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November craft round-up

Welcome to our first crafty round-up, which of course had to be about Christmas! It's been pulled together lovingly by Maggy from Red Ted Art - read on for festive inspiration aplenty...

The Advent Calendar is up, Christmas Movies selected and we have started to listen to Christmas music (yes yes, some of you will be ready to throw up by now... but I am tra-la-la-la-la-laaaaaing into any bah humbug's face).

So, for those of you who do love some Christmas goodness and are after some inspiration for either yourself of the kids, I am sharing my top 10 crafty picks for the month.

Felt Gingerbread House

First up is this felt Gingerbread House. It looks lovely but I worried at first about all the sewing "One" would have to do.. and then realised that it is lots of gluing. Clever Tales From a Happy House indeed -  go pop over and see how she did it. A fantastic upcycled nativity submitted too!  
  I LOVE all Loo Roll Crafts. Loo rolls are such a "readily available" craft material for crafting with kids, so when I saw Kat This Kat That's penguins, I knew they had to be in this Christmas crafty round up! I particularly like the cunning beak and bow tie. Loo Roll Penguins
Free Tags & Pom Poms Well, I do love things free.. especially if they make your Christmas wrapping all pretty like these printables from Mrs Fox. I particularly like the idea of combining your tags with some home made pom-poms - so cute. I have been meaning to give the fork pom-pom a go for quite some time now - here is my opportunity. Check out her ADORABLE elves too. LOVE!  
  Every Christmas round-up must contain at least ONE WREATH, surely. I think this pretty fabric wreath from Stich N Ting is just the thing. Love the simplicity of the red and white fabric, but of course you can pick any colour scheme to suit you and your home. Fabric Wreath
Saltdough Ornaments Saltdough ornaments are such a wonderful "childhood classic"; they are so inepxensive to make and yet are pretty and FUN. And why not make them scented, like Mum 2 Baby Insomniac did? Perfect.  
  Oh my goodness, I instantly fell involve with these AMAZING looking cotton candy floss snowballs. How gorgeous are they? Wouldn't they look fantastic at any Christmas party or as part of your Christmas Day celebrations? Fantastic. That wonderful Captured by Lucy came up trumps. Cotton Candyfloss Snowballs
Christmas Activities The lovely Help Stay At Home Mum shares a number of Christmassy activities you can do with all the family. From gorgeous paper snowflakes (I love them and keep meaning to make some) to Santa napkins and snowglobes. Perfect.  
  That Dilly Tante is a funny lady, and how does she know that I LOVE Yarn Bombing. I think it is a brilliant bit of creativity, that is sure to put a smile on people's faces on their way to work or going about their daily business. Dilly Tante yarn bombed a pole... with knitted fairy lights. LOVE. (And now you guys probably think I am crazy). Christmas Yarn Bombing
Tin Can Lanterns I love the the 'recycled-ness' of these Baked Bean tin lanterns. Brilliant. A quick family snack, followed by a fun and pretty Christmas craft. Thinly Spread shows us how!  
  Oooh, now there were a number of REALLY lovely advent calendars linked up. And I do love homemade advent calendars. Each idea as lovely as the next. But I had to pick just one.... and so save this little cute one for next year! A thrifty solution by Me and My Shadow! Mitten Advent Calendar

 

So! That's it from the round-up this time. I do hope you like this Christmassy selection and that you feel inspired to have a go. Do check out the original linky below for more crafty goodness and pop back here in the New Year for January's craft round-up theme.

Maggy's an award-winning craft writer who blogs at Red Ted Art, where she gets crafty with her two children Red Ted (almost 5) and Pip Squeak (3 years old). A prolific blogger, she also gets creative in the kitchen on Life At The Zoo - and shares opinions on theatre, books and movies to anyone who will listen. 

 

 

Last updated: 16-Apr-2013 at 11:49 AM