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Deck the Halls…

Now the excitement of the tree is over, I will share with you some of our other Make Do and Mend decorations that we have made for this Christmas!

Knitted snowmen!

Knitted snowmen!

I can’t take any credit for these fabby knitted snowmen-my lovely mum made them!

Paper twists

Paper twists

Made from vintage book pages.

Cornflour clay 'baubles'

Cornflour clay ‘baubles’

For those who missed it, you can find out how to make them here.

Homemade tinsel substitute

Homemade tinsel substitute

Made by sewing together circles of vintage Autocar magazine pages (hubby has a collection that he lets me plunder, and it seemed fitting that there was some reference to cars on our very personalised tree, as the boys are just a little bit keen on them!) and some circles of felted woolly jumper (felted unintentionally this time-it was a gorgeous jumper that my mum knitted for the boys, and I managed to shrink it-oops)

Mini Christmas trees!

Mini Christmas trees!

Made from cardboard cones from the Scrapstore, that I think must have been spools of knitting machine wool or large thread spools in a former life! I covered two with wool and another two with some fancy trim (managed to pick up both from the Scrapstore too!), and just glue gunned at intervals to get it to stick. Then I glued some buttons onto the woollen ones to look like baubles-I really like these! And they are super quick and easy to make.

Paper hearts

Paper hearts

Made from the same vintage paper as the twists. You can’t really tell from the picture but these are kind of woven, and then I sewed around the edge for a bit of extra decoration and sewed a few of them together.

Good old fashioned paper chains

Good old fashioned paper chains

Inspired by this great post from the wonderful Scrapiana, I made some paper chains from the vintage book pages, and even remembered the scissors that my mother in law gave BigSmall for his birthday that cut a bit wibbly!

Felted heart

Felted heart

I used some more of the inadvertently felted jumper to make this heart-I cut 2 heart shaped pieces, crocheted a quick line of stitches to hang it by, and then blanket stitched around the edge to sew it all together.

BigSmall's angel

BigSmall’s angel

BigSmall made this at Stourhead National Trust property at one of their Christmas craft weekends-isn’t she great?!

And not forgetting the Peg Star on the top of the tree!


Our upcycled star

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  • Reply mommyemu November 30, 2014 at 9:28 pm

    Looks fantastic

    • Reply Jen December 1, 2014 at 8:36 pm

      Thanks Emma!

  • Reply Scrapiana December 28, 2012 at 10:58 am

    Ah, all very creative! Well done! This Christmas will certainly be a memorable one to look back on.

    • Reply Jen December 28, 2012 at 11:42 am

      Thanks Eirls. Hope you’ve had a good one. Looking forwards to some more mending in 2013! #TheBigMend

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  • Reply helen December 20, 2012 at 9:04 am

    will you save them all for next year? x

    • Reply Jen December 20, 2012 at 9:32 am

      Hi Helen. The one’s that will survive being packed away! Will try and pack the paper chains up carefully and hope that they survive. If not, most of the things can be recycled!

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