Day 12 | Hanging Christmas Tree

So finally day 12 is here and in a way I am sad because I have so enjoyed doing a post a day but on the other hand I am pleased for a bit of a rest! For my final DIY I am going all out and creating a hanging Christmas tree above my table ready for the big day.

To do this DIY you will need a large branch, some spray paint, screw-in hooks, some secateurs, string and a variety of baubles. I found my branch in a nearby woods and took it home with me in the car. I then began by trimming my branch to the right length and taking off any bits of the branch that weren’t strong enough to hang a bauble off. I then spray painted my branch with white spray paint to give it a frosted look.

Whilst my branch was drying, I screwed two hooks into the ceiling of my conservatory. I’m quite lucky as we have PVC frames which makes it really easy to screw or hang anything up. If you are doing this into a normal ceiling you may need rawl plugs and a drill to help you. I then cut a length of string and tied it round one end of my branch and threaded it through the hook in the ceiling. I adjusted the length of the string depending on how low I wanted the branch to sit above the table. I then repeated the same steps on the other end of the branch.

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Once I was happy with the height of the branch, I tied the string in a few knots so it was really secure. I then began hanging my baubles off it at different heights and intervals. I didn’t want to hang too many baubles off the branch as not only could it look a bit cluttered but the weight of them might not hold long enough to last until Christmas day!

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This really didn’t take as long as I thought it would and it is such a lovely feature over my dining table ready for some lovely food and wonderful company. I just want to thank you all for your comments and likes throughout the 12 days of DIY as the support has been amazing! Merry Christmas to each and every one of you and I’ll see you all in the new year! Happy Crafting!

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Day 11 | Festive Bunting

Wow we are almost at the end of my 12 days of DIY and is there any other way to express a celebration than to put up some bunting? I think not! Which is why I made some of my own for the festive period.

For this DIY you will need to get yourself some suitable fabric or material. I bought a fat quarter from Hobbycraft so I could use it for other projects too. Then you will need some very sharp scissors, ribbon, needle and thread and some optional hemming tape.

First you want to measure the length of the area you want to cover and cut the ribbon to suit. It is best to cut slightly more than you need as this way you can let it droop a bit which looks very cute on the wall. You then want to cut your fabric into strips of 17cm by 22cm. I cut 8 strips of fabric to cover my kitchen wall. Next you will need to cut your strips into triangles to make the traditional bunting shape. To do this, I folded each of my strips in half and using a ruler and pencil, drew a straight line from one corner to the other. I then cut along this line through both side of the material and discarded the excess. This then left me with 8 triangles to put up.

Before I could attach my triangles to my ribbon, I needed to hem them to create a more finished look. You can do this either by hand with a needle and thread or on a machine. Alternatively, you can take the lazy option and use an iron and some hemming tape which is what I did. All you need to do is fold each side over back onto itself and put a strip of the tape underneath and press down with the iron. This will create a neater look and is very quick also!

Lastly, I sewed my triangles onto my ribbon using needle and thread. You can attach them using glue or tie string onto them it really is up to you and how you want the finished piece to look. I wanted it to look very neat so I sewed my triangles on whilst the irbbon was already on the wall so I could see how far spaced apart I wanted them. Then you are pretty much done! If you use a few shortcuts you can easily complete this in under an hour. Let me know what you think of mine and show me if you’ve tried this yourself! I’ll see you all one last time tomorrow for my final DIY! Happy Crafting!

Day 10 | Lollipop Stick Snowflakes

So today’s DIY is especially for all of you with children or for those of you who are still a child at heart. It’s a very effective and pretty DIY but with minimal effort required except a lot of creativity.

For this one, you will need a few packs of lollipop sticks (depending on how many snowflakes you want to make), a glue gun and some optional spray paint in a colour of your choice. The aim of this DIY is really in the title. I will be talking you through how I made my versions but essentially they are just lollipop sticks arranged in a snowflake pattern to hang from your ceiling or stick on your walls.

