DIY ornaments

I love working with self drying clay! My daughter and I made these ornaments the other day. We rolled out the clay, and put a crocheted doily on it when we rolled it the last time. Then we cut out ornaments using ordinary cookie cutters. We used a straw to make a whole for hanging, and when the ornaments had dried we threaded a white and red string through the holes.

I also made this teacup holder by putting one of the ornaments in a glass to dry, so that it dried to this shape.

It is so much fun to make ornaments yourself. They’re fun to make, pretty to look at and the perfect gift for relatives or teachers for Christmas.

 

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DIY Snowmen

We’ve had fun with self drying clay recently, and I made these snowmen so that I can at least pretend it’s winter outside – it’s raining and looking like fall, but inside we have snow and snowmen!

I made three small balls of self drying clay plus a small nose. I stuck a cocktail stick through the balls and stuck in a pair of short twigs for arms. When the snowman had dried, I painted the eyes, mouth and buttons and they each got a scarf made from a piece of ribbon.

 

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DIY Mushrooms

We have so many mushrooms at our house, and I still can’t seem to get enough! I made these mushrooms using air drying clay. I panted the hats read with white dots, and used paperclips and safety needles for the hooks – I just pressed the paperclip/needle into the clay hat while it was still drying.

Just string the dried mushrooms up and decorate with them both indoors and outdoors.

Easy fun Christmas DIY!

 

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Kottar i brasan

Här kommer ett superenkelt julklappstips och husmorsknep – helt vanliga kottar blir utmärkta braständare om man doppar dem i stearin!

Ta en helt vanlig kotte som har fällt sina frön. Smält stearinstumpar ovanför vattenbad och doppa kotten i stearinet och låt torka. Jag håller i kotten i ena sidan och doppar den för hand, låter torka och doppar sen andra sidan. Lätt som en plätt och brinner alldeles utmärkt!

Man behöver inte doppa kottarna mer än ett lager – blir det för tjockt med stearing tar det längre tid för kotten att fatta eld.

Ställ tändkotten upp och ner när du ska tända den. Som jag brukar säga åt mina ungar: tänk på hur elden brinner – den söker sig uppåt, dvs tänd kotten understifrån så smälter stearinet och sprider sig till omgivande ved och du får snabbt en varm brasa!

 

 

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DIY striped candles

I make so many candles all winter, using old pringles-jars.

These turned out quite nicely, despite being made from many different colored candles.

I’ve written about how I make the candles in this blogpost (in Swedish).

They’re easy to make, cost almost nothing and are so pretty to look at! Instant ”hygge”!

 

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Magical lampshade DIY

We’ve started decorating for Halloween, or rather – the kids have. I’ve still got headaches from my new glasses, and don’t see that well, so the kids are helping me with so many things. So now our house is already decorated, not only that – the kids even found new ways to decorate with stuff I had in my Halloweenboxes. This is one of them:

Isn’t the lampshade magical all at once?

We had a bunch of black dragon-cutouts lying around, and she took a piece of tape and pasted them in place on the inside of the lampshade.

Instant magic – I love it!

P.S. All our lampshades wear witche’s hats these days!

 

 

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Autumn is my favorite color

 

 

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Yellow umbrella in the forest

We have so much fun dressing up and taking pictures! In these pictures my daughter is wearing her great great grandmother’s jacket, a skirt I made out of African wax-cloth, a necklace I’ve made and a hat I’ve made from scratch.

To top it off, my daughter got to use my grandmother’s vintage umbrella in mint condition – I love the color on it! And we both love taking these pictures!

 

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Autumn glory

Sometimes I need to relax by taking pictures. And my daughter is my willing accomplice.

Autumn colors, a thrift shop-dress, a cape that I sewed from some old sheet I found at a flea market – plus half an hour of posing and taking pictures. We don’t spend too much time on the photo shoots, they’re supposed to be fun and not stressful. I find a nice spot, place my daughter and click away on the camera.

This is what I think of as her Ozma-look. We love the Oz-books by L. Frank Baum, and we always pretend that Ozma looks just like this. And I am always Billina!

I had planned on wearing the cape myself for a different project, but it was perfect for this photo shoot. So easy to make as well – I cut  circles at the top and bottom, and made a hem plus a lining.

The necklace is one I made out of old jewelry and beads.

I made the flower crown out of different fabrics – a kitchen towel, a striped sheet (thrift shop find) and some schweschwe fabric that I had at home.

We have so much fun together!

 

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Autumn princess

Sometimes we play dress up, my daughter and I.

Most of the time we only fantasize about dressing up – she is the princess of Pargasia, our fictional country, and I am the King (who is female). When she was little, she was usually Darth Vader and I was Gandalf, but we’ve moved on from that. Sometimes we dress as Pokemon, sometimes just as plain ourselves, and every night I pretend that my youngest son’s Pink Panther, called Pinkis, is talking. Pinkis asks the kids about their days and tells jokes and tell tales about my childhood – not all of them true!

We love dressing up. We love trying on new characters. We love pretending we have superpowers. And sometimes those stories end up in a picture.

 

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