I truly cannot believe that Christmas is here in one month – why the last months of the year always seem to fly by so fast? Christmas in by no means my favorite holiday of the year, and I love doing different DIY projects for the holiday season. I make Christmas cards every year myself, add some decoration, spend ridiculous amount of time designing how to pack gifts, make advent calendar, door wreath, candle and flower arrangements and and and..the list is endless! So what I try to say is, that I love the holiday season and all the small projects you can do around it. But the sad part of this year is, that I am not having actual home, where to do all these projects, and all my crafting materials are in Finland. So I still need to figure out, if I can do something, or is this going to be the first project free holiday for me in years. How sad is that?
As today is Thursday I decided to do a little combination of throwback Thursday and Christmas inspiration. I listed here from last year few DIY project I did, and two small gift ideas, as many of us are having a lot small Christmas parties the upcoming weeks.
If you need inspiration for Christmas cards or a Christmas themed decoration, check Christmas DIY – Golden reindeer -post. For a simple Advent calendar Old favorite can give you an idea, and if you want to have a little green in your decoration check out the Green and rustic.
If you need a small gift, check Sweet luxury and Surprising combinations. Lakrids has their new tastes for this year (amazing again, saw the pop up -boutique in Dusseldorf few weeks a go), and all the products of Nicolas Vahe are not only tasting, but also looking amazing (if you are in Finland, go check Cobello for these and so many other amazing gift ideas). From my opinion, two easy and still luxurious gift ideas!
Have you started to prepare for the upcoming season already?
Our home is very simple when it comes to the colors. We have a lot white with shades of gray and would not want it any other way, as it is so dark here in the winter. I like to add seasonal colors all around the year to the interior but in a way that it is still looking harmonious. I usually do not like to add too much things in, but for sure Christmas is exception. I could cover all the apartment with seasonal details, I just have to hold it down little as hubby is not so exited to live in winter wonder land.
When the big elements have harmonious colors it is easy to add little contrast to the interior. I made to the living room table a small setting from few very simple elements. I love the contrast of fresh green and rustic pots in the white interior. I use these old pots quit often as they have nice old vibes and I like that all plants in the apartment have same style in the pots.
What I did here is that I bought a small room pine and collected some moss from the forest near by. I also got one big white candle and some white simple decorations fitting to the theme. The end results I think is fresh, rustic, seasonal and same time so simply beautiful. And this setting cost me only the pine (local shop sold these with less than 5€) and a trip to the forest as I had everything else already. It is important to me to use the things I already have home, not always buy new seasonal things.
// Olohuoneen pöydältä löytyy jouluinen asetelma – vihreää ja vanhaa kontrastiksi vaaleaan sisutukseemme.
I try to make every year the Christmas cards by myself, but I have been little lost this year. I have not find so many ideas I actually like and would be exited to do. I even thought this is the first year in long time I would have to go and buy the cards. I wanted something easy to do and nice looking, how hard can that be?
Luckily I saw this picture in Pinterest and ended up in Daisy Dreaming –blog. The original idea behind that picture was to create a Christmas wall art with golden glitter in a shape of a reindeer silhouette. My hubby was not so exited about the glitter but I wanted to use the idea for our cards so I ended up doing something similar but in a little less glittery way. I made cards with golden and silver reindeer silhouettes in three different backgrounds (black, gray and dark red) and typed the text by using Dymo machine. But as i liked the final “product” a lot I also made one wall art for us and wanted to shear the process with you. So here is a tutorial for golden reindeer silhouette art.
I had everything I needed already in home as I have been using gold and silver leaf sheets in other grafts also, but you can find it from several graft shops and from internet. It is not too expensive and you do not need a lot. So what you need is:
- Your favorite reindeer silhouette printed from internet
- Gold and/or silver leaf sheets
- Leafing size (special glue for the sheets)
- Brushes (for glue and the leafs)
- Card for background
- Dish for the glue
The process it self is actually very simple but takes little time as the glue has to dry before you can add the leafs. So you start by choosing one reindeer silhouette from internet and you print that and cut it. Do not choose one that has too many small details, it will not be easy to do it. Once you have the cut out silhouette you should draw it to the background paper. After that you start “painting” the picture with the glue and leave it to dry for some time. Remember to add the glue top of the lines you draw so they will be covered in the end. And then the fun part starts.
The leafs are super thin and stick easily when you touch it with the brush. Take small parts and add top of the glued parts with the brush. I made it in two parts but you can easily also first glue all the picture and then add the leafs. I just like to do it in two parts so I don`t have to be afraid that the glue will dry too much.
Use the brush to add the leafs but also brush the small leaf pieces always after adding them so that the texture will become more “broken” and the leafs will stick evenly. Especially brush the edged as the leaf will not stay in the parts where you did not add clue and you will see the silhouette. When you are done just wipe with clean brush the dust away and leave to dry.
I like a lot how it ended up, and I hope some of you can find the inspiration from this to a small Christmas arts (or also cards) DIY project. Simple and nice looking isn’t it? If you end up using this idea please do not hesitate to tag me in your version (Instagram @laurat0n), I would love to see how it ended up.
// Jouluinen DIY projekti – kultainen lehtikulta silhuetti.