Cardmaking, Frosty Festivities Christmas & Winter

Speedy Christmas Crafting Using A Recipe!

(This post is part of my Frosty Festivities 2015 Blog Event – see a list of all the posts HERE)

We’re just over half-way through the month, and therefore half-way through Frosty Festivities 2015, so today I thought I’d share something to help you do some Speedy Christmas Crafting by using a recipe!

Speedy Christmas Crafting Using A Recipe at Jennifer Grace Creates

I made two Christmas cards and one winter-themed PL (pocket scrapbooking) card in about 45 minutes – very quick for me! Having a recipe makes it so much easier to pull out supplies – by limiting my choice I don’t spend ages dithering over what to use or rummaging through my stash, like I normally do in case I can find something more ‘perfect’!

If you’d like to set yourself this as a challenge you could use the recipe I picked, or you could make one up of your own – just pick a handful of types of item and write them down so you stick to them! Here’s my recipe:

Twine
Buttons
Paper Scraps
Ephemera
Word Stamps

You could apply this recipe to all kind of projects! You can also add plain card and card blanks, and ink pads, adhesive, etc (plus photos and journaling if you are scrapbooking) – all those crafty basics. Just try not to add any extra embellishments or fiddly techniques which would take up your time!

Here’s the items I pulled together to choose from:

Speedy Christmas Crafting Using A Recipe at Jennifer Grace Creates

It was mostly old stash from the last few years, except I included some new My Mind’s Eye Christmas On Market Street Ephemera because I like them so much!

First I chose a couple of card blanks, and cut a paper scrap down to 3×4″ for my PL card. Then I added more paper scraps on top of these:

Speedy Christmas Crafting Using A Recipe at Jennifer Grace Creates

Next was the twine, twirled into a twisty shape and stuck on with Glossy Accents on the cards, and wrapped around the PL card and attached with staples:

Speedy Christmas Crafting Using A Recipe at Jennifer Grace Creates

I played around with the ephemera until I found a few I liked, and stuck them on, either adhered flat or using foam dots to make them stand out:

Speedy Christmas Crafting Using A Recipe at Jennifer Grace Creates

Then they were finished off with the stamped words – all stamped with grey ink onto white card to keep it quick and easy – plus a few buttons:

Speedy Christmas Crafting Using A Recipe at Jennifer Grace Creates

Ready to give to family and friends or use on a PL layout or scrapbook page!

Be Inspired:

Use my recipe or create your own to make your next project

Use mostly old stash with just one newer item that you love

Use three different stamp sets or wooden stamps

What would you use this recipe to make?

Remember that commenting on this post, and any post that goes live during November 2015, will count as another entry into the Grand Giveaway {NOW CLOSED}, but only if you’ve registered your interest in winning that prize right HERE!

I’ll be back tomorrow with another project for Frosty Festivities 2015!

Jennifer x

DIY Gifts, Frosty Festivities Christmas & Winter

The Frosty Festivities 2015 Blog Hop & Giveaway! {NOW CLOSED}

(This post is part of my Frosty Festivities 2015 Blog Event – see a list of all the posts HERE)

I’m so excited, as it’s time for the Frosty Festivities 2015 Blog Hop! It’s a chance to hop around and visit some of my online friends’ blogs, to see how they’ve been inspired by the winter or Christmas theme. If you’ve only just discovered my blog via one of the other blogs in the hop then ‘hello’! It’s nice to meet you. I’m Jennifer Grace and I’m the host of the hop – it’s part of a month-long event I’m holding, full of tutorials, giveaways, and more!

Frosty Festivities 2015 Crafty Blog Event at Jennifer Grace Creates

I’m going to share a project, then at the end of this post I will send you on to the next blog in the hop. I’ve also got a list of all the blogs in the hop in case you get lost anywhere. If you visit and comment on all the blogs in the hop then you’ll be entered to win this prize {NOW CLOSED}:

Frosty Festivities 2015 Blog Hop Giveaway at Jennifer Grace Creates

It includes a Lawn Fawn ‘Ready, Set, Snow’ stamp set, half of a ‘Let’s Bokeh In The Snow’ 6×6 pad, and bakers twine, along with an A5 sketchbook,  some metallic rhinestone stickers, a couple of Christmas ribbons, and a few other bits and pieces!

The giveaway is open internationally, and it closes on Sunday the 6th of December 2015 (the same as all the other giveaways that are part of Frosty Festivities 2015 – see them all HERE). The winner will be announced on my blog on Thursday the 10th of December, so make sure you check back then to see if you won!

