It’s beginning to look a lot like a rather crafty Christmas…

12 Dec

So Christmas has arrived…

On Friday night, we bought our tree
(and named him Bruce the Spruce)
then on Saturday we set about decorating.

A lot of last year’s decorations were looking
a little tired… so I decided to make my own,
using things that we had left over from the wedding,
like baker’s twine, paper doilies and washi tape.

Candy canes, word banners
and a stealthy deer!

I looked for pretty paper to make
my Joy word banners with…
I couldn’t find any so I made my own
using washi tape. (God I love that stuff!)

I even cheered up this mirror with a little ‘joy’ too.
(Yes, I was watching Home Alone at the time!)

If you’d like to make your own,
here’s how in this mini ‘how to’:

1.a Find yourself some pretty paper.

1.b Or fail to find to pretty paper
and decide to make some yourself.
I just took A4 sheet of paper
and stuck rows of different Japaneses
washi tape to it. And voila!

2. Draw in pencil your letter shapes
(I do it in pencil so I can rub it out!)
3. Then cut out using scissors or a scalpel.
4. Using a needle, thread some baker’s twine
through each letter twice. Then tie the ends
with a loop and a slipknot so you can adjust them.
That’s it!


I still had lots of paper doilies leftover
from the wedding so I turned them into

… Xmasy doilies with typed phrases
and dotted ’em round the flat.

There has to be a fox right?

I’m counting the elephant as festive since he’s red!
The rest we hung up, using fishing wire…
(it’s virtually invisible which is great for decorations,
not so good when you’re trying to find the end of it!)
We also made some ceramic hearts…
Strangely I didn’t take any pics of making them.
But I did take pics of our ceramic stars.
It’s the same theory, different shapes!
1. Basically you roll out some ceramic clay
(like you would with some pastry).
2. Then use a star/heart shaped cookie cutter
3. Depending on your clay, leave to dry or bake.

(I’m planning on making a little star banner,
that’s why they have holes in them.)

And to complete our ‘love xmas’ scene
I added my wee snowman, tree and pudding.
(The pudding makes me laugh so!)

The rest of the weekend was spent
doing secret crafty stuff.

Handmade presents mainly…
but also crafty things I’m making
for a book which I can’t tell you
more about until next year!

So I’m starting to feel a mite more
festive now… how about you all?


24 Responses to “It’s beginning to look a lot like a rather crafty Christmas…”

  1. Lauren 12/12/2011 at 1:31 PM #

    Oh if I were at your house I would deffinitly be in the Christmas spirit. And did I just read secret book? BOOK. Can you tell us at least if it is all by you? I’m so excited! Congratulations!

  2. Christine 12/12/2011 at 1:42 PM #

    I honestly would never have guessed that was a pudding (but boy is it cute!). Love the typed on paper doilies (and the fact you have a typewriter – majorly jealous).

  3. Katy 12/12/2011 at 3:04 PM #

    snow lovely! geddit? the doileys are a great idea!

  4. Abbi x 12/12/2011 at 3:19 PM #

    Yes there had to be a fox!!! (And it’s snowing!!!!)

  5. Jamie says dream 12/12/2011 at 3:55 PM #

    Very good looking and creative decorations!!! Like it a lot!

  6. Jo 12/12/2011 at 4:57 PM #

    We have given our trees the same name! 😀
    Your decorations are looking rather lovely. I do so like the little pudding too, he’s gotta make anyone smile, he’s so cute! I have only recently heard of washi tape (I know, where have I been?!); the paper letters you made with it are beautiful.
    Jo 🙂

  7. Lou @ Littlegreenshed 12/12/2011 at 5:13 PM #

    Wow Zoe your home is delicious! Love the deer, doilies and the ceramic stars…might have to give those a go! Lou xxx

  8. Kate 12/12/2011 at 5:39 PM #

    Your home looks beautiful. I have seen some great Washi tape tutorials over the last couple of days and I love yours. I think I need to buy me some.

  9. Siobhan 12/12/2011 at 6:32 PM #

    These are beautiful. I might have to get crafty with my washi tape rather than using it as straightforward tape (I have the red stuff you do – I like it as it feels festive!)

  10. Ellie 12/12/2011 at 10:08 PM #

    The hanging doilies!!! Oh my gosh, so beautiful. And a book? A BOOK!? So extremely excited to hear more about that indeed. xxx

  11. Polly 13/12/2011 at 9:59 AM #

    Love the ceramic letters, stars and hearts! And the doilies!

  12. Linsey 13/12/2011 at 1:40 PM #

    Just to echo Lauren, book?? book??!
    Also, I think my New Year’s resolution might be to start a washi tape collection, I’m so impressed with all the things you’ve done with it!

  13. Lottie 13/12/2011 at 3:12 PM #

    It is starting a lot like Christmas at yours while my flat is looking significantly less festive despite some effort on my part. {The racks full of washing everywhere probably aren’t helping}.

    I love the doily idea it looks so cool…I might give it a go.

    And there is a book! I wish you could tell us more.

  14. jesssims23 13/12/2011 at 5:09 PM #

    Did you make the deer, Zoë? If so, would be great to know how!

    • Conversation Pieces 14/12/2011 at 10:39 AM #

      Hey jesssims23… He’s actually ex shop display. (We got him for our wedding as we had a little woodland theme.) However my other half’s dad made us a second one. He used the original as a template, then just jigsawed into a sheet of plywood! Zx

  15. planetfur 14/12/2011 at 10:21 AM #

    Hahahaha Bruce the Spruce, that’s so funny! I love your unconventional Christmas decorations! (By the way, Sinterklaas is called Saint Nicholas in English (I should have used his English name), it’s a bearded guy in a red suit (a bit of a Santa rip off ;-)) who arrives with a boat and spreads the present-love around the country for a week or 4!) Have a lovely day!

  16. Fianceesarehumanstoo 14/12/2011 at 7:56 PM #

    We decorated our flat the other day, sadly we never ended up with a tree. But I think you’ve convinced me to get my hands on some washi tape…where’s the best place to buy it?

  17. Lisa-Marie 14/12/2011 at 9:29 PM #

    I love this. I love everything about it. I have not made a ‘JOY’ sign, but I will now!

    *sings* fah la la la laaaaaahh! (No, I don’t know what song that is either. It is joyful though)

  18. makedospend 15/12/2011 at 9:45 PM #

    Lovely! Especially like the doilies – always used to want a type-writer when I was little.

    Have been making all my decorations from paper (soon to blog some of them!)

    Is really satisfying to make something pretty and be recycling odd bits of paper.

  19. Laura @ Eden Rose 16/12/2011 at 12:39 PM #

    oooh I love your decorations! I want to make some stars & hearts, you’re so clever! 🙂

  20. Katrina - Dot Dot Dash 16/12/2011 at 9:18 PM #

    Really getting into the holiday spirit. I’ve been making homemade decorations. You can check out the book page wreath i made a few weeks ago. And been baking like crazy! Come on Christmas x

  21. Lisa Gordon Scott 17/12/2011 at 9:37 AM #

    Oooooh pretty. A book?! How exciting!

  22. Kellie 21/12/2011 at 2:17 AM #

    The christmas doily!! Brilliant. Kellie xx

  23. last year's girl 21/12/2011 at 12:31 PM #

    Your decorations are so pretty! And I love recycling wedding bits. Used the lanterns I made for mine at the gig I organised earlier in the month.

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