[20] SCRABBLE INSPIRED GIFT TAGS

Hi friends,

Christmas is nearly there and that means now it’s the time to wrap the presents and put them under the tree. And for this reason I’d like to share some inspiration with you.

Surely you all know the game Scrabble, which is about trying to score with words you come up with. I thought about how fun it would be to use these letters to label my gifts and maybe even start a little game under the tree: ‘Let’s see, whose name scores the highest?’

But for this DIY we’re not using the real pieces of wood but simply make some of foam rubber – I’ll show you how it’s done:

Letter Gift Wrap

Letter Gift Wrap

Active Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Play some Scrabble under the Christmas tree? No problem with this simple DIY!

Materials

  • white foam rubber
  • one thin and one thick black marker
  • Pencil, scissors, ruler, glue

Instructions

  1. Use the pencil to draw small squares à 2 x 2 cm onto the foam rubber and then cut them out.
  2. Take the thick marker to draw the capital letters on the squares, then use the fine pen to add the numbers on the right side below the letter indicating the value. You can find lists on the internet for your respective language.
  3. Allow the marker to dry for a bit and then stick the squares onto your presents, ideally wrapped in simple paper and enjoy the look on people's face when they get the presents!

Simple and effective – I’m really looking forward to giving away those presents!

Stay sweet & HAPPY CRAFTING!

xx Kristin

Advertisements

[17] Quick Christmas Cards

Hey friends,

The deadline to send out this year’s Christmas mail is approaching. I really so love handwritten cards – they are so special to me and I’m happy about every single one that flutters into our mailbox. But if you want your cards to arrive on time before the holidays you have to hurry up a bit.

That’s why today I want to share with you a super easy craft tutorial and show you how you can create very nice Christmas cards from craft paper and some left over gift wrap in no time.

Quick Christmas Cards

Quick Christmas Cards

Active Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Left it to the last minute to send your Christmas Mail? No problem at all: the cards are made in no time!

Materials

  • Kraft paper / card blanks made of kraft paper
  • Wrapping paper
  • Glue (sticky tape is easy to use)
  • Pencil, scissors, thin black marker

Instructions

  1. On the back of the gift wrap use the pencil to trace a small house with a chimney - if you like you can put a little heart in the middle of the house.
  2. Carefully cut out the design and place it on the card.
  3. Secure it with glue, then draw a curved line above the chimney with the pencil.
  4. Write a Christmas greeting in capital letters along the pencil line. Let it dry, then erase the pencil and the cards are good to go!

We all have some gift wrap leftovers at home anyways, don’t we? So just go ahead and recycle them into Christmas cards! Do you even write Christmas cards at all? Or is it maybe not that important to you?

Stay sweet & HAPPY CRAFTING!

xx Kristin

[15] Monogram Napkins + Table Decor Inspiration

Hey friends,

Today is once again all about decorating the Christmas table. To me, a nicely set table is almost as important to me as delicious food and it’s just so much fun to collect and combine decoration elements, plates & dishes.

I also have another small DIY for you to go with the table decoration inspiration. How about simply monograming a few simple cloth napkins instead of place cards and this way guiding your guests to their seats in a simple and stylish way?

Monogram Napkins

Monogram Napkins

Active Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
With just a few simple steps you can transfor plain cloth napkins into smart place cards.

Materials

  • cloth napkins
  • paper napkins
  • cling film
  • scissors, baking paper & iron

Instructions

  1. Find yourself some paper napkins in a nice pattern or colour that will go with your decoration later. Then cut out letters in the desired size and shape. You can trace them beforehand, preferably on the back - just don't forget to mirror the letters for this step.
  2. Carefully split the different layer on one of the edges, so that all the individual layers become visible and then remove only the top, printed layer.
  3. Place it between two pieces of cling film and press together firmly. Cut around the letters leaving a bit of foil around it.
  4. Now position the letters on the cloth napkins, place a piece of baking paper on top and then iron your design. Iron until the cling film melts and fuses well with the fabric. Then carefully peel off the baking paper and the napkins are ready.

