Homemade Christmas Presents


Time is rapidly running out for making homemade Christmas presents.


My original christmas card design was pressed bracken trees on handmade paper. However I quickly became covered in sticky adhesive spray, and found the bracken difficult to stick down (as you can see!). So instead I have gone for an old christian music score folded into a tree shape.


Traditionally I make Chutneys and Jams… sadly this years Apple & Blackberry Jam has gone mouldy although the chutney looks good…


For the teachers I am thinking of a potted plant, the pot painted in blackboard paint, chalked on “Thanks for helping me grow”, also great for our fantastic childminder….


For the children I would love to be making this playhouse/den, from the book ” The Handmade Home for Children” by Sania Pell. The reality is I think I have missed the moment and the children have grown up … instructions here.

Homemade christmas presents

For the few women I give gifts to I have nearly finished knitting a cowl, in beautiful Rowan Frost yarn, always a treat to knit in quality yarn:)

and a felt jumper recycled bag for my mother,

However that leaves the six men in my life (isn’t that always the case!). My search for upcycled man bags on Pinterest did not strike me with any inspiration. I’m not sure they are going to be into upcycled felted jumper I Pad cases, or cases made out of quality suit trousers. I love this IPAD cover from wool jackets from Etsy…   just don’t have any suits to upcycle!!


So for my Dad I am thinking of twinning his toilet:


and the rest I am just going to ask what they would like… any suggestions of homemade gifts for men much appreciated!

PS I did find a link to 101 DIY gifts for men… there are some great ideas, just not the men in my life

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Yet more homemade decorations….



I can’t help but write another quick blog re Christmas Decoration, which as you can see we have started putting up already.

P1010795The tree decorations were made using cookie cutters as templates… they come out each year. Sadly year by year I seem to loose more snowflakes (layers of paper and hand embroidered).P1010799

This year I have been inspired by to create a Christmas tree on the wall made of stars cut of a magazine, I personally love it:)


A little confession… the pictures are only of my personal style decorations. The rest of the house remains untidy – complete with tree lights strung across doorways for the children and paper glitter snowflakes to be made and hung (nowhere near as tasteful as they sound!). These will compliment those left from last year which remain up on my daughters insistence as they are “so beautiful”

If only we had a clean tidy clutter free house all year!! The felt wreath remains a work in progress.. can’t quite get a nail into the wall for hanging it up!! How are you trimming up, and what compromises are you making?!!

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Homemade Christmas decorations


Thoughts are turning to Christmas… I am loving this advent calendar, and think my daughter would really enjoy helping to make it. I’m considering a visit to a few DIY stores for green wallpaper samples 🙂

Other ideas include a rag fabric wreath, or felt flower wreath, tinsel made of scraps of felted wool jumpers… I do love blogs and Pinterest for ideas. At the moment my 5 year old is convinced I should finish the wreath with felt flowers all round…  or is she just hoping to be allowed a go using the glue gun?!

Homemade christmas decorationsbut at the moment I am mass producing salt dough stars for a German Christmas Fair for children to decorate.. not sure why I volunteered for making 200?! I have made 75 but need a trip to buy some more flour.  Find salt dough recipes here.

Below are my daughters, she is planning on posting them to her aunts and uncles who live overseas. Acrylic paint was far more succesful than poster paint… and tinsel mixed into PVA a little cheaper than the glitter glue one can buy. I recommend being  sure that they have fully dried out before painting with acrylic. As acrylic is plastic based it seals any moisture in, the ones below are a little spongy to the touch!

After enjoying a lovely alternative to bag making I am itching to get back to it… have a stall at the German Christmas Fair this coming weekend:)

Happy making 🙂

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I am inspired by our wonderful world, creation is constant and yet changing. I feel it is important to respect the environment and where possible to upcycle/recycle. Blessed with creativity I try to appreciate it and develop it:) Thanks for taking the time to read my blog, please do sign up to follow my journey:)

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