Wednesday, 15 October 2014

2 Christmas Decoration Craft Projects

You know that slightly smug feeling crafters get, when they move from not knowing where to start, to coming up with a an idea (or two) they are buzzing about. That was me after receiving a festive themed box of Baker Ross goodies as part of their blogger network. I'm on a mission to not do the obvious here, so hopefully I've ticked some boxes here.

Project One - Small Christmas Tree Table Decoration



You will need

Small Gift Box (circle, square, or hexagon ideal)
2 Self Adhesive Stars
Stick On Gems
A 12 by 12 Sheet Of Paper
Cardboard For The Trunk
Double Sided Tape

Instructions
  • First job is to put the base of the gift box into the lid, and you can stick them together if you wish, but they will be pretty solid.
  • Next line the insides of your box with felt to make it look a little more festive.
  • Next task is to cut circles of card (I used thick corrugated card from a box I had) and layer them up one by one in the middle of the box until they reach almost the top using double sided tape. This is the base to your xmas tree.
  • Next job is to design your tree, mine was roughly 9cm high to suit the size of the box. Cut out 2 symmetrical trees, fold one in half down the middle, and stick one side of this to one side of the back of the other tree.
  • Continue cutting out tree shapes, folding each one, and sticking half down on the on the folded piece already on the tree, Work your way around until you have a 3D model, then stick the last two pieces together.
  • Decorate your tree as you like, with glitter, small gems, or embellishments, gel pens, then stick it on to your tree trunk with a glue gun.
  • Lastly stick two star stickers back to back, cut a slit in the bottom, and carefully slot this in the top of the tree.
Project Two - Upcycled Cardboard And Decopatch Hanger

This is a fairly quick make using a mix of upcycled and new materials. Why not give it a go, or come up with your own designs.

You Will Need

Red Stars Decopatch Paper
Decopatch Glue and Brush
Paper Mache Star
Card (I used Corrugated from an old box)
Christmas Sentiment Stamp
Stick On Gems
Glitter Glue (Crystal and Red)
Green Gel Pen
Black Promarker
Ribbon

Instructions

This design can very much be adapted, so feel free to use different style stamps, cut different size circles for the top part, and adapt the design features.



  • First off I decopatched the paper mache star, I use the tearing technique rather than precise cutting as I like the finish. It's a basic glue, place piece, glue over technique. I recommend either clear PVA glue or official decopatch glue, and investing in a proper decopatch brush.
  • Leave the star to dry, and draw a circle from the card, cut out, then draw a smaller circle inside this - it should be big enough to fit your sentiment stamp inside. Outline this in your choice of glitter glue, gel pens or liquid pearl.
  • Stamp the sentiment inside the inner circle and leave to dry.
  • Next draw and cut your embellishments from the left over card. I chose a letterbox idea, robin, and holly leaves and berries (which I decorated with stick on gems). Use pens or glitter glue to add details such as the robin's eyes or red breast.
  • Arrange the embellishments around the outside of the inner circle and fix in to place.
  • Then all that's left to do is carefully make 2 holes in the top space a cm or so apart to thread some ribbon through, then one hole at the bottom to attach the star. Your decoration is then ready to hang come Christmas.

I've had a lot of fun coming up with some different ideas to do with these products, when originally \I thought I'd just be using them as they were. I've still got plenty left as well, so there may be a few more ideas creeping onto my blog before long.




4 comments:

  1. That's really cute, you've done a good job. I'm feeling more festive already!

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  2. Lauren these are terrific Christmas projects! I love how you did the base of the tree. What is that gold you used on the box base? It's soooo shiny. Beautiful work, thanks for sharing with us!

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  3. Thanks Joanne, happy to spread some festive cheer.

    Dorothy- it's a gift box, top inside bottom so was already shiny.

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  4. I like the look of the small tree. It will be perfect for a small places.

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