made green and white for boys and red and white for girls.

Simple to make and easy for kids to help out. Just twist and turn the pipecleaners into the shape of the first letter of recipients name and make a small loop somewhere on it to make it easy to tie to the gift.

Perhaps you might have guessed by my recent post that I am a christmas tragic but I blame that on my mum for eating 5kg of cherries on xmas eve and thus my early arrival on xmas day, one month early!



Christmas project 3… candles

OK so a few years ago we were intrigued by gel candles and made at least 40 shot glass size candles for gifts. Turns out I had left-overs of this as well although only enough wicks (they need to be zinc core) to make 6 candles. Helpfully the gel for the candles was already coloured green and had gold glitter so just a quick refresher how to make, purchase of some shot glasses and done. At 50c a pop – quite happy and once wrapped they look fantastic.

But I also had a hankering to try washi taping some tea lights so I headed off to ikea and bought some vanilla scented ones (none of those boring white ones) along with small (just larger than the tealights) and larger cup like tealight holders. Then I wrapped the tealights in pairs with different colour washi tapes and hey presto 6 more gifts for $12. I used printed xmas lolly bags (left over from last year) to wrap the shot glasses, single wide tealight holders with 3 wrapped tealights and then after a bit of experimenting made 3 boxes to hold 3 small tealight holders and 9 tealights. I hope the recipients will be happy with these little bursts of colour.


P.S. If anyone wants the dimension for the tealight box send me a message and I will post.

Christmas project 2… xmas trees

My girlfriends step-dad is a weaver who uses a large loom to make various tartans. When I was visiting the other day she asked if I would like some of the cones from the inside of the reels of thread. As a fellow crafter and keen re-purposer of items she had some ideas however I instantly though xmas trees..

Coincidentally I was doing some other craft painting for some projects so set to work straight away. I spray painted some gold, painted some with silver and the balance in green. I then feathered a second green onto the trees to look like branches and painted some tinsel and dots (for baubles). Left picture are some of the base cones untouched and base coated and right are the finished product.

I choose to do a single colour on the textured ones because I think they look fab and even those a little crinkly on the top I left as they were as I think it adds character. I finished them of with a sealing coat of glittery modge podge and this is what I ended up with. 37 trees – some for me and some to be returned to my girlfriend to be given out as xmas presents.


Christmas projects

So, as I have not been in paid employment for most of the year I have been reviewing my christmas craft box and found a range of “ends” of production on various christmas projects which I have decided to finish off for gifts this year.

I should explain, every year we make a craft project and make the same thing for a dozen or so of my friends and about 20 of my mum’s staff. We have made ribbon angels, flowerpot santas and angels, eye pillows, placemats and cotton reel elves to name a few. Cotton reel elves are one of my favourites there is something so cute about their lanky limbs, cheery santa hats (with bells) and cute smile. They are simple to make, one cotton reel, one large bead (about the same diameter as the top of the reel), a small felt santa hat (a 3/4 circle sewn up), googley eyes, beads and leather or suede thong (about 50cm per elf).

This year I have worked out a trick to make the elves stand up a little better. Cut around 20cm of thong, knot one end and then add 2 pony beads (arms). Knot the other end. Cut 30cm thong, fold in half and tie around the middle of the arms making sure you have one bead on each side (these will make the legs). Thread the thong for the legs through the hole in the cotton reel and then tie a pony bead on each side and knot. This way you won’t need to add any glue to the botton to hold the legs in place (they do have a tendency to drop off after a few years if you do). For the head, glue around the inside of the santa hat and put on the large bead. Add your eyes and draw on the mouth with a permanent pen then glue to the top and you have a rather cute little elf (see pic above).

I have been sporadic of late with posts but I will try to post my new xmas projects every couple of days until I have finished them all!

Have fun.