Friday, December 12, 2014

Handmade Christmas: More easy decorations

Christmas message in a bottle

What you need:
  • Small bottles with stoppers (I found a pack of five at the $2 shop and a six-pack at Spotlight)
  • Plain or coloured paper
  • Glitter (if desired; I used our Jo Sonya's Glitter Dust clear coat)
  • A printer or nice calligraphy pens (and whatever requisite skills that requires)
  • String, ribbon or wire to hang on the tree (if desired)
I typed up a list of Christmas phrases and lyrics from a few carols but you could add hopes and wishes for the new year, children's Christmas lists or family names. Type them up and print, or do some fancy writing; cut into strips and decorate with glitter or whatever flourishes you'd like.

To get the paper into the bottle, I curcled it around the end of a paintbrush and then used that to help it unfurl inside. I've had these standing on our mantelpiece but you could easily tie a piece or ribbon or wire under the lip of the bottle and hang them on the tree.

Some of my Christmas-y phrases include:
  • All is calm; all is bright
  • Making spirits bright
  • Jingle bells
  • It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas
  • We wish you a merry Christmas
  • And so this is Christmas
  • Drinking white wine in the sun
  • Merry Christmas; war is over
  • Fa la la la la la la la la

Scrabble Christmas words

What you need:
  • Scrabble tiles and stands (we have an old set that I used for non-glued words; I found a set of wooden craft tiles at Spotlight for the glued ones)
  • Ribbon, jingle bells and other bits and pieces
  • Craft glue or a hot glue gun
The hardest part of this was trying to make the most number of Christmas words from a set number of letters (Christmas, Xmas, merry, peace, jingle, joy, Santa, St Nick, Rudolph, twinkly, etc). In the end, I managed just four from our wooden craft set, but plenty more from our game set. For the hanging words, I simply glued the wooden tiles to a piece of ribbon, folded over the top of the ribbon and glued it into a loop, then tied a jingly bell to the bottom and then folded the end up with another dab of glue.

Baubles in a vase

What you need:
  • A clear vase, jar or container (glass, plastic, doesn't matter)
  • Baubles or other decorations that didn't make it onto the tree
I'm not sure if this could be any easier: put decorations in the vase and sit it somewhere that hasn't yet received any Christmas spirit. Ours is sitting on the dining table like a centrepiece.

Have you gotten into the swing of Christmas this year? How do you decorate your tree and home?

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