I like this idea so much – multifunctional, chic and if you want, you can give the napkins to your guests as a gift at the end of the evening!

Matching the napkins, I created a second table decoration look for you – this time brighter, a bit simpler and with a lot of ‘greenery’ … just scroll along 🙂

I got this small porcelain truck at Rossmann and I adore it! ♥

The candles in the jars are from Hema, the small stick candles are from kik, as are most of the small Christmas baubles. The small candle holders I made from air-drying clay and the lovely eucalyptus is from Blumigo ♥

Maybe there are some ideas that you can use for your own Christmas table!

Until then, stay sweet & HAPPY CRAFTING!

xx Kristin

[14] Trinket Dishes

Hey friends,

How tidy are you? I must confess, I’m usually living in a least a bit of a mess and things tend to leave the place I assigned them to.

That’s why I love small bowls, containers and dishes to quickly stow things away and feel like you’ve got your s**t together. For those bits and pieces little dishes made of airdrying clay are the perfect solution! Just shape them as big or small as you need them, let them dry and finish it off with a bit of paint. Et voilà, there you have your pretty, handmade trinket dishes!

Trinket Dishes

Trinket Dishes

Active Time: 30 minutes
Additional Time: 1 days
Total Time: 1 days 30 minutes
Perfect for storing small things - a stylish way to organise your chaos!

Materials

  • air-drying modeling clay (stone effect)
  • bowls in different sizes
  • craft mat & knife
  • sand paper
  • golden acrylic paint
  • paint brush

Instructions

  1. Take a bit of the modeling clay and press it into a clean bowl - the shape of the bowl will be the mould for your dish.
  2. Carefully remove it from the bowl and finish shaping it with your hands until you have your desired shape.
  3. Thin the edges evenly and then cut off the uneven bits with a knife to create a smooth edge.
  4. Let it dry according to package instructions (mine took 24 hours).
  5. If needed smooth the surfaces with sand paper.
  6. Paint the edge with gold paint, let it dry and the dishes are ready for use!

Simple and super effective! I’ve got a whole bunch of them in my office – they keep things organised and look so pretty!

Stay sweet & HAPPY CRAFTING!

xx Kristin

[12] Homemade Beeswax Wraps

Hi friends,

Christmas time is a lot about consumption. Technically our whole year kind of is. Most of us can usually afford what they need (or often don’t really need), throw away things that are still good, and just don’t think about their consumption habits. But there are a few small steps you can easily follow to have more sustainability in your life.

One of them is banning ‘disposable products’ like foil – more specifically, aluminum foil and cling film – from your life. Use a bit here to wrap half that onion, use another bit there for the sandwich to go. An environmentally friendly alternative – easy to make and a really fun DIY project – are reusable beeswax wraps. Choose a few nice cotton fabrics and then you’re almost good to go – I’ll show you how it works:

Beeswax Wraps

Beeswax Wraps

Yield: makes about 6
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Save our planet - or at least try to help reducing the plastic madness!

Materials

  • 100 g beeswax
  • 3 tsp jojoba oil
  • 6 pieces of cotton cloth (à 30 × 30 cm)
  • Old pot & brush
  • Baking tray & aluminum foil

Instructions

  1. Cut the fabric to the desired size.
  2. Put the beeswax in a small (old) saucepan and melt on medium heat. Add the jojoba oil and stir well.
  3. Preheat the oven to 100° C.
  4. Lineout the work surface as well as a large baking tray with aluminum foil. Lay the pieces of fabric flat on the prepared work surface.
  5. Brush the fabric evenly with the hot wax using the brush. Place the cloth on the baking sheet and let the wax melt for 5 minutes in a preheated oven. If it is not soaked through evenly after this time, put it back in the oven for another 3 minutes.
  6. Then remove the fabric from the tray, hold it briefly up with your fingers to let it cool down and set . Now the wraps are ready for their use.