Here’s my project for the hop. I decided to keep it simple with a decorated notebook which could be a stocking filler or teacher gift:

Decorated Notebook Stocking Filler or Teacher Gift at Jennifer Grace Creates

I started with a plain notebook (or sketchbook – the pages are plain), the stamp set, rhinestones, and some scraps of paper from the 6×6 pad:

Decorated Notebook Stocking Filler or Teacher Gift at Jennifer Grace Creates

I stamped the snowglobe, trees, sentiment, and snow all as one layer onto a piece of white card, using Avery Elle ink pads:

Decorated Notebook Stocking Filler or Teacher Gift at Jennifer Grace Creates

I cut some squares of different sizes from the paper scraps, then cut the squares in half diagonally to make triangles. I didn’t measure them at all. When I’d cut a good number out I arranged them on the notebook cover, with the snowglobe, and stuck them down once I was happy with the design:

Decorated Notebook Stocking Filler or Teacher Gift at Jennifer Grace Creates

I dotted a few silver metallic rhinestones around the triangles pattern:

Decorated Notebook Stocking Filler or Teacher Gift at Jennifer Grace Creates

And used Mod Podge to add some green fine glitter to the trees to make them look a bit more special:

Decorated Notebook Stocking Filler or Teacher Gift at Jennifer Grace Creates

Then it was all finished and ready to gift to someone this Christmas:

Decorated Notebook Stocking Filler or Teacher Gift at Jennifer Grace Creates

Be Inspired:

Cut some triangles from Christmas patterned paper to use on a project

Stamp an embellishment to use near the center of a scrapbook layout or card

Use 4 shades of green (I used 2 colours of green ink, green paper, and green glitter – all a slightly different shade)

Now it’s time to send you on to the next blog in the hop – the fabulous Claire at Creative Makings!

If you get lost during the hop then here’s the full list to help you out:

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Remember to comment on them all for the chance to win the blog hop prize of Lawn Fawn goodies and more!

I’ll see you again tomorrow for the next Frosty Festivities project!

Jennifer x

Frosty Festivities Christmas & Winter, Giftwrapping

Embroidered Christmas Tags

(This post is part of my Frosty Festivities 2015 Blog Event – see a list of all the posts HERE)

Yesterday I posted a giveaway from the Little Dorrit & Co Etsy Shop who sell beautiful PDF embroidery patterns – you can see that giveaway HERE {NOW CLOSED}. Today I’m back to show you how I used The Gingerbread Man PDF pattern which I purchased from them! I decided to stitch just some of the details onto a couple of Embroidered Christmas Tags…

Embroidered Christmas Tags at Jennifer Grace Creates

They are all ready fo an extra special present, or to be stuck on a card or scrapbook page!

To make some tags of your own…

Step 1: Print off an embroidery template and cut out the pieces you want to use, making sure they fit on your tags:

Embroidered Christmas Tags at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 2: If the tag is light or thin enough, then you can tape the pattern to a window, and trace the design onto the tag:

Embroidered Christmas Tags at Jennifer Grace Creates

If the tag is light or thin enough then just tape the pattern on top of the tag:

Embroidered Christmas Tags at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 3: Pierce holes along the lines of a traced image:

Embroidered Christmas Tags at Jennifer Grace Creates

Or if the image is stuck on top of the tag just pierce the holes along the lines, going through the paper and the tag at the same time:

Embroidered Christmas Tags at Jennifer Grace Creates

You can draw pencil lines to connect the holes if you need to make it clearer where the stitching should go – I drew lines along the tinsel of the trees so I didn’t get confused between that and the baubles:

Embroidered Christmas Tags at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 4: Use embroidery thread to sew back-stitches and french knots along the designs (I used 2 strands of embroidery thread on all):

Embroidered Christmas Tags at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 5: The backs of the tags will look a little messy:

Embroidered Christmas Tags at Jennifer Grace Creates

So if the people might see the back of the tags (if you are not sticking them flat onto a project) then cover the messy backs with patterned paper:

Embroidered Christmas Tags at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 6: Finish the tags off with some bling if you want to, I used liquid pearls to make some snowy dots:

Embroidered Christmas Tags at Jennifer Grace Creates

Anyone who receives these will know you spent some time making them a special tag!

Be Inspired:

Use an embroidery pattern or printable icon to add stitching to a project

Find or make a gingerbread man embellishment to craft with

Create some snow with liquid pearls, sequins, gems, or enamel dots

Do you think you’d stick these tags on a present or keep them for a special scrapbook layout?

