Archives for Christmas

Nuts and Pinecones for Decorating

Categories: Christmas and Nature Crafts.

~ We are into November and the days are getting chillier and shorter so it is time to get into crafting mode.  Besure to visit the Christmas page from the drop down menu to see all my ideas.  I recently shared  some craf-tea ideas.  Nuts and pinecones are the theme for this post.  I”m a collector of items from Nature and they can be used for some lovely Christmas crafts. The first is a pinecone and candle centre piece.  The base is a wicker plate with a candle in the middle and decorated with pinecones and small ornaments.  Small pieces of
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Craf-tea for Christmas

Categories: Christmas and Craf-tea.

~ Dare I mention that the Christmas season is fast approaching, and now is the time to get a head start on gift making?  These craf-tea ideas for gifts  are all simple to make and can be personalized for any occasion. The teapot hand towel or tea towel was one of my favourite little projects to make.  I’ve used different motifs from teapots, to rabbits, to Hallowe’en ghosts. Why not tuck a tea card inside a greeting card.  Add a favourite tea, mine is Stash, or a festive tea bag inside.  It’s a lovely way to let a friend know you are
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A Mini Wreath

Categories: Christmas.

~ Christmas crafting started a week or so ago at our Creative Crafting group.  Here is a little mini wreath made from a curtain ring, some twine, little bits of felt, some red berries or sequins and glue.  This can be used as a Christmas ornament on the tree or as a gift topper. The curtain ring is about 7 cm or 2.5 inches in diameter. I’m showing the ring with a Toonie, the Canadian two dollar coin in the middle to give you an idea of the size. It already had a ring at the top to attach a
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How to Make a Small Snowman Hat

Categories: Christmas and Crafty's Projects.

~ Do you accumulate the coffee pod containers?  Even though we buy the Canadian Beaver Rock brand, which are totally recyclable (if your area accepts them) I still like to save them for craft projects.  In our house only my husband drinks coffee but we still get quite a few of them over a while. These ones separate easily and you have a little outer container with a hole in the bottom and a basket like inner piece.  I haven’t found an idea for the basket liner yet, but I’m still thinking about it.  Have you got any ideas? Cut
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A Pinecone Wreath

Categories: Christmas, Crafty's Projects, and Garden Projects.

~ I’m a  collector and can’t resist picking up pine cones in all shapes and sizes.  I love to use Nature’s treasure to create projects for inside and outside our home.  I have had a pinecone wreath for several years now and by adding little accents it changes for the seasons. This one starts with a wooden circle that my husband cut out for me out of light ply wood, about 30 cm. in diameter and 5 cm wide for glueing on to.  This photo shows the back of the wreath as I didn’t take photos when I made this
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Crafty Ornaments

Categories: Christmas and Crafty's Projects.

~ Christmas crafting has begun.  I know it seems early but these ornaments didn’t really seem like Christmas crafting as they are yarn related. I made a couple of easy and quick crafty ornaments for knitting and crochet friends.  They look like just balls of yarn with a hook or needle poked through, but they aren’t. Supplies:  styrofoam ball, button, fishing line, small amount of yarn, crochet hook or knitting needles, label Styrofoam balls don’t usually have a way to hang them so I use a button and fishing line.  This method works for all sorts of things unless they are heavy.  Cut a piece
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A Mini Yarn Basket

Categories: Christmas and Crafty's Projects.

~ I’m trying to come up with ways of recycling these empty k cups instead of just recycling them.  The ones we buy are recyclable but many of them aren’t and these ideas will keep some of them from going to the landfill. I came up with a mini yarn basket – a great way to use those left over bits and pieces of yarn from other projects. Supplies: k cup, brown paint, twine, small bits of yarn, mini knitting accessories if you can find them, or use two long quilting pins for knitting needles, E6000 glue or similar The
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Snowfolks & Snowflakes

Categories: Christmas.

~ My decorating ideas are about snow this week.  Snowfolk and snowflakes.  The links will take you back to the original posts. The snowman hat makes a cute table centrepiece or display item.  It is easily make from a large can, some cardboard, some spray paint and ribbon to decorate. This year I made a mini snowman hat using a recycled k-cup.  It turned out to be a cute ornament for the tree as it is about 5 cm high. Pep and Salty were made from dollar store salt and pepper shakers.  They were so much fun to make I then added Sprinkle
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The Snowman Hat

Categories: Christmas.

Find out how to make a cute snowman hat centrepiece for a table or display this year. You just need a few simple things and it won’t take very long. I used an empty Ovaltine tin, but you can use any size tin that you have.  You can even use a circular box that I’ve seen in the dollar stores.  You also need a piece of firm cardboard, some ribbon, some holly and berries, spray paint, fasteners and glue. The first thing is to measure the circumference of your tin or circular box add a couple of inches for the
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Little Wreaths

Categories: Christmas and Kid's Crafts.

~ Little wreaths are wonderful to attach to a gift, to wear as a brooch, to decorate the tree, or decorate the table.  Over the years I’ve made a few different little wreaths. I love little projects that you can start and finish all at once.  This curly wreath from Planet June was one of those projects. Using a small amount of two different greens and an even smaller amount of red yarn this little wreath made up while watching my favourite British tv show, Coronation Street.  The finished wreath is about 7.5 cm across (just under 3 inches for non metric
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