[10] Thuja Tassels

Hey friends,

Today it’s all about the gifts! To be more precise: those presents that you already have at home (or will get soon) and the goal is to make them, so to speak, presentable for their upcoming duty as a Christmas gift! I myself love to wrap gifts – especially if you can come up with a little special feature or detail and this way turn the package itself already into an eye-catcher.

Of course, most of us don’t have an endless amount of time, especially in the pre-Christmas period, so the gift wrapping process has to be quick. Fast, easy, uncomplicated. That’s what these cute Thuja Tassels are about! The style is rather minimalistic but also a bit playful and I think they look great on the gifts.

Thuja Tassels

Thuja Tassels

Active Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Wild green put in shape and turned into an enchanting gift decoration!

Materials

  • Thuja branches
  • white twine
  • scissors

Instructions

  1. Take the big branches and break them into smaller bits.
  2. Depending on the desired size, bunch a few of them together. Wrap tightly with the twine around the upper part. Tie the loose ends together and if you want to you can add a small loop.
  3. Cut off the overhanging bits at the top and trim to the desired length from below. Lightly fray with a pair of scissors and the tassel is ready.

Do you have the gifts behind the wrapping paper already sorted or are you still waiting for the right idea?

Stay sweet & HAPPY CRAFTING!

xx Kristin

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[9] Watercolour Plates + Table Decor Inspiration

Hi friends,

Do you have special plans for the holidays? Is it just going to be a relaxed party with your closest family or are you planning a big Christmas feast? In any case, it is always important to me to decorate the table nicely. Even if it’s just a few small elements, it makes everything look put together and I just love to decorate.

That’s why I’d like to share a bit of inspiration with you today – maybe you’ll find a few ideas that you’d like to use on your own table this Christmas – there’s still a wee bit of time left. I also have a little DIY for you: Turn simple white porcelain plates into a real eye-catcher on the table with just some  black and gold paint and a little time!

Watercolour Plates

Watercolour Plates

Active Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours

With a few brushstrokes and some time you can turn plain white plates into real gems!

Materials

  • white porcelain plates
  • porcelain color in black and gold
  • thinner
  • brushes

Instructions

  1. Clean the plates well, so that they are free of dust and grease.
  2. Now mix the two colours (I used THIS and THIS here) in small cups with a little thinner (compatible with the colour) to achieve a watercolor-like consistency.
  3. Apply thin layers of paint and repeat until you get your desired look - lightly let the paint dry in between layers, so it doesn't mix too much.
  4. Let the finished design dry for 24 hours, then bake in the oven according to the manufacturer's instructions to make it durable.

True to the black and gold color scheme, I have put together a table decoration with these pretty plates. Just scroll through the pictures – in between there are also a few links to manufacturers or sources!

The stunning LED-Star, the golden napkin rings and the metal box are all from HEMA.

The black table cloth is from Action.

The ‘vase’ actually is an old tea tin, spray painted golden and filled with floral foam.

Do you like the combination of black and gold? Which elements do you like most?

Stay sweet & HAPPY CRAFTING!

xx Kristin

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[3] DIY Indoor Fake Fire Basket

Hey friends,

One thing is for sure: I don’t think I ever struggled so much trying to come up with a title of a blog post! Fire basket … hmm, but without fire … then it should be called ‘fire’ … but that looks stupid … or fireplace … but it’s not a fireplace … and again – no fire! …

I then I had enough and decided to simply go for fire basket, because you aren’t stupid and surely will understand me without the ultimate name for it. Anyway, the idea behind it is as simple as it is ingenious: With a metal wire basket, a few logs and some string lights you can quickly create a decorative basket that looks as if the pieces of wood are burning in it. So you can a cosy atmosphere to your apartment in a flash!

DIY Indoor Fire Basket

DIY Indoor Fire Basket

Active Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Looks like fire, creates a cosy mood like fire, but it's actually just a clever DIY made of wood and fairy lights.

Materials

  • 1 metal wire basket
  • 1 battery-operated fairy lights with 100 LEDs
  • about 8 logs

Instructions

  1. First of all, try how many pieces of wood fit in the basket or how many you want in there.
  2. Placed the logs standing upright in a row. Then wrap the string lights around one log after the other, always wrapping around each piece a few times.
  3. Now carefully place the decorated logs back inside the basket and arrange as desired. Now just turn on the lights and make yourself comfortable!
  4. TIP: If you turn on the fairy lights while you are wrapping, it will give you a better overview of how the LEDs are distributed.

So easy yet quite impressive, I think! I’m having it in my apartment for almost a year now and it’s getting used every evening that we spend at home – it’s love!

Perhaps you have a bright idea and can help me find a better, more acurate name for it? I would be grateful if it no longer had to be called ‘Fire Lights Thingy’ 😂

Stay sweet & HAPPY CRAFTING!

xx Kristin