Showing posts with label christmas tree. Show all posts
Showing posts with label christmas tree. Show all posts

Monday, 24 December 2012

Pretty Scandinavian-Style Christmas Decorations Using Blu-Tack


If you are busy putting up some last-minute Christmas decorations, then this project is for you!

I was noticing recently what a pretty colour the original Blu-Tack actually is… and then I thought that it might look good up on a white wall in the shapes of Christmas decorations!

I used Scandinavian Needlecraft by Clare Youngs again for inspiration for some designs (see more about this book in a previous post of mine).

Then I simply cracked open a packet of Blu-Tack and got shaping and sticking! (sorry about the orientation of this photo - you'd think Blogger would know it should be the other way around!)

I did a pear, a Christmas tree, a snowflake and a heart. It really was very easy. Once I had my designs worked out, the whole thing took me about 15 minutes to complete.

I can’t believe that we’re at the end of another year of Christmas projects here at thom haus handmade.

Caity and I love every minute we spend doing our projects for our blog… and we’d like to genuinely THANK YOU for continuing to read our blog, and for all your comments and other positive feedback.

We wish you all a very enjoyable Christmas.

Happy creating!


Monday, 5 November 2012

Easy-to-Make Rustic Christmas Tree Picture using String and Nails


If you’re looking for a very low maintenance Christmas tree… then this project’s for you! I also like the idea of changing around some of your everyday artwork to Christmas-themed ones, just for the season. For example, last year I did a Peg Print in Christmas Colours.

This Rustic Christmas Tree project was very simple, and it looks quite funky up on my wall. I purchased a piece of plywood from Bunnings(size on the back says 900 x 600 x 12), and painted one side of it in Dulux Grid.

Make sure you don’t paint the sides of the plywood – the plain wood sides tie in nicely with the string colour.

Then I worked out where to hammer in my nails (these were also purchased at Bunnings).

I sort-of did this by eye, but you could also print out a Christmas tree design and use it as a guide.

I then hammered in my nails – hammer them in just enough to cope with having the string wound around them.

And then I wound the string around my design: I cut a long piece of string first, then found the middle of it and put the middle over the top nail of the Christmas tree and wrapped around it. I then used two hands at the same time (one side of the string in each) and wound the string around all the nails. When I got to the bottom I tied a small knot and snipped of the leftover ends.

Then I got some different string (of course you could still use the same string, it will look good) and wound it around the tree for a small bit of decoration.

There are endless possibilities with this project – you could use a different background colour, different picture, coloured wool instead of string, or you could actually decorate the tree.

My daughter Poppy has already made a few things out of paper and has tied them onto our Tree Picture herself.

Or you could simply paint in the outline of the tree in a style that would look very similar to this type of painting.

Happy making!


PS Don’t forget to check out our Christmas projects from last year for more ideas too… type ‘Christmas’ into the search box on our blog and a list of our festive projects will come up!