I don’t know about you but this week is flying by, its almost Christmas. I love this season but I’m not so keen on the volume of items on my to-do-list! In our home our children have their birthday, one ten days before Christmas and one ten days after Christmas. Thankfully my gifts are made – I gave the infinity scarves away to my group of friends who I meet with for compline once a month. They loved them:)
If you are trimming up you may love this fabric pompom. Initially made as part of an application to Kirstie’s Handmade Christmas program, I wasn’t successful in my application for decorating a Christmas tree with recycled decorations but I enjoyed trying.
Who doesn’t love a pom pom?? They can have so many uses for the Christmas season – create a recycled pom pom garland to hang across the mantlepiece or use them as baubles on your tree.
This pom pom is made with former curtains, sheeting and fabric that’s been in my stash since art college days (rather embarrassing that I have fabric stashed for 20+ years!)
You will need:
either a pom pom maker orcardboardd
selection of fabric
Create strips of fabric approximately a centimeter wide. If you are fortunate your fabric will rip easily and quickly.
Randomly wrap different fabric around the side of the pom pom maker (follow the manufacturers instructions on the packet).
Once you have filled both sides of the pom pom find your sharpest scissors and patiently cut through the layers of fabric.
Tie the pom pom together creating a loop for hanging on our Christmas tree.
I think pom poms look truly awesome on the tree, and whats more they use lots of fabric long overdue an outing from the cupboard!
Have a very lovely Christmas, thank you for all the reads, shares and comments. I appreciate you accompanying me on my creative journey.
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I’ve finally hit upon an idea for recycling cotton reels… upcycled Christmas decorations. I hate throwing cotton reels away, but generate quite a few over the course of the year. I have to admit I love this idea!
You will need:
double sided tape
scraps of wool
Spray the ends of your cotton reels to cover up the writing.
Once dry wrap double sided tape at the bottom and top of the barrel. Cut lengths of wool and place along the barrel.
Thread beads onto your embroidery floss. Wrap this around the barrel, spreading the beds our randomly as you go.
Using invisible thread or whatever you have to hand, thread a needle through the middle of the cotton reel, through a large bead and then back through the cotton reel. Thread a second bead on at the top and create a loop to hang the Christmas decoration.
Whats colours will you choose? Do you have a favourite upcycled christmas decoration?
What to do on a wet weather sleepover? We recently had our friends children to stay for 22 hrs, it rained and rained and rained. I decided on an impromptu theme “Christmas” with a variety of activities roughly fitting into the theme.
The activities included making bath bombs, bird feeders, air clay snowmen, Christmas biscuits and playing this years “Naughty and Nice” game. Everyone had a good time:)
So what is the Myers “Naughty and Nice” game? Its a board game with a variety of squares, first person round wins. If you land on a green you pick up a nice card, if you land on a red you pick up a naughty card. My husband picks comments which he knows will bring a smile to our kids faces.
Naturally you can make the naughty or nice cards to fit your family.
So what is on the cards? Here are some examples – but you can download a full list here if you wish to make your own:)
Took turns choosing music to play, no arguing – forward 2
Sent Christmas & birthday thank you cards promptly – forward 3
Laughed at all of Daddy’s jokes – forward 1
Said “I don’t mind doing something I don’t really like today. Everyone needs to have their turn” forward 6
Offered to sweep up the leaves in the garden – forward 4
Let Dad watch football without moaning – forward 2
Left out a massive cake & a bottle of cider for Santa – forward 5
Lost a game but took it well & congratulated the winner – forward 3
Said thank you and looked pleased (even though you didn’t like the present) – forward 7
It’s a game, someone wins, and someone looses, deal with it – back 8
Refused to write thank you letters, back 7
Told dad he is pretty old now, back 1
Shouted out to neighbour “your lights are rubbish” back 8
Put pretend spider in mums knicker drawer, she screamed, back 1
Made farting noises during carol service, back 7
Sang jingle bells batman smells at school, back 4
Forgot to put cake out for Santa, back 2
Laughed for 20 minutes as a Christmas cracker joke, back 1
Do you have some fun family traditions?