If you browse through Pinterest and type in popsicle snowflakes you will come across many different ideas, each with their own patterns but I wanted to just get creative and make my own. The great thing about this DIY is that you can’t really get it that wrong because no two snowflakes are the same. This is why it is a perfect one to do with kids – although maybe leave the hot gluing to a responsible adult!

The first pattern I tried started out as a hexagon with a cross in the middle and then I just built the spokes of the snowflake up bit by bit. The way to do this is to arrange them in a shape and then once you are happy, take your glue gun and start gluing them in place. I really do recommend that you lay them out flat first before gluing them down as this way you can change the pattern if you’re not quite pleased with it.

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I made my snowflakes quite big as I will be hanging them along with my Paper Stars above the table for Christmas day but you can make them small and then hang them from the mantelpiece or banister. To do small ones all you need to do is glue a cross using 2 snowflakes and then add another cross on top but the opposite way so the two crosses together make an 8 point snowflake.

Once I’d made lots of different sized snowflakes all with different patterns, I then had to decide how I was going to decorate them. As the theme in my conservatory is red, white and grey for Christmas, I figured white spray paint would be the most appropriate as not only is the most matched colour to the real thing but it also keeps them quite neutral to use in other rooms if I wanted to. I went on to spray paint this as painting each one would have taken a lot of time and I don’t think I would have achieved quite the same finish.

I really enjoyed doing this DIY as it enabled me to just let my creative juices flow. The nice thing about this also was my mum was able to join in on this one and together we both made a couple of designs each one Sunday morning so it felt like quite a nice Christmas craft project to do together. I have taken a few pictures of some of my finished designs but let me know how you did yours and also how you decorated them? The possibilities are really endless with this DIY as you can cover them in glitter, spray them different colours and really go all out! Hope you all enjoy this DIY and I’ll see you again tomorrow. Happy Crafting!

Day 9 | Bauble Wreath

I can’t even begin to explain to you how excited I was to try this DIY and believe me there were several failed attempts! I will talk about these in a bit but first let me tell you this is not a super cheap DIY but it is very satisfying. If you have a few hours to spare, a glue gun, lots (and I mean lots) of baubles and a foam wreath then read on…

When I first collected the materials to do this wreath, I began with a wire hanger but when I tried to thread the baubles onto it the wire was too thick to fit the baubles on. As no one sells those horrible flimsy hangers anymore, I thought I would have to give up. However, I went into Hobbycraft and saw these foam wreaths and thought that could work! I already had an assortment of baubles and my trusty glue gun so I began work on my DIY.

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Firstly you want to remove all the little clasps that allow you to hang the baubles from the tree as these aren’t needed for the wreath. Next you want to begin with the inner part of your wreath and start gluing the baubles onto the foam. I pressed the bit that stuck out into the foam before gluing it so I knew where I would need to glue. I worked round in a circle until it was finished and also glued in between each bauble as well for extra support. You will need to press quite hard until the glue has partly set otherwise the baubles will just fall off again.

I then did the same on the outside of the wreath because I wanted to use all the big baubles to cover the majority of the wreath. With regards to the colour scheme I went for a mixtures of pinks and threw in some silver and white as well to break up the colour. Once the inner and outer rings had been completed, I set about filling in all the gaps. Stupidly, I bought mini baubles to do this part which I would advise against! I suggest you use larger baubles and then buy some mini or smaller ones just to fill in the little gaps at the end. Slowly but surely you want to build up your wreath until all the foam is covered. I also added extra layers of baubles in places it wasn’t needed just to give it a fuller look. It really is just a case of gluing until your heart’s content!

To finish my wreath off I glued a piece of ribbon to the back so I could hang it on my door. This wreath is going in my bedroom to bring a bit of festive cheer to the room and I am so pleased with the finished result. It took a lot longer than I thought and I had to buy extra baubles to finish it but in the end I think it worked really well. Let me know if you’ve tried this before and how you got around the issues you encountered. I’d love to know your thoughts and see your pictures. I’ll see you all again tomorrow for another day of DIY! Happy Crafting!

