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.
1. Starting from the bottom of the bucket spread glue around the whole of the circumference pressing the rope to it in sections.
2. Once the first round is secured continue to wrap just using the glue gun periodically to secure in place.
3. Keep wrapping until the top of the bucket. If your bucket has handles the cover them too.
4. Paint the bottom half of the rope basket with white paint.
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…)
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!
1. Hand make yourself a load of beads. You can see how I make my beads with this tutorial. When they’re dry/hard start threading them onto the wire.
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.
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.
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!
1. Take off any ‘bells and whistles’ to leave the basic shape of your decoration without any excess accessories.
2. Spray the decorations with a few layers of white paint to give yourself a blank canvas.
3. Start drawing/sticking/painting!
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…)
Lets start with the good news. We have our Christmas tree! The bad news we have no decorations. Turns out the salt dough decorations from last year did not survive the winter (let alone spring, summer, autumn and some more winter) and they took the rest of the decorations down with them.. So back to the good news. I get to make more! In true DIY spirit I’ve put together tutorials for everything I’ve been making and I’ll be posting them everyday this week. First up, the Felt & Pom Pom Wreath.
1. Cut up your felt pieces into winter leaf shapes. Go for a walk in the park for some winter inspiration.
2. Place the first leaf along the metal ring and wrap wire around the stalk.
3. Continue to layer the leaves along the metal ring so that they all lay in the same direction. All the way around the ring and back under the first leaf.
4. Glue the Poms around the wreath in small clusters. Once they’re dry you are ready to hang your wreath, warm the gluwine and pig out on the mince pies. You totally deserve it!