Jen’s Handmade Christmas

Slightly less glamorous than Kirsty Allsop’s. But all the same I thought I’d share some little bits and bobs I’d handmade this festive season.

Not only do handmade elements add a personal touch, but let’s face it they are a great money-saver too. I normally go ALL IN on Christmas wrapping, starting with a minimum £50 spend in Paperchase. 3 for 2 patterned paper is a must, along with all manner of ribbons and present toppers. Having left my job to venture out as a freelancer (gulp) in November, I’ve obviously had to be a little more frugal this christmas.

I bought a large roll of kraft paper and cut it into smaller, more manageable pieces. Then used black indian ink, ph martin’s copper & white inks. I wanted to use a mixture of simple mark-making and focused brush lettering to create different patterns. I paired these papers with some simple bow and ribbon packets (also on a handy 3 for 2) & a pack of mini, multicoloured baubles to act as present toppers – all from Paperchase.

I also created some tags – again just used really simple kraft tags which I bought from Hobbycraft. I just used indian ink to write different brush lettering on the front. I haven’t threaded them yet but think the ribbon will be a great way of tying in additional colours to the kraft paper.

Cards were another thing I decided to make myself. I did simple brush lettering on the front with christmas messages. Again really cost effective, I think a pack of 8 red blank cards was £2 & 30 blank kraft cards were £5, both from Hobbycraft.

I’ve already posted the Christmas baubles, which sold really well! With the couple I’ve got left I was thinking of writing my friend’s names on and using them as chunky gift tags for large presents.

I’ve really enjoyed making more Christmas elements and my aim was really to try and make something that looked professional – I guess more the opposite of wanted Christmas to look personal & crafted by hand.

For  next year I’m going to start earlier and come up with some new ideas too! Merry Christmas everyone! x

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