Wednesday, 24 November 2010

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...


And of course, that must mean decorations. I'm going to make my own this year as I think this will be just as festive and much cheaper. Plus I'm using up old (and we're talking about 5 years old) stash. I thought blue snowflakes would be appropriate and here they are!

I'm pretty chuffed with how these turned out. I saw similar snowflakes in a shop window last year and thought they were very pretty and delicate. So when I got home, I attempted to make one. I used scrap paper and it turned out to be huge and unwieldy and time consuming. Largely due to the fact that I couldn't lay my hands on any glue so I thought stapling would be a good idea.

Wrong.

Also, the paper had no structural integrity. This meant that although my parents hung it up, (and for some reason, have not taken it down), it started to droop and mis-shape pretty quickly.

I have learned from my errors. I made them smaller with glue and a newly-designed middle has meant that these specimens are holding up rather well. I was really pleased and made three while watching It's A Wonderful Life and another while watching Kirstie's Homemade Home.

I no realise the downside - I have nothing to hang them from. So this year's challenge will involve large amounts of blue tack, cotton and my beautiful freshly painted ceiling. Wish me luck!

Kisses xxx


P.S. Thoughts on these? I'm thinking about doing a tutorial. Anyone else making decorations that I can mercilessly pillage?

10 comments:

  1. These are just beautiful! Wonderful :)
    Gayle xx

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  2. Yes please to the tutorial!! :-)

    The simplest decorations I've made so far is to die-cut lots of large circles from patterned paper, fold them in half (pattern on the inside), then stick them back to back - about 6-8 of them - with the last one joining back to the first. Can you visualise the kind of thing I mean?! So they fan out in the style of those 'star books'? If you add a loop of ribbon between two of the half circles as you stick, then you've got a hanging loop built in :-)

    Oh, you asked about a rocky road recipe. I did have one, but it didn't use ginger biscuits (though it easily could) so I'm not sure if it was mine you were thinking of. Mine's here, anyway: http://melshrecipes.blogspot.com/2010/09/rocky-road.html You could use gingers instead of rich teas, sounds good actually! I might have to try it! xx

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  3. So glad to hear that you plan on doing a tutorial for these beauties! Can't wait to see it. :o)

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  4. They are beautiful! I would love a tutorial please :)

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  5. tutorial please they are lovely!!!!

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  6. i am making some felty decorations one of which was in a magazine and others i bought. there are fairly simple. have seen ur stars made in felt and would love a tutorial
    Jo xxx

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  7. A tutorial would be great Miriam - these are just beautiful :-)

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  8. I would love to know how to make these, please!

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  9. These are so beautiful! yes please a tutorial would be great:)

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  10. These look beautiful - I'll swap you an Origami Christmas Tree Tutorial for a Snowflake Tutorial!

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