Wow… It has been one busy month of December! Between parties, Christmas shopping and decorating, and closing up the school I was teaching in, I hardly had time to blog!
Never fear though, I am back with a few new pieces and they are just in time for some last minute gifts and DIYs. This year I have gone all out with the craftings and the handmade gifts. One of my ballet assistants got an arm-knit scarf, a few people are getting simmering potpourris bags, there are some pedicures in a jar (pictures to follow after Xmas for those!), and a sharpie mug or two!
In no particular order, here we go!
DIY Candy Cane Wreath
What you’ll need is:
16 unbroken Candy canes
A glue gun
Some red or green ribbon
The steps I took are basically as follows:
1. Glue two candy canes at a time together.
2. Cut out a circular piece of cardboard (I think mine was from a box of frozen chicken wings or god knows what…) and arrange the candy canes in the wreath formation. Glue them down.
3. I also glued the points together; I felt like it stabilized the wreath.
4. Cut pieces of ribbon and glue around candy canes – of course this is options. Also cut one long piece to create the part to hang the wreath.
5. Finally, use some Christmas paper to create the centre to cover up the glue and candy cane ends!
Voila! Happy Crafting!
DIY Sharpie Mugs
These make for wonderful little stocking stuffers or fill them with items and wrap for personalized gifts!
Oil based Sharpie Pens (The is VERY important – do not use the regular – they will wash off too easily)
Mugs – I went to the dollar store – They work better than more expensive mugs because they have less coats of shellac for the sharpie to go through when baking.
1. Wash your mug!
2. Pencil can be used to plan out the mug – but watch out it easily wipes off!
3. Use your sharpies to draw and colour your mug.
4. Stick them into the cold oven, turn oven to 350° and bake for 30 minutes. Once done, turn off the oven and let them cool down inside the oven.
Simmering Christmas Potpourri
This potpourri simmers on your stove top just like my fall “Witches Brew“. However, this one has a more festive scent.
I got the idea from this lovely lady’s blog: cleanandscentsible.com
What you need:
Oranges, lemons, whole cloves, bay leaves, cinnamon sticks
Clear plastic wrapping paper, twine or ribbon
Paper or a printer for instructions
Wrap one orange, one lemon and either double the amount of spices so they can make it twice or make sure to write down that it is only enough for one pot.
On printer paper or by hand include the instructions:
- 1/2 an orange, cut or sliced
- 1/2 a lemon, cut or sliced
- 3 cinnamon sticks
- 2 bay leaves
- 3 tbsp. whole cloves
Combine all of the ingredients with water in a sauce pan and bring to a boil. Alternatively, you can add cranberry juice or apple juice instead of the water for a little variation of scent. Reduce heat and simmer as long as desired. Add additional water as needed to prevent the mixture from drying up. When done, this can be stored in an air tight container in the refrigerator and used again for up to a week.
Merry Christmas all and Happy Craftings!!
❤ Miss Amanda