In this post, you’ll find a step by step tutorial on how to make a pom pom Christmas tree decoration! Alternative Christmas trees are on trend at the moment and this one will add a modern touch to your regular festive decor.
To make this Christmas craft project, you’ll need:
A big bag of pom poms in mixed sizes (I chose a selection of wintery blue hues).
Fabric gold star embellishment.
Bostik White Glu (*Thank you to Bostik for sending me this product for free and for sponsoring this post!).
Using the Bostik White Glu, spread a little around the base of the cone. Start with the largest pom poms and stick them onto the cone in no particular order.
When you get to the middle section, use a smaller size of pom pom and stick these on too! For the top section, use the smallest pom poms you have.
Finally, leave a little bit of space right at the tip of the cone to stick on your fabric gold star. Leave to dry for a few hours to make sure all the pom poms are properly stuck to the cone and you’re done! You can now display this on your mantlepiece or sideboard, to brighten up your home for the festive season.
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Diwali is a national festival celebrated by most Indians. It’s also known as the “Festival of Lights”, a name derived from the rows of lighted lamps (called diyas) that Indians set outside their homes to indicate the power of good over evil. This year, the festival is on 7th November with celebrations lasting for five days.
Rangoli designs are often seen throughout Diwali – it’s an Indian art form, traditionally laid out on the ground and made using coloured rice or sand, or flower petals. For this post, I’ve created a Diwali Tealight, which incorporates a Rangoli pattern and gives a nod to the significance of light in relation to this important annual event. I’ve included a step by step tutorial below, in case you’d like to make one too!
For this project you’ll need the following materials:
*Huge thanks to Bostik for providing me with the glue for this project and for sponsoring this post!
The first thing to do is draw a Rangoli pattern onto the card. I found a Diwali Rangoli pattern colouring page online (link above) and traced it onto a sheet of card using carbon transfer tracing paper. Then I cut around the edge of the pattern, as shown in the photo above.
Using the Bostik White Glu, I spread a generous amount onto the underside of the candle and stuck it to the centre of the Rangoli pattern.
I used a cocktail stick to spread the glue along the lines of the design. Only a small amount of glue is needed!
Then I began to stick the flat back rhinestone gems along the lines of the design!
This is one of those craft projects that promotes mindfulness! It’s so therapeutic and peaceful, sticking the gemstones on one by one. Just carry on doing this until you’ve completely covered the outline of the design in gemstones (see top pic)!
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Do you know someone who would love a Halloween sweet treat or two this year? Why not make them a special Halloween sweetie jar gift, filled to the brim with gooey-looking jelly eyeballs and brains, spooky marshmallows and Halloween-coloured chocolate buttons (ok, M&Ms)?
For this Halloween mason jar craft project, you’ll need:
A mason jar with metal lid.
Black Sharpie pen or Sharpie oil-based paint marker.
Orange and black glitter.
Orange and black ribbon (the orange ribbon should be quite thin).
A plastic/rubber spider.
Lots of spooky Halloween sweets.
Bostik White Glue, Bostik Extra Strong Glu Dots and Bostik Micro Dots.
Glue spreader and bowls for the glue and glitter.
Clear lacquer or sealant (optional).
*Huge thanks to Bostik for providing me with the glue for this project and for sponsoring this post!
Step 1 – get ready for glitter
Rinse out your mason jar and the lid with warm soapy water. It’s best to do this right at the beginning before you decorate the jar. Then cover the outside of the lid in the Bostik White Glue (which is a PVA glue) ready for dipping into a mix of the orange and black glitter.
Leave it to dry for a couple of hours and then spray the glittery lid with clear lacquer or sealant to stop parts of the glitter from rubbing off as you handle it. If you don’t have clear lacquer, you could always try hairspray (at least that’s what the lady at Hobbycraft told me!).
Step 2 – get arty with a Sharpie pen
I’ve used a regular black Sharpie pen for this and it seems to stay on just fine. But if you want to make sure your artwork doesn’t come off while the jar is being washed, it might be better to use an oil-based Sharpie paint marker instead.
Work your way around the jar, drawing on and colouring in little Halloween silhouettes, such as spiders, bats, cats and cobwebs. I looked at a few Halloween pictures on the internet and copied them, but if you prefer, you could trace a Halloween shape onto the jar instead.
Step 3 – spooky sweets
Once you’re happy with the designs on your mason jar, break open the Halloween sweeties and start filling the jar. I used green and orange M&Ms for the base, followed by layers of jelly sweets and marshmallows. You could also fill the jar with lollipops, chewy sweets or chocolate eyeballs too! *Warning! You will be tempted to eat the M&Ms that you don’t filter out!
When you’ve finished, your mason jar should look something like the above.
Step 4 – add more bling to the lid
Who will dare to open this jar of sweeties with this menacing, albeit glittery spider sat atop the lid? I bet you know someone who would! To glue the spider on, I’ve used Bostik extra strong Glu Dots. They simply peel off a sheet of plastic, making this part of the project easy peasy.
Then I used Bostik Micro Dots to stick the ribbon around the rim of the lid. Why oh why did I not know about this fantastic product before now?! These Micro Dots are so tiny, you can barely see them.
They come on a sheet of plastic and you stick whatever item you’re using to the sheet of plastic – when you peel the item off, it’s been transformed into a sticker! These tiny Micro Dots attached themselves to my ribbon and then I could simply stick the ribbon around the lid – no gloopy sticky mess in sight! (See the picture below for a visual on how to use them.)
Step 5 – make a bat label
Finally, cut a bat shape out of black cardboard, use a hole punch to make a hole in one of the wings and write a Halloween message on it in white pencil. Then use your orange ribbon to attach the label to jar. You’re finished! I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. If you did, please take a moment to share this post online.
Before you go, why not check out some of my other Halloween-inspired posts?
It’s that time of year again – a couple of weeks before Halloween, and the ideal time to start planning your spooky attire if you’re going out trick or treating with the kids! In this post, I’ll show you how to make some Fimo clay jewellery pieces to compliment your outfit. Check out my tutorial below.
For this project, you’ll need:
Fimo clay in black, orange and green
2 x Fishhook earring findings
2 x Headpins
1 x Flat pad ring finding
Tools for cutting clay (I used my daughter’s play dough tools!)
Jewellery making tools – round nose pliers and wire cutters
*Beads Direct kindly sent me the Fimo clay for this project and they also compensated me for this post – huge thanks to them for supporting my blog! What’s more, they’ve given me a special discount code for my readers where you can get 20% off for a limited time! Just quote BEAD20 when you make your purchase. The offer is valid until 30/11/18, so be sure to check out their website now, before it’s too late! (T&Cs – no minimum order – cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.)
How to make a spooky spider ring
Starting with the spider, first of all, get out the clay you want to use and slice off enough to make the spider’s body. You’ll need approximately one “strip” per main body piece. I was going to make a cutesy spider with just one round body piece in the beginning, but I decided in the end to try to make one that’s slightly more realistic – so I made two.
For the legs, around half a strip should make two legs. I rolled out the shapes for the legs (four pieces in total which double up as two legs for either side of the spider) and stuck them on the underbelly of the spider’s body. Working with fimo clay is a little like working with plasticine. It’s very firm, but is malleable when it gets warm. You can stick the parts together just like you do with plasticine or play dough.
After the legs, I then stuck the other part of the spider’s body on, followed by the eyeballs which I made out of green fimo clay – only a tiny bit of clay is needed for these. Most spiders actually have eight eyes, so if you want to make it especially lifelike, you may want to make this number! Finally, I made two little arms for the front of the spider (the scientific name for these is the pedipalps)!
Fimo clay needs to be baked in the oven at 110°C for 30 minutes for it to harden. So when you’re happy with your creation, do this! Once your spider has cooled, it should be hard enough to use as a jewellery component. Turn it carefully upside down and stick on the flat pad ring finding with superglue. You’re finished!
How to make pumpkin earrings
For the earrings, make two round balls out of orange fimo clay. Working around the ball, make slight indents with your clay cutting tool to make the rims of the pumpkin. While the clay is soft, poke a headpin through each ball from one side to another.
Then add the detail – cut out black clay shapes for the eyes and mouth and stick these on your pumpkins to make the faces. Using small lengths of green clay, roll out two tiny balls. Press them flat with your fingers, then wrap them around the top of each pumpkin and headpin to make a stalk. Roll out two more lengths of clay, making them into strips that you can wrap and curl around the stalks.
Bake, as before, for 30 minutes in the oven at 110°C when you’re finished. When your pumpkins have cooled down, use your round nose pliers to make a loop in each headpin, trimming off the excess with your wire cutters. Attach your earring findings to the loop to complete this project.
This is my first time working with Fimo clay and there are a couple of things that I’ve learned so far. Firstly, trim your nails! I have long nails at the moment and found that I kept scratching the clay surface where I didn’t mean to. Secondly, to cut out shapes, you may be better off using proper clay cutting tools, or a hobby knife to get a more precise shape.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! If you did, please take a moment to share it online and don’t forget to check out the Beads Direct website to see their range of fantastic jewellery making products. Before you go, you might like to read some of my other Halloween related posts:
In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to make a selection of beautiful ornamental butterflies that you can add to your garden trellis, plant pots, hanging baskets or just among your flowerbeds! These are really pretty, especially when the sunlight catches them.
