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7th December 2016

It’s Christmas at the Ashmore House

It’s Christmasssss at the Ashmore house!

Putting the tree and decorations up on the first Saturday of December has become an Ashmore family tradition. This year was a busy Saturday due to Ella having a friend to sleep the night before. Also, Kaycee and Ella’s sister, Kellyann, wanted to take them to the Lincoln Christmas market.

We started decorating after lunch and managed to get the majority of it done by 6pm.
The girls had a wonderful time at the market with Kellyann and didn’t get home until gone 10pm!

Christmas at the Ashmore house

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Christmas at the Ashmore house

Christmas at the Ashmore house

The girls love the mini felt tree decorations I made to fit in the advent drawers of the wooden advent calendar 🙂

Christmas at the Ashmore house

Christmas at the Ashmore house

Christmas at the Ashmore house

Ant bought me the Christmas train when we first started Christmas shopping for decorations in October. He then bought me the paper village to go with it.
Not long after, we saw a pot village in Lidl and decided to buy it as well! It was 5 pieces and at the time, we didn’t notice there were actually 2 sets. We nipped back on Sunday and picked up the other set 🙂

We can’t eat at the table now during December but it’s worth it because I’ve wanted a Christmas village for ages!

Christmas at the Ashmore house

Christmas at the Ashmore house

Christmas at the Ashmore house

Not to forget, we also have our treat trolley that the kids look forward to every year 🙂

Christmas treat trolley

 

Folded Book Art Christmas Tree #24XmasCrafts Advent

Folded Book Art

I made a few folded book art Christmas trees from pre-loved books last year. They were for the charity shop where I volunteer in the book department. They were a big hit and I’ll be making some more this year. I made full Christmas trees and discarded the rest of the book that I didn’t need last year.

This year I’m making the tree inside the book and leaving the covers and extras pages intact.

Drop into your local charity shop and have a search for an old book if you want to give this tutorial a go. I’m using a copy of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol to make mine so I can put in on my mantel this Christmas 🙂

I’m a bit of a collector of A Christmas Carol books. I can’t resist buying them when they’re donated to the charity shop!

You will need:

  • An old copy of A Christmas Carol
  • Glue
  • Gold glittery card
  • Glitter glue
  • Thin tinsel

A Christmas carol folded book tutorial

Find out how many pages your book has and start a third of the way through. Fold the top corner of the page into the spine.

A Christmas carol folded book tutorial

Now fold the page again into the spine as before

A Christmas carol folded book tutorial

Carry on folding pages until you have your desired Christmas tree shape

A Christmas carol folded book tutorial

You can fold the bottom corners of the book or cut them off if you prefer. I folded them.

A Christmas carol folded book tutorial

Make sure your book can stand up. Bend the cover pages back if needed to make it stable

A Christmas carol folded book tutorial

Now it’s time to decorate. I made a glittery star for the top of the tree and glued it on with hot glue. I then used hot glue to attach the tinsel.

A Christmas carol folded book tutorial

Using the glitter glue, put dots of different colours all over the pages.

A Christmas carol folded book tutorial

Let it dry and then your folded book Christmas tree will be ready to display 🙂

A Christmas carol folded book tutorial

 

Tomorrow, for day 8 of my #24XmasCrafts advent we’ll be making more paper Christmas trees. We’ll be using pretty backing papers rather than book pages 🙂

To see all of the 24 tutorials, check out my Pinterest board

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