Welcome to the 35th Sew It Cook It Craft It Link Party! 😀 I’m excited what you’ll be sharing today!
Just two weeks and it’s Christmas! I’m still busy crafting and cooking for my Christmas countdown 2017 – maybe you’ve noticed that I’m sometimes posting the projects a bit late. 😉 Below are three of the seven DIY Christmas crafts and recipes from last week. All Christmas crafts and recipes can be found here.
‘Hang a wreath at your threshold on Christmas
In token of Love, Life and Beauty,
For like the bound circle of evergreen foliage,
They have neither end nor beginning.
And weave in bright berries and fruits, or a riband,
For Joy, Mirth, Bounty, and friendly Good Cheer.’
Make an all-natural, old-fashioned Christmas wreath this Christmas! This Christmas wreath is made from scratch without a straw or foam base: All you need is greenery, water shoots, red berries and cotton twine. The Christmas wreath is all-natural, made without wire and glue, so you can compost the wreath after the holiday season! The Christmas wreath from scratch is so quick to make – it takes less than half an hour! Continue reading Old-Fashioned Christmas Wreath From Scratch→
Candied orange slices are chewy and sweet and so orangey! They’re chrunchy on the outside and chewy on the inside. Candied orange slices are easy to make at home. They look great as cake decoration and are perfect as edible gifts for the holiday season. You can dip them in chocolate or enjoy them on their own with a cup of tea or coffee!
‘Many housewives object to Christmas decorations, fearing that the furniture and paper may become scratched and spoiled. The decorators should bear this fear in mind, for beauty at Christmas will not pay for ugliness all the year round. Holly, the very prettiest and most Christmas-like of all adornments, does undoubtedly scratch and tear; it is therefore
best used chiefly in bouquets for jars and vases. In this way it can be scattered about the room very effectively, and can also be kept in water. People are apt to imagine that holly, as an evergreen, needs no nourishment; but, like all other plants, it lasts twice as long if kept moist. Continue reading Victorian Christmas Decorations→
‘Straw is an ageless material closely associated with Christmas. […] Love and joy go into the craftsmanship, and each member of the family has a part in it. The father cuts the grain, the children husk and sort it, the mother makes it into wonderfully imaginative objects. And Christmas Eve seems mystical when the candles are lit and the shiny straw reflects their shimmering light.’ (The joyful Christmas craft book, 1963, p. 76)
The following instruction on how to make straw stars were published in the 1960s book “The Joyful Christmas Craft Book”.