To make these you’ll need the following materials:
Large metal butterfly charms with 5 holes – I got mine from The Works, but you can also get them on Etsy (affiliate link) too.
3mm or 4mm round glass pearl beads in various colours.
Glue – I’ve used Bostik All Purpose and removable Bostik Glu Dots – I was sent these products free of charge for this post.
Gold spray paint (optional)
Garden wire (optional)
Step 1 (optional)
The metal butterflies that I had were very rustic looking, so I decided to give them a makeover with gold spray paint to brighten them up a little. If you’re happy with your metal butterflies, then you may want to skip this step.
Choose a selection of beads that will fit into the holes on the butterfly charms. 3mm or 4mm round beads work best – I used glass pearls.
Next, glue the beads into place using a glue that’s suitable for glass and metal. I used Bostik All Purpose glue for this. Dab the glue into the holes using a cocktail stick, then leave to dry for at least 10 minutes.
Once the glue has dried and the beads are securely in place, you can either use garden wire to make a rod for the butterflies, so that you can stick them into your soil next to your flowers, or use glue dots to stick them to various places around your garden. I did both!
I used Bostik All Purpose glue to stick the wire to the back of one of my butterflies and Bostik Glu Dots for the others. The Glu Dots are really easy to use and because they are removable, you can alter the location of your butterflies in your garden from time to time!
The final step is to place your butterflies in your garden. See mine in various locations below! I’m a tiny bit in love with them and want to make some more!
I’m not sure how well these will fare when it rains – we shall see! You may want to use Bostik’s permanent Glu Dots if you intend to keep them outside in all weathers, but bear in mind you won’t be able to move them around so easily.
I hope you like this tutorial. If you decide to make some, please let me know in the comments below!
Before you go, why not check out these other tutorials I’ve published?
*Disclosure: Huge thanks to Bostik for sending me their products for free and for providing me with an editorial fee so that I could put this tutorial together for you. An affiliate link to Etsy is also included in this post.
The kit retails at £14.99 but Beads Direct kindly sent it to me for free so that I could try it out and they are also providing an editorial fee for my review. I only do reviews if I can give my honest opinion, so rest assured that what I’ve written here is true to what I think of the product!
The Silver Pretty Pellet Bracelet Kit
So, as you can imagine, I was really excited to be getting a parcel of beads through the post (I’m sure my fellow bead addicts will know the feeling)! The kit arrived well packaged in a neat rectangular cardboard box encased in a padded jiffy bag. When I opened the box, I was thrilled to see Preciosa beads within, amongst lots of other goodies. I’d never tried these beads before but lots of beaders rave about them!
Also included in the kit was two beading needles, thread and enough beads to make both a single or double row bracelet, which I think is really good value. I followed the instructions to make a single row bracelet and I’ve covered some of the steps below. The first step was to create a circle of beads using these beautiful silver/transparent Preciosa pellet beads which have a purple tinge to some of them. They swivelled around a little as I was working with them and I had to keep my tension tight.
That circle of beads provided the base for very a pretty beaded component, as shown below. I added an imitation pearl and some very tiny size 15/0 Precosia charlotte seed beads to sit in the centre and size 10/0 Precosia rocailles around the outside. The instructions contain clear details and thread diagrams to show how to do this. The size 15/0 seed beads were so tiny that the eye of my needle didn’t fit through a few of them! However, there was a full pack of these beads included, so this wasn’t an issue.
I made seven beaded components in total. My wrist size is quite small, but if you have a larger wrist size, you may want to make up to 10 beaded components. Once I’d made these, I had to connect them together using more seed beads. The components had to be lined up in a certain way so that the tiny seed beads either side of the pearl were horizontally aligned.
At each end of the bracelet, I made a loop to attach the toggle clasp.
Note that jewellery pliers aren’t included in the kit. These are my own, but coincidentally, they are from Beads Direct! Other tools that aren’t included in the kit are scissors (for trimming thread) and a bead board, should you need one. I just worked on a regular flat surface. Everything else is provided to make the bracelet.
Here’s a pic of the bracelet when it’s made up. Gorgeous isn’t it?
I absolutely loved making this bracelet and overall I think the kit is great value for money, considering the amount of beads that are included. The instructions are clear and the beads are top quality too. The imitation pearls have this fantastic shimmer to them, making them look really authentic. This kit would make a lovely gift for the beader in your life, or a nice treat for yourself!
If you’d like to purchase the kit, you can do so via Beads Direct using the link at the top of this post. They are a bead supplier based in Leicestershire here in the UK, but they also ship internationally to most countries worldwide.
I’m so happy that I’ve made something that Kerrie Slade has designed. Her beadwork is amazing – check out the interview I did with her here to see samples of her work.
Before you go, why not check out some beading tutorials that I’ve created? See some of them below: