With Christmas only a few days away I thought I’d share this Easy Upcycled Christmas Stocking Gift Pouch idea that was inspired by some recycled paper stockings that my friend Jodie made. She used old magazine pages, but I had a ton of wallpaper samples laying around from my kitchen renovations, and thought these stockings would be a great use for them. I’ve made these gift pouches to fill with little gifts for my pen pals, they are sturdy enough to post, and are a super fun and festive surprise to receive in your letterbox. They also make great little last minute gifts for friends, neighbours or even your postman, just add some inexpensive treats, homemade cookies or other small handmade gifts inside.
One of the wallpaper samples was this colourful parrot print which I love, but was quickly vetoed by the Mr, we settled on yellow polka dots for our kitchen wall instead. I’ve made the most of the quirky parrot design and managed to cut out one parrot for each stocking. If you don’t have wallpaper you can use strong gift wrap instead. You could even use some of your kid’s artwork to make a special gift for a relative.
I know many of you readers are big fans of The Lucky Draw Project that has been running by subscription for a little while now, so as a treat, I thought it would be fun to have The Lucky Draw Project Christmas Special. I mean all the old TV shows have Christmas Specials so why cant we?
One of my favourite artists and friends, Madeleine Stamer from Little Circus Design has created an exclusive colouring page for us this Christmas with a festive Australiana inspired design. It would look gorgeous coloured in, but I quite like it in black and white too.
You can print your own copy right here – just download via the link Christmas Special Colouring Page
Hi there it’s Michelle here and it’s that time of the year again! Almost time to deck the halls and all that jazz.
Here’s a quick and easy little crochet project to brighten up your day.
You can make these little crochet Christmas tree decorations as single ornaments to hang from your tree or attach to a gift or why not make several and turn them into a festive garland. I’ve also included instructions to make the mini pom poms to embellish your little Christmas trees.
The other day at the supermarket I noticed how similar the candy canes looked to my Handmade Scrap Fabric Twine, especially the sections with contrasting dark and white fabric. So in the spirit of all things Christmassy, I decided to make some red and white fabric twine to look just like candy canes. It’s perfect for adding a handmade touch to gift wrapping, team it with brown paper for an old fashioned retro look that Santa would be proud of. You can use any old red and white fabric scraps, I’ve used some remnants from my scrap bag and strips of old bed sheet. Read on for Candy Cane Fabric Twine instructions…
After making some Fruity Christmas Stockings last week to celebrate a summery Christmas, I thought it was only fitting to make some fruit themed decorations for our Christmas tree. These Fruity Christmas Ornaments have a vintage vibe and were inspired by the simple graphic shapes of vintage advertising posters and illustrations. I can’t wait to put up and decorate our tree to show off these delicious looking baubles.
These fruit ornaments aren’t a quick project to make but are certainly worth the effort as I think these decorations are really special and will become a cherished part of any Christmas decoration collection.
In Australia Christmas falls in Summer, but yet the stores are still full of wintery, snow covered decorations that don’t reflect a modern Australian Christmas, or mine anyway. I’ve always been a bit non-traditional when it comes to decorating my home for the festive season, and this year will be no different. So inspired by the explosion of fruit themed home decor and craft this year, it felt natural to me to make some Summer Fruit Christmas Stockings in bright colours to celebrate an authentic Christmas in Summer.
These Fruity Christmas Stockings are easy to make with only minimal sewing required. If you don’t have a sewing machine they can easily be whip stitched by hand. All details are glued on because I wanted to make it an accessible project for everyone, no matter what level your crafting skills. I’ve even created a pattern template that you can print so no guess work is required.
Read on for instructions…
Just wanted to say thanks for supporting My Poppet this year, it’s been a big one! The blog has had a tremendous growth in readership and I’m very proud off all the hard work I’ve put in. It’s been fun but challenging and now I need a little break to recharge my batteries, so I’ll be taking a blog hiatus for 6-8 weeks.
No big dramas behind the scenes, just some construction work in our house and the ensuing chaos it entails. In fact I haven’t had a kitchen since September, so just the daily routine stuff like feeding the kid and washing the dishes (in the bath tub) has has taken it out of me. Keeping creative has been a challenge as there is noise and dust most of the time and often no power or lights, so sorry if my post quality has slipped of late. I’m looking forward to some time to get my home in order and I’m hoping my energy levels will bounce back once my environment is a little less crazy.
Wishing you all a wonderful and safe Christmas break and a good start to 2014
It’s almost time to start wrapping all those gifts for Christmas, and in the spirit of a Handmade Christmas I thought it would be fun to design my own gift wrapping paper too!
I’ve created five fun Printable Gift Wrapping Paper designs that will brighten up your Christmas crafts this season. The designs are based on the basic CYMK print colours to give your gift wrapping a contemporary twist. All the papers coordinate with each other so they are easy to mix and match. But the best thing about these colourful paper designs is that you can use them all year round for wrapping birthday gifts or just everyday paper craft fun. (more…)