Remember that commenting on this post, and any post that goes live during November 2015, will count as another entry into the Grand Giveaway {NOW CLOSED}, but only if you’ve registered your interest in winning that prize right HERE!

I’ll be back tomorrow at 2pm GMT for the frosty festivities 2015 blog hop!

Jennifer x

Frosty Festivities Christmas & Winter

A Giveaway! Sponsored by Little Dorrit & Co! {NOW CLOSED}

(This post is part of my Frosty Festivities 2015 Blog Event – see a list of all the posts HERE)

It’s time for the next sponsored giveaway {NOW CLOSED} from a wonderful Etsy shop…

A Giveaway! Sponsored by Little Dorrit & Co!

Little Dorrit & Co is a shop selling embroidery patterns, and it’s run by a mother & daughter team – Chris & Julie. The designs stood out to me because most of them are inspired by stories and writers including Dickens, Austen, and Shakespeare. As I have always been a book lover (I studied English & Creative Writing at University, while I studied at Uni I also worked part time at the Jane Austen Center in Bath, and I’m now a school librarian!) these amazing creations really spoke to my heart and mind!

A Giveaway! Sponsored by Little Dorrit & Co!

All the images are so unique and full of special details!

Here are a few that are particularly suited to the Frosty Festivities theme…

1. The Gingerbread Man PDF Pattern – I love baking gingerbread at Christmas, and we usually end up making a gingerbread family to look like ourselves! Plus this design is so cheerful and bright, it would look magical hanging on any wall or perhaps embroidered on to a Christmas cushion:

A Giveaway! Sponsored by Little Dorrit & Co!

2. The Ghost Of Christmas Yet To Come PDF Pattern – This image is so striking and contemporary. I love the moon and the stars in the background. This would be a fantastic thing to embroidery for someone who doesn’t like too much ‘santa and sweetness’ at Christmas time. Or stitch it for yourself as a reminder of the lesson Scrooge learnt on Christmas eve:

A Giveaway! Sponsored by Little Dorrit & Co!

3. The Little Elves PDF Pattern – How cute is this?! We are going to be doing the ‘Elf On The Shelf’ for the first time this year, so this picture of 2 little elves really caught my eye! I could imagine using the wreath around the outside on it’s own for other projects too:

A Giveaway! Sponsored by Little Dorrit & Co!

Aren’t they all full of gorgeous details?!

Now for the giveaway…

A Giveaway! Sponsored by Little Dorrit & Co!

One winner will receive 2 PDF patterns from Little Dorrit & Co – ‘The Ghost Of Christmas Yet To Come’ and ‘The Gingerbread Man’ so whether you prefer bold and slightly scary, or cute and sugary, you’ll be covered either way!

To enter the giveaway {NOW CLOSED}: Just pop over to the Little Dorrit & Co. Etsy Shop, take a look around, and come back here to leave a comment, telling me about an item or two that caught your eye (it doesn’t need to be Christmas or Winter related, just anything you like).

You could also pop by Little Dorrit & Co’s blog and social media pages. It’s not compulsory to visit these to enter the prize, but obviously Chris & Julie would love it if you stopped by. Make sure you tell her ‘thanks’ for sponsoring a giveaway prize! Here are the links:

Blog: http://button-button.co.uk/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/littledorritandco

Twitter: https://twitter.com/juliezryan

The giveaway closes at 10pm GMT on Sunday the 6th of December 2015. {NOW CLOSED} It is open internationally. The winner will be announced here on Thursday the 10th of December, so make sure you check back to see if you won.

Good luck! I’ll be back tomorrow morning to show you something I’ve made with The Gingerbread Man pattern!

Jennifer x

Frosty Festivities Christmas & Winter, Scrapbook Layouts

Sweet Xmas Layout – With a Christmas Star Template

(This post is part of my Frosty Festivities 2015 Blog Event – see a list of all the posts HERE)

Hello! Today I’ve another scrapbook page to share with you – this Sweet Xmas layout with a Christmas Star Template you can download to help you cut the stars on the background…

Sweet Xmas Layout with a Christmas Star Template at Jennifer Grace Creates

Every Christmas day I try to get a photo of my husband, the kids, and me. I want to make a special layout with each one, so I’ll know towards the end of each album (I file my layouts chronologically by year) I will find a Christmas page of us. So even though this photo isn’t the best quality – it was taken as the light was fading so it’s a bit blurry, and I don’t like myself in the picture as I was a bit overweight at the time – I still wanted to do it justice with a lovely page.

