|How To Make Christmas Cards, Baubles, Wreaths And Decorations|
|Variety - Something different!|
|Written by Mediabharti Syndication Service|
|Wednesday, 09 December 2009|
There's a real trend this Christmas back to "making your own" instead of splashing out in the shops. You can save money and add a personal touch to the festive celebrations with our simple step-by-step guides to making Christmas cards, baubles, a wreath for the front door and a Star for the tree.
Step One: Cut a length of ribbon long enough to fit around the bauble adding a little
extra to overlap the ends. Glue it around the bauble. Cut two lengths of braid and glue them along both edges of the ribbon on the bauble.
Step Two: Work in small sections at a time so that the glue does not dry before the
ribbon has been pressed onto it. Alternatively, glue one strip of braid along the middle of the ribbon.
Step Three: Apply dots of glue along the ribbon to decorate it, adding sequins and gems for extra embellishment. Make small dots of glue above and below the ribbon
decoration for a more glittery bauble.
Materials required: Plain baubles, Selection of ribbons and braids, Dremel Glue Gun and glitter sticks, Sequins, Small glittery gems.
Step One: Apply glue to the bottom of a pine cone and stick it onto the wreath base.
Glue cones around this one, angling them slightly for an uneven look. It is a good idea to tie a length of ribbon onto the wreath base at this stage if needed to hang the wreath to the door when it is finished.
Step Two: Continue to glue pinecones onto the wreath, covering the entire surface so that it cannot be seen. Select smaller cones and glue them on top of this first layer to create a little depth.
Step Three: Using glitter glue sticks, apply small dabs of the glitter glue onto the pinecones to give them a gentle shimmer. Tie two large bows and glue them together to form a double bow. Glue this to the top of the wreath using the glue gun.
Materials required: Wreath base- use a plastic wreath base available from florists' suppliers or try twiggy wreath bases available from flower shops and garden centres, Glue and glitter sticks, Pine cones, Ribbon to hang the wreath, Wired ribbon for the bow.
Step One: Measure and draw four strips of paper measuring 17cm by 1cm using a ruler and pencil. Cut them out with scissors.
Step Two: Lay the strips over each other in a star shape, gluing each one down at the middle. Apply a dab of glue to the centre of the star shape (on the back) and stick the end of one of the strips onto it. Continue with the remaining seven strips to form a 3-D shape.
Step Three: Cut a square of paper and stick the star onto it. Decorate the star with a button and sequin attached with a large blob of glitter glue. Stick the square of paper onto paper of a different colour or pattern and then glue them onto a piece of silver card that has been folded in half to form the greetings card. Apply spots of glue around the edge of one of the squares and add extra glitter on the stars and patterned papers using the glitter glue.
Materials required: Selection of patterned papers, Silver card, Glue and glitter sticks, Scissors, pen and ruler, Buttons and sequins.
CHRISTMAS TREE STAR
Step One: Take two lengths of wire and glue them together to form a cross shape using the glue gun and glitter glue sticks. Lay two more wires across the first two to make a star shape and glue them together in the middle.
Step Two: Start to thread beads onto the wire, using the same arrangement of bead
shapes and sizes on each arm of the wire star. Continue until the star is complete and you are happy with the arrangement.
Step Three: Apply small dots of glue between the beads to hold them in place and form extra decoration. Trim the ends of the wires with wire cutters if necessary. Using green glitter glue, add dots to the centre of the star, fixing a bead in the middle. Twist a length of wire around the middle of the star to use as a fixing to hold the star in place on the top of the tree.
Materials required: Florists wire (four lengths), Glue and glitter sticks, Pearl beads in different shapes and sizes, Wire cutters.
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