#Blogmas | My Handmade Christmas Tree

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Let’s talk about Baubles

I have a confession to make… my Christmas tree has been up since the 20th of November :#) and I’m not even sorry!

As soon as the evenings get darker I start thinking about putting up the tree- the twinkling lights really cheer me up and make the living room all cosy <3

This year I’ve been spending my evenings binge watching Gilmore Girls and making these felt decorations- a fox and a reindeer. I’m so happy with how they turned out. For someone who barely knows how to sew and failed textiles in year 9 for breaking a sewing machine, I think I did OK 🙂 .The machine thing was an accident but my teacher didn’t believe me haha…cowbag!.

I’m thinking of writing a tutorial post on how to make your own- would you guys be interested in that? In the meantime, check out my previous post for a tutorial on making snow covered pinecones 🙂

I also used some felt to personalize our stockings this year, cause y’know, I’m rock’n’roll like that.

The rest of my decorations are from Ikea, which I talked about in a previous post, and Canadian Tire. I’m especially excited about the geometric gold ornament- it cost $3 (£1.50) and after Christmas I’m planning on flipping it over and whacking a tea light in it to make a cheap and fancy candle. Who knew you could get something so fancy from Canadian bloody Tire of all places? Stick with your girl on this one- I’ll hook you up! 😉

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And here is the finished result! Ta da! What do you think? I love being nosy and seeing how other people decorate their trees at this time of year. There have been so many beautiful ones tinseling up the blogosphere already and I’m all about that! Christmas is the one time of year you get to let your glitter flag fly- so why not go overboard? 😀

What’s on your tree this year?

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#Blogmas | Luxury Christmas Tree Decorations For £1

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This is the first Christmas my boyfriend and I have our own place- yay!.  Finally some space for a tree! 🙂

What’s not so great though is that so we didn’t have any decorations already, so we had to buy everything.  The cost of this was adding up quickly (*ahem* what is a tree skirt and why does it cost £30 please!?), so I came up with this simple craft to save money. I made 20 fancy looking baubles for my tree and paid £1

That’s right- £1! 

I’m pretty smug, tbh.

They’re really fun to make too- simply collect a bunch of pinecones from a park and you’re basically ready to go!. (If you for some reason don’t have pinecones in your area, you could pick up some pre-packaged ones online).  If the pinecones are damp, simply lay them out on a towel and leave them to dry in a warm area of the house overnight. I also picked up some spray snow from the £1 shop (get it online here).

After that it’s pretty simple: ‘Oh hey spray snow! Meet pinecones!’ (just make sure you put some newspaper down first ;))

And there you go 🙂 You have some super cute, Anthropologie-esque  decorations for next to nothing.

You can use basically anything to hang them on your tree- from sewing thread to whatever bits of string or ribbon you have lying around. If you want it to look extra polished you can use some fancy twine: I got mine from Ikea.

They look so happy on my tree! It’s a great way to add that ‘real’ touch to a faux tree, with the added benefit that you don’t have to spend weeks hoovering up pinecones… I also have tonnes of spray snow left over, so look out windows! I’m coming for you next!

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I’m so happy with this simple DIY!

Are you inspired to try it?

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DIY Liberty Print Vintage Floral Journal Craft

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So if you haven’t guessed this already, I am pretty much obsessed with anything floral! I have a large collection of floral fabrics, which is growing all the time. Most of them were donated by my lovely Mam and Grandma, who have huge collections themselves. Some of these prints are very special to me because they’ve formed part of my childhood memories sitting on quilts in the long grass on summer days. 
 
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So on a similar lazy summer day I decided to update my Moleskine notebook with something a little more summery. Simply take an old notebook, some fabric scissors, your favourite scraps of fabric and some fabric glue, and I’m sure you can figure out the rest 🙂 I also used some pins to help me measure out my squares, and I find that pretty cosmetic tins provide ideal storage. 
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The best places to buy fabric 

-Charity shops are brilliant for selling cheap cotton tops for 99p, which gives you lots of fabric at a fraction of the cost of what you’d pay to buy it by the metre 
 
-Ebay has a huge variety of fabrics to choose from, and it often comes in bundles of mixed patterns, which is perfect if you’re going to make a patchwork quilt
 
-Cut up old clothes: Do you have something which you don’t wear anymore but the print is so gorgeous you don’t want to throw it away? Cut it up and turn it into something new! This works especially well with old baby clothes which can make lovely sentimental quilts 
 
-John Lewis has a wonderful selection of gorgeous fabrics. It can be a bit pricey at around £15 per metre, but it’s worth it if you want to make something really special.
 
-Samples from Upholsterers retail at around £1 a square- perfect if you just want to make a cushion or a small craft project
 
Ask your Gran! 😉 if she’s anything like mine, she’ll have a cupboard full of beautiful old fabric scraps from the 50’s and 60’s as a testament to her post wartime thrifty ways! If you’re really lucky she might be able to teach you how to sew too…
 
Did this post inspire you to make your own creation? I have a million different ideal about what I want to do with my ever growing collection, so I’ll keep you posted! 
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