Sunday, 21 December 2014

Small decorative Origami paper stars... jazz up your Christmas table....or your tree lights!
With instructions on fireproofing the paper

When I saw these cute little paper stars on pinterest, I knew I had to give them a go!!
I could think of a million uses for them (OK, maybe a slight exaggeration, but...)
And once you've practiced a few times they are really easy to make, and take no time at all!!

All you need to make these little stars are strips of paper! For your convenience I've made up a simple template with 12 strips drawn up in the right dimensions....all you need to do is cut them out. Click here to download and print!

Then head over to  minna may blog to see how to easily fold the strips to make the stars!
When you have folded each strip into the pentagon shape, use your nails to push in the sides, as shown below:

Image from Minna May blog

It does take some practice to make the stars come out perfect, so if you don't get it right the first times, keep going: Once you've got it, its easy....and its not like they take very long at all to fold!!

Use these cute little paper stars as decorations on your festive holiday table, string them up on a garland by pushing some thread through each one with a needle, or use as filler together with some chocolate in these gorgeous free printable "kraemmerhus" (Paper baskets) from ilva, and hang on the tree!!

I used mine to jazz up the LED lights on our tree:

I just made sure they'd be safe to put around the lights by spraying the paper templates with fire-retardant and leaving to dry before cutting up the strips and folding the stars:

I got my fire-retardant from here, but you can also make your own with some borax and water! See full instructions here

Then I used a scalpel blade to make a small incision in the side of each star, so that I could insert the LED bulb!

NOTE! I would NOT recommend that you use anything other than LED bulbs if doing this, EVEN if you've fire proofed the paper!! SAFETY FIRST PEOPLE!!

As this years tree decorations includes of loads origami paper ornaments, such as the kraemmerhus, above, the paper star I showed you earlier this week and the kirigami paper gems from Little miss moo's advent calendar, these little stars fit perfectly in with the look of our tree!!

I will be revealing the complete look of this years Christmas tree in my next post... My final post before I clock off for the holidays!��
Until then, I wish you all the best with your last preparations for Christmas...And don't worry if you don't get everything done: CHRISTMAS WILL COME......AND BE MERRY, ANYWAY!!

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

DIY Paper star ornament

So today I am sharing another DIY Christmas tree decoration...This time a star made of paper!
I found this 3D paperstar template via better homes and gardens, but as it only printed 1 star per sheet of paper, and I hate paper waste, I've made a new template with 3 stars per page for you all:
Download my template HERE, print out twice on 200 mg cardstock, and you'll have enough to make 3 decorations.
Other than card stock for printing out the templates, you will need Scissors, twine/ribbon and double sided tape (or glue...but I found tape to be better)

Cut out the templates...You will need 2 templates for each ornament!

Fold along the dotted lines...
...the slatted lines fold the other way.

You can already see the 3D effect!

Using the double sided tape....

Fold and stick down the flaps at the end of each star point...

...So that the star sits flush on your work surface.
Repeat on the other folded template!

Next get your twine or ribbon...

Attach it to the inside of one of the star-halfs to create a hoop for hanging.

Add pieces of double sided tape on the underside of each star point!
It helps if you do this on both halves!

Remove the backing of the tape and press the two half- stars together...

Ready to hang on the tree...

Our tree is all done up with paper ornaments this year, and it looks lovely!
In my next post I will show you how I made the cute little paper stars on the fairy lights, just seen in the picture above!!
So make sure you pop back again this weekend for those!

Monday, 15 December 2014

Free Gift wrap...

Printables from the web

The house is decorated , the tree is in , Christmas cookies are baked and I've finished my Christmas shopping....phew!!
Now all that remains to do before Christmas is all those little finishing touches, like wrapping up all those presents!!
Last year I made my own wrapping paper, but this year I've made use of some of the amazing free downloadable gift wrapping available online, and I thought I'd share some of my finds with you all today!

There is such an array of beautiful wrapping papers and gift tags available to download and print out online...and if you are after something a bit more unusual than what you'd find on the high street, or you've run out and need to wrap those last minute gifts, using free downloadable giftwrap is ideal!!

Of course most people can only print out A4 size, so if you have something larger you want to wrap, just take your printouts to your local print shop and get it enlarged.

This year I wanted more modern looking gift wrap for the presents, and chose to keep it monochrome (Partly because my printer ran out of colored ink...LOL)
Here's a few of my choices:

Cross stitch snow flake and reindeer wrap from minieco , Black and white diamond and triangle patterned gift wrap from Hey Look, Pine cones and acorn print wrap from fellow fellow
handrawn trees and baubles wrap from say yes and star print wrap from me in lila park.

Cute animal gift tags from oh the lovely things and stripey and dotty tags from Ilva

Black and white geo tags from tomfo

Zig zag and dotty gift tags from ilva 

Cool hand written gift tags from Persia Lou

  Cross stitch snow flake wrap from minieco 
There are loads more gift wrapping ideas and inspiration....and a good selection of other ( and more colorful) free printable gift wraps on my pinterest board: gift wrap.

