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Last Minute Christmas Crafts

Collage of photos of Christmas crafts

With only two sleeps left until Christmas day, I thought it would be the perfect time to share some really quick Christmas craft ideas incase you need to make any last minute gifts. For speed, I’m not going to waffle anymore, lets get down to some super-fast crafting!

Festive hair bands

Photos of hair bands made with elastic and buttons
These hair elastics can be made in SECONDS!

What you need:

  • Glittery hair elastic bands (the skinny ones) – these can be bought in large quantities from the Pound Shop
  • Buttons with shank backs (loop backs) – get them from any craft shops, my metal ones came from a craft fair

All you have to do is push the elastic through the shank on the back of the button, and then loop it into itself, like this:

Photos showing how to attach a deer button to a headband
How easy is that?!

Why not make a whole set as a last minute gift?

Felt Hearts

Photos of hand sewn felt heart decorations

These take a wee bit longer to make, depending on how much decoration you add.

What you need:

  • A sheet of felt
  • Cotton thread or embroidery floss
  • Polyester toy stuffing
  • Paper & pencil
  • Needle
  • Pins
  • Sharp scissors
  • Decorative bits and pieces like ribbons, sequins and beads

On the paper, draw a heart and cut it out (I’m sure you can find templates online if you struggle with this).

Pin the paper heart to the felt and cut out two pieces. If you are going to decorate the heart like I have, do this now before you sew it up as its much easier this way.

Place the two heart shapes together and stitch around the outside in blanket stitch, leaving a small hole at the top. Add the stuffing so the heart is a puffy shape. Sew up the top and add a loop so you can hang it up.

This could be made in about 20 minutes if you don’t decorate it, or about an hour if you do. Add some lavender or other scented oil to the stuffing to make it a scented decoration.

Happy Chocolates

Photo of chocolates in small paper cake cases
Super quick and easy to make, but remember they need chilling time to set!

These little chocolates are really easy to make and can look very festive if you package them up in a pretty box.

What you need:

  • Large bar of chocolate (we used 200g of Milka)
  • Chocolate covered honeycomb pieces (we used one pack of white and one of milk chocolate – from a sweet shop)
  • Chocolate buttons (the smiley ones are from Thorntons)
  • Saucepan and plastic bowl
  • Mini cake cases

Break up the chocolate into the plastic bowl, and place it in the pan full of water over a low heat. Do not get any water in with the chocolate or it will go weird! Do not let the water come anywhere near to boiling or it will also make the chocolate go weird!

Once it is melted, carefully spoon a teaspoon of it into each paper cake case. Add 2 – 3 of the honeycomb pieces on top of the chocolate. Cover these with another teaspoon of the melted chocolate and place a smiley chocolate button on the top. Place in the fridge to chill and set and you are done!

Festive Pine Cone Friends!

Photo of pine cones with eyes glued on
These chaps are just a bit of festive-fun!

What you need:

  • Pine cones
  • Googly eyes (you can usually get these in the Pound Shop)
  • Glue
  • String
    • Glue the googly eyes onto each pine cone and tie a length of string or wire to the top – so they can be hung up. Done!

      The beauty of each of these crafty ideas is that they are not just quick, they are super cheap to make too, bonus!

      If you decide to make any of these little projects, do please share them with me, I’d love to see them 🙂

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Xmas Party Outfit Challenge

FashionVouchers.com is running a special ‘Xmas Party Outfit Challenge’ for bloggers at the moment. The challenge is to put together a Christmas party outfit for £100 from any of the shops featured on the Fashion Vouchers website. There are three prizes of £100 of vouchers to win, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed about this entry!

My outfit entry:

Collage of pictures of a Christmas party outfit
I’ve picked items that have a dark, gothic feel, but tried to make it a bit more festive with some sparkle on the dress, the nails and some forest green. The shoes and bag are both sueded for a bit of texture to contrast with the dress’ smooth and sparkly look. The nails are purposefully clashing with the green: I love pink and green together!

Get the look:

All the items are from Missguided.co.uk

Vanella Cross Over Bodycon Dress In Deep Green, £29.99

Sadira Suede Skull Clutch Bag In Black, £16.99

Barry M Nail Glitter in ‘Pink Sapphire’, £2.99

Jenine Suede Studded Platform Shoe Boots, £49.99

Outfit total: £99.96

What do you think of the look I’ve put together? Have you taken part in this blogger challenge, if so, please let me know so I can have a look!

How to make felt flowers tutorial

Photo of four felt flower decorations

These felt flower decorations are really quick and easy to make (they are super cheap too!). I’ve made these in Spring time colours, but I think they would look equally good in white and red for Christmas.

I’ve put together a PDF instruction sheet so you can learn how to make these cute felt flower decorations too, click on the image or the link below to download the PDF:

Illustration of the sewing steps needed to sew felt flowers

>How to make felt flowers PDF

I think these flowers cost about £1 each to make, as sheets of felt cost about 40 – 50p from craft shops, plus the other bits and pieces which you probably already have to hand. With the ribbon, I bought a discounted roll of spotty ribbon at HobbyCraft which cost about a £1 and is 3 meters long. As with most things, eBay will have all of these goodies 😉

Have you tried making felt flowers like these before? What colours did you make?

Crafting for Christmas

I’m all about craft fairs at this time of year: there is so much lovely stuff to look at and get inspiration from! Today I went to a small craft fair in Langford Budville (what a name!), near Wellington in Somerset. The fair was in aid of Children’s Hospice South West who do some amazing work supporting children and their families going through tough times.

The craft fair had about 30 stalls, all selling very different goodies, from handcrafted patchwork items through to driftwood sculptures, needle felting supplies and vintage tea sets. Here are my highlights:

Photo of multicoloured rolls of felt
Don’t these rolls of felt look delicious?! I thought so…I had to get three of them 🙂

Photo of bundles of colourful felt

Photo of a hand felted border collie
This little chap is part of a commission the felt artist was working on for a client: it’s a portrait of their pet border collie! I’ve not tried needle felting before, but seeing the lovely creatures on show has made me want to try.

Photo of a tree made from pieces of driftwood
These driftwood Christmas trees look stunning. I’d love to have a go at making one, and I think the driftwood collecting would be fun too.

Photo of several pairs of pastel coloured children's slippers
Its a shame these slippers didn’t come in adults sizes otherwise I would have had to get a pair!