December 13, 2015

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HELLO AND WELCOME TO CLEVER POPPY!  

Clever Poppy is all about giving you the chance to take time out to create something beautiful for your home, without the hassle of sorting out instructions, figuring out where to buy supplies and creative planning. I hope you enjoy seeing what we have to offer, and feel inspired and confident to give some creative DIY a go...

Easy Christmas Decorations to Whip Up!

Christmas really is the perfect time of year to whip up some gorgeous decorations! There is just something heart warming about looking around your festive home and knowing you crafted some of the decorations with love. 

Here are some really easy ideas to inspire you this Christmas. They are all projects that you can do while relaxing over a wine in the evening (my kind of DIY!) and that will add some lovely simple style to your Christmas setting.

Enjoy!

1. Hydrangea Wreath

Hydrangeas are one of my favourite flowers, and I'm so lucky to have a beautiful row of them in our garden. To make this wreath, cut approx 15 flowers with stems about 15cm long. Then cut a long length of sturdy floristry wire (I purchased mine from a wholesale florist). One flower at a time, attach each hydrangea to the wire by wrapping it around the stem, creating the circular shape as you go. Tie the ends together to complete the circle. If you notice any gaps at the end, you can add in flowers by tying them on with small pieces of wire. And it's that easy! I would do this on Christmas morning if possible, so that the flowers are still nice and fresh. This would be a lovely welcome on your front door or use as a table centrepiece. 

2. Lace Baubles

This is an easy way to add some 'White Christmas' style to your decor. All you do is glue some stretchy white lace onto plain silver baubles. I used mod podge (which dries clear) and lace from Spotlight. Then once they have dried you can hang them on your tree.

3. Clay Decorations

How about adding some beautiful colour and hand made feel to your Christmas setting? Take some clay and form it into balls and christmas shapes (I used Jovi Modelling Clay from Warehouse Stationary). Then use a skewer to poke holes into each one. Once dry (this may take hours or days depending on the clay and weather), paint the clay decorations using the colour palette of your choice. I used Resene Test Pots in the following colours: Half Silver Chalice, Pattens Blue, Effortless, Romantic and Gelato. I did two coats and used skewers to hold up the beads while they dried. Then thread the decorations with clear wire and hang. So simple and effective!

4. String Christmas Tree

This is a nice option instead of a real tree, or as a secondary Christmas Tree in another setting of your home. Draw the shape of the tree onto a piece of paper, and place that on a piece of plywood. Then bang some nails around the border of the tree shape (I used small flat head nails). Rip away the paper so that all you have left are nails in the plywood outlining the shape of the Christmas Tree. Then loop string around from nail to nail, creating the string art pattern (I used embroidery thread). I loved using this soft pastel colour scheme to create a scandi style piece. Some tips:

  • I went around from nail to nail around the border to start with, to create a nice outline. Then I went back and forth to fill in the space.
  • Tie off knots as you go, so that if the string pings off it doesn't unravel too far.
  • At the end of each colour tie off the string and cut it as close as you can to the knot so that it looks nice and tidy.

 


Julie Stuart
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