Showing posts with label simple christmas craft. Show all posts
Showing posts with label simple christmas craft. Show all posts

Thursday, 29 November 2012

Simple Sparkly Christmas Letters


I am totally loving sparkly things this year - glitter all the way I say! So when I came across some large mdf letters at my local Spotlight I couldn't resist sparkling them up a bit!

My original idea was to cover them with glitter but when I looked at the cost of a jar of glitter ($8!!) I decided that was just instead I found some great glitter scrap book paper - a lot cheaper, easier and cleaner.

To spell out the word 'noel' I bought 2 pieces of scrap booking paper (lay out the letters on your paper to make sure you have enough!

Next I gave the letters a coat of white paint. 

Next trace and cut out each of your letters from the glitter paper. Make sure you trace them on the wrong side of the paper AND that the letter is mirror image so when you cut it out the glittery side is the right way around (I traced out the first letters backwards...I swear I do this every time!)

Cover each of the letters (facing right way up) with a good coat of craft glue. Place the glitter cut out letter neatly over the mdf letter, press down firmly and leave to dry (I found securing the edges with some pegs kept the edges really flat).

Once the letters are completely dry, display your sparkly Christmas words anywhere you want!

Happy Crafting!

Caity x

Thursday, 8 November 2012

Simple to Make Pressed Clay Christmas Decorations

Home Decorating/Craft:

I have been wanting to make these decorations for a while now.
These decorations are really simple to make, you could make them with your kids for some great holiday craft too. Although the list of things you need looks long, you will find you have pretty much everything already, except the clay and maybe the varnish.

What you need:
  •  Cookie cutters (whatever shape you want – doesn’t have to be a Christmas shape – round cutters or fluted cutters both look great.
  • White air-dry clay (mine was approx. $8 for 500g from Spotlight)
  • Clear varnish (I used Gloss Lustre Modge Podge)
  • Paint brush or sponge 
  • Rubber stamps
  • Drinking straw
  • Rolling pin
  • Ribbon or twine to hang the decorations
  • Baking tray or chopping board
  • Baking paper
I made a total of 43 decorations of various sizes out of the 500g of clay I bought, so they really are a cheap way to make great decorations for your tree this year.

1. To make these I cut off about 2 inch wedge of the clay and rolled it out to a thickness of about 3mm onto a chopping board with a layer of baking paper underneath.

2. Then use your cookie cutter shapes to cut out your shapes. Just keep rerolling the clay to use up all the clay, like you would when making cookies.

3. This is the fun part, use your rubber stamps to make impressions in the clay. I used a peacock stamp for mine and little individual letters to write Christmas words on the decorations. But you could use anything you like, maybe a fork or some pressed glass you have, anything that will leave an imprint in the clay.

4. Once you are happy with the printing you need to set aside the clay decorations to dry completely. Best to leave them for a couple days in a nice dry place (I put mine on a baking tray and left them on the deck in the sun for a couple hours – it's summer here so it doesn’t take long!)

5. To give your decorations a lovely glimmer perfect for the Christmas tree I used 2 coats of Modge Podge Gloss Lustre (I bought this at Spotlight for about $10 – but it will last forever!). Make sure you let each layer properly dry in between. You could also add glitter or a colour at this stage instead if you wanted something brighter – I think the kids would really love that!

6. Finally you can thread through your ribbon or twine (I bought mine at Biome - $7.95 for 100m).

I have some snowflake decorations drying at the moment too – can't wait to finish those – they are so pretty.

I also made some smaller clay cut outs too that I’m going to hang on a branch in my living room – just need to find the branch first!

Happy Christmas Crafting

Caity x

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!