This week, I wanted to share with you our home this Christmas. There are lots of handmade creations as well as some much loved decorations. I hope you enjoy!
1. Front Door Wreath
Our wreath has seen a few arrivals from Santa, however, my little one loves it and didn’t want me updating it this year! So, our fabric button covered wreath with faux strawberries and cherries has made it on the front cover yet again.
2. Christmas Tree
So much happens around the Christmas tree. My kids love decorating the tree as we play Christmas carols…. and then tire of the task and tear around the house in a trail of tinsel after ten minutes. We all start with good intentions, right?! Our tree truly does take over our lounge, particularly once all the gifts are wrapped and sitting snuggly under the tree. I love watching the kids’ eyes light up with all the magic of sharing and happiness that lay under our tree.
3. Front Entryway Decorations
Stand guard! Our nutcrackers are a hand me down gift from my sister who happily passed them over for my little ones to enjoy each year. They adorn our entry way and little hall table with fierce cuteness. I wonder what Rudolf thinks of them?
4. Advent Calendar
Enjoy the magic of Christmas through your little ones’ eyes with this advent calendar. I made a template for the tags and cut 25 from Christmas patterned yardstick with a hole punched into the top of each. I then added advent numbers (also from the scrapbooking section of craft store). On the back, I printed off little notes and activities to do each day. I strung together with yarn and a few decorative pom poms before hanging with blu tac. Too late to make your own? There’s always next year!
5. Gifts for School Friends
Catherine, Charlie and I giggled our way through this year’s gift making for their friends. Pinterest came through with this cute idea for a snowman using battery tea lights. Grab some pipe cleaners, pom poms and googly eyes and you have the contents for a very handsome snowman. Just don’t forget to tie a piece of string around the centre of each pipe cleaner before sticking down so they can be proudly displayed.
6. Kids’ Table for Christmas
Try making these simple Christmas stockings using Christmas patterned cardstock and a napkin for the “trim”. The napkin folds into the paper stocking which I cut from a freehand template. The cutlery slips into the stocking and napkin nicely.
7. Christmas Tree Gift
If you have a friend who lives in an apartment, make them a Christmas tree in a frame to enjoy. Here, I spray painted a frame and some plastic flowers for baubles in a powder blue. They steal the scene for the craft paper patterned tree and opaque spotted paper background. The tree’s branches are actually a leaf design cut into pairs of varying sizes and stuck together to make the tree.
8. Mantel Vignette
Ok, so I don’t have a mantelpiece (ho hum!), so I used a bookshelf in my lounge to create this vignette. I found an old frame in my studio and gave it a quick spray with some gold and silver before using some fabulous gift wrap inside the frame. Our Typo deer head sits nicely in front with some baubles for extra bling. A few neatly placed Christmas decorations make this an eye catching part of the room.
9. Kitchen Decor
The kitchen doesn’t miss out with a few decorations around my apron hook and calendar. I’m loving the santa on our month of December (another gift crafted by my sister with my little ones). He is happy at home with some traditional cross stitch hoops.
10. Felt Christmas Tree
Another addition to our kitchen area is the kids’ felt Christmas tree. Such a great activity for my little ones whilst I prepare dinner. The felt was purchased from my local craft store and sticks onto the wall easily with blu tac. Win for mum!
11. Beaded Reindeer
This is one of my favourite pieces. This little guy was purchased in Franschoek, the wine region just outside of Capetown some 8 years ago. There is lots of beaded wire artwork in South Africa and the locals are clever in the various animals, decor and gifts they create.
12. Outdoor Decorations
Not happy to leave our outdoor area untouched, I have added a few little highlights here and there. Given so much of our time is spent entertaining outdoors as the mercury rises, it makes complete sense!
13. Vintage Set
This little guy is another firm favourite of mine. I like the quirkiness and silly gesture as it sits next to our large Sony flat screen!
14. Another Handcrafted Gift
If, like me, you’ve a collection of pinecones you’ve been meaning to do something with, here’s a gorgeous gift idea! Firstly, I took some yarn and tied around the top of the pinecone to create a hook to hang the pinecone from once finished. I then raided my ribbon stash and after tying pretty bows around my pinecones, added faux berries, paper flowers and pearls to them to create some special little gifts.
15. Star Light Star Bright
This was a great little Ikea find this year and watches over our dining table each evening. What’s not to love?
16. Santa Claus and Frosty the Snowman
These guys need no introduction, right? The handsome guy to Santa’s right is my little one at a family reunion in New Zealand over two years ago (photo taken by a clever cousin – thanks Rosey!).
17. Pucker Up!
Short on potential suitors this year? Get your game on with some mistletoe in your entryway… I will update you all next month on any classy wins my side!
Those feet look familiar. Get those toes out on a hot, sunny day and get crafting with this cute reindeer!
19. I’m Melting!
Take a new spin on gingerbread with these cute melted snowman cookies. Use regular icing sugar and water to cover your cookies and top with a white marshmallow. Use food colouring and a toothpick to draw eyes, nose and mouth and pipe on some branch arms. Enjoy!
20. Gingerbread – The Original
Or, of course, you could go the original way and make gingerbread men or snowflakes. Hang them as a garland around the home for extra fun.
21. Nature’s Gift
Let nature lead the way with bold reds and greens to adorn your home. Fill vases around your entry, dining and outdoor areas for an inviting space. These beauties are my all time favourite Australian natives: ficofolias (fruiting gums).
22. Another Day Another Tree
All you need for these little guys is some ribbon, thread and beads and you have yourself a simple and beautiful little make on your hands. I’m making these as gifts for everyone from the post lady to the candle stick maker.
There will never be a party without bunting in some form or another. I’ve teamed mine up with the muted bone and blacks and whites of this family picture frame to give a modest look to our hallway.
24. Christmas Table Decor
Missed the post earlier this month? Check out some images here of my Christmas table set up for this year…
25. Christmas All Wrapped Up
Make an art of your gift wrap – after all, the love and attention given to presenting the gift is just as important as its contents. This year, I’m going with kraft paper and fun spot embellishments. Each gift is finished off with a spray painted letter for the recipient’s name. Add the name in writing underneath if you have a few double ups to prevent any embarrassment, such as that cute bra set for Naomi ending up in Nan’s lap…
I’ve enjoyed sharing my first handful of posts with you and hope to grow our little community and be able to share more with you next week and well into 2017!
Thank you x