Making a twig Christmas tree

This is such a simple idea but it’s just stunning. I know it’s not even half way through November but this project is stylish enough to not scream “Santa I know him”

The best thing about this is that you’re going to have to head out to the woods to get what you need….. and here’s a hint…. grab some pinecones whilst you’re there for my next easy Christmas craft for you to try along with us.

You will need:

  • A selection of twigs in various sizes.
  • Twine
  • Scissors
  • Fairy lights

First things first take your twigs and sort them in to size order – largest to smallest.

Once you have done this take a ball of twine and start at the bottom, or largest branch. You want to place your first strings closer together then the size of your smallest branch.

Wrap the twine around your branch once and tie a double knot. Then loop your twine around the branch once each side of your thread and tie it off again in a double knot.

This video demonstrates the knot….. it’s important to get this right because the overall weight is quite a lot and you want it to be secure.

Repeat this process up one side of your branch and then start on the second side with a second piece of twine. Pull your branches apart so the first string is taught to make them “straight” – but a little bit wonky is fine for this project.

Once you have everything fastened together tie a second piece of twine to the uppermost branch and then hang your construction from a nail in a wall. Make some adjustments here by fiddling with your knots before adding fairy lights to complete the hygge style Christmas look.

Here’s our finished hygge style twig Christmas tree. I love it and adding a star made from more items we found in the woods was just the icing on top! Check out our gold pine cone star project

Making a paper craft Winter wonderland house

This project was created using a design bundles Resource which was gifted to us for the purposes of a previous blog.

This is my favourite winter themed craft project so far, just because with the addition of lights it really does look magical. I love paper craft and sitting and folding with my hands is something which keeps me occupied for hours.

For the houses you will need:

  • White Card stock
  • Double sided tape

I downloaded the six separate files into Silhouette Studio, and adjusted the size of each template to fit on to a sheet of A4 white card. I made sure to select different settings for cut lines and score lines.

(At this stage you could simply print the template and cut it by hand)

I applied my card stock to the cutting mat and let it do it’s thing. Once the machine finished cutting I carefully removed the card from the mat and began to gently tease out the cuts and then folded along my score lines.

At this stage I knew I loved the white but also had an idea and so put aside some card for Arlo to go wild with.

Once each house was cut and folded I used double sided tape to carefully stick everything together, I find tape is the best option for me when it comes to fiddly projects.

It was time then to get along with creating a play scene for these houses. I knew I wanted to create something special for Arlo so decided to go wild with window scene. As we get closer ti Christmas this will be the backdrop for more awesome craft projects.

The perfect finishing touch for these was little battery powered tea light candles which created a little glow from the inside. I have added some of Arlo’s wooden figures for the morning and now we have a lovely decorative winter wonderland.