Monday, December 13, 2010

Cheap as chips Christmas wreath

This project may or may not be cheap depending on how you go about it, but for me it cost me nix as I had all the materials on hand (thank you ever increasing stash!).

The criteria for our Christmas craft projects this year is that it has to makeable with the materials I have on hand, and suitable for Miss C to pitch in.

And this scrappy Christmas wreath fit the bill. I found the original idea here and thought this would be perfect for us, no gluing or stapling or fiddly bits and as Miss C has just mastered knots it was a great opportunity for her to practice!
Here is how we did it.

1. Make a wire circle. I used millinery wire (the stuff that is covered in paper) as I had some lying around but any wire would be fine. Mine measured roughly 11 inches in diameter.
2. Cut strips of polyester wadding or any other thickish material and wind it around the wire circle to pad it out.
3. You could of course skip the above and buy a ready made foam wreath or something similar but I am not brave enough to enter the Christmas craft den of our local store at this time of year.
4. Cut strips of fabric (mine were about 12 inches x 1 ½ inches). No need to be too perfect about it. Some can be a bit longer or thinner depending on what scraps you have on hand.

5. Start tying the strips onto the wire circle. I started with all my red fabrics as I wanted mostly red in the design, then neutrals and then a small amount of greens.

6. Keep tying strips until the wadding is completely covered. I just did this pretty randomly, making sure the knots were placed at different points on the circle.
7. Trim any long stray bits if you need to.
8. Add a bow and a ribbon for hanging and you’re done!

So now the tree is up, the wreath is done and I have a whole two weeks to squeeze in some other projects!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Brief respite

We have actually had a few moments of sunshine in amongst the rain over the last few days, so at least we have been able to get out of the house which has lifted my mood considerably!

And I even had a chance to sort through the stash, and despite having never actually bought any Christmassy themed fabric, managed to come up with quite a nice little coordinating bunch of red and green prints.

So this blog will probably lean toward Christmas crafts over the next few weeks, and while I am not usually a craft kind of person there may even be a tutorial or two!

Well that depends on whether anything I make in the next few weeks actually resembles anything worth bragging about!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Tis the season to be an old cranky pants

It is supposedly the second day of summer here and we have had nothing but rain – as in 4 inches in the last two days, which has put me in a decidedly grinch like mood.

Plus the whole household has come down with a nasty cold. So we have been stuck inside, filling the house with used tissues and half hearted craft projects and basically mooching around feeling sorry for ourselves.

The house is a mess, it’s starting to smell from being closed up and there doesn’t look like there is any end in sight.

What is usually great about having Christmas in summer; late afternoon barbeques, street festivals and lazing around on the verandah drinking beer and talking about the cricket doesn’t look like it will happen this year.

Bah humbug I think the phrase is.

And I have to make a whole load of Christmas presents. And decorations. And we don’t even know where we will be come Christmas day.

And I know lots of people have it far worse than us. Which makes me feel even worse about feeling so grumpy.

So if you happen to have any spare Christmas cheer at your place feel free to send some my way!