There’s a million different colour directions you could take your Christmas decorating this year, bright colours and crazy patterns are everywhere to be found, but I’ve always been hopelessly in love with simple Scandinavian styling for my home. It’s all about the light wood, gold and white in my house for 2014!
When it comes to wrapping my presents I’ll still stick with colour though. Colourful fun will be had, never you worry. It will be a pom pom, glitter tape, giant bow, too much string-filled frenzy.
These little wooden baubles are ridiculously easy to make, just a few staples and you’re done. I found this wood veener edging tape at Bunnings months ago and use it all the time, like the picture hanger I did here. One of my fave material finds yet – I think I need 5 more rolls! The the beads were another quick and simple addition, picked up online from Light & Co. I toyed with the idea of painting everything, or covering them with stickers, so if colour is your thing this year go for it! A nice craft session to include the kids in too maybe.
Here’s how to make them yourself…
- Wood veener edging tape – I found mine at Bunnings
- Gold string – picked mine up from Lincraft
- Wood beads from Light & Co
Cut 3 pieces of your veneer tape, all at the same length and stapel them together to form rings
Assemble them together with the staples all at the same end – this will be the bottom of your bauble
Tie your string to the top piece of wood. Give it enough string so it hangs nicely on the tree.
String up your beads in groups of 3. Just tie a knot at one end and loop at the other
Looking for more DIY ornament ideas? Check out my top 15 round up post here
Finding the right gift for your loved ones can be a pain in the behind sometimes can’t it? If you’re like me and spend way too long trying to come up with little gift ideas that have a bit of sentimental value, but still a bit functional or stylish, then you’re going to love what I’ve whipped up this week at Officeworks.
Now I know Officeworks aren’t usually first on the list when searching for gift ideas, but you might reconsider as they have fab Kodak Picture Kiosks in-store which makes printing some of your photos onto gifty products like mousepads, jigsaw puzzles, mugs, photo blocks etc. really simple. Head along to the store and you can use their nifty app to pick images right from your phone or social media accounts. You could pick out a cute family snap as a quick gift for the parents, or maybe print something hilarious for a work colleague.
I went with one of the 8×10 gloss wood photo blocks. I actually gave one of these to my Mum for her birthday a few years ago and she loves it as it can stand on it’s own. I went one step further this time and put a little collage of (hilariously dorky) photos together in Photoshop before having it printed. I also glued some white rope to the edge for hanging to give it a fun nautical feel (in hindsight, it would look extra amazing to print some beachy photos too) This particular product isn’t printed in-store so did take a few days before I could pick it up. If you’re wanting to do the same just give yourself a week.
These photo blocks come in various smaller sizes, so could look gorgeous hung on the wall in a trio too. I think I want to get some holiday snaps printed next and hang them in the hallway!
Check out my action shots below if you’d like to create your own.
For inspiration on creative and personalised gift-giving, check out Officeworks ‘How To’ videos or join in the conversation on social media via #creativechristmas
- Photo block from Officeworks
- Hot glue gun
Start at the bottom of the block and apply a straight strip of hot glue then pop the middle of your rope on carefully
Let it dry for a couple of minutes before moving onto the corner. When you glue the corners, give it a bit of extra glue and hold it tightly while it dries to keep it flush
Glue both sides and leave the top open
Cut your rope to size so that it meets exactly in the middle at the top. Now you want to add some glue to one of the ends and hold them together. I also added some extra glue around the outside of the join to keep it together. The block is a little heavy but I found the rope was amazingly strong so it’s not a problem.
All ready to hang!
This easy DIY would work great with other materials too like a 2nd hand leather belt, or ribbon or lace… or even pom pom trim or chain!
Disclaimer: This DIY project has been sponsored by Officeworks. All opinions and content are my own and I only ever work with brands I feel are a fab fit for the blog. Thank you for supporting the brands that make my Craft Hunter journey possible!