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Day 8 | Christmas Garland

Since we started saving for our house, I had a clear vision of what I wanted it to look like at Christmas time. In that vision, there was always a banister with a luxurious garland wrapped around it made up of foliage and other essential seasonal items. With it being my first year in our own little place, I decided to bring my vision to life. Here’s how I did it…

Firstly I bought two fake fir garlands from Wilkinsons. This garland is very thick and luscious, and for the price, is extremely good value for money. I bought two as I knew I needed this much to cover the area going up my stairs and then onto the landing. I attached the two garlands together using garden wire and then overlapped them a little bit so you couldn’t see the join.

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Next I tied, again using garden wire, a set of 40 clear battery lights down the length of the two garlands. I found 40 was the perfect length for this DIY as it covered the length of the two garlands put together. I went for warm white lights for this project so as to create a nice glow up my stairs.

Once I had secured all the lights in place I then wrapped my garland between my banisters. I threaded it through every other gap so that you could see the garland from both the stairs and whilst sitting in the lounge as well. I tied a piece of green ribbon at each end of the garland to hold it in place against my railings. I also used some sellotape to place my battery pack underneath the hand rail so that I could switch the lights on and off easily.

After I was happy with the positioning of the garland, I began adding finer details to it. I started off with some Orange Slices that I had previously dried out from an earlier blog post. I then used berry picks and cinnamon sticks to cover any gaps with a lack of foliage or where I felt a bit of colour was needed. All these items were secured using green garden wire which really was a godsend for this DIY. It is so easy to use and keeps everything nicely in it’s place even whilst being disturbed so I would highly recommend you purchasing some.

All that was left to do now was to turn it on and admire it from the comfort of my sofa! I am so pleased with how it turned out and because it is fake I can use it again next year. All I need to do is be careful when taking it down. Let me know if you’ve done anything creative to improve your staircase and how you got on. I’ll see you all tomorrow for another DIY. Happy Crafting!

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Day 7 | Christmas Doormat

Each year I see the cutest doormats available to purchase just for the festive season. As a new homeowner this makes me very excited for the season and I wanted to join in on all the fun! However, as you guys must know by now  I never buy anything in a shop if I think there is even a slim chance I can make it myself!

So I set about designing and creating my own Christmas doormat. Firstly, I bought a coir semicircle doormat from Ikea at £7. I highly recommend these Ikea doormats as they are under £10 for a plain coir doormat but seem to last a lot longer than the pre-designed ones in stores. They have both semicircle and rectangular doormats in store so there is a choice for those of you that prefer a rectangular doormat as opposed to a semicircle like I chose.

Once I had selected my doormat, the next thing to do was to come up with a design. I wanted the colours red and white on my doormat as I find these the most festive at this time of year. I decided to go for a candy cane striped background with the simple words of “Merry Christmas” written on the front. Sometimes I think less is more so I didn’t want to go over the top with this.

To set about putting my design into action I grabbed a roll of gaffa tape and started sectioning the areas off where I didn’t want paint. Luckily, I have painted a doormat before so have learnt from previous mistakes. Last time I did this DIY I used masking tape but the paint kept seeping through so this time I made sure to buy gaffa tape instead. I knew I wanted to leave a gap in the middle for the text I was going to write so I measured the middle of the mat out and taped this off to create a rectangle of gaffa tape.I then started taping off the diagonal stripes to create the candy cane background. It then looked like the below.

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I then, using acrylic paint, started to paint the background of the doormat. I always use acrylic paints as they are more hard-wearing and as this doormat will be outside it could get wet and with acrylic it won’t run. If you decide to do this DIY yourself and use a coir doormat, make sure you paint the doormat using a brush and rather than painting it on, you will need to dab it on to make sure the paint goes deep into the fabric. Once i’d left the mat to dry overnight, I took the gaffa tape off to see how it turned out. I then painted in the background of the rectangle in the middle with a grey paint so that when I painted my text on it would stand out more.

