Self-made Christmas cards are the best. I feel that they have more value because somebody took the time and effort to make them. They are easy to make since they don’t require too much skills or money to make them. And the sky’s the limit when designing Christmas cards. I usually like combining something hand-drawn and something printed with decorative paper. Here you can see how my Christmas cards looked like last year.
This year I draw Christmas trees with a white marker on black paper. They are easy and quick to draw, just draw a zig zag pattern with a slight curve making each line a bit longer than the last one. I used a thinner marker to draw a star and some dots around the tree. The text I printed from my computer on a nice paper or used an old dymo with black tape. I like that the cards are all different, it makes them unique and more special.
Do you prefer self-made Christmas cards over store-bought ones?
Last weekend I decorated our apartment for Christmas. I think I have more Christmas decorations every year. Can’t help it though, I love Christmas! I love Christmas lights, all the pretty things and most importantly, the calm and lovely atmosphere.
I bought some branches for my demijohn bottle and hung my Christmas ornaments from them. My tradition is to make some new ornaments every year so that one day when we have our own real Christmas tree, we already have pretty, self-made ornaments for it. I did wool yarn wrapped ornaments two years ago and heart ornaments form old sweaters last year.
This year I found a great free pattern for knitted ornaments from Knitting Daily via No home without you. Knitting them is a bit time consuming but they look so nice! You can use thicker yarn to make them bigger.
Have you decorated for Christmas already?
I made a removable cover for our headboard a while ago (here and here you can see how it looked like before). I wanted to have something that would be easily removable and washable, because the original cover can’t be removed . The linen I used for the cover is almost exactly the same as the original fabric under, but it is better quality and it has a slightly more grayish color and better texture.
I made piping on the edge to make it look more finished. I used a great tutorial from Addicted to Decorating to make the piping cord. On the back I attached some velcro so that the cover would be easy to remove and put back.
I think the overall look is a bit more simple and bare, though the shape is exactly the same. I like it very much.
What do you think?
For about two years now I’ve wanted to have a large glass bottle, a demijohn bottle (originally dame-jeanne), as I’ve learned recently. I’ve seen them in so many different blogs and inspiration pictures. I see them all the time in thrift stores. They usually cost around 30-50 euros. Some of them have the original wicker basket around them. I don’t really like the baskets some of them come with, I only wanted to have a beautiful big glass bottle. It looks great as is, on the floor or on a table top, with a branch or lights in it.
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So a couple of weeks ago I found one I wanted to buy. It only cost 16 euros, but it looked horrible when I bought it. It wasn’t an old bottle, so the basket it was in was made of red and white plastic. And it was dirty… very dirty. Fortunately that’s nothing a pair of pliers and a good wash can’t fix. Now it looks as good as new!
Now I can’t wait to get some branches in it and hang some Christmas ornaments. I think it will look awesome!
PS. You can catch a glimpse of our new Ikea Bestå TV stand in the pictures. I have a small hack idea for it. More on that some other day..
A couple of weeks ago I showed you my progress with this time-consuming and difficult project. And I can now proudly say that my old wooden trunk is finally finished!
This wooden trunk was given to us by my husbands grandmother so it has sentimental value. We had it in our apartment for a year before I was able to start this makeover last summer. Here’s just a reminder of how the trunk looked like before:
Layers and layers of chipping paint, duct tape (?!) under the paint to cover the space between the two wood planks on the top and badly made replacement decorative metal piece on the front. Needless to say, this trunk needed a lot of help. So after some sweat and tears (and a few blisters) here’s how it looks like now:
Better, isn’t it! I love how the wood has so much character in it: scratches, holes and stains. And the metal parts look so amazing and I think the color is just perfect for them. The lowest corner metal pieces are still missing and I’m thinking of maybe making new pieces for them in the future. But I can now call this old trunk finished and I’m so happy how it turned out.
Here you can see better the process from start to finish:
- removed the paint from the wood with a heat gun
- removed the paint from the metal parts with a paint stripper
- scraped and sanded the wood multiple times
- removed the later added decorative metal piece from the front and modified it to look more authentic by making it smaller and hitting it with a hammer
- made old looking nails from new metal screws by sanding them
- sandblasted the metal nails I made and the decorative piece I modified
- used iron paste on the metal parts to make them look like wrought iron
- used wood filler on the parts where I wasn’t able to remove the white filler residue
- stained the wood darker
- lacquered the wood in satin finish to make a durable surface that would stand heat and water without making any marks.
I’m really proud that I was able to get through this project successfully even though it took countless hours and hard work. This was a way of proving myself I can do pretty much anything if I really want to. It just takes some time, work and money to get it done. And now we have this beautiful wooden trunk in our living room and I think we’re going to have it with us for a very long time.
What do you think of my finished wooden trunk?