Sunday, November 23, 2014

Christmas Ideas with Fantastic Ribbons

Sorry things have been a bit quiet truth be told blogging is the last thing on my mind at the moment but I have been working on some Christmas ideas with these lovely ribbons Fantastic Ribbons sent to me. And yes this is an affiliate post. 


I was lucky to be able to pick my favourite ribbons and these new twill ribbons they have in stock are perfect for Christmas crafting. 

Firstly I wanted to play with the Santa Claus is Coming to town ribbon and it was the perfect width for the craft I had in mind. One thing I always struggle to find at Christmas is cheap ways of hanging my stockings that won't damage my fireplace so to be able to make stocking hangers was high on my list of things to try. 

HOMEMADE STOCKING HANGERS

Materials Needed 

The How to Bit  

The first thing I did was separate the pegs and paint them with red acrylic paint and let them dry 


You could leave them plain but I wanted them to be more festive. I put them back together and then attached the ribbon to one side using strong double-sided tape, I found this worked best but you can use pva glue if preferred.


On the un-ribboned side add the Command Strip as instructed and finally decorate with Christmas sticker these were amazing value from my local bookshop at just 50c a packet. 
 Another idea for these pegs is to add a magnet to the back and use them to hang Christmas cards or Christmas shopping lists. 



 Sorry for the appalling lighting in my kitchen - this time of year the light goes quickly in Ireland.

The next ribbon I chose was From Our House to Yours at Christmastime. It is perfect for wrapping Christmas gifts and I wanted to make up some little Mason Jar gifts to give to friends.

Peppermint Hot Chocolate Jars


Materials needed

  • Little Mason Jar ( I got mine from Dunnes for €1.50) 
  • 10mm Twill From this House to Yours 
  • Hot chocolate power - one cup 
  • powdered milk - 1 tbsp
  • vanilla sugar - 1or 2 dessert spoons
  • 2 Candy cane crumbled into pieces.
  • Christmas paper and stickers to decorate.
 

 The How to Bit


Sterilise the jars and then the jars with the ingredients in layers Chocolate at the bottom, powdered milk, sugar then last the broken candy canes.  Decorate the jar with Christmas paper and the Twill ribbon and add a tag with the following instructions 

To make 1 cup, fill a mug 1/4 to 1/3 full of mix, stirring in 6 – 8 oz. of very hot water.  Stir well and add mini-marshmallows if desired.  Enjoy!