12 Crafts of Christmas – Pine Cone Christmas fun

Yesterday Hours of Fun published the 3rd craft of Christmas, this time it was crafting fun with pine cones.

The download shows you how to make a glitter Christmas tree from a large pine cone, you can get the free download here.

At Hours of Fun we have been having more fun with pine cones, although not as much fun as I would like as I am still patiently waiting for some of the pine cones I collected a few weeks ago to dry out.

 

You could try making a pine cone reindeer.

Hours of fun free christmas downloads pine cone crafts (16)

For this you will need  – a drawing pin, a piece of ribbon, a pipe cleaner, 2 googly eyes, a piece of material or paper, a pompom and some glue.

I used the drawing pin to secure the ribbon in place, be gentle when pushing it in to the pine cone (see the picture below).

I shaped the pipe cleaner for the antlers then pushed it into the pine cone.  I rolled the material into a cone shape for the ears and placed them inside the pine cone, with a little glue to secure them in place.  I then stuck on the eyes and the nose to create this super cute reindeer.

 

Hours of fun free christmas downloads pine cone crafts (7)  Here he is hiding in our tree 🙂

 

You could also try making a more decorative pine cone, which you could design to match your decorations.  For this you will need a length of ribbon, a drawing pin, a button, a needle and thread.

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I cut a piece of ribbon to hang the pine cone and again secured it in place using a drawing pin.

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I then tied a bow using another length of ribbon, then placed in position with a button.  To secure the button to the bow and the bow to the hanging ribbon, I used a needle and thread and made a few stitches to hold it all in place.

Check out my Pinterst board for more ideas on pine cone Christmas crafting and dont forget to download our FREE crafts of Christmas download.

As always we would love to ssee pictures of any of your creations, share them on here,  or Facebook or Twitter or drop me an email to rachel@hoursoffun.co.uk.

Happy crafting.

12 crafts of Christmas – Santa cardboard Tube

12 Craft of Christmas download number 2 went out on Friday, this time you can download,for free, a quick and easy children’s craft to make a santa from a cardboard tube – super easy and cheap craft using a cardboard tube and some basic craft supplies.

Again I wanted to share some more ideas around this craft for those of you who may want to get creative and make some other cardboard characters.

Visit the Pinterst Board I create with more ideas for those of you wanting to try something else or challange yourself a little more!

Pinterest board – Cardboard tube Christmas crafts

Santa Cardboard Tube free download

Cardboard tube Christmas crafts santa, snowman and penguin

 

For the penguin I wrapped the tube in black crepe paper, stuck lots of cotton wool on the front for the Penguin’s belly, then cut out 2 wings and a base shaped like feet from black card.  Once these are stuck on you can again full it with some Christmas delights.

Penguin cardboard tube christmas craft download

For the snowman I wrapped the tube in white printer paper and stuck pompoms on the front for the snowman’s buttons.

I then wrapped a piece of ribbon around for the snowman’s scarf and glued it in place.  Using a pipe cleaner which I cut in half, I bent the ends to look like hands and stuck the pipe cleaners through the sides of the tube (once through the tube, give them a little bend inside to help them stay in position).

Finally I cut out a piece of black card for the base and glued the snowman in position, I then covered the black card with cotton wool to create a snow effect around the snowman’s feet.

Snowman cardboard tube christmas craft download

Happy crafting and don’t forget to share your creations by sending in photos.

12 Crafts of Christmas – Tea Light Snowmen

Hours of Fun’s first craft of Christmas went out on the 1st, a quick and easy download to make tea light snowmen.

Hope some of you have already got crafting and made some super cute snowmen to light up your tree – don’t forget to share your pictures as I would love to see your creations.

I wanted to share some more inspiration around tea light charactors for those of you who may wish to get more creative making different characters such as reindeer or Santa.

Santa and reindeer lit tea light christmas crafts downloadFor the Santa I used wide red ribbon and created a hat shape with the loop to hang him with.  Cotton wool for the beard, googly eyes and a white pompom for the tip of his hat

 

For the Reindeer I used ribbon to hang him, a pipe cleaner for his antlers, a bell – just because I love to add bells where I can!  Brown card for his face and ears which I coloured in using a marker pen and googly eyes.

Tea light reindeer and santa (2)   Tea light reindeer and santa (3)

 

Check out the Pinterest board I have set up for Tea Light Christmas decorations for further inspiration, including more challenging projects for those of you who want to try something a little more advanced.

