Stuck for ways to freshen up your crafting in 2015? I’m making a New Year’s resolution to try making something different every month, largely inspired by my Pinterest board “Things I Must Make”. Some of that will be jewellery, but as I already have my own jewellery line I also want to have some fun trying out other things. Last year I had a lot of fun playing about with papercraft, and I definitely want to keep that up, but I also want to get my sewing machine back into regular use. What’s going to be the first thing you craft in 2015? Post your inspirations in the comments section below…
…or: How to make your gifts Pinterest-worthy
You could wrap your Christmas presents in giftwrap from the supermarket. You could even, as my boyfriend once did to me, wrap your presents in a JLS poster. I have no idea why he did it, I’m a Tom Waits kinda gal. OR you could make the sort of creations that’ll make recipients swoon and instantly Instagram your handiwork. And the best thing is – it’s super cheap. There’s nothing, it seems, that the photo-sharing cognoscenti love more than a bit of brown paper, some hipster twine and of course a few clever little embellishments…
Ribbon, lace, paper doilies, springs of pine, baubles, feathers and white paint will have your brown paper packages looking super glamorous before you know it. But if you want something a bit more colourful, Tiffany blue, polka dots and candy stripes are the way to go, and as for bows, the bigger the better!
All these images and their accompanying tutorials can be found on my “Under the Tree” Pinterest board.
Aren’t these precious? And from the looks of it, they’re the easiest thing in the world to make, too! Jelly sachet, boiling water, chilled champagne, sparkly decorative sugar and voila! I’ve got parties on both Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, so I think I’ll be making them for both! Perhaps I could team them with jelly made using some of my homemade plum rum, too!
Will you be spending this weekend finishing off your homemade Christmas decorations? I definitely will. Here for inspiration are the 20 best DIY bauble how-tos:
The easiest way to personalise your baubles is by buying clear balls and filling them with festive finds – clockwise from left:
1. DIY sequin baubles by The Littlest Blog
2. “Snow” filled baubles by Downtime. Upcycle.
3. DIY holly baubles by The Ornament Girl
4. Glitter tinsel baubles by An Oregon Cottage
There’s almost no end to the stuff you can stick to a polystyrene ball to create fabulous baubles…
5. Button bauble by Live Love DIY
6. Fabric wrapped bauble by Life Unstyled
7. Decoupage bauble by A Diamond in the Stuff
8. Animal baubles by Voyages of the Creative Variety
If you’ve no glass baubles or polystyrene balls, you could make some just from paper
9. Concertina bauble by Homemade Gifts Made Easy
10. Woven paper bauble by Next to Nic x
11. Simple paper bauble by Francesca Iannaccone
12. Paper strip bauble by Stephanie Lynn
Paint, glass dye and even just a plain ol’ Sharpie are your friends
13. Ombre baubles by Ambrosia Girl
14. Sharpie garland bauble by Aesthetic Outburst
15. Paint splatter ornaments by Love From Ginger
16. Painted baubles by Design is Yay!
Lace, wool and string can all be used to create gorgeous decorations
17. Lace baubles by Paper Blog
18. Wrapped baubles by High Walls
19. String and glitter bauble by Ideas Para Decoracion
20. Crochet baubles by Greedy for Colour
I’ve just learned that gold leafing pens are a thing! Awesome! I definitely need to get one so I can make more fab Christmas decorations…
Five weeks! There’s just five weeks until Christmas! It’s been so warm here in the traditionally rainy North that my brain just doesn’t seem to be able to compute that it’s time to start shopping. We’ve been getting into the festive spirit at home by cracking open the mulled wine and eating mince pies for breakfast. And, of course, it’s time to start making some Christmas decorations! For inspiration, I’ve been updating my Pinterest Christmas Crafts board. Here are some of my favourite ideas:
I particularly love the snowflake – I’ve been trying my hand at quilling for the first time and I think it’s been quite successful! I’ll post some photos soon x
There’s a great article on The Times website today about what the staff at Vogue wear – I’m so inspired, although I’ve told myself I can’t have any more new clothes until I’ve dropped a dress size.
Well, I’ve just about recovered from the party – the Campari mojitos were a bit bitter for my taste, but we also made a huge batch of Aperol spritz – delicious! I had a lovely time beforehand making garden and wildflower posies, using hydrangeas and lavender as well as roses and spiky foliage, plus a few gorgeous “weeds” I found near where I keep my horse: