Category: Craft Projects

DIY Christmas Snow Globes

DIY  Christmas Snow Globes

Craft is something the kidlets love to do at home, and I love doing it with them when I have the time! What I don’t love is craft that ends up taking you longer to clean up then it does to set up! These DIY Christmas snow globes are my kind of craft, minimal fuss and lots of fun!

Last week I decided I’d organise a little Christmas craft project for the kidlets for the weekend ahead. You see earlier in the week I’d had a conversation with my lovely friend Cathy who told me about some DIY candle holders she’d discovered on Pinterest see here, I think they are just lovely, Cathy’s planning to make some for herself. I got thinking about how I could do something similar but adapt it to be a little more child friendly. My thoughts were for a kind of liquid free Snow Globe.

I took a trip in to our local Reject shop with a bit of a plan in my head and come out with some supplies I thought the kidlets and I could work with.

Saturday morning was a busy one (a weekend wouldn’t be complete for me without some baking and creating) , we started by making some  Christmas Jelly Pin Wheels I discovered from over at Just a Mum (if you like jelly do it!!). It was then time for a bit of baking for the kidlets Christmas Tableau Cake Stall (which was that night), I made some Butterscotch Blondies, you really should try them, if you haven’t already. Then it was time to get crafting.

We got set up (as you can see minimal mess supplies required)

DIY snow globe action

And here’s how it all ended up…..

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Three little people proud of their efforts.

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So proud that we dined outside with our new little creations on Sunday Night.

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These little treasures really are straight forward and fun too make.

Here’s your How-To:

DIY Snow Globe bits

DIY Snow globes instructions

DIY Christmas Snow Globes
 
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Ingredients
  • Scissors
  • Craft glue
  • BluTack
  • Coloured ribbon or string (to tie around neck of bottle)
  • White and silver glitter (you can pretty much choose whatever colour you like, mine was from the reject shop)
  • 4 little Christmas figurines (I bought some cheap little cheese knife sets {form the reject shop} that were topped with little Christmas characters, I detached the knives from the tops leaving me with just the figurine)
  • An artificial Christmas branch cut up into 4 small pieces to resemble Christmas trees (reject shop)
  • 4 jars including lids (I got a 4 pack from the reject shop for $4 you could just upcycle some jars from home too)
  • candles (tea candles will work but for the kidlets I went with battery operated candles as a safer option, again purchased from the reject shop).
Instructions
  1. Taking lid off jar, position figurine and Christmas branch inside lid with a piece of Blu Tack, squeeze some craft glue all over the figurine base covering Blu Tack too (see picture).
  2. Set aside to dry for at least 4 hours (we did leave ours overnight).
  3. Pour glitter into base of jar (you're looking for about a 1cm depth of glitter maybe 2-3cm if your jar is a little larger).
  4. Once figurine and little branch has set in lid, carefully push inside the jar. Fasten lid onto jar and simply turn the jar upside down, (a few little shakes and you should have a cute little Christmas scene).
  5. Tie some pretty Christmas ribbon around the neck of jar.
  6. Using some little balls of Blu Tack fasten the battery operated candle to the base (now top) of the jar.
  7. Hey presto, you've got your very own Snow Globe with a little light and without the liquid & mess!

Have you checked out my other craft project on the Blog here, here and here.

Do you get up to any craft at Christmas?

I’ll be back again towards the end of the week with some more edible Christmas treasure.

Until then…..

Zamamabakes

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A home made fabric baby rattle

If you own a sewing machine but rarely ever use it like me, this little sewing project may well be for you. I am going to apologise in advance for not using the correct sewing jargon, but as I said in my previous post here the extent of my sewing education is year 9 & 10 textiles and design at high school. I finished year 12 in 1996 so that gives you an idea of how long ago my sewing education took place. I had a very talented teacher her name was Mrs Forsyth she was fantastic! I on the other hand take lots of pride in the way I thread a needle and feed a bobin, the rest is a bit hit and miss. I love trying to attempt little sewing projects when I have the time.
This little sewing project ‘The baby horse Rattle’ is something I have now made 4 of (don’t go overboard there Zamama!!), it’s all about pacing yourself and I’m sure you know what I mean. The first rattle I made was for our 3rd little one, Alani and since then I have made 3 as gifts which have been received with much appreciation (there’s something extra special about giving a gift you have made yourself).

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The little rattle above I made just last week to include in a baby shower gift for my lovely friend Sally expecting her first little girl. I made the rattle up in an evening, taking me about 2 hours in total. For an experienced seamstress it would probably only take 1/2 an hour!!! (hehehe) it’s all about having a go.

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You will need:
2 x pieces of cotton fabric 30cm in length and 15cm in width (to be safe)
7 x 11cm lengths of ribbon
2 little craft bells (approx 1.8cm diameter)
pillow filling (I just used a very basic filling I found loose in my sewing bag)
Of course your sewing machine, some pins, baking paper, needle, thread, scissors, a pen and some patience will also come in handy!

