DIY Eucalyptus Star Decoration – Inspired By Disney

Well December has flown by hasn’t it?! It has been a month filled with work and a few days of play, but I’m really pleased I have some time today to share with you a little of what I have been up to!

Before I get to the DIY Eucalyptus Star Decoration, I want to explain where the inspiration for this make came from.

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A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of working with a dream brand to deliver some Christmas workshops. Early on Saturday morning I took the train to London to the Disney Store on Oxford Street to celebrate the launch of the Pete’s Dragon DVD.

Pete’s Dragon is a wonderful film about a boy who lives in the forest with his dragon friend. No one in the town believes his dragon Elliot is real, but it’s a great adventure for all when they explore the forest to find out.

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I ran three workshops for children of all ages to make forest inspired Christmas crafts. We painted pine cones to make mini Christmas tree decorations as well as using twine to create 5 point star decorations from sticks. The children also made raw gingerbread cookies and watched the film as they created. One kid did paint his face green too which was all kinds of fun….it was a busy day so I only managed to get a few snaps above.

Today I wanted to share a tutorial for a more grown up version of the DIY Star Decoration we made.

You will need:

  • 5 branches
  • Twine/string
  • String lights on a wire
  • Eucalyptus

For our forest decoration, we created a 5 point star using sticks and twine to hold it together. Wrap around and tie twine each time a stick crosses another one.

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I added a piece of natural coloured ribbon to hang it. It can be quite useful to have another pair of hands for creating the star, so that the sticks stay in place as you tie. eucalyptus-star-decoration-step-1-stick-star

Next, take your copper wire lights and wrap around the star covering each stick. I did this with the lights switched on to make sure they were evenly spaced.
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Then, take lengths of eucalyptus (my favourite right now) and wrap around the sticks. You can secure it by tucking it into the areas where the sticks cross. eucalyptus-star-decoration-complete

If you wanted to, you could also hang lengths of eucalyptus from the bottom of the star. It’s really up to you how you add the foliage – it’s such a simple DIY there is definitely room for variations!eucalyptus-star-decoration-step-3

I love how natural the finished star decoration looks! It’s a larger more grown up version of what we made at the Disney Store and I love it.

diy-eucalyptus-star-decoration-claireabellemakesA big thanks to Disney for inviting me to run the children’s workshops – I had so much fun, especially since I am used to teaching adult crafters and this was so different.

Have you been inspired to create any DIY holiday decorations this year?

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10 Of The Best Christmas Decorations From Etsy

It’s basically been Christmas market mayhem around here lately, so the blog hasn’t been as busy as I had hoped. I recently took part in the Etsy Made Local market in Cambridge and it was SO FESTIVE! We had massive screens with snow videos on and endless Christmas tunes inside the venue. It was an exhausting couple of days, but amazing to see so many locals enjoying our makes and taking the time to visit.

I got the chance to have a nose at other people’s stalls and found some amazing Christmas Decorations all available on Etsy.

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The top row are decorations that have caught my eye on Instagram lately and the bottom two rows are all from makers of the Cambridge Made group (the Etsy Team for Cambridge). It makes me so proud to be part of the team when I see how talented everyone is!

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Tree Shaped Pillows / Chalkboard Dinosaur Decoration / Unicorn Hanging Ornament
 Christmas Jumper Decoration / Brussel Sprout DecorationPersonalised Ceramic Decoration

 

I also couldn’t write this post without mentioning how pleased I am that people have liked the Wheelie Festive Bikes! I’m wheelie wheelie happy that I have had to paint so many 🙂 the red has been the most popular so far.

wheelie-festive-bikes-red-christmas-bicycle-decorationWe will be putting our tree up this evening and adding some bikes to our red and white theme. I can’t wait to get in the festive spirit at home and start gift wrapping too! Have you got your tree up yet?

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5 Of The Best Tea Advent Calendars

So many people are now looking for alternatives to the chocolate advent calendar and with the abundance of beauty, candle and toy ones available, there is a ton of choice! This year I discovered something even better. Today I bring you 5 of the best Tea Advent Calendars.
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As you may know, I’m a big fan of festive and herbal teas so these calendars are right up my street! Last year I tried a candle advent calendar which was slightly underwhelming, so I’m definitely lusting after a tea one for 2016. I’ve tried to include a range of price points in case a tea advent calendar appeals to you too!tea-advent-calendar-for-christmas

Post Tea – £49

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Bluebird Tea Co – £45fortnums-wooden-tea-advent-calendar

Fortnum & Mason – £125harrods-tea-advent-calendar

Harrods – £12.95wooden-advent-calendar-house

Ella James – £39 (can be filled with tea or any treats!

Have you decided on an advent calendar this year? Or perhaps you prefer a more traditional candle? Or maybe you don’t even celebrate Christmas?! Do share your traditions with me, as I’m feeling super festive this year and I’d love to know what you’re all up to.

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Renegade London 2016

Last weekend I ventured to Renegade Craft Fair on London’s Brick Lane. It was great to have a day out with my creative friends and to see lots more of our favourite people sharing their makes. I have visited Renegade for the last 4 years and each year it seems to get better and better. This time, I was on a mission to pin swap with people and to find some Christmas presents too.

I had applied to be a stall holder at Renegade this year, but I was unsuccessful. At first I was pretty gutted, but then I realised I could enjoy it from the other side! We found tons of amazing plant sellers, stationers and the print selection was really strong too.

Here’s what I picked up! All makers are linked below. I also picked up a Christmas present from Basil and Ford which I can’t share, but they deserve a special mention because everything they make is just magic and they are the nicest people ever.

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Origami Decoration / Glitter Print / Cat Pin / Mistletoe Pin & Christmas Card
Dungaree Dress Pattern  / Umbrella & Raindrop Pins / Palm Springs Pin / I Got Dressed Today Pin

I vlogged my day so that I could capture lots of my favourite designer makers booths. Check it out in the video below.

I hope you enjoyed my haul and vlog today! I’ve been busy in the studio prepping for Christmas market season. I’m pretty excited to see in person reactions to my new Christmas card collections and to get in the festive spirit. There may be a couple of Christmas decorations slowly creeping into the studio this week….!

Oh and if you want to see close ups of all those pins, be sure to follow on Instagram where I share my collection regularly!

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Instalife October 2016

As usual, the month sped by and I can’t quite believe it’s November already! October was the first month as a full-time creative so I had lots to learn at Copper Boom Studio and tons of things to make here in Claireabellemakes studio. Here’s a look at what I got up to via my Instagram feed.claireabellemakes-instalife-october-2016-studio-desk

The studio doesn’t always look this tidy, but it was for a brief moment!claireabellemakes-instalife-october-2016-studio

I added some new items to my pegboard display.claireabellemakes-instalife-october-2016-shop

Lots of pins and necklaces left the shop and some Sew Crafty prints too

The pencils got a lot of love and Christmas cards were launched

A sneak of new cards coming soon and a great customer snap
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DIY Colour Block Tray / Painted Pumpkins / Sharing my Favourites

Choosing a Planner for 2017 / DIY Marbled Magazine File
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Embracing Autumn in Cambridge / Wearing my favourite pins

Bike rides through the leaves / Autumn Decor / Bike spottingclaireabellemakes-instalife-october-2016-tammy

As always I have my little helper with me at all times in the studio! She’s a personal hot water bottle…

November has some fun things scheduled and even more new designs coming to the shop. I think it’s going to be a busy one!

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