This month our usual Country Creative slot has been given over to Christmas crafts that can be easily achieved at home.
The run up to Christmas runs away with many of us, I’m sure I’m not the only one who wakes up in a cold sweat at 3am remembering yet another thing to add to my list. So perhaps making homespun Christmas decorations is the last thing on your mind. However slowing down to indulge in a little home crafting is probably exactly what you need.
A little time spent wrist deep in soft, furry moss is surprisingly soothing – just think of it as a Christmas spa treatment and you’ll be on your way to pre-Crimbo bliss.
Even a plain unadorned moss wreath is a beautiful thing – it’s almost impossible to resist sinking your head onto the soft pillow of rich green moss and it’s so easy to do. Perfect if you’ve never made a wreath before.
Add woodland touches, such as ivy flowers, or berries for naturalistic highlights or if your taste tends to the exotic garland with flowers like orchids or chincherinchee. If wired and the moss kept moist both will last through the season.
Having researched the video offerings out there that explain the technique, the one above is by far the best. Step by step. Nice and simple.
Window silhouettes are effective from inside and out. You can either create a stencil or simply draw your design lightly onto the paper and follow the lines carefully. Use thicker paper or card and a sharp craft knife for a neat finish.
Cranberry and Popcorn Tree Garland
Another super easy decoration that I’ve been doing for years. Make a batch of popcorn – remembering not to lather the corn with butter when it’s popped and puffed. Thread a needle onto a length of string as long as you’d like your garland to be and guide your needle through the puffiest bit of the corn and feed through the cranberries top to bottom.
Drape the garland around your tree.
Crochet Christmas Pudding
These are just the plumpest most gorgeous little puddings. You can hang them from the tree or cluster them in a bowl as table decoration. The pattern is available here to download for free, or you can leave a small donation if you wish.
Pine Cone Name Cards
Make simple glamorous name cards for your guests by spraying pinecones with a delicate shimmer spray. Steer clear of solid gold, or silver sprays – a sheer spray is much more effective. Shimmer Spritz Imagine Crafts Ultra Fine Mist is about the best on the market and easily available online.
Use a calligraphy pen to achieve the script effect or choose a fancy and print.
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