Who doesn’t love a handmade gift? Start making your gifts early and challenge yourself to a handmade Christmas this year!
Today I want to share with you my three must-try inexpensive crafts for you to try. With so many amazing crafts around, it’s hard to decide where to start. As you’ll be aware if you have been on my youtube channel, I like to make inexpensive DIYs for you to follow on my tutorials, but I’m still yet to make a craft tutorial, mainly because I don’t feel like I’m good enough at any one craft yet! So this year along with a lovely little pile of crafty books, I’m hoping to change that and become good at one of the following crafts.
Try your hand at Needle Felting!
The simple technique of moving needles in and out of woollen fibre to create matted felt fabric has become a very popular craft. Once you start, you’ll become hooked and will soon have a menagerie of adorable miniature animals. I’m already planning a Christmas tree full of needle felt creations for next year. These cute little animals make perfect gifts too, that’s if you can part with one! All you need to get started is a good book, some wool, needles and a foam block. I will be attempting my own needle felt creations soon using my ‘Little Felted Animals‘ book (seen below)… my favourite Christmas present this year. Of course, good old YouTube is great for tutorials (no doubt I’ll be making my own), but personally, I like to work from a book with photos of each step.
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Here are some great Needle Felting books for beginners:
Once you’ve finally settled on what you’re going to make, the next step is to buy the wool. There are different types of wool available, and a variety of colours. To keep costs down, I would recommend buying a pack of colours together. I’m about to embark on making some white and grey mice, so I’ve purchased a pack of nine neutral colours.
The equipment needed for basic needle felting can be bought in a kit and usually contains the following: Needles, Foam Pad, wooden handle, needle, scissors, awl, leather finger cot and a glue stick. I’ve found that most kits don’t have eyes included, or maybe they will have just one set. The eyes come in different sizes and can be all black or glass eyes in blue or amber. Of course, needle felting does not have to be just about making animals, you could make little-felt hearts to hang from a twig tree for valentines or cute little toadstools! Once you get to grips with how easy this is, you can let your imagination run wild!
Paper Cutting is a fabulous art form that you may have seen featured on TV shows and in magazines over the Christmas time. This was the inspiration for my ‘How to make a Christmas Cloche Display‘. Maybe not a craft for everyone as this takes time and a fairly steady hand. From very basic to super intricate, you could even advance this art to three-dimensional designs. I’m going to make some woodland themed Christmas cards for my friends this year and some Christmas tree decorations. I would recommend a self-healing matt and a good quality craft knife. Try experimenting first by drawing and cutting out simple shapes using craft paper, then gradually make the designs more detailed. You’ll get quicker and more confident once you see the results starting to appear and the longer a project takes, the more amazing the end result will be! These books are full of beautiful templates and useful guides for developing the best techniques.
Learn to Crochet
I know that Crochet has been exceptionally popular for years now, but I still have not managed to get round to making anything. I feel like this must be one of most inexpensive crafts as you just need your hook and some wool? Don’t you?
I bought a hook about a year ago and stumbled upon it recently and that’s why I’m putting the wonderful art of crochet to my list of must do, or should I say must try this year.
I am always amazed at the beautiful creations that people post on Pinterest, especially clothing. I’m not quite sure what I’m going to make yet, but it will be more than just a coffee matt I hope.
Heres are some beginners books that you might find helpful (available on Kindle too!)
I hope I’ve given you a little inspiration to try a new craft this year. Let me know in the comments down below what new craft you’re going to try. Like I mentioned before, I’m going to make some little needle felt mice. Even after having most of our Christmas presents nibbled on Christmas Eve, I still love the little furries. They only ate one small chocolate ball, then shredded gift wrap to use in their nest. Nothing a little tape wouldn’t fix!
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Bye for now and Happy Safe Crafting!!