I’m SO excited to finally be able to share the crafty Christmas tutorials I made exclusively for Winkelen Magazine! I’ve been a busy bee behind the scenes lately. I thought my brain was going to implode for a while there but it’s all paying off now. They turned out even better than I’d hoped and are featured along side some gorgeous company. Think they might be my fave DIY projects yet!
I’m a big fan of the minimal, Scandinavian Christmas styling that’s huge at the moment and have been wanting to incorporate a mix of gold, wood and pom pom details in my home this Christmas, so when Winkelen mag got in touch to help them with their Christmas issue, I couldn’t wait to get my butt into gear and make this vision a reality!
Christmas is such a great time to get your craft on even if you think you’re not the creative type. Handmade touches make it feel even more special and it’s incredibly easy to create chic and stylish items with basic materials that cost next to nothing – you have no excuse really! Come check out Winkelen’s gorgeous December issue for free here to see the full shots and instructions to make your own stocking and wall hanging (plus a million other photos to inspire a creative Christmas)
There’s something really special about giving and receiving a product that’s been handmade by an independent designer. Don’t get me wrong, my house is full of amazing-ness from places like Typo and Ikea and it’s pretty rare that I won’t pick up at least one thing from these places for little gifts, but an item which has been carefully handmade by a designer has such a different feel to it and just oozes quality and style – don’t you think? Sometimes it might mean a slightly higher price ticket, but for a unique product with heart in it, it’s totally worth it.
Here’s a few gifty ideas for the gals in your life from some of my favourite designers at the moment. Some produced locally and some from afar, but all made with love.
Let’s get behind the independent makers out there this Christmas and buy handmade!
- Handmade Scoop Multicolour Necklace by Ena & Albert 2. Black Stripes Hanging Planter by Beneath The Sun 3. Cloud Dishes by Urban Cartel 4. Rave Party Clutch by Tiff Manuell 5. Three Piece Wood & Cotton Fabric Necklace by loveHARTHORNE 6. Rope Vessels Dulux Series by Gemma Patford 7. Golden Horus Storage Tub from Home Work 8. Studio Arjoy Melting Mug available from Design Stuff 9. Watermelon Notebook by Sweet William 10. Scallopped Pottery Planter by Susan Simonini Ceramics 11. Spot Fasett Vessel by Stampel 12. Printed Hundreds & Thousands Chopping Board by Jonna Saarinen
Now, you know I’m partial to a bit of paper craft, especially if it includes a happy colour combo and clean lined patterns. Ohh yes….. This would be why I have a mad love affair with Blank Goods, a fab online store run by Melbourne-based Graphic Designer Danie Pout, stocking all sorts of trend-led paper, baking and craft goodies.
One of Danie’s latest creations is this Advent Calendar Kit and I am absolutely in LOVE! Basically a bunch of assorted products from her shop, all ready to be transformed into a super fun and colourful Christmas decoration. The end design is really up for interpretation – hang it it from a stick like the above image, paint patterns on them, hang them in a cluster, tape them to a board, hang them across a windowsill – go for gold! I love that there are different shaped packages too for varied surprises inside.
We’re lucky enough to have one of these kits to give away to one of my lovely readers. All you need to do to enter is:
The winner will be picked at random and announced midday (AEST) 1st of December 2014.
(Sorry to my overseas readers – this one is only available for Aussie delivery)
Yup, Christmas is coming! I really love how as soon as mid-November hits, Christmas decorating and planning completely takes over my life. If only all occasions received such a big lead up. Imagine if it were normal to decorate your home for weeks before Valentine’s Day and and Birthdays – what a happy world that would be. I think we should start a trend there!
I hope you loved this round up of DIY ornament ideas. Click the links below to check out the original posts from some very clever bloggers.
The options for tree ornaments really are endless. And with the bright and fun trends around lately, you could put a giant pink flamingo on your tree and be a creative genius in my books. You can do no wrong! So why not stay away from the store-bought baubles this year and give your tree your own creative spin.
Are there any in particular that caught your attention? Or have you already made some tree ornaments for this Chrissy? I’d love to hear!