I definitely wanted to use the My Mind’s Eye Christmas On Market Street collection, as it’s my favourite collection this year. But all the background 12×12″ pieces that I had were very busy, and at first I couldn’t work out how I could use them:

        Sweet Xmas Layout with a Christmas Star Template at Jennifer Grace Creates

So I sat and thought about what big image I could cut from one of the papers. I didn’t want to cut a Christmas tree as I’d done that last year (On my Giant Aperture Christmas Layout). In the end I realised a star would look nice and magical:

Sweet Xmas Layout with a Christmas Star Template at Jennifer Grace Creates

I only did one star to start with, cutting it out from the template, then drawing around it on the back of the paper before cutting it out:

Sweet Xmas Layout with a Christmas Star Template at Jennifer Grace Creates

But one star looked a little lonely by itself on the background cardstock that I’d chosen:

Sweet Xmas Layout with a Christmas Star Template at Jennifer Grace Creates

So I re-designed the template and cut out a couple more stars – another from the same 12×12″ sheet, and one from a piece of 6×6″ paper:

Sweet Xmas Layout with a Christmas Star Template at Jennifer Grace Creates

There’s a few different sizes of star on the template for you to play with. If you’d like to download the Christmas Star Template PDF file just click HERE and you’ll be prompted to download it!

Sweet Xmas Layout with a Christmas Star Template at Jennifer Grace Creates

Once the stars were done I decided I liked them so much I’d add some more stars! I used the Happy Scatter ‘Stars Of Wonder’ 6×6″ stencil and some Metallic Gold Texture Paste by Heidi Swapp to decorate the background cardstock:

Sweet Xmas Layout with a Christmas Star Template at Jennifer Grace Creates

It gives a nice bit of shiny dimension:

Sweet Xmas Layout with a Christmas Star Template at Jennifer Grace Creates

Then I stamped some more stars on too:

Sweet Xmas Layout with a Christmas Star Template at Jennifer Grace Creates

I chose some ephemera pieces to use:

Sweet Xmas Layout with a Christmas Star Template at Jennifer Grace Creates

And then I realised I had more space at the right and bottom than I did at the left and top, so I cut off the larger areas of space, and matted the page onto the Christmas On Market Street ‘Merry & Bright Foiled’ paper (after gutting the middle of it to be used at a later date of course!):

Sweet Xmas Layout with a Christmas Star Template at Jennifer Grace Creates

Then I just needed to add the title, and some glitter puffy stickers and enamel dots (both also from the Christmas On Market Street Collection) to finish off the page:

Sweet Xmas Layout with a Christmas Star Template at Jennifer Grace Creates

I didn’t write my journaling before photographing it because I want to write names on it, but it’s going to go on the banner at the bottom right.

Be Inspired:

Download the template and use it to make embellishments or a decoration

Put lots and lots of stars on your next project

Place items in a diagonal (eg top left to bottom right) cluster

Do you think I’ve manage to do the blurry but special photo justice?!

Remember that commenting on this post, and any post that goes live during November 2015, will count as another entry into the Grand Giveaway {NOW CLOSED}, but only if you’ve registered your interest in winning that prize right HERE!

I’ll be back tomorrow morning at 8am GMT with the next sponsored giveaway!

Jennifer x

Cardmaking, Frosty Festivities Christmas & Winter

I Can’t Wait To Give You Christmas Hugs Card

(This post is part of my Frosty Festivities 2015 Blog Event – see a list of all the posts HERE)

Today I’m sharing this Christmas Hugs Card, featuring 2 snow-people who can’t wait to break free from their snow globes and give each other some Christmas cuddles:

Christmas Hugs Card at Jennifer Grace Creates using the Lawn Fawn 'Ready, Set, Snow' Stamp Set

This was partly inspired by the new John Lewis Christmas advert, where a little girl tries to send a gift to a lonely man that lives on the moon. I still haven’t decided how much I like the advert, but I think the sentiment is sweet – that even if you won’t see someone soon it’s good to know you are thinking of them in the run up to Christmas. So I came up with the idea to have 2 characters that couldn’t quite reach each other for a hug, but you obviously hope they will soon!

