How to: Create a Perfect Handmade Christmas

How to: Create a Perfect Handmade Christmas

Over the next 10 days the CallmeSavvy Elfs will be working hard to bring you some creative tips to help you decorate your home with some beautiful handmade decorations – all very simple and cheap, without losing any of the Christmas charm.

 

Part 1: Tree Garland

What you’ll need:

  • Card
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Pages from old magazine/catalogue
  • Coloured paper
  • Glue
  • Needle
  • Twine

 

Step 1:

Cut a piece of card into a square, roughly the same height and width as you’d like your trees to be. Fold it in half lengthways and draw half your tree shape onto one side. Cut the shape out and unfold the paper to reveal your symmetrical tree.

Step 2:

Using this template cut out two more trees from old catalogue paper and two from the coloured card. Fold each tree lengthways.

Step 3:

Glue half of each coloured tree to a half of old catalogue tree, and keep sticking to the opposite half of a different tree until you complete the circle. You’ll create a four sided tree with a cross in the middle where all the trees meet. Glue the tops and bottoms to ensure that all surfaces are glued well. Repeat steps 2 & 3 as many times as you want depending on how many trees you think you’ll need.

Step 4:

Use a needle to pierce a hole through the top of each tree. Thread the twine through the holes and hang the garland wherever you want it!

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Part 2: Fabric Baubles

What you’ll need:

  • Fabric Scraps & coloured felt
  • Scissors
  • Paper-backed fusible webbing
  • Iron
  • Needle & thread
  • Polyester stuffing
  • Coloured twine

Step 1:

Cut out two fabric disks about 1cm larger than the ideal bauble.

Step 2:

Draw whatever festive shape comes to mind onto some fabric or felt and cut it out. Trace the shape onto the fusible webbing and cut to fit ensuring everything lines up. Iron the shape onto one of the fabric discs.

Step 3:

Sandwich the two discs together with the shape on the INSIDE and stich them together about 1cm in from the edge and leaving a 2cm gap between the end of the stitching.

Step 4:

Put your fingers through the gap and turn the bauble inside-out. Fill with polyester stuffing and stitch to close.

Step 5:

Cut a length of coloured thread and make into a loop. Sew this into the bauble and hang on the tree!

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