Sunday, 17 December 2017

17.12. Wooden Wreath

Happy Third Advent Sunday! This big wreath is great for decorating an empty space on a wall. Welcoming wreaths are an essential part of Christmas decorations. I like to have many wreaths around the house during the Christmas season. Good places are doors, walls and windows. This wooden wreath proves that stunning effect can be achieved with few ingredients. I  chose big 3,5 cm wooden beads to have a bold look.

You will need:

50 wooden beads 3,5 cm
Two metal hoops
Faux spruce branches
Cotton yarn
Hot glue gun
Strong wire cutters

How to:

Step 1. Open metal hoops with wire cutters and put the beads in.

Step 2. To close a hoop use hot glue that you put inside a bead and move the bead to the seam. Put more glue around the hole.

Step 3. Attach hoops together with cotton yarn. Decorate small empty gap between beads and hoops with ribbon and faux spruce branches.

Saturday, 16 December 2017

16.12. Felt Star Mug Coasters

If you are familiar with the Creative Night Shift philosophy you might know that when ever it is possible I try to use recycled materials. For me it is impossible to put away beautiful material, even though I wouldn't be sure how I am going to use it. Today's DIY Felt Star Mug Coaster are made of a woolen pullover that was ruined in wash. Over a year ago I made these quilted sitting pads using ruined pullovers. I still had that material left so I came up with this idea to make mug coasters.

You will need:

Woolen pullover that has felted
Sewing yarn
Sewing machine
Cardboard paper

How to:

Step 1. Draw the star model to a cardboard paper. Draw two circles with compass smaller inside the bigger. Bigger one's radius 7,5 cm, smaller one's 3,5 cm. Divide the circle to  12 sectors with a 30 degree angle. Now draw the star connecting points from every inner circle point to outer circle and back to inner circle. Cut out the model.

Step 2. Cut two stars from felt using the model. Sew stars together.

Step 3. Decorate the star with beads. Make more coasters with the same method.

Friday, 15 December 2017

15.12. Snowball Christmas Tree Lights

Happy Friday! We have been crafting together for 14 posts already. Has it been fun? Now it is time for 15th post which means only 10 ten days left til Christmas. It is beginning to look a lot like Christmas here don't you think? Christmas tree has gotten three kinds of new ornaments and window looks like it is ready to take any winter storm that might occur these midwinter days. We have made cute fairylights with sticker paper. Today I share a tip how to make these organic shape lights to finish the nature inspired Christmas tree. On my opinion these white lights would also be stunning as a bunch, it would look like a modern design light. I might use these fairylights after Christmas too because these are so stylish. Best part in this DIY is as always the fact that you can choose to make the lights in any color you want!

You will need:

Led fairylights that do not heat
Small water balloons
White tissuepaper (or any color/pattern tissuepaper you want to use)
Liquid glue
Small brush

How to:

Step 1. Blow the water balloons. 

Step 2. Cut tissuepaper to small pieces. Mix few drops of water to two tablespoons of glue (you can make more when you need).

Step 3. Then decoupage tissuepaper to the balloon. Apply a bit of gluemix to the balloon and place tissuepaper pieces to it. Put about 5 layers of paper all over the balloon. Don't put tissuepaper pieces to rows. It is better if the pieces cross together. When all 5 layers are on their place brush gluemix on top of all. Let dry properly. Make all balloons similarly. 

Step 4. When the balloons are dry make a hole to the water balloon, let it go empty and stretch it out. Decoupage gently two paper pieces to cover the hole in the paper balloon. Let dry. 

Step 5. Make a small hole to the paper balloon and press to a ledlight. 

Thursday, 14 December 2017

14.12. Himmeli Diamond

Series of nature inspired Christmas tree ornaments continues today with a traditional himmeli ornament. It is amazing how beautiful ornaments you can make with the most humble of materials, straws. You could use plastic straws too if you want to make a colorful version. Himmeli diamonds would make an interesting mobile to a window but I used these to decorate the Christmas tree with driftwood and marble ornaments we made few days ago.

You will need:

Wooden beads
Strong cotton yarn (small and medium)
Long thin needle

How to:

Step 1. Soak the straws is warm water 2 hours before cutting. For one diamond cut 8 pieces of each size: a. 9,5 cm, b. 6 cm, c. 4 cm.

Step 2. Take long yarn and needle. Thread in straws a,b,b,a and tie. 

Step 3. Then tie in all a & b pairs. One by one.

Step 4. Then tie in  c straws between the points where a & b straws meet. Finish the yarn and decorate himmeli with beads. Attach a loop from a bit thicker cotton yarn or decorative yarn.