As if we hadn’t had enough snow flakes…
Thank you for the compliments on my Christmas decorations in the last post! I didn’t have a huge amount to work with, but I had plenty of paper so of course I got snipping away. I started with obligatory paper snowflakes in tracing paper – they were placed all over the house – on windows, as garlands across the room and as hanging decorations on walls. Did you notice my ‘Merry Xmas’ banner across the fireplace? I used some of my vintage sheet music and cut out the letters before threading thin cotton through them using a needle. I also created paper garlands with vintage newspaper and tape! Very simple – and most importantly – cheap!
I don’t know about you, but I’ve spent all the money I want to this year, and having an abnormal amount of free time all of a sudden has got me tracking down other crafty things to do for very little money. Here is a little round up of crafty things you can get up to whilst you’re on holiday…
1. Ellie’s thrifty Christmas guide is a lifesaver. She posts about making your own decorations and bunting, homemade presents and fairs & fetes. Perfect for last minute additions to the house!
2. This gingerbread house is genius! I made a full-size version a couple of years ago and remember what a hassle it was holding the heavy structure together whilst the “glue” dried, so these mini versions seem like the perfect solution. Plus, the size is perfect to munch on with a mug of hot tea..even if it does look too pretty to eat. Find instructions at Not Martha.
3. More decorations! These snowflake doily tea-light holders will look pretty all year round, but especially nice on your table at Christmas. If you’ve got an old jar and a doily handy, take a look at the downloadable tutorial from Papermash.
4. Somehow I managed to leave all of my shop-bought gift tags in London before I came home..it’s lucky that Wee Birdy have some adorable ones to print out for free!
5. So, not strictly Christmassy, but I love these cloud biscuits from Forty-sixth at Grace. Of course, you can use your own shapes, but I think the clouds are very fitting at the moment with all of this snow we’ve been getting. Perhaps add a little bit of edible glitter..glitter makes everything festive! The downloadable recipe sheet is a work of art in itself!