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Dried Orange Slices Tree Ornaments #24XmasCrafts Advent

Dried orange ornaments

These are really simple to make and smell delicious when hung on the tree (well, they do if you like the smell of oranges and cloves!)
All you need is an orange, some cloves, and some ribbon to hang them up.

dried orange tree ornaments

Slice the fruit into 1cm thick slices. Place on an old tea towel and fold it over the slices. Press gently, soaking up as much juice as possible.

dried orange tree ornaments

Place the slices on a cooling rack and place into a preheated oven 140C/120C fan/gas 1. Leave in for 2-3 hours then leave in the oven to cool.

dried orange tree ornaments

While they’re still warm, push cloves through and make a hole for the ribbon.

dried orange tree ornaments

 

dried orange tree ornaments

Hang them from your tree or use to decorate gifts 🙂

dried orange tree ornaments

Tomorrow we’ll be making toilet roll Christmas trees 🙂

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

Lolly Stick Snowflakes #24XmasCrafts Advent

Lolly Stick Snowflakes

Day 13 already?! Christmas will be here before we know it! Today we’re making lolly stick snowflakes.

You will need:

  • Glue
  • Gold spray paint
  • Decorations like gems and sequins
  • Lolly sticks

 

lolly stick snowflakes

Making sure to protect your surface, spray the lolly sticks gold and let them dry.

lolly stick snowflakes

Stick three together in a snowflake shape and decorate with the gems and sequins. Glitter glue would work well on these.

lolly stick snowflakes

You can attach some ribbon and hang them from the tree or just use some Blu-Tak to stick them on the walls.

lolly stick snowflakes

For day 14 we will be making dried orange Christmas tree ornaments. All you need is some string, an orange and some cloves.

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

Paper angels #24XmasCrafts advent

Paper Angels

It’s day 12. Ella made the paper angels for our tutorial today. She did ask me for a help with a bit of the cutting but the decoration is all hers!

You will need:
  • Plain paper
  • A small plate
  • A pencil
  • Scissors
  • Stamps and glitter glue for decorating
  • Sticky tape (not shown)

paper angels tutorial

Draw around the plate

paper angels tutorial

Cut out the circle and fold in half

paper angels tutorial

Using a lid from a soda bottle, draw around it, above the centre fold.

paper angels tutorial

Draw a straight line from the top of the small drawn circle, up to the top of the large circle.

paper angels tutorial

Cut down the line and stop when you get to the small drawn circle.

paper angels tutorial

Draw lines either side of the small drawn circle to make the wings.

paper angels tutorial

Cut out along the lines as in the picture below.

paper angels tutorial

Draw some triangles on the wings as in the photo.

paper angels tutorial

Cut out the triangles

paper angels tutorial

It’s hard to see on the photo but you need to draw a bigger circle around the first small circle you drew.

paper angels tutorial

 

Cut along the lines of both circles on one side, stopping when you get to the centre line. This will make an arm.

paper angels tutorial

Do the same to the other side.

paper angels tutorial

Fold down the top half of the circle.

paper angels tutorial

To make the angel’s halo, fold a piece of paper in half and draw half a halo along the fold then cut it out. Use glitter glue to colour the halo and let it dry.

paper angels tutorial

Lift the wings and arms up and out of the way. Decorate the angel’s dress.

paper angels tutorial

Draw on her face.

paper angels tutorial

Fold her dress into a cone shape and secure with sticky tape.

paper angels tutorial

This is what you should now have.

paper angels tutorial

Stick the halo on with sticky tape.

paper angels tutorial

You could decorate the wings with glitter glue if you wanted 🙂

paper angels tutorial

 

Tomorrow is day 13 and we’ll be making Lolly Stick Snowflakes.

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

Tealight Christmas Trees #24XmasCrafts Advent

Tealight Christmas Trees

Day 11 of our #24XmasCrafts advent and today we’re making tealight Christmas trees.

You will need:

  • A battery operated tea light
  • Printed Christmas card or paper
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Something pointy to make holes in the card

Tealight Christmas Trees

Draw a square that’s big enough to fit your tealight on and draw round it. Add more squares to make a 9 square grid.

Tealight Christmas Trees

Draw triangles on the four middle squares as in the photo.

Tealight Christmas Trees

On one side of each triangle, draw a flap which will be used to stick the sides together.

Tealight Christmas Trees

Cut it out

Tealight Christmas Trees

Score every line to make it easier to fold

Tealight Christmas Trees

Using something sharp and pointy, poke holes on every triangle to let the light shine through

Tealight Christmas Trees

 

Tealight Christmas Trees

 

Tealight Christmas Trees

Now fold up the triangles and glue each flap, one a time. Stick together to form a pyramid.

Tealight Christmas Trees

Place on the light and switch it on 🙂 If we get time, we’re going to make more using different patterns and sizes.

Tealight Christmas Trees

 

Half way there already! For day 12 of our 24 Xmas crafts advent, we’ll be making paper angels.

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

Embroidered Snowflake Card #24XmasCrafts Advent

Snowflake card

Not only is it day 10 of my #24XmasCrafts Advent, it’s also our last monthly Bostik Bloggers Craft Challenge. The theme is snow so I’ve made an embroidered snowflake card 🙂

You will need:

A blank card
An embroidery needle
Something sharp and thin to make the holes (you can just use the needle but I found this small screwdriver easier to hold)
Embroidery thread
Sequins
Beads
A gem
Glue

embroidered snowflake card

Start by printing out a snowflake template and tracing it onto baking paper if you don’t have tracing paper. There are some templates here.

embroidered snowflake card

Using Blu Tak, attach the baking/tracing snowflake in position on the blank card. Using the needle or other pointy object, like my screwdriver, poke holes at all the points of the snowflake.

embroidered snowflake card

Thread your needle with your selected colour thread (I used 2 strands) and knot the end. Start embroidering your card.

embroidered snowflake card

 

embroidered snowflake card

 

embroidered snowflake card

 

embroidered snowflake card

When you’ve finished embroidering the snowflake, add your first sequin. Bring the needle up from the back of the card and thread the sequin on. Now thread on the bead and put the needle back down through the same hole.

embroidered snowflake card

Continue adding sequins and beads to each point of the snowflake.

embroidered snowflake card

Glue your gem to the middle of the snowflake and send it to someone special 🙂

embroidered snowflake card

 

 

Day 11 already tomorrow and we’ll be making tealight Christmas trees 🙂

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

Thanks to Bostik and Tots100 for a year of fun; the girls looked forward to the boxes arriving every month 🙂

Vintage Paper Tree Ornament #24XmasCrafts Advent

Vintage Tree Ornament

Our day 9 craft, a vintage paper tree ornament, is another one by the super wonderful husband. It’s quite time-consuming and the S.W.H. made it because he had more patience than I did!

You will need:

Christmas papers
Scissors
Glue
Pipe cleaners

(We used some thin waxy paper. Regular paper would have worked much better and we won’t be making the same mistake again!)

Ant cut all his pieces and folded them first. When you’ve decided on the shape you want, make a template. Use it to cut about 20 more shapes out of the folded pieces.

vintage paper tree ornament

Take two pieces and glue two halves together

vintage paper tree ornament

Carry on glueing the pieces together until you’ve glued most of them.

vintage paper tree ornament

Twist 2 different coloured pipe cleaners together and twist into to shape to make a hanger

vintage paper tree ornament

Glue in place then glue the remaining pieces of paper to form the ornament. Let it dry completely before hanging. You can see ours went out of shape because of the type of paper used. Regular paper or card would have been a better choice 🙂

vintage paper tree ornament

Day 10 of our #24XmasCrafts Advent tomorrow. We’ll be making an embroidered snowflake card in association with Bostik. It will be our last Bostik Bloggers monthly challenge 🙁

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

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