Pinterest board – Tea Light Christmas Crafts

Hours of Fun Tea Light Snowmen download

Last craft fair of 2012 Gosnargh Village Hall

With the Christmas countdown running here on the blog in December, it didn’t leave much time for blogging about other things that were going on.  On Sunday 16th December Hours of Fun appeared at Gosnargh Craft Fair for the last event of the year.  The event was organised by Craft Promotions who do a number of events around the North West click here to visit their Facebook page.  In the run up to the event I had been liaising with Geoff from Craft Promotions and he was super helpful and put up with all my questions!

My friend Kelly has offered to help out for the day and the plan was the night before we would go out for something to eat and a couple of drinks, home not too late then up in the morning for the fair which sadly started at 10am, as you probably are aware by now I much prefer 11am starts!  As is often the case, the night before did not go quite to plan…..we ended up having far too many drinks, dancing to the early hours and getting to bed much later than we should have!

We arrived at the fair and very slowly unpacked and set up.  I am not really a drinker and rarely have a glass never mind a few glasses which meant running a craft fair with a bit of a hangover was a new experience for me, thank goodness Kelly was there as we managed to keep ourselves highly entertained with it all as we took regular breaks and Kelly treated us to a bacon sandwich.

The day went quite quickly but was disappointingly quiet with only a few people through the door.  Feeling a tad rough I think actually helped us through the day, I am not sure how we would have coped with a mad rush of customers!!  Not the most professional and business dynamic approach I realise!

I had fantastic support again with my mum and dad coming to visit, along with my brother, niece and nephew.  Chris called in and Lorraine popped over just in time for packing up and a big thank you to my mum and dad for giving Kelly a lift home.

There were some fantastic stalls there and lovely people.  We did some Christmas shopping and I managed to get some of the last few presents on the list from some of the fantastic stalls that were there.

Not sure I would do the location again but I would definitely consider other events run by craft promotions.

I have really enjoyed the crafts fairs of 2012 and I will be looking to book some for this year, to continue the weekend adventures off to a local village hall or football stadium, set up shop and have a fantastic day.

Thanks again to all those who have supported me at the craft fairs, I look forward to seeing you all at this year’s locations.

Last craft fair of 2012 Goosnargh Village Hall

With the Christmas countdown running here on the blog in December, it didn’t leave much time for blogging about other things that were going on.  On Sunday 16th December Hours of Fun appeared at Goosnargh Craft Fair for the last event of the year.  The event was organised by Craft Promotions who do a number of events around the North West click here to visit their Facebook page.  In the run up to the event I had been liaising with Geoff from Craft Promotions and he was super helpful and put up with all my questions!

My friend Kelly has offered to help out for the day and the plan was the night before we would go out for something to eat and a couple of drinks, home not too late then up in the morning for the fair which sadly started at 10am, as you probably are aware by now I much prefer 11am starts!  As is often the case, the night before did not go quite to plan…..we ended up having far too many drinks, dancing to the early hours and getting to bed much later than we should have!

We arrived at the fair and very slowly unpacked and set up.  I am not really a drinker and rarely have a glass never mind a few glasses which meant running a craft fair with a bit of a hangover was a new experience for me, thank goodness Kelly was there as we managed to keep ourselves highly entertained with it all as we took regular breaks and Kelly treated us to a bacon sandwich.

The day went quite quickly but was disappointingly quiet with only a few people through the door.  Feeling a tad rough I think actually helped us through the day, I am not sure how we would have coped with a mad rush of customers!!  Not the most professional and business dynamic approach I realise!

I had fantastic support again with my mum and dad coming to visit, along with my brother, niece and nephew.  Chris called in and Lorraine popped over just in time for packing up and a big thank you to my mum and dad for giving Kelly a lift home.

There were some fantastic stalls there and lovely people.  We did some Christmas shopping and I managed to get some of the last few presents on the list from some of the fantastic stalls that were there.

Not sure I would do the location again but I would definitely consider other events run by craft promotions.

I have really enjoyed the crafts fairs of 2012 and I will be looking to book some for this year, to continue the weekend adventures off to a local village hall or football stadium, set up shop and have a fantastic day.

Thanks again to all those who have supported me at the craft fairs, I look forward to seeing you all at this year’s locations.

Hours Of Fun Craft Countdown To Christmas. Make Your Cork Reindeer – 1 Day To Go!

Hours of Fun are counting down the days until Christmas by sharing a different Christmas activity each day.  Starting on the 13th December with the last post being published on Christmas Eve.

On the 12th day of Christmas my true love gave to me………A super cute cork Christmas reindeer!

Make your own Cork Reindeer.

Glitter pipe cleaners catch the light
Glitter pipe cleaners catch the light. Made by Chris

As it is Christmas Eve I wanted to pick a Christmas activity that was lots of fun and doesn’t require lots of equipment and tools.   Make your own Cork Reindeer is lots of fun and fantastic for the kids and adults to get involved in.    I learnt about these delights when my friend sent me a picture, saying look what we have made in work today.  I thought they were fantastic and looked a lot of fun to make so I placed my order for corks (although you could open a bottle of wine for the occasion!) and decided I would put a little kit together to take with us on our Christmas visiting.  We are going to get our nieces and nephews involved in some cork reindeer making and take enough supplies for the adults can make one too as I am pretty sure they will want a go!

To make 1 cork reindeer you will need

What you will need
What you will need

1 x cork

2 x pipe cleaners

1 x small pompom (or you can use tissue paper or tinsel)

2 x googly eyes (or you can draw them on with a pen)

Glue

Scissors

I have always had a pretty decent craft kit however since having a stock room in our spare room I am lucky enough to have easy access to lots of supplies.  I had everything I needed already in, although I had to head to the stock room for some pipe cleaners and my friend got my corks from Wilkinsons at a bargain price.  If you don’t have one of the items listed above see what alternatives you can find about the house.

To make a cork reindeer

Cut the pipe cleaner you are going to use for the Reindeer’s legs in half.  The wrap each pipe cleaner around the cork, twisting at the bottom to secure to make the legs.  Shape the pipe cleaners to help it stand up.  Wrap your other pipe cleaner around the front of the cork, twisting at the top to secure.  You can then shape your pipe cleaner into the Reindeer’s antlers.  Glue the google eyes in place and stick on the nose – hey presto you have made a cork reindeer.

You will need it to dry for a while to make sure the eyes and nose stay in place.  Then stand it on the fire-place or tie some string around it and hang it from your free.  It you use glitter pipe cleaners they will twinkle in the Christmas tree lights.

Hours Of Fun Craft Countdown To Christmas. Make your own wreath – 2 Days To Go!

Hours of Fun are counting down the days until Christmas by sharing a different Christmas activity each day.  Starting on the 13th December with the last post being published on Christmas Eve.

On the 11th day of Christmas my true love gave to me………A beautifully decorated Christmas wreath!

Make your own Christmas Wreath.

Last year we decided to make our own wreath to add to the decorations around our house, so I headed out to buy some plain wreaths that were ready for decoration.  It is another Christmas craft that is super fun to make and you can be imaginative and creative as you wish, using all sorts of different things such as ribbons, fabrics, lights, embellishments, twigs, berries, pine cones…..Have a route through your Christmas box and craft box and talk a walk round your garden or head out for a winter walk and see what you find.

You can buy wreaths of different sizes and shapes, made from all sorts of materials such as grapevine, wicker, plastic, polystyrene and you can make your own.  You can buy ready made wreaths from craft shops including Hours of Fun, garden centres, local high street shops and maybe even at your local supermarket.  You need to choose the right wreath for your design and need.

We have an artificial one on our kitchen door decorated with bows, presents, flowers, pine cones and a set of star lights and it looks fantastic.  We also have some 4″ round grapevine wreaths, left plain that we use as candle holders and one we have made into a Christmas tree decoration.  The mini wreaths can be decorated and attached together to create a garland or unique decoration and the larger ones can make beautiful festive centre pieces and provide a fantastic greeting if placed on the front door.  In American Christmas movies they often have massive, decorated wreaths in offices and homes as a centre piece to a room.

You can use glue, thread and jewellery wire or garden wire to attach things to your wreath, make sure you don’t leave anything sticking out the front of the wreath and if using glue allow it to dry before hanging your wreath up.  You can buy hangers made for your door or use a nail, just make sure it is secure and isn’t going to fall on someones head!

Go for it!  Head to your garden and see what you can find, then clear a space and get crafting with your wreath and create the perfect addition to you Christmas decorations.  Pop down to see your local Christmas tree shop as they often will give you a bag full of tree cuttings for free.

Hours Of Fun Craft Countdown To Christmas. Make your own wreath – 2 Days To Go!

Hours of Fun are counting down the days until Christmas by sharing a different Christmas activity each day.  Starting on the 13th December with the last post being published on Christmas Eve.

On the 11th day of Christmas my true love gave to me………A beautifully decorated Christmas wreath!

Make your own Christmas Wreath.

Last year we decided to make our own wreath to add to the decorations around our house, so I headed out to buy some plain wreaths that were ready for decoration.  It is another Christmas craft that is super fun to make and you can be imaginative and creative as you wish, using all sorts of different things such as ribbons, fabrics, lights, embellishments, twigs, berries, pine cones…..Have a route through your Christmas box and craft box and talk a walk round your garden or head out for a winter walk and see what you find.

You can buy wreaths of different sizes and shapes, made from all sorts of materials such as grapevine, wicker, plastic, polystyrene and you can make your own.  You can buy ready made wreaths from craft shops including Hours of Fun! garden centres, local high street shops and maybe even at your local supermarket.  You need to choose the right wreath for your design and need.

We have an artificial one on our kitchen door decorated with bows, presents, flowers, pine cones and a set of star lights and it looks fantastic.  We also have some 4″ round grapevine wreaths, left plain that we use as candle holders and one we have made into a Christmas tree decoration.  The mini wreaths can be decorated and attached together to create a garland or unique decoration and the larger ones can make beautiful festive centre pieces and provide a fantastic greeting if placed on the front door.  In American Christmas movies they often have massive, decorated wreaths in offices and homes as a centre piece to a room.

You can use glue, thread and jewellery wire or garden wire to attach things to your wreath, make sure you don’t leave anything sticking out the front of the wreath and if using glue allow it to dry before hanging your wreath up.  You can buy hangers made for your door or use a nail, just make sure it is secure and isn’t going to fall on someones head!

Go for it!  Head to your garden and see what you can find, then clear a space and get crafting with your wreath and create the perfect addition to you Christmas decorations.  Pop down to see your local Christmas tree shop as they often will give you a bag full of tree cuttings for free.

Hours Of Fun Craft Countdown To Christmas. Make Your Own tree skirt – 3 Days To Go!

Hours of Fun are counting down the days until Christmas by sharing a different Christmas activity each day.  Starting on the 13th December with the last post being published on Christmas Eve.

On the 10th day of Christmas my true love gave to me………A beautiful handmade Christmas Tree Skirt!

Make your own Tree Skirt

For the last 4 years we have talked about needing a Christmas tree skirt for our Christmas tree, we feel it would be the finishing touch to our tree and look gorgeous covering the tree trunk and stand.  Last year I made a mini tree skirt for the little tree we have in the dinning room but the main tree is still waiting!  However this year we have made a start and it will be finished before the end of the festive season, it may just be after Christmas Day!

I have chosen not to provide full instructions and design – mainly because we are yet to make ours, but also because you are free to choose your own design and can even chose different ways to make the main section.  I have therefore providing ideas and suggestions to get you started and there is picture in the gallery showing how to make a tree skirt.  They are super easy and can be as detailed or simple as you wish.  The most important part of making a tree skirt is to pick your material and ensure you have enough of it.

To make the skirt

For the small tree we cut out a circle approx. 45cm in diameter and the large skirt is approx. 1oocm in diameter.

You can use any type of material, although we recommend using something with a bit of weight to it, so it holds its shape.  If you go for quite thin and flimsy material it is likely to sag around the tree.  We have used fleece for both of ours and for the large skirt we have done 2 layers as I plan to sew on decorations and I therefore wanted to back the fleece to hide any stitching etc.  For the backing layer I have chosen red upholstery material which is thicker and heavier.

For cutting out a neat circle I used a technique I have learnt from cake baking, when lining a round cake tin with grease proof paper.  Draw the circle onto a piece of paper, then fold it in half, half again, then half again.  Cut along the line you can see on this section, then when you open it up you will see your circle.  To cut out a circle from your material, use your paper template.  You need to ensure you cut a circle from the centre, this is where the tree trunk and stand will go.  I used my paper template, folded it back up and cut it into a smaller circle, I then laid this on my material and cut round it.  You then need to cut once through your material from the centre in a straight line to create an opening.

Decoration time!

You can decorate you skirt using material, gems, felt, cotton wool, beads, embroidered patterns, sequins and much much more.  Have a route through your sewing box and christmas box to see what you can find.

