Well it’s less than a week till Christmas so I thought I should probably finish up my DIY projects, I mean they’ve only been sitting here half done for a week or two. Now just because we’re only a few days away from Christmas doesn’t mean you can’t quickly create a couple of cute little things now to add to your table or gifts. Here I’ve got 3 quick and easy DIY projects you can whip up in an afternoon.
Now I love adding a simple little home made touch to something. It doesn’t have to be big or elaborate (I mean I’m no Martha Stewart!), but I think a quick little hand made touch can make even the most basic gift or dinner that little bit more heartfelt.
Candy Cane Place Settings:
I was originally going to use these as individual place settings at my lunch table. But then I thought they’d look even cuter as card holders for each item on our menu. Since we’re having so many people for lunch it’s going to get a bit squishy in my dining room, so I thought I might change it up and have all the platters along my island bench instead and people can just help themselves.
Enter the candy canes!
What you’ll need:
20 or so individually wrapped Candy Canes
Red Ribbon, String or Raffia
Pens or Alphabet Stamps
- Simply take 3 candy canes and place them back to back, ensuring 2 candy canes are closer together and the last is in the middle of the back of the two.
- Take your string or ribbon and tie them tightly together. This can be quite fiddly if the candy canes keep slipping about. I found using a rubber band to hold them tightly together while tying the ribbon made it a lot easier. The other option, if you aren’t planning on eating the candy canes later, is to use a few dobs of glue from a hot glue gun.
- Sit the candy canes up right and re-position them till they sit well and can hold a piece of card across the front. I even added a little bow to the back since you’ll be seeing them from both sides.
- Now cut your card into any shape or size you like and use your pens or stamps to pop down whatever you like, be it the names of your guests or items on your menu.
How easy was that?! Seriously cute and yummy candy cane place settings! You could even eat them once you’re done!
Gumnut Place Settings:
So since I decided to use the candy canes else where for Christmas lunch I needed to come up with something else for my place settings. I thought as I have a rather rustic Christmas table I should continue the theme with matching place settings.
What you’ll need:
A handful of gumnuts or any kind of locally sourced greenery
String in a coordinating colour
Decorative card or paper
A thick pin or skewer
Pencil and fine tip pens
- Take your decorative paper and draw any shape you like. This is going to attach to the gumnut/greenery so choose something that will compliment. I’ve hand drawn a leaf type shape, but you could easily trace a leaf from outside or even google a template.
- Take your scissors and cut out your name tags. Now pop the names of your guests on each tag. Be sure you do a couple of test runs on your selected paper first, I found the pens I originally chose couldn’t be read, so I had to change it up and use something thicker and darker.
- Using the pin or skewer pierce a whole through the corner of your tag. Now thread the string through and tie it onto the stem of the gumnut. Add a cute little bow to finish it off.
- Wollah!!! A cute little name tag.
Add it on top of a beautiful fresh white linen napkin to really complete the look.
Homemade Gift Tags:
I couldn’t find a nice gift tag that matched my wrapping paper so thought I’d whip up a few of my own.
What you’ll need:
Large white card
Alphabet stamp set & Christmas stamps
Red or Green Ink (or any coordinating colour you like. Top pick and highlight a colour from your wrapping paper!)
Gift tag stencil
Coordinating Ribbon, Raffia or string
- I simply did a bit of googling to find a gift tag stencil I liked, then downloaded it and re-sized it until I found the right size. Print up your stencil on cardboard or glue it on a thicker piece of card, so to give you a sturdy base.
- Start tracing your tag shapes all over your large white cardboard ensuring your leave yourself enough room to cut them out.
- Cut them out, then using your hole punch, punch holes in the ends to give you room to thread your ribbon.
- Now you can go crazy and decorate your tags in any way you like! Have some fun with it and get the kids involved! Use Christmas stickers, glitter pens, stamps or anything you can think of to decorate the front side. I kept it simple with a red Christmas stamp across the front.
- Next I used the Alphabet stamps to put a simple black To: and From: on the backside, leaving myself enough room to hand write the names of the recipients in later. Simple!
- Now use your coordinating ribbon or such to thread through the tag and tie onto your gifts, and you’re done!!
So there you have 3 quick and simple DIY projects you can whip up in an afternoon, all ready for your fabulous Christmas get together.
Planning on knocking up some of my DIY crafts this week? Let me know in the comments below.