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12 Days of Christmas crafts

Yesterday marked the final day of my 12 Days of Christmas crafts series. Here’s a wrapup in case you’ve missed any of the projects:

type drawer advent calendar
Day 1: Type drawer advent calendar

type drawer advent calendar
Day 2: Washi tape garland

Filled baubles
Day 3: Filled baubles

Oak leaf wreath
Day 4: Oak leaf wreath

Felt wreath
Day 5: Felt and wool wreath

button wreath ornamentDay 6: Button wreath ornament

Scrabble tile ornament
Day 7: Scrabble tile ornament

Oak leaf garland
Day 8: Oak leaf garland

Washi tape pegs
Day 9: Washi tape magnet pegs

No-sew table runner
Day 10: No-sew table runner

Mushroom terrarium
Day 11: Mushroom terrarium

Felt letter to Santa
Day 12: Felt letter to Santa

Did you attempt any of these tutorials? Or maybe you’ve been working on one of your own projects? Either way, I’d love to hear how it went!

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12 Days of Christmas crafts

Mushroom terrarium

Mushroom terrarium

What’s a Woodland theme without a terrarium?

Mushroom terrarium tutorial materials

You will need:

  • round glass vase (or similar)
  • wooden plugs (or small knobs)
  • faux moss (available from some craft stores and floristry supply wholesalers)
  • red and white paint
  • paintbrushes

Instructions
Mushroom terrarium tutorial

1. Paint the ‘stalk’ and underside of the plugs white.

2. Paint the top of the plug red.

Mushroom terrarium tutorial

3. Using a fine brush, dab on white paint dots to the top of the ‘mushroom’.

4. Place a layer of moss into the vase.

Mushroom terrarium tutorial

5. Arrange the mushrooms in the moss.

6. Continue until all mushrooms have been placed in the moss.

I kept it simple with just the mushrooms, but you can add whatever you like (I think a little toy deer would look particularly cute).

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12 Days of Christmas crafts

I had started a whole bunch of Christmas craft projects when I realised there was no way I could fit it into my regular posting schedule. So for the first half of December we’ll take a break from the regular posts as I bring you the 12 Days of Christmas Crafts. Enjoy!

type drawer advent calendar

I had this antique type drawer lying around and thought the little compartments would make a perfect advent calendar. I printed out a bunch of numbers (increasing size as the day gets closer) in typefaces inspired by the chunky old moveable type that the drawer would have originally held. I made each number card slightly taller than the height of its compartment so that it would bend inside. I then hunted the house for other little bits and pieces – some Christmassy, some not – such as buttons, feathers and twine, that would complement the natural and red look.

type drawer advent calendar

You could go traditional and pop a wrapped lolly or chocolate behind each number. But I reckon an even better way to use it is to write a fun seasonal activity on the back of each card, such as ‘Put up tree’, ’Make gingerbread’ or ‘Go and see Christmas lights’. You’ll get the whole family involved and make some special memories.

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Red and white Christmas branch tree

This year I decided to carry the theme of my Woodland stationery collection through to my Christmas decorations at home, which meant lots of natural fibres, forest-inspired motifs and a red, kraft and white palette.

Red and white folk Christmas ornament

I have a whole bunch of neutral white, clear and silver ornaments that in previous years I’ve used as a base and added a few highlight ornaments in that year’s colour scheme. This year was a little trickier, though, because I was trying to go for more natural elements rather than glitzy. I didn’t have any red or timber decorations at all, but I didn’t want to spend much money on new ones. In the end I only bought one new set, these great folksy patterned baubles from Ikea. The rest were really easy craft projects from everyday materials.

12 Days of Christmas crafts

Which brings me neatly to announcing my first ever themed post series: 12 Days of Christmas Crafts! Starting tomorrow, I’ll be posting one Chrissy project each weekday for twelve days. Most days it will actually be in addition to the regular post so I’ve got my work cut out for me, but I’m really excited about it and I hope you enjoy it!

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Woodland Christmas gift ideas list

I know what you’re going to say, but it really isn’t too early to be planning for Christmas. Way too early for carols, decorations and mince pies, definitely, but not for planning! Take the stress out of last minute present buying with a gift ideas list and a gift checklist.

Woodland Christmas gift checklist

Just download them free, print as many as you need and relax in the knowledge that you have everything under control.

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