Tag Archives: Crafting

Christmas Crafting

Homemade Christmas Cards

Fun and Simple Window Decorations and Cards


There’s something very satisfying about making your own cards and decorations, and if they don’t cost much, even better!

These two projects are perfect for creating with children as they’re so simple, but that’s not obligatory, they’re really fun to do by yourself too!

 

Homemade Christmas Cards

Window Snow Scenes

Materials
Pencil
White paper
Scissors
Craft knife
Cutting mat
White Tack or invisible tape

1 In pencil, at the bottom of a piece of paper, draw a gently sloping hillside with trees, buildings, and animals too, if you like.

2 Cut around the outline with scissors.

3 Adults only! Cut out windows and doors with a craft knife.

4 Affix to your windows with tiny pieces of White Tack or invisible tape.

 

 

Artic Animal Christmas Cards

Materials
Pencil
Dark blue or black cards
Paintbrush
White Paint
Cotton wool
Black pen
Small black buttons (optional)
Star stickers or embellishments
Glue (if using a button and/or embellishment)

1 Draw a feint outline of your artic animal. We drew a fox and polar bear.

2 Load your paintbrush with paint and tap to create ‘snow’ paint all over the card.

3 ‘Sponging’ with cotton wool, fill in your animal in white. You may need to twist the cotton wool to a point for any narrow bits. Allow to dry.

4 Draw an eye with black pen, and also a nose, or you could stick on a small black button, if you like.

5 Stick or glue a star in place.

 

Thanks to Jasmine and Maisy, my eight-year-old girls, for producing the artwork for this blog.

 

 

#christmasdecorations

Banish the Blues part 1

Creative Creations to Sooth the Soul from Dairy Diary

After the hubbub of Christmas it’s easy to feel a little fed up. The weather’s dismal and the excitement of the season has been and gone.

However, now’s the time to embrace the cold – cosy up indoors and create something lovely.

The feel-good factor of crafting
is a great mood lifter.

The project may seem a little premature, but it’s a great way of recycling Christmas cards and gift wrap. It also means that you can already tick one thing off the to-do list for next Christmas.

Pop your gorgeous tags in a box and store with your Christmas decorations – and don’t forget to make a note in your Dairy Diary – otherwise it’s easy to forget and buy new tags in November.

 

 

 

Christmas gift tags for 2016

  • Old Christmas cards and Christmas paper
  • Craft knife or paper cutter
  • Christmas punch
  • Double-sided tape
  • Scissors
  • Card
  • Hole punch
  • Ribbon or wool (I cut these from gifts or the inside of new clothes)

1 Choose pretty elements from the old cards and wrap cut with a punch, knife or paper cutter.

2 Cut squares or rectangles of paper slightly larger.

3 Layer one on top of another on a piece of card and secure with double-sided tape.

4 Punch in a hole and thread with ribbon or wool.

 

Look out for part 2 coming soon.

 

#banishtheblues

#craft

Competition | Win a £50 Hobbycraft Gift Card

Win a £50 Hobbycraft Gift Card

.

Competition | Win a £50 Hobbycraft Gift Card

Whether you are an enthusiastic crafter or fancy starting a new hobby we are sure you would love to win £50 to spend in Hobbycraft stores or online at http://www.hobbycraft.co.uk

Choose from an unbeatable range of crafting materials including: Knit & Stitch, Papercraft, Art Store, Kids Craft, Kitchen Craft, Hobbies, Jewellery Making, Heberdashery and much more.

You don’t have to spend the full amount on the card. Your order cost will be taken from the balance of your gift card until it is zero and you will have 24 months after the last time that you use a gift card to make a purchase or top-up the value before it runs out.

Win a £50 Hobbycraft Gift Card

 

 

 

.

.

.

.

.

Crafting – Make these Super Cute Mice

Christmas Crafting with the Dairy Diary

.

Make these Super Cute Mice

How about trying this gorgeous craft project from the 2014 Dairy Diary? These adorable little mice will delight children and adults alike they’re so cute.

Super Cute Mice

Here’s a great way to brush up your crocheting skills. Use the techniques shown and pattern provided to make a whole nest of these charming little creatures – before you know it, you’ll be hooked!

The chain stitch forms
a chain of linked loops,
which can form a foundation
for the rest of your stitches.

Christmas Crafting InstructionsTechniques

Making a Slip Knot
1 Make a loop of yarn, insert the hook through the loop and hook the long end.
2 Draw the yarn back through the loop using the hook, then gently pull the short end of the yarn to tighten the loop.

Holding the Yarn
To keep the tension even and to control the flow of yarn, loop the short end of the yarn over your left forefinger, and take the yarn coming from the ball loosely around the little finger. Use the middle finger to hold the work. (If you are left handed, hold the yarn with your right hand.)

Making a Chain
1 The chain stitch forms a chain of linked loops, which can form a foundation for the rest of your stitches. Start with your slip knot on the hook then take the yarn over the hook.
2 Draw the hook back through the loop on the hook – you now have 1 chain stitch completed. Repeat to make as many chains as specified. Don’t pull the stitches too tight or they will become tight knots and you won’t be able to insert your hook back in later.

Working in Rounds
Using a marker
To avoid losing your place when working in the round, place a stitch marker or scrap of yarn in the first stitch of each round after completing it, then crochet all the way round to the marker. Move the marker at the start of each round.
Joining each round
1 At the end of the first round, the first and last stitches need to be joined to complete the circle. This is usually done by working a slip stitch into the top of the first stitch.
2 To make the second, and subsequent rounds, the hook must be raised to the height of the new stitches so start each new round with a turning chain. For double crochet, this is one chain.

Double Crochet
1 Insert the hook at the required point in the work, take the yarn over the hook and draw this new loop of yarn through the loop on the hook – there are now 2 loops on the hook.
2 Take the yarn over the hook again and draw this loop through both loops on the hook to complete the double crochet stitch.

Slip Stitch
1 This stitch adds no extra height and is used to join pieces together. Insert the hook into the work, then take the yarn over the hook.
2 Draw this loop through the work and the loop on the hook to make a slip stitch.

Increasing
To increase one stitch in a row or round, simply work 2 stitches into the place where you would normally have worked 1. This can appear anywhere in the row or round. This is written as 2dc into next/every st.

Decreasing
To make a double crochet decrease, 2 stitches are worked together (dc2tog). Insert hook into the next stitch. Take the yarn around the hook and pull back through the stitch. There are 2 loops of yarn on the hook. Insert the hook into the next stitch. Take the yarn around the hook and pull back through the stitch. There are 3 loops of yarn on the hook. Take the yarn over hook and draw through all 3 loops. This leaves 1 loop on the hook.

Method

Body
Make a chain of 2 sts.
Round 1: 6dc in second ch from hook. (6 sts).
Round 2: 2dc into every st. (12 sts).
Round 3: [1dc, 2dc in next st] six times. (18 sts).
Round 4: [2dc, 2dc in next st] six times. (24 sts).
Round 5: [3dc, 2dc in next st] six times. (30 sts).
Round 6: [4dc, 2dc in next st] six times. (36 sts).
Rounds 7–14: 1dc into every st. (36 sts).
Round 15: [4dc, dc2tog] six times. (30 sts).
Round 16: [3dc, dc2tog] six times. (24 sts).
Round 17: 1dc into every st. (24 sts).
Round 18: [2dc, dc2tog] six times. (18 sts).
Round 19: 1dc into every st. (18 sts).
Round 20: [1dc, dc2tog] six times. (12 sts). Insert the eyes and secure. Stuff the body.
Rounds 21–22: 1dc into every st. (12 sts).
Round 23: [Miss 1 st, 1dc] repeat until the opening is closed.

Sl st into next st. Cut yarn and pull through st on hook. Pull tight to fasten off.

Ears (make 2)
Make a chain of 2 sts.
Round 1: 6dc in second ch from hook. (6 sts).
Round 2: 2dc into every st. (12 sts).
Round 3: 1dc into every st. (12 sts). Sl st into next st. Cut yarn and pull through st on hook. Pull tight to fasten off. Sew to body behind the eyes.

Tail
Make a chain of 20 sts, turn, sl st in each ch.
Cut yarn and pull through st on hook. Pull tight to fasten off. Pin and sew to body.

Nose and Whiskers
Cut a small felt triangle for the nose and stitch to the face with white thread at the point of the nose. Using white embroidery thread, stitch 3 whiskers to each side of the nose.

Stuffing
Use soft toy filling, such as fibre fill. Fluff it up with your fingers first so it is filled with air then place into your crochet. Add plenty so the pieces are stuffed firmly. To stuff small pieces, push the filling in with the end of a pencil or a chopstick.

Make these super cute miceNeed to Know

Materials

  • Pink, green and yellow double-knitting yarn; choose other/more colours, if you like.
  • White felt for the noses
  • White embroidery thread
  • 3 x pairs safety eyes
  • Toy filling

Tools

  • 3.5mm crochet hook
  • Embroidery needle

Tension

  • 10 sts and 11 rows to 5cm.

Finished size
6cm high and 9.5cm long. To create mice of different sizes, vary the hook size and yarn weights.

Abbreviations
dc double crochet
ch chain
sl st slip stitch
sts stitches
2dc into next/every st – see increasing
dc2tog – see decreasing

.

.

.

.

.

%d bloggers like this: