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.