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I originally wanted to do red and white stripes on the background but after taking off the tape I really liked it with just red and then the colour of the mat coming through so decided to leave it as it was. I then bought a lettering stencil from Hobbycraft to write Merry Christmas on the front in white acrylic paint. Again, I dabbed the paint on using a flat ended brush so that the paint went deep down into the fibres of the doormat. When writing on any project I always start in the middle with the middle letter and work my way outwards. It’s always horrible when you write on something only to realise you’ve run out of space for the letter required. This little tip should help in future to avoid it happening to you.

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After I’d painted the text onto the doormat I decided I wanted to put a little boarder round the writing to finish it off. I originally tried to do this with paper doilies but they were too fine for the material of the doormat and it didn’t show up properly. Instead I went for a dabbing method to make it look like fresh snow! This turned out quite well and all I did was dab the paint on lightly so that it was barely there in the centre and then more heavily painted on near the edges. In the end I liked the way this looked and when the paint was wet I sprinkled a bit of glitter onto it too so that underneath the Christmas lights it would sparkle! Overall I am really pleased with how this turned out. The great thing about this is it is personal and can be customised to your style and taste so that people get a feel for your Christmas theme before they’ve even stepped in the door. Let me know if you tried this and what design you went for in the comments below! Happy Crafting!

Day 6 | Christmas Pudding Baubles

Each year for Christmas I make a few baubles of my own to add to my large collection. This year we saw some Christmas Pudding baubles in B&M but they were coated in glitter and very colourful – not the look I was going for with my tree this year. So I decided to make my own instead, as I so often do.

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For this DIY you will need as many or as few round baubles – preferably cardboard so that you can paint them. I picked mine up in Hobbycraft and they were very cheap. The .first step is to spray paint them in either brown, bronze or gold. You want them to look like Christmas puddings so these colours will be best. As I had a can of gold spray paint lying around I decided to do these gold. After spraying the baubles and leaving them to dry, the next step is to get some white acrylic paint. It’s best if you use a paper plate for this step as you can roll the tops of the baubles in the paint to make it look like they have been dipped in cream as they would in real life. Once you have done this, I recommend you hang these somewhere while the paint dries. I placed mine in some egg cups whilst they were drying as this way they wouldn’t spin around and flick paint everywhere. It is also a good idea to leave some paper underneath to catch any excess paint so it doesn’t go all over your floors!

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I wanted to add a little bit of sparkle to my baubles so I sprinkled some glitter onto the paint whilst it was still wet. After the paint had dried I just needed to add some finishing touches such as holly and berries. I managed to pick these little toppers up from The Range which were perfect for my baubles. I attached these to the top using my glue gun and that was them done. I am so pleased with these as they fit perfectly with my christmas tree theme and are so individual too. Give these a go next time you’re feeling creative and let me know how you get on. See you tomorrow for another DIY. Happy Crafting!

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Day 5 | Christmas Centrepiece

If you’ve followed the blog for a while, you’ll know that back in the Autumn I made a candle wreath holder to welcome in my favourite season. For today’s DIY I decided to do a Christmas version for my dining table ready for the big day itself. The basics are the same as my original post but using different materials and colours to reflect the time of year.

For my Christmas version I decided to use white roses, poinsettias, holly leaves and berries, pine cones and fir sprigs. I used the same base as last time, a willow wreath, and built my centerpiece up in very much the same way by adding the larger items first and filling in the gaps between using leaves and berries. The good thing about using a willow wreath for this DIY is that you can often poke the flowers through to hold them in place without the need for a glue gun or florists wire. If you want to make yours extra secure however, then you can use either of these two materials to hold the wreath in place.

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Most of my materials came from either The Range or Wilkinsons but you can collect items over a few weeks and build your wreath up slowly. I then put my wreath onto a cake stand I got from Home Sense and placed a large Cinnamon scented pillar candle in the middle. I think this will look great on my Christmas table this year against a white backdrop with lots of fairy lights around.

Let me know if you’re enjoying the MissPinkChloe 12 days of DIY in the comments below and if you gave this DIY a go! I’ll see you again tomorrow with another DIY. Happy Crafting!

