[December 19th] Letter Pillows

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We’re getting closer and closer to Christmas and it’s about time to get the last presents. Here’s an idea :

Letter Pillows

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A little knowlegde in working with textiles helps but is not necessary. Take an evening off and make these lovely pillows for your loved ones.

You will need:

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  • Fabric (yes, I really used some old clothes!)
  • Paper and pen
  • Scisscors
  • Pins
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Fiberfill

 

How to make it:

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Firstly draw the letters you will need on some sheets of paper. Remember not to make them too thin and roughly the same size. Then cut them out (1). Take a piece of fabric, double it and use the pins to secure the paper letters (2). Now you can carfully cut out the letters.

Remove the paper but still hold the fabric with a couple of pins together. Then sew around the outline of your letter (backstich works just fine!) (3). It doesn’t have to be perfect, just make sure you don’t have any loose threads and don’t forget to leave a little opening to fill the letter. Now use the fiberfill to stuff the letter (4) – carefully, you don’t want to rip the seams open – and then sew it closed. All done!

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Don’t you think they would look amazing at your home? Maybe in your kid’s room? Or the living room?

Watch your fingers & HAPPY CRAFTING!

xo Kristin

[December 11th] Dip-Dyed Candles

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Okay, let’s be honest: Do you already have all your christmas gifts? Nope? I thought so but that’s totally okay – I might have a solution for you:

Dip-Dyed Candles

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Ombre and all its variations might be a little overused by now but it’s still very beautiful so I’m gonna share this neat little DIY with you!

You will need:

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  • plain white candles
  • neutral wax scraps
  • wax crayons
  • a tall, heat-proof jar
  • pot & whisk
  • non-stick pad

Melt the wax scraps in a little pot on medium heat until everything is melted and you can remove the wicks. Take 1-2 crayons – in whatever colour you choose – and put them into the hot wax. Stir until the crayons dissolved completely and the wax isn’t clear anymore. Carefully pour the mix into the jar.

Grab your candles by the wicks and dip them into the coloured wax. At the first dip you should put them almost completely into the wax, each dip afterwards should be a bit shorter. The colour will get brighter with every dip but make sure you don’t dip them more than 6 or 7 times or the candle will get asymmetric. Wait a couple of seconds between the dips.

When your happy with the result put the candle on a non-stick surface and let them set. If it’s necessary you can use a knife to even the bottoms a bit.

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If the ombre look is too soft for your taste you can also opt for a color block look with brighter colours and higer contrast!

 

Have a colourful week & HAPPY CRAFTING!

xo Kristin

[December 9th] DIY Christmas Card | Part 1

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Are you ready for some crafting? I hope so because that’s what we’re doing today:

 

Christmas Card with buttons

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How about some christmas cards with gorgeous ornaments dangling from the top of the card? They look really nice yet are super easy to make. Do I have your attention now?

You will need:

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  • white cardboard / blank cards
  • a mix of buttons
  • hot glue gun
  • fine, black marker

That’s how it’s done:

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Either cut and fold the card board to make a card or just take the blank card.

Pick some buttons and arrange them on the card until you’re happy with it.

Glue the buttons to the card and let it dry for a minute or so.

Then all you need to do is draw fine lines from the top of the card to the buttons (don’t worry, it doesn’t have to be perfect!) and add little bows above the buttons. If you want to you can also write a christmas greeting.

And that’s it – all done!

 

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Bring you old buttons to new life and surprise your familiy with a homemade card this christmas!

Get creative & HAPPY CRAFTING!

xo Kristin

[December 2nd] Pompom Flowers

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Hello my sweethearts,

let’s open another door of our advent calendar:

*tadadadaaaaa*

Pompom Flowers

These cute little flowers don’t have to fear snow or cold weather because they already wear their wintercoats. That’s why they are simply gorgeous for decoration your space – not only for around Christmastime.

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You will need:

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  • wool
  • scissors
  • twigs
  • craft glue

First of all you have to decide on a color scheme – I chose white, pale yellow and beige – and then you need to make some pompoms.

Here’s a visual tutorial for you:

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Once you trimmed the pompoms all you have to do is to put a little bit of glue on the tips of the twigs and insert them into the pompoms. Let the glue set for a couple of minutes and you’re done!

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You can assemble them in a big vase and use them to decoratefor your dining table or just put them wherever you would like them to be.

Have a great tuesday & HAPPY CRAFTING!

xo Kristin