We hope you are enjoying the Out of the Hat Creations Christmas Challenges as much are we are. This is our third week of the challenges. Haven’t they gone quickly!
This week we are asking you to make a Christmas decoration. This can be a decoration for the table, door, wall or Christmas tree. Anything you would like really. Lots of scope for this one. Whether your project is traditional or quirky in style we would love to see them.
I raided my scrap box for bits and pieces to make this. You know all those little pieces that you keep just in case. I did have 3 large leaves but the one fell out with the iron!!! They were a bit creased so “no brains” here thought ironing them would be a good idea!! lol! If you have got old crinkled leaves pop a bit of copier paper over them before you iron them!
I used a piece of chicken wire (yep, this is in my stash) for the base. I rolled a small piece up and then shaped it into a ring. I then wrapped a piece of wadding around it. If you have not got wadding any old fabric will do… old blanket or towelling fabric. Anything really.
I cut some strips of the neutral coloured fabric and then just wrapped it around and around until the wadded was covered. I just added a few stiches here and there to secure it. I then added the old pearl necklace, lace and gold cord and secured them in the same way.
Tip: If you have not got scraps of fabric to use, old trousers work really well for this because you can get 8 to 12 long strips from one pair. Old jeans or woolen trousers look really nice.
I made the flower from fabric from some shirts I bought from the charity shop. It is really hard to buy fabric where I live. I cut used a dinner plate and a side plate as a circle template. I drew on the fabric and cut the circles out. I then turned the edges over about 8 mm all the way around, ran a running stich around the turned over edges and pulled the thread tight. I secured the wooden bead in the centre of the smaller flower and then attached this to the larger flower. I tacked on the leaves to the wreath with needle and thread and then attached the flower using hot glue.
This didn’t quite turn out exactly as I pictured it but I hope you like it anyway.
This is a wreath a made soo many years ago but thought I would add the photo to this post. Sorry about the quality of the photo. This was just made up with things in the Christmas decoration box. The dried artichokes and walnuts are from the garden.
I can’t wait to see what you make.
Happy Crafting, Tat tar for now!
Best Wishes Florence x