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How To Christmas

Ever feel that you want a little inspiration for some cheeky Christmas crafting hacks? Each week we'll be showing you a few easy how tos to make the festive season even more fun.

 

How To: Display Christmas Cards

Something of a steal from the Queen of Christmas, Ms Martha Stewart. Gather a bunch of twigs (not too twiggy), use tiny paper clips to hold the cards and tie them to the branches with pretty, mismatched ribbon. Make sure you weight the base of the container so it doesn't topple over.

 

How To: Create a Christmas Vignette

What even is a vignette? This is a really nice way to make a display (of the kind Harriett spends her life doing) for a mantelpiece or window sill to celebrate Christmas. We used John Derian tear sheets, a beautiful decoration, some pretty containers and our favourite seedheads. Just don't be too precious. This should feel a little bit thrown together.

How To: Christmas Gift Wrap

Thank you Heather Evelyn for the beautiful paper which was the inspiration. Put your gifts in straight sided boxes for easy wrapping. Use double sided (much chicer). We used simple contrasting coloured cord as the ribbon. And don't keep all the presents for inside the parcel, make sure you tie on some party favours, decorations and some chocolate (just watch out if you have a greedy dog).

How To: Decorate your Tree

Abundance and variety are your friends here. We've used all kinds of glass baubles, from the ridiculously kitsch to the supremely pretty. Use vintage ribbon to tie the decorations to the tree (Lucy kindly provided her collection for shop purposes). We've kept the lights white so that the decos are the stars of the show.

How To: Create Another Christmas Vignette

Vignette number 2. This time we're all about a deep window sill and a more monochrome palette. This time it's black, white and highlights of green. Mix up heights, shapes and materials. Use some natural forms to add a less controlled element. And a plate of decorations for festive cheer.

How To: Lay a Red Christmas Table

Is it just me? My absolute favourite colour combination in all the world is pink and red (and I don’t even particularly like the colour pink). Taking our lead from Projektityyny’s marvellous broad striped red and white tablecloth (matching cushions if you’re interested, FYI), we’ve laid a table celebrating this clashing combo.

 

 

 

 

 

How To: Lay a Green Christmas Table

Not strictly roses, but all manner of blockprint flowers mixed with Bordallo Pinhero cabbage china, this is our botanically inspired table. We used tea towels as placemats and napkins (nothing like a bit of multi tasking with household linen). If you fancy a bit of origami crafting, try folding the napkins into a Christmas tree shape. It’s always nice to have an opportunity for show and tell around the dinner table. Prop with tonal candles and candlesticks. And treat your guests with a sugared plum.

How To: Make a Cracker

How to make a festive cracker, using little more than an Aldi loo roll (other loo rolls are available), a smidge of double sided tape, some lovely wrapping paper and heaps and heaps of stocking fillers. Make sure you cut the diamond shaped scores in the paper where you're going to tie the ribbon as it ensures a really neat fold.

 

 

How To: Make a Garland

A technique learnt from the master, Papa Mike. Lay out a section of garden twine (three strings for added strength) the length of your intended garland. Add your flattest greenery and tie on, around the section of twine, at regular intervals. Keep adding layers of additional greenery, keep tying on. Use spruce, ivy, holly, laurel, bay, anything else you have to hand. Tie on fairy lights. Finish off with a ribbon bow at intervals.

How To: Fold a Napkin

Who doesn't love a bit of Christmas origami? I think it's best to watch this video carefully. Much as I love a writing challenge, I think it would be quite difficult to explain the folds in logical, written steps. And Harriett and Sim have done a very clear, visual, and lovely, job of the folding.

 

 

 

 

 

How To: Thank Santa

Every family has its own traditions. This is Santa's Christmas Eve tray Hambledon style: a candle to light the way, a mince pie (his energy may be flagging), a glass of milk (the healthy option, though you may want to stand him a glass of sherry), a carrot for the reindeer, a napkin to wipe away the crumbs. And don't forget to leave him a Christmas card to show your thanks. Merry, merry Christmas one and absolutely all.

 

 

How To: Christmas Gift Wrap

Something of a steal from the Queen of Christmas, Ms Martha Stewart. Gather a bunch of twigs (not too twiggy), use tiny paper clips to hold the cards and tie them to the branches with pretty, mismatched ribbon. Make sure you weight the base of the container so it doesn't topple over.