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Christmas DIY bottle brush trees

Tried this DIY last year’s Christmas already, but I sort of stopped at the ‘oh they’re white now’ part. And never finished for some reason. (Not totally unusual for me, I tend to start projects but finishing is not my strongest suit)

Anyway, with Christmas sort of around the corner. The shops are filling up with decorations. You know those Lemax tiny little houses and shops with which you can make this whole Christmas village? Well they have miniature ‘bottle brush’ Christmas trees too and those you need for this DIY.

So some of those, some bleach and food colouring (or some other sort of colouring, apparently even cool-aid works too) is all you need for this.

First you put some bleach in a jar/glass/something else. And hang the trees in there upside down. Within a few seconds you see it starting to lose it’s green colour. Wait until you think they lost all their colour then rinse really well. (try not to get bleach on your hands/face/clothes like me. It hurts!)
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DIY advent calendar

I don’t know what it is, but the thought about Christmas always makes me want to do loads of crafting projects. Every free moment I have I spend on making something. Possibly because I know I probably won’t be able to do so for the first few weeks in Australia. (or want to for that matter, it’s hot and sunny…doesn’t feel like Christmas at all) Today I would like to share this advent calendar DIY with you. Sadly I didn’t make any photos while I was making it, but it’s easy as so you won’t have any trouble reproducing it. DIY advent calendar

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Christmas DIY Advent candles

This Sunday will be the first day of advent (always the Sunday nearest to November 30th), one of the four Sundays until Christmas. Advent is the time to celebrate light in the midst of darkness. (didn’t make that up myself, obviously) And I thought it would be nice to make something to count down the weeks until Christmas, and what better to use for a countdown than candles? Every Sunday you light the next candle until all of them are burned..and then….CHRISTMAS!

So, this is pretty easy. Just take a jar you like and fill it up with moss (I had loads of moss left from my Kokedama project) then put a candle in. Make sure it’s nice and tightly hold by the moss, we don’t want any candles falling over while burning.

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Christmas DIY – decorate your cat 101

Today in Christmas DIY’s: how to decorate your cat… Of course I’m kidding. I was a little bored and bought these pipe cleaners yesterday at Sostrene Grene in Amsterdam but didn’t know what to do with it… Wait what, is that a cat who doesn’t mind getting dressed up? Meet Balou, my old and handsome friend. He pretty much sleeps all day and doesn’t mind waking up for a photo or two with a halo on his head. 😉

So yeah, here it is… A halo and antlers made out of pipe cleaners. Enjoy!

Oh, and for a more serious Christmas DIY check out these clay stars.

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Christmas DIY clay stars

While browsing through my favourite source of inspiration aka Pinterest, I saw a lot of DIY’s with air drying clay. And then when I saw some clay in the store I knew I had to bring it home and make something.

Since I am already so much into the Christmas mood it had to be something ‘Christmassy’. So, after digging in my DIY boxes in the attic I found a star cookie cutter and thought of a cute and simple diy to do with it. Clay Christmas stars! (meer…)

DIY kokedama

Plants have played a big role in our houses last year, and hopefully will in the coming year too. Urban jungles, plants to make our indoor environment more healthy you name it and it’s there. Recently I’ve seen the Kokedama have it’s rising. According to the all knowing internet it’s been around for about 20 years and originated in Japan. The word Kokedama means ‘moss ball’ and that pretty much describes it perfectly. When I saw this I knew I wanted to do a DIY for everyone to make them at home, they’re so cool!

They’re pretty easy to make and maintain, but if you’re really not up to making stuff. They’re also available to buy in store or from some people on Instagram.

So, if you’re still here and up for making this DIY all you need is a plant. Any plant, seriously any plant could do. Orchids, ferns, cacti, bulbs, I’ve seen them all. I went to the garden center and bought some little plants to try it out. Then, you will need some moss, easy to get these days over here since the holidays are coming up and apparently everyone’s making their home more cozy with moss 😉

And you need some soil, I bought the long lasting kind and some twine.

DIY kokedamaMake sure the soil in the plant is sticking to the roots if you take it out by soaking it full with water.DIY kokedamaMake a soil ball by grabbing a handful and putting your hand in water do that one handful at a time until you have a small ball. Squeeze as much water out of it as you can so the moss won’t get drenched.DIY kokedamaMake a hole in the ball and use your clay molding skills to make a nice ball around the root of the plant. DIY kokedamaWrap the moss around the ball, it doesn’t need to be tight yet just make sure it covers the whole ball of soil.DIY kokedamaNow to start wrapping it with twine. Make a start by wrapping it around once and tying it up with a double knot.DIY kokedamaJust keep wrapping it in twine until you think it’s tight enough and the moss can’t fall off. Tie the end again and then take a big piece of twine to make a hanging rope. DIY kokedamaEt, voila! You’re done.DIY kokedama (meer…)

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