Here’s how I put the card together…

Step 1: Use the Lawn Fawn ‘Ready, Set, Snow’ stamp set to stamp a snow globe onto some snowy looking paper (I used Lawn Fawn ‘Let’s Bokeh In The Snow’ 6×6 pad):

Christmas Hugs Card at Jennifer Grace Creates using the Lawn Fawn 'Ready, Set, Snow' Stamp Set

Step 2: Fussy-cut around the snow globe, cut it in half, and ink the edges with more black ink:

Christmas Hugs Card at Jennifer Grace Creates using the Lawn Fawn 'Ready, Set, Snow' Stamp Set

Step 3: Stamp the snow-people and the ‘Merry Christmas’ greeting from the same stamp set onto white card, and fussy-cut them out. Then colour in the hats, scarves, and noses of the snow people, and cut the ‘Merry Christmas’ between the words, inking around the edges of the sentiment too:

Christmas Hugs Card at Jennifer Grace Creates using the Lawn Fawn 'Ready, Set, Snow' Stamp Set

Step 4: Print out the sentiment ‘I can’t wait to give you Christmas hugs’ or find a similar sentiment in your stamp stash. I used the ‘Amatic’ font for mine:

Christmas Hugs Card at Jennifer Grace Creates using the Lawn Fawn 'Ready, Set, Snow' Stamp Set

Step 5: Layer some more papers onto a card blank, stick your snow-people and sentiment onto the snow globes, and place them on top of the papers without sticking the snow globes or the ‘Christmas Hugs’ sentiment down yet – you just need to check where they will be going. Then you can stamp some tiny little hearts (I used one from the Lawn Fawn ‘Flirty Frames’ stamp set) as though they are floating up from the snow-people:

Christmas Hugs Card at Jennifer Grace Creates using the Lawn Fawn 'Ready, Set, Snow' Stamp Set

Step 6: Once the hearts are stamped you can stick on the ‘Christmas Hugs’ sentiment and the snow globes, using foam tape or dots to give the card more dimension. Then add a few gems or metallic pearls if you want to:

Christmas Hugs Card at Jennifer Grace Creates using the Lawn Fawn 'Ready, Set, Snow' Stamp Set

The card is finished and ready to send to someone you love but don’t get to see very often!

Be Inspired:

Stamp a large image then cut it in half to use one or both halves on a project

Make a project inspired by a Christmas TV Advert from now or in the past

Use the words ‘Christmas Hugs’ on a card, layout, or other project

What do you think , do you like the card, or do you feel too sad that the snow-people can’t reach each other?! I think I will stamp them on the inside of the card too, all snuggled up this time!

Remember that commenting on this post, and any post that goes live during November 2015, will count as another entry into the Grand Giveaway {NOW CLOSED}, but only if you’ve registered your interest in winning that prize right HERE!

I’ll be back tomorrow morning at 8am GMT with the next Frosty Festivities project.

Jennifer x

 

Frosty Festivities Christmas & Winter, Kids Crafts

Christmas Village Candle Houses Kids Craft (for LED candles)

(This post is part of my Frosty Festivities 2015 Blog Event – see a list of all the posts HERE)

Hello! Today I’m sharing these lovely Christmas Village Candle Houses. I’ve called this a kids craft as my children made these, but I’m sure grown-ups will enjoy making them as well – I’m certainly tempted to make a few of my own!

Christmas Village Candle Houses (for LED candles) at Jennifer Grace Creates

I do want to point out straight away that these are for LED candles – the battery powered, flameless, kind. DO NOT put normal candles in these as you will start a fire – those roofs would burn up nicely.

That’s the safety message out of the way!

My kids had great fun making these and now they want to play with them, but I’m trying to keep them out of their reach so we can have them on display at Christmas. I know they will become a toy as soon as Christmas day has passed though, so you could always just make these as toy houses instead of candle ones. I just want to have a Christmas village to display this year!

If you want to make some of your own, here’s how to create them…

Step 1: Find some cardboard tubes, cut them to the size you want your houses to be, and make some initial holes for where the windows will be, to help you get your scissors in. I did all of this step before the kids came to the table, as I knew the card would be too tough for them to get their scissors through without a starting hole. I used a Big Shot to punch the initial holes:

Christmas Village Candle Houses Kids Craft

You could also use a paper piercer or sharp scissors to make those first cuts, just be careful not to pierce your hands – you could put a lump of blue tack or playdoh at the back of the place where you are going to make the hole, to give you something to press onto.

