Last week, Jenny started the ball rolling beautifully with ‘Our Handmade Christmas’ (if you are on instagram, we are using the tag #ourhandmadechristmas so feel free to join in) with the lovely Christmas stocking that she made. I really really love it! Enough hints do you think? Tee hee!
I am already so excited about Christmas! I have told you before here and here how much I love it. Sometimes I start to feel that I have too much on, things get a bit frantic and I begin to feel stressed and this may still happen. So far so good though and pretty much my prevailing feeling is one of excitement! Hopefully, I am not peaking too early. I’ll keep you posted!
In fact this week, I found it really hard to ‘just start’ my blog post because of the sheer number of ideas that have been and still are swimming around in my head wanting to be turned into wonderful festive decorations and gifts! I am sure I would be able to write a festive blog post for every week of the year! I am infested with ideas fairies (they ARE real!), which is no bad thing!
One very persistent ideas fairy made me (yes, MADE me) get on a bus and visit lots of fab craft shops to look for supplies for this festive project. I’m glad, because I’ve had so much fun!
What you need is:
A round terracotta plant tray (measuring about 26cm in diameter) - I bought mine from my local garden centre.
Dried moss - I used just less than 100g. You could also use dried lichen. You can find some here. I don’t know a lot about using moss or lichen for craft projects but this is a helpful article and this article tells you how to make your own dried moss at home.
A pillar candle.
Various festive figures such as deer, toadstools and Christmas trees in various sizes. Pine Cones would also look good but my advice would be to use your imagination and work with what you have and what you can find! I used 1 deer, 1 large and 4 small Christmas trees and 7 toadstools. I found all my supplies in Paperchase, Tiger Stores UK (who have just changed their name to Flying Tiger) and one of our local craft shops . Amazon, ebay and Hobbycraft may also have supplies.
Fake Snow - again I got mine from Tiger Stores UK but I found this online.
White glitter (use whichever colour you like).
What you do is:
In a well ventilated area, spray the terracotta plant tray top and bottom. I only sprayed the bottom sides (tee hee!), that can be seen when the dish is upright. Allow to dry after each spray - follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for drying times.
I sprayed 2 trees too.
When the paint is dry, place the candle in the middle of the tray and drizzle glue onto the tray, around the candle. I did not glue the candle down because I want to be able to change it when it runs out.
Stick small handfuls of moss onto the tray, bit by bit, pressing down as you go. Fill in any gaps, adding more glue where necessary until the whole tray is covered. Some of the upper bits of moss will not be stuck down to the glue at the bottom but that is fine.
Now place the deer and trees where you would like them, taking a little care not to place them too close to the candle. Gently, part the moss and push the object through the moss to ensure they are standing on the bottom of the tray. I did not secure them with glue as I want to be able to take them out and store the tray easily until next year, when I might decide to add different figures.
The toadstools I bought were on wire, really handy for sticking into polystyrene wreaths (another project I have on the go!). To secure the toadstools into the moss, I bent the wire as illustrated below. I then slid the toadstools into the moss so that they stayed put.
Sprinkle a little glitter over the moss. The glitter is quite subtle but catches the light beautifully. I also gave my deer a few spots with PVA glue and little bit of glitter.....
If desired also sprinkle over some fake snow, which I think really sets off this little Christmas scene.
Step back and admire your work because your centrepiece is done! What fun! All that is left to do is to place on your Christmas table, pour yourself (and maybe family and friends if you feel like sharing!) some bubbly, light the candle and make merry! I must just say, please take care with candles! As your candle burns down, keep an eye on how close the flame is to the figures and adjust if necessary and once your candle has burnt really low, I would replace it before it gets to the level of the moss.
Before the fake snow.....
After sprinkling some fake snow.....
I made another festive centrepiece using a rectangular tray, which I think would look lovely on a mantelpiece or sideboard…….
Sparkly and glittery birds set it off nicely.......
I had a spare tray so I popped a Christmas tree into the middle and fairy lights around it. Very quick and effective I think! My kids love this one....
I hope you've noticed the tie dye! I used one of our red tea towels as a Christmas 'tablecloth'. They are still available in our Etsy Shop!
Well darlings, of course I shouldn’t say Happy Christmas yet but I can say Happy Weekend! Lots and lots of pre-Christmas love!