It’s cold, the nights are long and the warmth is inviting. Your Christmas tree may already be up and I’m sure you’ve organised who’s coming over or where you’re going to be on the big day itself. Whether you’re the fully organised type who has every detail thought out or the ‘Eek is it really Christmas THAT soon?’ type, you wouldn’t be amiss to check out these fantastic finishing touches to the season.
1. One thing you can’t really avoid is sending out Christmas cards. Some make their own, some buy charity cards, but what better way to wrap up your season’s greetings than these super cute printable envelopes by This heart of mine?
2. Christmas for me is all about colour – whether this be from the sparkling lights to the deep reds and greens of holly and trees. I love colour on a Christmas tree and these paper origami diamond ornaments from All about orange certainly fit the bill. They will cost hardly anything to make too as all you need is paper – win win!
3. What better way to capture the magic of Christmas than to make your own snowglobe? Making them from baby food jars like Craftaholics Anonymous have with their Baby food jar snowglobe tutorial is a genius idea. They’ve used minature trees, but I think a spray painted toy figure would work equally well as a snowglobe. Perfect for gifts and great for little ones (under supervision of course!).
4. Using a circular paper punch is the only extra tool you need for these awesomely creative gift tags from Please note paper. Using fancy printed papers or even gift wrap that matches the wrapping on the present, it’s simple to make some lovely gift tags that will really impress.
5. What better way to use ribbon than to make a tree ornament by Sunshine yellow in the shape of… well, a tree?! The ribbon is sort of suspended between the beads and gives such a great shape. It would look fantastic in a Christmas print too like the Christmas tree ribbon that Country Brook Design sells.
6. Another stunning DIY ornament is this snowflake book ornament by Titani Lyn. How pretty is the gold glitter edging? And there’s something beautiful about crafting with book pages. The only down side to this tutorial is finding a book that you are happy to cut up with which to make these ornaments! I bet they’d look amazing tied to a ribbon on a present as an embellishment/extra gift for the receiver.
7. What better way to complete your christmas table than with some hand finished glasses? This wine glass tutorial by fabtastic eats is sure to leave a mark on guests. Sharpie markers are fantastic for customising mugs and plates but look equally amazing on glass using metallic markers. I love the lettering on these and what a great take home gift for your guests?
8. Create some gorgeous outside decorations using a few cheap ingredients, a couple of cookie cutters and some children’s beads. This tutorial for a snowflake suncatcher by Homegrown friends is perfect for doing with the little ones too, and there’s an equally brilliant version using your child’s handprint. This is one definitely on my to do list!
9. Another one for the little ones to use (or even to help make) is this tutorial for angel wings from Thoughts from Alice. Fantastic not only for the Christmas Eve church service but also for little ones to play dress up, they require little in the way of expensive materials and encourage talk of the nativity as well as imaginative play.
10. Last but certainly not least is a personal favourite of mine and one for all the Frozen fans out there – Frozen shaped snowflakes by Anthony Herrera. Anthony is famous for his Star Wars shaped snowflakes, which he has been adding to since 2012. You need a scalpel and a lot of patience, but the results are awesome. I recently created the Star Wars snowflakes for an embellishment on gift boxes and they really do look fantastic.
Finding time to create around Christmas can be tricky with all the baking, cooking, partying and present buying that goes on but if you can fit in a project or two, it’s the perfect excuse for some ‘me’ time away from the hustle and bustle of the season and really adds a personal touch to decor and gifts.
Have you found an awesome Christmas tutorial? Let us know in the comments, we’d love to see what you found!