I still have loads more wrapping to do, and once I've got a new color cartridge for the printer, I will also use some more colorful free wrapping paper and tags....but I love the look of this years presents so far...

And adding a colorful bow to the monochrome themed presents, really lifts the look....

I love the "different" holiday messages on these handwritten gift tags by one of my favorite bloggers, Persia Lou

And this simple pine cone wrapping paper by Fellow fellow and these cute animal gift tags by Oh the lovely things (above and below)

And why not get the kids to color in this hand drawn baubles print from Say yes?

And this is my favorite wrapping paper so far: I adore the cross stitch pattern by one of my "go-to" sites for printable s, minieco

Why not visit my pinterest board :gift wrap, and have a look to see if you find your own free favorite printable gift wrap and tags...mix an match, add a bow or two and give your Christmas presents a different look this year!!

Saturday, 13 December 2014

The perfect present...

A gift that keeps on giving!

So, with just over a week until Christmas , If you haven't, like me, already finished your Christmas shopping: IT'S TIME TO PANIC!!!
I've come across this amazing new concept of gifting called
And I felt obliged to tell you all about it!

If you have a person that is particularly difficult to buy for, someone with discerning tastes...maybe they've already got "everything"...or there is someone you feel deserves something extra special and you are struggling to find the right present, this could be the answer!!

NOT ANOTHER BILL was set up  3 years ago by Ned Corbett-Winder, a self confessed Art and design addict, on the founding idea that:
"No-one gets anything good in the post anymore apart from bills and a few pizza menus. So in exchange for a fee, he’d send subscribers a surprise interesting package once a month to make them smile and brighten up their mailbox."

For Mr. Corbett-Winder this is all about curating, discovery and appreciation of craft and design...
...this benefits the subscribers by helping them discover great artists, designers and brands!!

So basically NOT ANOTHER BILL collaborate with up-and-coming and established brands, that you will not find on the high street, to create a monthly surprise package that will be delivered, beautifully wrapped and with a letter explaining the collaboration to the lucky recipient!

"Each month we work with a handful of exciting brands to bring the subscribers something exclusive and unique"

necklace from tatty devine
"You simply sign them up online, telling us about what type and style of presents they’d like to receive (as well as what their address is). Then each month we’ll send them a surprise present to match. What’s more, you can also add a personalized message to accompany the gift."

There are 12 categories of present types, and you can tick as many as you feel would be fitting for the person you are buying for, then NAB will send out a "collaboration" gift that most suits..
(If it doesn't, it can be returned for an exchange)

You choose how long a subscription you want to give: Prizes start at £24 for a single surprise present, £69 for 3 monthly surprises , £129 for 6 months and £229 for a year.
The way they work with brands means that you or the lucky recipient can expect to receive goods worth more than the subscription fee!
What's more: They ship world wide, so this would be perfect if you have family abroad, and there is no hidden postage and packaging charges!!

You can read more about how it works here!

Enamel "splatter" mugs


What really made me sit up and take notice of NOT ANOTHER BILL was the quality of the gifts offered! It changes each month, but with previous collaborations with brands like TOM DIXON, FERM LIVING, HOUSE DOCTOR and FALCON ENAMEL, as well as unusual and unique gifts from lesser known, up-and-coming brands and designers/makers , the standard is set very high!!

brass letter holders from ferm living

Ned Corbett-Winder's background in design is evident in his choice of collaborations ...and what particularly appeals to me is that he has his finger on the pulse regarding all things design and his obvious love affair with contemporary Scandinavian design

There is something for everyone to like! Well, maybe not for the chintzy grandma with a penchant for doilies and porcelain dogs, but most certainly for anyone remotely interested in design:
It is not just a gift (or 3...or 6...or 12!!) It is an introduction to the world of design and beauty!!

Plant mister

From the useful for the gardener...
Papero space shuttle paper building set
Something fun for him...

Copper candlestand
...Something Luxurious for the home

HAM bouncing rabbit prints
Something cool for the kids...

Italian Lunch bag
Something for grandad to keep his lunch in...

Hexagon necklace
Jewelry for her...

Bohemia scarf
Or a cool scarf for mum....

The fun thing is, that you never know what's going to pop into the letterbox next...just make sure you select the right preferences to avoid disappointment.

If you would like to give an actual physical gift to someone, so they've got something under the tree, before the subscriptions start, there is also the option of The deluxe subscription gift box, where the recipient will get a welcome pack with a brass gift token and gift code, so that they can select their own preferences on the website. Order before the 21st December to get delivery in time for Christmas!

There is even a specific guide to create a personal Christmas subscription, and if you are still unsure of the whole gift subscription thing, you can always visit their shop for an extensive range of gifts that you would not find on the high street....even if it is for yourself!!:)

This one's high on my wish list:
Copper mirror from House Doctor

Ps! Who says it's gotta be a gift to someone else?? Why not put in a subscription for yourself, and receive a little surprise in the post every month....NOT JUST ANOTHER BILL!!