Make your own Christmas

So Halloween has been and gone, bonfire night is over, hmmm, I have a feeling something else is coming up? But just what is it? *Scratches head*

Ha ha, just kidding, of course. Christmas looms large on the horizon from about September, usually with the result that I feel super-Christmassy in November and completely over it by the middle of December. And yes, so it is once again, I am feeling all merry and bright right now.

So apologies to those who want to hold onto the festive cheer til December, but I thought I might just do a little round up for the more organised people who’d like to get started making Christmas bits and bobs in good time. (I am not a very organised person and therefore have a tendency to post things like advent calendar DIYs on December 3rd, so forgive me for the repetition but corralling a few past posts together in reasonable time this year seemed wise.)

If you missed them the first time around, here are a few of my past Christmas makes that you might like to try out…

Vintage pictures advent calendar

DIY advent calendar tutorial from Wolves in London

I think this is my very favourite Christmas thing I’ve ever made. Of course I do! It combines vintage images, iron on fabric transfer paper and chocolate. What, my friends, is not to love?!

Full tutorial with free printables here: Wolves in London advent calendar

Air dry clay Christmas tree ornaments

Homemade Christmas decorationsIf your Christmas tree is lacking in polar bears, squirrels and moose (meece?) this is the place to visit. Unbelievably easy to make and you can use any biscuit cutters you have to make whatever shapes your heart (or tree) desires.

Full tutorial here: Christmas tree ornaments

Liberty fabric baubles

Fabric baubles DIY

Liberty fabric looks nice on just about everything. Christmas tree baubles are no exception. No need to say more.

More info here: fabric baubles

Carrot and rhubarb jam

carrot rhubarb jamA jam that tastes like Christmas! I’m not sure if I have ever succeeded in converting anyone to this idea ever, but I shall keep on singing the praises of a sweet carrot jam full of Christmassy spices. One day in the future someone might actually give this recipe a go and find that it’s really pretty good. If you do, please let me know!

Recipe here: carrot and rhubarb jam

Homemade presents

And if it’s inspiration for homemade Christmas presents you’re after, I’ve got a couple of posts that might help there too.

Top 20 tutorials for homemade Christmas presents

Firstly, ever popular on Pinterest despite the really clunky photo that I used when I’d first started this blog and didn’t know much about photography or design, my Top 20 tutorials for homemade Christmas presents.

Okay, the photo is ugly and the actual post is seriously long, but I did go ahead and make most of these presents and I can recommend all of the tutorials wholeheartedly.

17 tutorials for homemade Christmas presentsSecondly, and not at all popular on Pinterest, despite my attempt to make a nice Pinnable image for it, 17 more tutorials for presents. The difference? These are all from my own makes. The lobster necklace is my favourite. I still love that.

And I’d love you even more if you go and pin that image for me, ha ha.

So, there you have it. If you’re feeling festive too and starting to get ready, I hope there is some inspiration here.

And what else are you thinking of making this year? Drop me a comment below, I’d love to hear all your plans…

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10 thoughts on “Make your own Christmas

  1. Definitely going to check out all the tutorials, thanks for the links! I’ll be knitting socks and stockings for the husband and kidlet & mini Christmas stockings for friends (from a Little Cotton Rabbits pattern). I usually make a lot more, but with a little one, I have limited time this year. Well, more like limited time ALL the time : ) . I don’t know how you get so much done with *two*, you’re amazing!

    1. Oh, I love Little Cotton Rabbits. I would like to make every design she’s done ever!

      I’m not sure what to do this year yet — last year was quite light on the homemade bits and pieces, due to serious overkill the year before, which left me hating the idea of making for Christmas ever again, ha ha. I have to say, utter exhaustion and lack of coordinated nap times this year (the kids, I mean, not me) means my makes might be a bit limited…

  2. Eek, I’m feeling a bit disorganised now. I’d like to try an advent calendar or some sort this year. You’ve put some lovely ideas together, no doubt you do Christmas beautifully. CJ xx

  3. Oh crumbs – I haven’t had my birthday yet. Some years I’m all ready and raring for a handmade Christmas – I’m not sure this is going to be one of them… We’re getting all hot down here so my Christmas ideas have to be re-jigged – aw maybe you’ve inspired me? We’ll see…

    1. Oooh, it must be odd having a hot Christmas. Must save lots of time not even contemplating whether it’s going to be white or not though, hee hee. Mind you, what would the British do without that yearly obsession, I wonder?!

  4. Lovely collection of Christmas projects Sabrina πŸ™‚ I’m currently trying to work my way through knitting Christmas gifts – once that’s done I fancy trying the carrot and rhubarb jam. Yummy!

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