December 19, 2014

Make it Easy | Mark Jacobs Christmas Sweater

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Yes, I’m guilty of it too. I own (and wear year round) the mother of bad Christmas jumpers. Granted it doesn’t light up (oh how I wish it did) but it does have an array of sequins, pom poms and snowflakes that illustrates perfectly my love for all things Christmas! You can check it out on my Instagram – it’s pretty easy to spot.

But I worry that bad Christmas jumpers are becoming cliché. Each year they become increasingly daring and gaudy. Where will the madness end? Will we eventually be walking tinsel balls just to get one up on our fellow Christmas appreciating, sweater wearing friends? No, I’m putting a stop to it now. Lets take it down a notch (but only one) and do Christmas jumpers with a little class. Lets stick shiny stars to our boobs and celebrate in style. Who’s with me?

Make your own Mark Jacobs embellished sweater.

Materials:

Place the rhinestones on your jumper in the desired pattern. Glue down and leave to dry. Done. That’s the office party outfit sorted…

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December 17, 2014

DIY Rope Wrapped Christmas Tree Basket

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You would think buying a bucket is easy. Four DIY/home stores later we finally found this perfect purple guy at what was the smallest and most independent shop in our area… of course! Well, we loved our purple bucket for saving the day and keeping our tree alive but purple… at christmas? Not for me. So I gave my purple friend a little makeover to go with our more earthy decorations. Now I love him even more!

Ok, I’m going to stop referring to the bucket as if it was human now.

Materials:

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Instructions:

1. Starting from the bottom of the bucket spread glue around the whole of the circumference pressing the rope to it in sections.

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2. Once the first round is secured continue to wrap just using the glue gun periodically to secure in place.

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3. Keep wrapping until the top of the bucket. If your bucket has handles the cover them too.

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4. Paint the bottom half of the rope basket with white paint.

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Once this is dry you have a rustic, homely looking waterproof bucket to spread your presents around. I know I’ll be keeping my tree up longer this year (or next…)

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December 16, 2014

DIY Beaded Star Tree Topper

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For the second year running we have nothing to put on top of our tree. Last year the pressure was on to find the perfect topper for our first Christmas tree. Alex grew up with a hammer and sickle on the top of his tree (there is a family story behind this and how it became a yearly tradition) so we were waiting to be hit with the inspiration for our own traditional tree topper. Only problem is it never came and I got board of waiting, so I decided to make something pretty instead. That is my new tradition… and I really like it!

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Materials:

Instructions:

1. Hand make yourself a load of beads. You can see how I make my beads with this tutorialWhen they’re dry/hard start threading them onto the wire.

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2. Once you’ve finished threading the beads shape the wire into a star. You might have to reshape a couple of times to get each side even.

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3. Twist the ends of the wire together and cut off one of the ends. Use the other to wrap around the top of the tree.

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December 15, 2014

DIY Bright Bells

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Trying to make all your decorations from scratch, last minute, with Christmas just around the corner can be pretty time consuming. I’m currently trying to decorating the flat, make (and wrap) gifts and party all at the same time and lets face it, as much as I love decorating it’s coming out at the bottom of that pile. So many of the decorations need to be quick and easy ‘upcycles’ to get the job done before the big day!

You can buy mega cheap decorations and use paints, pens and stickers to create something a little different. Try looking up patterns on Pinterest for artistic inspiration and give each of your decorations an original makeover!

Materials:

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1. Take off any ‘bells and whistles’ to leave the basic shape of your decoration without any excess accessories.

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2. Spray the decorations with a few layers of white paint to give yourself a blank canvas.

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3. Start drawing/sticking/painting!

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These are so quick to make and they’re currently my favourite decorations so far! (We’ll see how I feel about that as the week goes on…)

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