I was recently asked to take part in the Festive Face-off challenge hosted by Country Baskets where by I had to create a Christmas decoration using some of the contents of a huge hamper they kindly sent to me. There are 30 crafty and creative bloggers taking part and we’re all crafting to be in with a chance of winning first prize (£250 voucher to spend at Country Baskets) plus nominating a charity of our choice to donate a selection of the decorations plus an additional cash donation to give them a boost this Christmas. How lovely is that?
Here’s the hamper we were sent..
The hamper was full of different bits and pieces to get my craft on and there was so many ideas I had to restrict myself and only make one item. Items included wooden stars, ribbons galore, crafting wire, plastic ivy, decorative flowers, sparkly garlands, baubles, a giant plastic clear bauble, gift boxes and a lot more.
Here’s what I came up with..
I knew I wanted to use the giant clear bauble for something but I didn’t really know what to put inside it. I decided to use the bauble as a snow globe so stuck on some big snowflakes to the bauble then tried a few attempts at a Christmas tree.
My first attempt was rubbish. I used some crafting wire to make a Christmas tree shape but it’s so easy to pull the wire out of shape and my hefty fingers made a poor judgement and ruined it. Inside the hamper was some lovely thick green cord so I decided to wrap this around a paper cone and make a lovely Christmas tree. I then stuck on a selection of green and red festive buttons with a couple of star buttons making an appearance on top of the tree. After using the glue gun to secure the tree on to the bottom of the bauble, I sprinkled a handful of polystyrene balls into the bauble and sealed it with cellotape. Adding festive candy cane cord to hang the bauble, my entry into the festive face off challenge is complete.
I’m actually rather chuffed with it. The tree is just up my street and I might even make some more of these for Christmas as I love the look the buttons give it.
I’ve seen some of the other entries and whilst I don’t think my entry is award winning, it is original and handmade by me, I hope the chosen charity likes it like I do.
Disclaimer: Thanks to Country Baskets for the hamper of goodies. All words and images are my own.