Poinsettia Headband

I was in the Dollar Store today, and they had their Christmas decorations out (who am I kidding, they’ve been out for a few weeks now… I’m only giving myself permission to browse now), and I found some poinsettia flowers.  I thought they might make a nice headband.

I also found the metal headbands at the dollar store, too.  First remove flowers and leaves from the stem.  You may need to cut the plastic bits right up to the flower if they stick out a bit.  Glue the leaf to the headband using hot glue, and then glue the flower on top of the leaf.

Ta-da!  I can also spell ‘poinsettia’ like a pro right now…

Christmas Clay

I had some fun with polymer clay this afternoon.  Some of these will become earrings, some will become pins, and some will become hair clips.  They were all made using Premo holiday cutters. 

The trees were coated in Sculpey gloss glaze, and then sprinkled with some glitter.

I hope to get the jewellery made this week, and I’ll show you the results!

Make a Tinsel Scarf!

I was at a store this morning, and the sign said “63 days until Christmas!”… but seeing as how today is two months from Christmas Eve, I think it’s actually 61.  Anyway, this means that I am going to start with the Christmas crafts.  I will be selling some things at craft sales starting on November 17th, so I have to get busy.  Anyway, I found this yarn at Michael’s a few weeks ago:

It’s called ‘Festive’ by Loops & Threads, comes in three colours (red, green and silver… maybe more, but all I saw was three), and it looks just like tinsel!  Ah… tinsel… the stuff that you’d cut and wear on your head so you could be an angel in your Christmas pageant.  Or you’d decorate a tree with it… 

However, this stuff is not at all scratchy like real tinsel, it’s actually pretty soft.  And it’s a breeze to crochet, and probably to knit, as well.  I’d recommend using large needles or a crochet hook.  I used a 10mm hook, and I would use at least that for knitting needles.  Here’s my crochet pattern (and please forgive me… I’m not great at patterns):

Tinsel Scarf – use one ball of Festive

Ch 9, skip three ch, and make 1DC each in next 6ch.  Make 3 ch, turn, and DC across.

Does that make sense?  In each row, there is the 3ch that makes 1DC, and then 6 additional DC, to make 7 all together.  This makes a nice long, but thin scarf, so you could wrap it around your neck, or double it and loop it like I did.  Enjoy the tinsel!

Note: for knitting, cast on 6-10 (depending on how thick you’d like your scarf), and knit across each row.

How to Make a Tulle Tutu

I’ve got a son, and I love him… but I can’t dress him in frilly flowery things.  So I like to make things for other little girls to wear.  Today I made tutus.  In the epitome of girlyness, I made them pink.

Yes, he is wearing a blue tie… but he also rocks the tutu.

They were really easy to make.  First you start with a wide ribbon.  I used white, but any colour will do.

This ribbon was 2.7m or 3 yards long.  I cut it in half to make two tutus.  Next I used my son’s pants as a guide for how long I wanted the tulle.

Make the tulle twice as long as you want it.  To attach it to the ribbon, fold it in half, loop it around the ribbon, and pulls the tails through the loop.  You can pick which side of the loop you want showing.  I used the flat half.

Continue until it is as long as you want, and presto!  You’ve got a tutu!

As an aside… I was making tutus for smaller children, up to age three, so using the three colours of tulle, I could make four tutus.  But you’ll need to gauge depending on the size of the child you’re making it for.  One roll of tulle should make one tutu, if you’re only using one colour.  You may also want to put a small dot of hot glue in behind the tulle to keep it from sliding along the ribbon, or at least at the end pieces to keep them in place.