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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

Paper Christmas Tree #24XmasCrafts Advent

Make your own paper Christmas trees

Here’s day 8 of our 24 Christmas crafts advent. The super wonderful husband made this paper tree using some Christmas backing papers I found in Lidl last year.

They’re easy to make and you don’t need many supplies.

You will need:

Christmas papers
Scissors
Glue

paper Christmas tree

Fold a piece of plain paper and draw a triangle down one side. Make sure you’re using the the folded side. You can leave it as a triangle or cut it out in a Christmas tree shape.

paper Christmas tree

This is your template.

paper Christmas tree

Use your template to cut 8 more trees from the printed Christmas papers.

paper Christmas tree

Now spread glue on one half of a tree and stick it to another tree.

paper Christmas tree

Keep sticking the pieces together until you’ve done all trees and you’re left with your Christmas tree 🙂

paper Christmas tree

 

Tomorrow, for day 9 of my #24XmasCrafts advent we’ll be making a vintage tree ornaments.

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

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

Owl pine cone #24XmasCrafts Advent

Owl Pine Cone

Ella loved making her owl pine cone. We used the hot glue gun so I had to watch her closely but you could use PVA and let all the pieces dry before sticking them onto the pine cones.

You will need:

  • Different coloured felt pieces
  • Pine cones
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • A pen or pencil
  • Ribbon (optional, not pictured)

owl pine cone

Draw your owl eyes, eyebrows, beak and wings (and belly if you’re using one) on your felt and cut them all out.

owl pine cone

Glue the eyes, beak and eyebrows together then glue the wing pieces together.

owl pine cone

Glue the face onto another piece of felt then cut around it. I did this to give us a bigger surface area for the glue

owl pine cone

Glue the face and wings onto the pine cone (and belly if you’re using one) then add some ribbon if you want your owl ornament to hang on the tree.

owl pine cone

 

owl pine cone

 

owl pine cone

 

Day 7 tomorrow and we’ll be making a Christmas tree in a book by folding the pages.

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

Scrabble Ornaments Tutorial #24XmasCrafts Advent

Scrabble Ornaments

This is an easy to make Scrabble ornament to put on the Christmas tree. It has the added bonus of being personalised. We made ours for a little guy who’s having his first Christmas this year 🙂

scrabble ornament

You will need:

  • Scrabble tiles
  • Patterned card
  • Glue
  • A bell with a hanger ring
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors

scrabble ornament

Method

  • Lay your Scrabble tiles in a row on one of the pieces of patterned card, spelling out your chosen name.
  • Draw round your tile name using a ruler, leaving a border of around 1cm and cut it out.
  • Use this piece of card to draw around on the second patterned piece of card and again, leave a border and cut out 2 pieces of the second patterned card

scrabble ornament

  • Glue these 2 pieces of card together.

scrabble ornament

  • Glue the Scrabble tiles on then stick some ribbon at the top, on the back of the card, for a hanger.
  • With the second piece of card, glue it to the back of the decoration to hide the ribbon.
  • Using a needle, make a hole at the bottom of the decoration and thread the hanger ring of the bell, through the hole. Squeeze it together so the bell doesn’t drop off.
  • Make sure all the glue is dry before you hang your Scrabble ornament on your tree 🙂

scrabble ornament

Tomorrow is day 6 of our 24 Xmas Crafts for advent and we’ll be showing you how to make owls using pine cones 🙂

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

Lolly Stick Christmas Trees Tutorial #24XmasCrafts Advent

Lolly Stick Christmas Tree

These lolly stick Christmas trees are really easy to and quick to make. They’re great for time is short and you don’t want too much mess making!

You will need:

lolly stick Christmas tree

  • Lolly sticks
  • Pipe cleaners or ribbon to make the hanging loop
  • Decorations like stick on gems, sequins, glitter, pom poms
  • Glue (Kaycee used a glue gun but for younger children, sticky dots work well)

Method

  • Glue three sticks into a triangle shape
  • When the glue has dried, use the gems, glitter etc to decorate the trees. You can also use the pipe cleaners
  • Using the pipe cleaners or ribbon, make a loop at the top of the triangle for hanging it

lolly stick Christmas tree

Tomorrow’s tutorial is personalised Scrabble tree ornaments.

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

Paper Ball Ornament Tutorial #24XmasCrafts Advent

Paper Ball Ornament

I love this paper ball Christmas tree ornament. I think I’ll make the circles a little smaller next time I make one, though. It’s a bit big for my liking.

If you like projects that are a bit repetitive, you’ll like this one because you first have to cut out 20 circles of paper or card then score every circle before gluing together. It can take a while, which is why I drafted Kaycee in to help!

paper ball Christmas tree ornament

You will need:

  • Different coloured/patterned paper of card
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Pencil
  • A piece of ribbon to make the hanger

paper ball Christmas tree ornament

Method

  • Cut 21 circles out of the card. I used a small roll of tape to draw around. It was about 5cm but as I said, I’d use something smaller next time.

paper ball Christmas tree ornament

  • Using one of the circles, cut it into an equilateral triangle
  • Use the triangle template to draw around on the underside of each circle
  • Using the scissors or a table knife, score along each line of the triangle on every circle and fold on the score lines
  • Using the glue (we used glue dots) fit 5 circles together
  • Repeat with another 5 circles but secure the ribbon through the middle of the circle before completing so you hang the finished decoration. (You might want to be a little more careful when cutting your circles so they fit together better than mine did! Don’t worry if it turns out like mine though, when it has all been fitted together, you don’t notice the imperfections!)

paper ball Christmas tree ornament

  • With the remaining 10 circles, Stick them together in a row, as in the photo below to make the middle part of the decoration

paper ball Christmas tree ornament

  • Now roll up the middle and glue together

paper ball Christmas tree ornament

  • Glue on each end and you’re done 🙂

paper ball Christmas tree ornament

 

Come back tomorrow for day 4 of my #24XmasCrafts advent. We’ll be making lolly stick Christmas trees 🙂

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

Button Christmas Tree Card Tutorial #24XmasCrafts Advent

Button Christmas Tree Card

Day 2 of our 24 xmas crafts advent. We went for purple, pinks and reds for our button Christmas tree card. It’s a nice easy craft that doesn’t take too long.

We used a glue gun to speed things up but if you don’t mind waiting for the glue to dry, you can PVA or sticky dots.

button Christmas tree card

You will need:

  • A blank card and envelope
  • Assorted buttons
  • Glue
  • Brown card
  • a double sided sticky pad
  • Pencil

Method

  • Draw a light triangle outline using pencil to make the shape of the tree
  • Place all the buttons in the triangle until they’re in a position you like
  • Glue each button onto the card
  • Stick the double-sided sticky pad onto the brown paper then cut around it.
  • Stick it at the bottom of the tree to make the trunk

If you like, you can add a star shape to the top of the tree.

button Christmas tree card

 

On day 3 of my #24XmasCrafts advent, we’ll be making a Christmas tree ornament using paper circles and glue.

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

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