Archives for Christmas

The Christmas Five – Beads and Buttons

Categories: Christmas.

December is here and we are getting closer and closer to the holiday season.  Have you started decorating yet?  Here are some of my favourite things made with buttons and beads. These homemade ornaments will add sparkle and glitter to your decorating.  I started with sparkly ornaments and covered them with pearls and beads.  Hang them by the lights on your tree and they will glitter and sparkle. I had lots of fun making these button trees after finding them at a craft sale a couple of years ago.  These are about 5 cm or 2 in. tall. This cute little beaded
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The Button Wreath

Categories: Christmas.

The button box holds an assortment of buttons in all sizes and colours.  But sometimes there just isn’t enough of the colour you want to make a craft, so it was off to the dollar store where they sell bags of buttons in various colours. The button wreath has been swirling around in my mind for ages and a post by Deb at Manitoba Gardens spurred me on to create this project. A layer of batting was added to the cardboard circle and then the whole thing was wrapped in white ribbon.  Around the outside a strip of lace was glued on. My wreath is about
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The Christmas Five – Nuts and Pinecones

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.  Over the years I’ve added all sorts of Christmas crafts and decorating ideas to my site.   I’ll be grouping some together and sharing them again. Last week were craf-tea ideas.  Nuts and pinecones are the theme for this week. 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 greenery are added to give a bit of
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The Christmas Five – Craf-tea

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 thinking
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Festive Tea Bags

Categories: Christmas and Craf-tea.

Cookie cutters aren’t just for making cookies.  I used them as a template to make festive tea bags.  These little gifts can be tucked inside a greeting card to send a cup of cheer to the recipient. You need the flat coffee filters that can be bought at dollar stores, some of your favourite loose tea, cookie cutters for templates and your sewing machine.  Be sure the cookie cutters are medium sized ones.  If they are too small, as the tree one in the picture was, it makes it difficult to get the tea inside.  I ended up folding the filter and cutting
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Everything is ‘Tree’mendous

Categories: Christmas.

It’s that time of year when the house is looking ‘tree’mendous. I love trees, lots of them, perhaps because it gives the illusion of outside throughout the house. It’s time for Five on Friday and I’m sharing 5 different trees that I have for decorating inside and outside the house. Enjoying the pleasures that the backyard birds bring to our days, I created my own inside bird tree last year and have the tree up again this year.  We don’t have a huge entry hall, in fact it feels so much smaller when more than 2 people arrive at the
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For the Bird Lover

Categories: Birds and Christmas.

Here is a quick and easy gift to make for the bird watcher that you know. It doesn’t matter if the person is an experienced birder or a brand new one, this gift will bring hours of enjoyment. You need a mason jar, bird seed, paper or material, raffia or ribbon, a suet feeder and a block of homemade all season suet. Into the mason jar layer different types of bird food … sunflower seeds, safflower, peanuts in the shell, hulled peanuts, and premium bird seed.  Add a paper or material cover over the jar lid and tie with raffia or
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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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