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Felt Christmas decorations

These are so simple and really effective for decking the halls this Christmas!

Step 1: Choosing your template simply draw around it onto your chosen felt and carefully cut out two the same.

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Step 2: Decorate your shapes with sequins, glitter, more felt, ribbon etc whatever you like and whatever feels festive! Choose your design, then glue or sew into position.

Step 3: Place both sides together with the decorated sides on the outside and using wool or embroidery thread stitch the two together.

I have used a blanket stitch which is really easy even if you have never done it before. Simply push the needle through both pieces and make sure the length of thread is passed over the needle before pulling tight.

If that makes no sense then a detailed description of how to do a blanket stitch can be found at: http://www.wikihow.com/Sew-Blanket-Stitch

Step 4: Make sure you leave a loop at the top so you can hang your decoration and then choose where you want it to go on your tree!

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My little girl had lots of fun decorating the felt shapes with glue and glitter which I later sewed together when they were dry.

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You can even have a go using some cookie cutters to draw around to get some more interesting shapes.

Hope you have all been having fun putting your trees up and making your homes feel festive. These homemade decorations are always special to have especially the ones we have made together and I am so pleased with how they have turned out and how easy they were to achieve.

Happy decorating! 🙂

 

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Deck the Halls!

I love Christmas, not just the perfect excuse to have port in the cupboard and a mince-pie moment everyday .. at least once, but all the pieces of December that make the run up to Christmas so exciting. The decorating, the tree and all the festive colours and lights everywhere is so beautiful. Seeing it all again through my little girls eyes this year has made it extra special. I really wanted to involve her in the decorating and try to make the living room feel magical.

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I don’t like doing my Christmas shopping before it feels like Christmas is nearly upon us, but for some reason I find it perfectly acceptable to buy Christmas decorations out of season, especially when they are amazingly reduced and just had to come home with me! I also plucked some clippings from our garden and a few pine cones from our walks in the woods, things that would help make the place ‘feel festive’.

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Of course I always love a bit of homemade-crafty-fun, especially with my little one, so what better way to get in the festive spirit than decide to make some snow flakes.

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I let Ayla paint and decorate some doilies whilst I tried to do the paper / folding / cutting snowflakes that I remember so well making when I was at school, unfortunately I had completely forgotten how to do it and after several attempts they began to resemble something of a snowflake.

I used the cuttings and berries/pine cones I had to decorate the twig hearts that I picked up from hobby craft in the summer for only £1 🙂 I also made paper chains to adorn the living room… I really like how the paper has the print on one side and the brown paper showing on the underside, (again only £1 a roll from Lidl).

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I even attempted to dry my own orange circles to use as decorations. Basically you slice them and then leave them in the oven on the lowest setting for ages, until they are completely dried out.

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Disastrously I forgot to mention to my other half that Christmas decorations were ‘drying’ in the oven and he pre heated the oven to cook something, which resulted in dried out, very burnt oranges and I didn’t attempt anymore. Oranges will be strictly eaten this season… not dried and hung, (never mind there is always next year).

Another oven ‘faux pas’ was exploding chestnuts in it! This was because we forgot to cut them or ‘someone did’ 🙂 this resulted in me actually deciding to clean the oven, something I never do and don’t intend to do for a very long time!

… And yes the mask was necessary!

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Love having the fireplace to decorate and with the television out of the way, the TV stand made for the perfect place for the Christmas tree.

This year the tree is sitting in the window which I always think is nice to be able to see the light inside shining out. Maybe one year we shall invest in some lights to hang in the willow tree outside.

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Wishing you all a very Happy Christmas and lets not forget the greatest light this season…

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Jesus the light of the world! 🙂

John 3:16