Homemade XMas: Clip in Reindeer Antlers

Hello Lovelies,

Today’s tutorial is a bit silly. Something for kids and grown ups alike, clip in reindeer antlers made from felt (I love felt!). I wanted antlers to wear on Christmas day but couldn’t find individual clip in ones anywhere, only ones on headbands, which give me a headache when worn all day. So, I made my own. Here’s what I came up with…

You will need:

A sheet of felt in colour of choice (I went with pale brown).

Scrap paper or card.

Scissors.

Needle and thread.

Pins.

Toy stuffing.

Pen or pencil.

Beading wire (I used 24 gauge).

Wire clippers.

2 strong snap shut hair clips.

Ruler or measureing tape

What to do:

 

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I wanted to add ears to these once they were finished but I didn’t have any dark brown felt to make them. The base of the antlers could be decorated too, with tinsel, fluff, a sprig of holly or even bows! I really want to make more if I have the time next week, maybe in pink. That’s all for now, thank you kindly for reading!

MHB

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Home Made XMas: Feltie Heart Tree Decorations.

Hello Lovelies,

Today is all about XMas crafting again. This time around I’m making heart shaped felt tree decorations and I’m going to show you how to make them too. I got a little carried away and ended up making a load of these, I’ll be putting them in the hampers I’m making.

You will need:

Some felt (I’m using acrylic felt)

Scrap paper or card

Scissors

Needle and thread

Stuffing (You can use cotton wool in a pinch)

Glue gun (optional)

Embelleshments (e.g. sequins, buttons, applique shapes, plastic gem stones)

Ribbon

Beads and small jingle bells (optional)

What to do:

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As you can see, there’s lots of different ways to decorate your feltie hearts. If it’s small enough and has a fairly flat back, you can probably glue it on! I may end up making a few more of these as it would be nice to have some to keep for my tree too.

Let me know how you get on if you have a go at these, I hope you have as much fun making them as I did! That’s all for now, thank you kindly for reading.

MHB

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Home Made X-Mas: Cards

Hello Lovelies,

As always, I’m planning on making most of my Xmas presents and cards this year. It’s thrifty, better for the environment (if you’re recycling/up-cycling) and it’s more personal. I’ve started off by making a bunch of cards for family and friends. I’m usually really anal about how I make my cards and they are usually all the same or a variation of a theme. This year, I thought I’d be more playful with the way I approached the task. I grabbed a big bundle of my art and crafts stash and some old Christmas cards and just started to sticking, cutting, gluing and glittering. Here’s what I came up with.

The Stuff

I turned some of this stuff...

...Into these cards.

I started by drawing a few Christmassy images and colouring them in with watercolour pencils. I brushed water onto them so they looked more painted.

I then added a variety of stickers, glitter and felt shapes to give them texture. I was really pleased with how they turned out.

I then made some super kitsch cards. I cut out cute animal photos from old Christmas cards and covered them with gem stickers, stars and glitter.

I also made some using a mix of old wrapping paper, old cards, paint and stickers. They’re ok but the sparkly animals are probably my favourite of the bunch.

The whole lot only took a couple of hours and I had lots of fun. I can’t wait to get onto the presents next! That’s all for now. Thank you kindly for reading.

MHB

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