Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Present gift tags

I have even had time to make my own present gift tags this year.
Hand marbled paper with these cute ceramic looking hearts.

The hearts are so easy to make, using bicarb of soda, cornflour and water.
Here's the recipe I used -
2 cups bicarb
1 cup cornflour
1 1/4 cups water.
Mix it all together in a pan and heat it gently, stirring all the time until it comes together like porridge.
Now you can leave it on baking parchment to cool slightly.
Then I divided it into half to roll out and pressed a paper pattern (just something random I had from a wedding) gently into the dough before using cookie cutters for the heart shape.
I used a kebab stick to make the hole and tidied it up with a cocktail stick.
Then you leave them to air dry for at least 2 days on a baking tray.
Apparently if you bake them they can lose the whiteness, and that's what I loved about them.
These were the second lot I made, the first ones were too big, too thin and too fragile, this size it much better and really cute! The lovely thing about using the pattern is that each one is slightly different, so they are totally unique! Don't press the paper too hard into the dough as it needs to be able to peel off without disturbing the dough.

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Book Christmas trees

Here is a FABULOUS idea I found on Pinterest which I love.
It's really simple to do and looks so effective, I made 2 to stand either side of the mantlepiece.

Here's the link for how to fold the book.
This link uses a Reader's Digest but I didn't have one so I used an old book. Bit of trial and error as to how much to use, in the end I used 1/3 of the book, about 150 pages. The star on top is made with cocktail sticks snapped in half and held together with beads on wire. The ribbon and beautiful birds were from Hobbycraft, the stars and heart buttons I already had.

Christmas tree

I have altered our driftwood Christmas tree so it now hangs on the wall with rope through the centre of each piece of wood. It looks rather magical as the lights bounce off the wall behind it. Here's some pics including close ups of the felt birds I made.