Wire Christmas Star Ornament

With Christmas season in full swing, I come across so many fun DIY pins, it’s impossible not to attempt some myself. I found a wonderful idea of wire Christmas ornaments, and all you need is a wire!

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My first one I tried was with silver wire I had left over from previous projects.

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It is so simple! Draw a little star on a wooden plank, hammer in a nail at each vertex and wrap away! Then secure in the intersections and fasten off! I did have to pull the nails out to release the star.

I then tried to spray paint it gold.

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I liked how it looked, but then I bought some gold wire and liked how that came out, too.

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Too cute!!! Make it and love it!

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This is where most of them ended up, more on this later! One exciting post coming up!

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DIY – Paper Gerbera Daisies

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It is probably typical of a lot of girls, but my Instagram is mainly pictures or kids, flowers and soups. Kiddos are the highlight of my everyday life, no wonder they are the main subject of my photos. Soup is part of my heritage, it is what I grew up with, it’s what makes me feel good and safe and home (yes, soup does that to me!) And flowers is my other favourite. All flowers photograph beautifully. It is almost impossible to take a bad photo of flowers.

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I stumbled across a wonderful website by Lia Griffith, where she describes in great detail how to make all sorts of beautiful flowers, bouquets, wreaths and other paper crafts. She also provides templates, or at the very least, she provides links to other sites’ tutorials.

Sure enough she has a special magic cutter that cuts the shapes out for her from templates, but if you are like me and don’t mind putting in some work, you can do it without the magic cutter. You may have an advantage if you have a minion.

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I’ve only had enough patience for five gerberas, but they are just so cute!SAM_8410

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Here is the pictorial found at liagriffith.com. There is no need to create my own tutorial as I haven’t changed anything from Lia’s tute. Here it is (or click on the tutorail to be redirected to her site).5bc3548ce27ac0ae846ac67f9a19b6df

This was one awesome craft, just beautiful, and you berely need anything (maybe just a minion).

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If you enjoyed this craft, perhaps you will enjoy these, too:

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DIY – Pompom Chandelier

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Just before Christmas, I posted about making a DIY Pompom Wreath. That’s when I realised how fun pompoms are – it’s in the name! They are fun, easy and quick to make, and look so playful! I did make pompoms previously for all sorts of other purposes, but when I had to make couple dozen for the Christmas wreath, I fell in love with the idea of a pile of pompoms. It was so cool to have many pompoms, that I’ve decided to make something else, using a pile of pompoms. This wonderful chandelier was the result!

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As usual, when making something for my kids’ room, I have the challenge of creating it in unisex colours, as my boy and girl share a room. I often go for neutral colours, greys, whites, beige… But when I went to Fasouliotis (local yarn shop), yarn was available in so many vibrant colours, it would a pity to forgo such an opportunity. So I went for loud yellow, raspberry pink, soft blue and quieter tones of grey and white.
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For a chandelier like this, you will need 6 larger sized pompoms, 18 medium sized ones and 18 little pompoms. Colours varied for different sizes.

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From one ball of yarn, you can get approximately one or two large pompoms, three or four medium ones, and five to six small pompoms. I used 6 balls of yarn, just like the one in the picture above.  As it is not for wearing, the quality of wool is of no consequence, so I bought mostly acrylic yarn for 1.20 euro each (for some odd reason, grey was on 20% sale on top of that).

The pompoms then have to be arranged as shown below:

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I had a cheap lampshade that I bought from IKEA’s discounted section and stripped it of whatever was on it. Additionally I made a wire ring, which both served as a skeleton for my pompoms to go on.
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This is how the pompoms were arranged. Each “leg” was made by stringing pompons and rings together.  Starting with a small pompom, followed by two medium and then one large pompom. Then there was the big ring, another medium pompom, two small pompoms and the other ring. SAM_7950

The metal rings were wrapped with light grey yarn to make them look like an intentional part of this composition.

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I didn’t have any pattern to the way colours were arranged, because I do like some unpredictability. And if something were to go wrong, it would be easier to fix. So in a way its a planned chaos. SAM_7957

I did have be careful with keeping all sides equal in length to balance it, so I did do my final tweaking with a glue gun.SAM_7960

The end result is pretty cool. The real surprise came when I put the light on – the shadows cast by the chandelier were pretty cool!

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A funky chandelier that looks great during the day and night – pretty awesome.

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Make it and love it!

If you too enjoy DIYs with pompoms or yarn, here are a couple of suggestions:

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Tulle and Ribbon Flowers

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Ever wondered what to make with left over ribbon and tulle? Here is a therapeutic tutorial – and I say therapeutic, because who does not like a quick craft that produces a pretty flower that can be used on a hairband, or pinned to a cushion, or even a card? Very therapeutic indeed!

I have two favourite designs.