Do you think that could be something for you? Replace cling film with wax wraps? I think the concept is great and I’m really trying to implement my lovely new beeswax wraps in my daily routine ♥

Stay sweet & HAPPY CRAFTING!

xx Kristin

[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

This post contains Amazon Affiliate links. All products are purchased by myself and linked only for your information.

[7] Pom Pom Coasters

Hey friends,

Today I want to share another super easy to make gift idea with you: Colourful Pom Pom Coasters! They protect the table from unsightly scratches or water stains and are incredibly cute at the same time.

Maybe you can tell, I have fallen a little bit in love with those happy coasters and would really like to keep them all to myself. Fortunately, it’s so very easy to make mor of them so nobody will miss out!

Pom Pom Coasters

Pom Pom Coasters

Active Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Colourful, fluffy and a fast to make gift idea!

Materials

  • Cork coasters or a cork mat
  • Pom Poms (about 100 pieces à 10mm for 1 coaster with 10cm Ø)
  • hot glue
  • scissors

Instructions

  1. Either you use ready-made cork coasters or you get yourself a cork mat about 5 mm thick, from which you then cut out circles in your desired size.
  2. And then it's already time to glue! Heat up the hot glue gun and lay out a bunch of pom poms in front of you. Then put some hot glue on the pom pom and press it onto the cork. It's best to work from the outside in, until the surface is completely covered.


Have you already got all of the Christmas presents you want to gift this year or do you prefer to take some more time to think about it?

Stay sweet & HAPPY CRAFTING!

xx Kristin

[5] Handmade Hairbands

Hey friends,

I’m a big fan of homemade presents – both on the receiving and giving end. Sure, sometimes we all want a special something – this great new cookbook, a nice watch or the lovely perfume you’ve always wanted. But on the whole, I like homemade gifts so much better. Simply because it shows that you have thought about it & taken your time to come up with something special for the recipient.

Tomorrow is the day of Saint Nicolas in Germany, the day when he pays you a visit and fills your boots with wee presents if you left them outside the night before. This is of course a great opportunity to gift your loved ones a wee something. How about this beautiful & very easy to make turban-style hairband? You’ll only need a bit of fabric and ideally a sewing machine – if you don’t have one you can obiviously sew by hand as well, it  will just take a bit longer then.

Which material you use is completely up to you, but ideally it should be at least somewhat stretchy, so that the finished hairband fits comfortably. Below, I also have a great video tutorial on this project from the lovely Eliza – watching her make one makes it so much easier to understand the steps.

Handmade Hairbands

Handmade Hairbands

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Active Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Give this old piece of fabric a new life and turn it into a pretty hairband in a few simple steps!

Materials

  • 2 pieces of fabric with the dimensions 16 × 56 cm
  • Sewing machine, needles & thread
  • Pins & scissors

Instructions

  1. Fold the cut fabric pieces along the long side and sew together the open side with a zigzag stitch.
  2. Now turn the fabric strips inside out so that the seam is now inside.
  3. Place one of the strips on the table with the seam facing up and the smooth side down.
  4. Now put the second strip over it like a cross. This time the seam points down and the smooth side up.
  5. Now bring the two opposite ends together in pairs, so that it forms a kind of knot in the middle.
  6. Now fold everything in the middle so that all 4 ends are on top of each other.
  7. Sew the 4 layers together with a straight stitch, cut off excess threads and your hairband is finished.
  8. TIP: If you want the seam in the back to be invisible, you should definitely watch the video Eliza's video tutorial. There she shows how a hidden seam works - it's pretty difficult to show in photos only, but it's actually quite simple.

Try it – it’s really super easy to make and I think the hairbands are so nice and cosy, especially now that temperatures outside dropped quite a bit. I’m looking forward to the hairband I made of fleece keeping my ears warm and toasty <3

Do you like sewing and who would you give sone of those hairbands to?

Stay sweet & HAPPY CRAFTING!

xx Kristin

[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