A Hand-Made Christmas Round Up

It’s a steamy day in Brisbane and the kids and I have just finished putting up the tree. It’s the kind that looked magnificent in the warehouse but just, just fits in our house. I used to have major Christmas tree OCD, but I have let that go this year. The end result being a tree full to the brim of decorations and no perceptible theme aside from unbridled joy. Now to place the hand-made Christmas presents under said tree.

A Hand-Made Christmas Round UpThis Christmas I am all about locally sourced and hand-made presents. Many of my incredibly talented online friends are thinking similarly, and I wanted to share with you some of their amazing ideas for hand-made presents.

  1. The ridiculously talented Sally of Steele My Style made the cutest pom pom sandals with her daughter. I think this would be such a fun gift for a teenager.
  2. Something for the littlies – reindeer dust. Clare at Cats Eat Dogs shares her secret recipe! How gorgeous would this be in a little mason jar, alongside some new pyjamas, gingerbread and a Christmas DVD as Christmas Eve hamper for your kids?
  3. Did you know that it’s relatively easy to make lip balm? No? Neither did I but Sarah from the Kitchen Apothecary is letting us in on how. Her daughters are making them for their friends and teachers.
  4. St Cardigan has a wonderful four part blog series detailing how to make gorgeous christmas table settings. You could make the lovely napkins and holly place settings for your own table or as a present. I can’t wait for the next two instalments.
  5. The very clever Sew Crafty Deb shows us how to make unique coasters from tiles and pretty paper.
  6. Then there’s the wrapping to consider. Deb has some wonderful ideas and if you are into wasabi tape (who isn’t?) there are some lovely ways to use it here.
  7. Claire from Pillar Box Blue has about a million terrific ideas for home-made presents on her blog, but I particularly love the marimekko shoes she created.
  8. If you are more of a green thumb, maybe try planting some succulents in different kinds of vessels. You could even try your hand at a concrete planter.
  9. If you are feeling a bit like crafting with felt, you might like to try the flower brooches I posted earlier in the month.
  10. Perhaps you aren’t feeling particularly crafty or arty yourself but would like to support a local artist. Shani from Rare Pear Studio has just opened her online store and seriously, grab a bargain people, this girl is going places. The lovely Dawn from Kangaroo Spotting has also recently started selling her beautiful work.
a hand-made Christmas round up

Well, it’s festive!

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Do you have any cool crafty ideas for Christmas?
Selling your work? Let go of your Christmas tree OCD?
Please go ahead and add a link in the comments.


8 thoughts on “A Hand-Made Christmas Round Up

  1. Claire says:

    Hi Robyna
    Thanks for featuring my Marimekko shoes in your great roundup. Loving all the homemade gift ideas, especially your felt flower brooches. I have one particular friend who I know would love one of those brooches in a bright colour, so I’ve pinned it for later.
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  2. Flat Bum Mum says:

    I used to be seriously OCD about the tree but I have let it all go since having kids. Our tree is a total abomination this year and yet I love it. The girls worked together and listened to Hi 5 Christmas songs and as I watched I thought this might be the last year they will listen to Hi 5. No doubt next year will be one year closer to One Direction obsession. Christmas is a special time isnt it? Bron x
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    • Robyna says:

      I think kids pretty much cure you of most OCD behaviours right? I am sure that my pretty tree will come back eventually, but in the mean time I am having fun with the mess. It’s Harry Connick Jnr’s Christmas CD all the way at our place 🙂

  3. Catherine Elizabeth says:

    This is wonderful Robyna, I want to make so many of these projects, and thank so much for sharing mine 🙂
    Your Christmas tree looks far more coordinated than mine, and I’m the only one decorating it! Mine’s a mish-mash of decorations that my family have collected over the years. None of them match, but they all have sentimental value, so I feel terrible leaving any of them in the box, haha.
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    • Robyna says:

      My kids weren’t leaving anything in the box this year! I think there is something beautiful about a sentimental tree. Thanks for sharing your creative gorgeousness!

  4. Clare says:

    I think shops and warehouses should have a scale guide because everything looks smaller in the shop then you get the item home and it looks massive! Your tree looks great.
    What a fab line up of ideas, the pom pom sandals are adorable, little bit chilly here for them, maybe pom pom boots!
    Thanks for including my reindeer dust, hopefully Santa will be guided to everyone’s houses now!

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