Step 2: Call the kids in, if you are doing this with kids who can use scissors, and put them to work making the windows larger. I wasn’t expecting Cheeky Boy (age 4) to be able to do much, but he came up with an amazing star-shaped design, that obviously isn’t neat and tidy, but it let the light out and it’s all his own work. Look how much they were both concentrating:

Christmas Village Candle Houses Kids Craft

Christmas Village Candle Houses Kids Craft

Step 3: You can do this bit later, but I wanted to get it out of the way before we got messy, and I thought it might help with the next step – choose which papers you will use for your roofs:

Christmas Village Candle Houses Kids Craft

Step 4: Start painting your houses. I thought we’d paint depending on what colour the roofs would be, but the kids found it more fun to paint what they wanted and then decide which roof would go on which house later. I let them go with the flow. Make sure you protect your work surface and wear aprons, if you want to. I did neither because our table is too covered in stains to worry about, and I couldn’t find the aprons! We used kids craft paint so it washes off easily anyway:

Christmas Village Candle Houses Kids Craft

We painted most houses with one coat of paint, except white which needed 2 coats. Actually it probably needed 3 coats but the kids didn’t want to paint them again!

Step 5: While the paint is drying (which could take all night depending on your paint) you can prepare the roofs. Our circles were 10cm (4″) in diameter, I got the kids to draw around some Ikea cork coasters of that size, onto the back of the papers they’d chosen for their roofs:

Christmas Village Candle Houses Kids Craft

Cheeky boy’s circles were way out. Below you can see one of his circles on the left, and one I’d helped him to correct on the right. At least he was having a go:

Christmas Village Candle Houses Kids Craft

Step 6: Cut your circles out, then cut a piece-of-pie styled chunk out of them (it doesn’t need to be a certain measurement, just eye-ball it). Cheeky boy also can’t cut in circles. The blue one second from left was one he’d cut, and it was too small, so I re-cut a blue one for him, and a red one. The one on the bottom left, which looks white (but is green patterned paper on the other side) he’d managed to cut outside of the circle, in a very jagged way, so I left that one as it was. I cut the pie-pieces out for him after I took this photo too. Little Miss did it all herself, after I showed her an example of the pie-piece:

Christmas Village Candle Houses Kids Craft

Step 7: To make the roofs into a cone shape, put adhesive on one edge of the pie-piece hole, then flip the roof over and put adhesive on the other edge of the pie-piece hole:

Christmas Village Candle Houses Kids Craft

Step 8: Bend the roof into a wide cone shape and stick the edges down. There will be a bit sticking out as we didn’t measure the pie-piece hole:

Christmas Village Candle Houses Kids Craft

Just trim off the excess using scissors:

Christmas Village Candle Houses Kids Craft

Cheeky Boy put the adhesive on his roofs but I did the bending and sticking.

Once the houses are all dry…

Christmas Village Candle Houses (for LED candles) at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 9: Stick the roofs on. I used a hot glue gun, just dotting a few blobs at the top of the house before pressing the roof on. Tacky glue would work too, but I wanted it to dry fast:

Christmas Village Candle Houses (for LED candles) at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 10: Draw on some details. I actually left the room and went to do some housework while the kids did this bit, as if I’d stayed in the room I would have kept telling them to keep it neat and make it Christmassy, but really I wanted them to have fun and be creative. So I left them too it. Of course I did come back to find they’d got Sharpie pen marks on their clothes, but they had drawn some fabulous designs too:

Christmas Village Candle Houses (for LED candles) at Jennifer Grace Creates

Hopefully the Sharpie marks will come out after a few washes!

Step 11: The final step is to blob on some tacky glue, around the edges of the roofs, and the bases of the houses, or wherever you want, then tip on some white glitter. This is the step that makes them look like Christmas village houses. Then you just need to pop an LED candle inside, and sit back to admire the glow:

Christmas Village Candle Houses (for LED candles) at Jennifer Grace Creates

In the above photo you can also see how Cheeky Boy cut a door in one of his houses, when I wasn’t looking. It means you can see the candle inside, but not if you turn it around the other way!

Be Inspired:

Make a Christmas village house, or other Christmas decoration or embellishment, out of a cardboard tube

Cut or punch some star shapes

Tip white glitter on as a finishing touch to make a project wintry

Would you like to live in one of these cosy little houses?!

Remember that commenting on this post, and any post that goes live during November 2015, will count as another entry into the Grand Giveaway {NOW CLOSED}, but only if you’ve registered your interest in winning that prize right HERE!

I’ll be back tomorrow morning at 8am GMT!

Jennifer x