For the small tree skirt we used my Sizzix Big Shot Machine to cut out snowmen, Christmas tree, stocking and snowflakes out of sparkly organza white material and machine sewed them on.  For the large tree skirt I am not quite decided!  I can’t decide is I want a centre piece at the front with minimal decoration around the skirt or for a full on Christmas scene all the way round!  I think I may try some quilting to create a Christmas scene, building up the layers and using other materials such as felt and fleece to create depth and texture, however this will require some time and new skills so we will see…..!

There are photos below of the tree skirts so far and other decoration techniques used on Stockings that would look fantastic on a tree skirt too, however if you want to be inspired further then simply pop ‘Christmas tree skirts’ in to google and check out the images it brings up.

To ensure your tree skirt stays in place put some sort of fastenings  on the edge of the material where it meet.  I used velcro and it can be sewn or stuck in place.

Hours Of Fun Craft Countdown To Christmas. Make Your Own Stocking – 4 Days To Go!

Hours of Fun are counting down the days until Christmas by sharing a different Christmas activity each day.  Starting on the 13th December with the last post being published on Christmas Eve.

On the 9th day of Christmas my true love gave to me………A homemade Christmas Stocking!

Make your own Stocking

Everyone loves to have a stocking for Christmas.  You can hang is from the fireplace as a decoration or put it at the end of the bed for Santa to fill on Christmas Eve.  You can buy all different types from lots of different places however you can also make your own and personalise it and they are pretty simple to make.

We have made stockings for presents that we fill for each other with little stocking filler gifts and we have also made smaller ones we hang as decorations in the lounge to add to the Santa’s grotto look we go for!

First thing you need to decide is how big you want your stocking.  For this example we will do the same size stocking as the larger ones you can see in the pictures.  These are big enough to put little gifts in, however you can follow these instructions and make a stocking the size of your choice.

Stocking size in this example – 40cm long, 15cm diameter across the top opening with a toe approx. 20cm in length.

We advise you read through all the instructions before starting to make your stocking.

You will need

Material – Fleece or felt is perfect for this project

White trim – fleece, fur etc.

Needle and thread (sewing machine optional)

Scissors

Pins

Pencil and Ruler

Large sheet of plain paper / grease proof paper

Coloured material for decorations

Embellishments for decoration 

Piece of ribbon approx. 7cm long

How to make your stocking

Step 1 – Draw out the shape of your stocking onto the paper using a pencil and ruler.  Remember what ever size you draw the stocking, it will reduce by approx. 2 cm when sewing it together for the hem.    

The stockings we made would therefore be approx. 32cm long, 17cm wide at the top and 22cm long in the toe.  You can decide on the shape of the stocking giving it a curly toe, straight toe, equal width all the way down or allowing it to get slightly narrower nearer the foot.

Step 2 –  Cut out the stocking drawn on paper and pin it to your large piece of material.  Make sure you position it so you can cut 2 stocking shapes out.  Also make sure your pieces will fit together if the material you are using has a right side and wrong side.

Step 3 – Cut out 2 stockings using your paper template, then remove your paper template.

Step 4 – Decorate your stocking.  We cut out shapes in coloured and printed Christmas material and made a Snowman and Christmas tree.  You can then sew or glue the pieces in place.  

Things to think about – are you going to have a front and back?  If gluing the pieces in place make sure you leave it to dry.  When positioning them make sure you leave enough room along the sides to allow you to sew the stocking together.

Step 5 – Cut out the white trim for the top opening of your stocking.  In this example you would need a piece of white material 32cm long and 14cm wide. 

Step 6 – Pin your stocking together ready for sewing.  Firstly place your stocking pieces on a flat surface right sides together and pin the long side of the stocking.  Open up the 2 attached pieces and place your white trim in place for the top of the stocking.  We folded the white trim over the top of the stocking so it provided a trim both inside and outside to give a neater finish.

Step 7 – Decide where you wish for the ribbon to go which will be used to hang the stocking and pin in place.

Step 8 –  Sew the white trim in place, sewing all along the bottom line of the trim all the way round the top of the stocking.  Make sure you sew through the white material and stocking material.

Step 8 – Making sure the stocking is inside out, pin the other sides of the stocking together and sew all the way around, ensuring you sew through all the trim and ribbon making it secure.

Step 9 –  Turn the stocking the right way round and if needed give it an iron to flatten it out.

Step 10 – Hang in place and fill with presents.

 

If you have any problems or questions about making a stocking please get in touch and we will help in anyway we can.

Happy Christmas crafting!