Day 4 | Cinnamon Stick Votives

Wow is it day 4 already? Today I bring you a DIY I did a while ago but just haven’t had the time to write about it. For this one you will need a glue gun, some cinnamon sticks and glass jars or votives for tealights and candles. I picked my glasses up from Wilkinson for £1 for 4. Sadly one of them broke but I still have 3 to use for this DIY! So let’s begin.

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Items you will need.

First make sure your glasses are clean and dry. Once they are prepped for the task ahead you can begin by gluing a bead of hot glue using your glue gun onto your glass. You want to do this down the side of the glass. Next take your first cinnamon stick and gently press it onto the glass. Make sure you hold it down for about 10 seconds until the glue has dried or it will just fall right off again. Slowly but surely you need to repeat this again and again working around the side of your glass. When I first did this DIY a few of mine fell off and this was because the glass was just too cold. Make sure you are warming it up a bit in your hands as you go as this will help the two materials to bond. You will also need to be quite delicate when pressing your cinnamon sticks down as the more you disturb the already stuck sticks, the more likely they are to fall off.

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I like to also glue between the sticks as well as the glass so that they stick to each other. In terms of the pattern you want to create, it is really up to you. I like to alternate between large and small sticks and then with some stuck roll side down and some the other way around. This way they look more rustic and homemade but if you prefer more of a neater look then I suggest arranging them and measuring them before you glue them down until you are happy.

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Once you have managed to fill the whole glass all the way around it is time to secure it all in place for good measure. I like to do this with some natural twine and autumnal pendants you can get in any craft store. I have one in the shape of a pumpkin and one in the shape of a leaf for mine but you can use whatever you like. I wrapped my twine around twice so that it had more security but this is completely up to you. You can also use ribbon or any other material of your choice to complete this step.

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Then these are pretty much done! All that’s left now is to pop some tealights in and sit back and enjoy the nice aroma these votives give off. Let me know if you gave this a go by tagging me in your pictures on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Links for my channels are at the bottom of the page. Happy Crafting!

Day 3 | Hanging Paper Stars

I’ve been wanting to do this DIY for so long but haven’t had an excuse to display the finished project anywhere! Now ’tis the season, I can finally get creative and for a good reason too. This DIY is so appropriate for the party season and easy to customise to suit your theme/decor. These hanging paper stars look so good from my conservatory ceiling so let me show you how I made them.

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Firstly you will need some scissors, a glue gun or some kind of glue like PVA, and lots of paper bags like the old school bags for pick and mix sweeties. I tried my paper stars using different sized bags each with different designs and colours. The first step is to select between 10 and 12 paper bags depending on the size and make sure the tops of the bags are all at the same height. If you are using sweetie bags then it is likely one side is higher than the other so just cut it to fit the same as the shorter side. Then what you need to do is glue a T shape onto the front of the bag like the photo below.

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You will then need to stick the next bag on top of it and then glue another T shape on this one and continue this until you have stuck all your bags together. The next thing to do is cut your design. Because I wanted mine to look like paper stars I cut a long triangle into the top of the bags first. I then added some extra designs down the side so they were a bit different once opened up. The first one I did kind of looked like a Christmas tree once cut which made for quite a pretty pattern. It’s worth mentioning that you need to cut through all the bags at the same time for this to work. If you decide to cut some shapes into the side of your bags, make sure you leave some paper in between like I have or the overall shape won’t work in the same way.

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Once you are happy with and have cut your shape, you can slowly and carefully unfold it. To do this you need to take the last side of the top bag and draw it round to meet the first side of the first bag so the bags glued together form a circle. You may need to gently open out some of the bags as they can become stuck together. After this, you can glue the two ends together to complete your hanging shape. I then made a small hole in the top of the stars and threaded some twine through to hang the stars from.

I hung these on my conservatory ceiling and I just love them. They look so good for the party season and I know my guests will love the atmosphere in the room that these tend to create. Let me know if you gave them a go and how they turned out! See you again tomorrow for another DIY. Happy Crafting!