This one is super easy to make. I used circle cut outs of tissue paper and tulle, which might prove to be a tricky part – I was fortunate enough to have two colours that matched nicely. White tissue paper and white tulle would be easy to match, too.  The wonderful thing is that you can make this flower varying sizes, depending on the template size. Once you have your circles, layer then anyway you like, in my case more tissue layers towards the bottom of the flower, more tulle towards the top. All in all, about 10 pieces of each material. Sew through the centre, crinkle it up a bit, throw in a purl or two, and it is done!
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The other design is just as beautiful! All you need for this is a ribbon, about 25 cm long. The flower size depends on the width of the ribbon. The one thing you have to consider is to use double sided ribbon. I found some ribbons have a shiny side and a matte side. You might want to avoid that. Fold as shown below, either into a square or a pentagon. A square will produce a flower with four petals, while a pentagon will produce a flower with five petals. Stitch through the outter hem, pull the thread, and you have a flower. I used one flower inside the other for a fluffier flower.

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I can’t recall all the places where these flowers found their purpose. They are just too lovely not to be everywhere! Here are a few of my other posts, where I’ve used hand-made flowers:

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Make it and love it!

 


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DIY – Yarn letters

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Some french words are easier than others. I am glad I came across one that was easy enough to make out of yarn and had such a sweet translation – baby!

It was so easy to make, I think words will be wasted if I try to explain what to do, but a single picture will explain everything, and I am sure give you more DIY ideas.

Ta-da!

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It’s a little less glamorous at the back, but, if Ikea can do it, so can I!

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Yarn just makes everything look warm and cosy! Like sheep!

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I have one of those walls where a lot of my projects end up…

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However, after my photo-shoot was finished, my sweet yarn letters were used else-where (more on that later):

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Make it and love it!

If you enjoyed this post, perhaps you would like to check out some of my other posts using the same yarn:

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Dollhouse Decor – 2nd layer

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Continuing the interior decor of the dollhouse, in this post you will find out how to furnish 4 rooms using a garden fence (I think it’s a fence, it could be something else…) bought for 4 euro! Here is the revered relic:

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Here is my favourite one.  Not an absolute necessity, but makes any dollhouse so much comfier!  A few pieces cut to size create a cute little fireplace.

Blog thumbnail - DIY Dollhouse fireplaceSome of the planks from the garden fence were cut up and used for making table and chairs. Admittedly I used some square rods for legs, but the top part of the table was made by gluing those very planks.  The only primer I had was white, so consequently it was painted white.

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More furniture created from the garden fence. Main bed and built-in bunk-bed are adorable!

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The kids’ room has a bunk-bed, a swing, and a mood wall.

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Ok, this wasn’t made from the wooden garden fence, but who doesn’t have some cardboard lying around? Oh, and you will need a glue gun and some material.

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Some Popsicle sticks came in handy for these cute dollhouse frames.

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I wish I knew how to make kitchen and bathroom furniture to complete the house, however, for now, they might have to be bought.

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Here is the completed house ready to be handed over tomorrow to the customer.

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So, made it and fell in love with it. I will miss you, my little dollhouse!

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Dollhouse – basic decor, 1st layer

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This is definitely one of my favourite parts – pretending to be an interior decorated based on what I’ve seen and learned on Pinterest.  Hobbies do provide a way of escape, and this is where I escape to, this is my outlet.

So far, I’ve worked on curtains, a rug, rope ladder and painting walls. This is what I got thus far.

Curtains were made our of some left over Ikea curtain material. I decided to make them all the same, all in white.

They were very easy to make. Cutting fabric to size, then iron out the seams (I actually use hair straighteners to do this), and then create an insert where the rope should go, tying it into loops on both sides.

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To attach the curtains to the wall, I used little loops that screw into the wall of the dollhouse. Nice and easy.

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As for the rope ladder, this is actually a bit of a cheat. I could not figure out how to make proper wooden staircase, I don’t have the right tools, nor know-how. So, opting for a simpler rope ladder seemed like a liable option, which actually turned out very cute!

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Some wood glue to hold it in place – perfect!

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I also made a little woven rug, and I plan to make more.

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It is a very safe beige grey colour, very boring, but then I do have to consider that a host of pre-preschoolers will be playing with this every day, so my aim is to make it last.

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All it takes is some fabric braided into long strands, and voila, you are doing it!

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Painting the walls was an exciting part. The walls had to be different enough to create interest, yet similar enough to look cohesive. There had to be some print, some solid colour, some variety in colour, maybe even shade of colour… this is what I came up with:

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Dining room:

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Entrance into the kitchen:

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Kitchen:

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Sitting room:

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Rope ladder leading upstairs:

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Bedroom:

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This is something that I’ve seen pinned time and time again on Pinterest. It had to be done. I used a little cross-stitch mesh from my daughter’s craft supplies to draw the crosses, which I have simply drawn with markers:

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The bathroom:

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The Kids’ room (boy or girl):

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All in all, it seems to work together.

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Furniture next!

If you liked this post, check out my other explorations with dollhouse tinkering:

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