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As you can see I traced a very basic outline of a horse onto a piece of baking paper 21cm length x 8.5cm at the widest point. You can pretty much use any shape and size you like and just follow the general instructions as a guide.

Once you have your rattle shape traced and cut now becoming your pattern, pin it to your 2 pieces of fabric right sides touching each other as pictured.
Before you cut your fabric remember to leave an extra 1.5cm for your seam allowance (meaning cut the fabric 1.5cm wider then the pattern as pictured above.

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Separate the 2 pieces of cut fabric and place them right side up, you should end up looking at a mirror image of the shape.
Select one piece of cut fabric (it doesn’t matter which one) and pin your 7 ribbons folded over in thickness, aiming 6 of the ribbons inward down towards the centre of the horse’s head and 1 ribbon inward and down towards his front foot as pictured, also making sure the open ends are facing the outside of the cut shape, (sorry if this sounds confusing ,hopefully the picture above brings it together).

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NOTE: I only used a basic straight stitch for the entire project.

You now need to sew the ribbons in place. You need to sew close to the edge about 3mm in as it is just to hold the ribbons in place for when you sew your 2 pieces together (saves the complications of them moving all around and getting caught up).

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This is what you should end up looking at up the head end.

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Again lay your 2 pieces of fabric right side up as shown.

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Now pin the right sides together again. Trace a rough sewing seam line to guide you where to stitch, I marked mine about 1cm in with a pen lightly.

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Stitch the seam starting on the inside of one leg and finishing on the inside of the other leg, remembering you need to leave an opening big enough for turning the fabric through the right way and also being able to fill the rattle with the pillow filling and bells.

There are quite a few curves with this shape. I found using the needle as a pivot useful for manoeuvring (a little bit of stopping and starting but worth it).

Once the machine stitching is complete you need to trim all your edges, so they are not too bulky when you turn them through.

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Your next challenge is to turn your little horse in the right way. You just have to work with delicate hands. This part does take a little patience and shuffling, you will get there, I found the blunt end of a pencil helped to push the limbs and head right out.

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Carefully press your horse out with an iron (only use a cool setting as you don’t want to scold the ribbons like I did with my first attempts).

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Fill the horse with the pillow stuffing incorporating a bell centrally into the head and 1 centrally into the main body, but make sure the stuffing surrounds them well.

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Again the pencil comes in handy for packing in the filling snugly.

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Once you have a well filled out horse, you need to stitch/bind up the opening with a needle and thread. Just leave a pinch of loose fabric in the crutch area (remove a little filling if need be) so you have a good enough edge to stitch through. This bit is a little tricky, you need to turn the raw edges in on themselves so from the outside they look closed. I doubled back over my first lot of stitching just to be sure the closure is secure and durable.

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The finished product front side and back.
If any of you find or know an easier way to do any of this little craft project please let us all know, I appreciate any constructive critism.

On that note it’s off to shower Zakidlets and get dinner organised.
I am looking forward to sharing a fantastic easy Cheese Ball recipe with you all on Sunday, it’s delicious!!

Until then,
Zamamabakes.

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Zamamabakes is going to Market Part 1

It’s all happening around this neck of the woods!!! Zamamabakes is getting out and about for her first meet and greet!!
Yes you read it correctly! I will be having a pretty little stall at “The Handmade Christmas Market”, this Sunday the 15th December from 10am-3pm.
Where: The Old Church 1003 Numinbah Rd, Crystal Creek, NSW 2484.
I will have a selection of bite sized yummies to purchase and sample. All recipes are available on my Blog so if you sample something you like you can make it again at home for all your loved one’s. The main idea of me getting out and about is that I would love to meet as many of my gorgeous readers that I can. If you live in the area and you feel like getting out and about come and say hi, It will be a fantastic day!
There will be a great selection of stalls to browse around, we have some very talented crafters around this area.
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As you can see I am in the preparation stages for my stall, lots of pink! (my favourite colour). I paid a visit to the ever so useful Reject shop to pick up some supplies. Coles supermarket has already seen me once this week and I intend to pay them another visit today. Even when I make a list I always manage to still forget something.
Hopefully the pile of bits and pieces all comes together nicely on Sunday! Those of you who can’t make the market stay tuned for my Part 3 Of “Zamamabakes is going to Market”.

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Yesterday morning I wrote up some cute little labels all ready for the market, I got them at the Reject Shop (just quietly that shop is so handy for all your bibs and bobs).

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Just detouring a little for a moment.
No day is complete without a surprise or 3. I unexpectedly had my services required for rounding up cows, even managed it with Alani in tow. Got back to the house and about 2 hours later got my second surprise for the day, a phone call from the kid’s school informing me Ella had left her swimming bag in Zadada’s car. So a 40 minute round car trip later, Alani and I had accomplished our second mission for the day, delivering a set of swimming gear to an ever so grateful Ella (she loves her swimming lessons).
My 3rd surprise for the day was Alani secretly consuming 12 days worth of Advent calendar chocolates while I was distracted reading school notes. She came to me and said ‘I only ate 2 Mummy’. According to Alani there are now only 3 days until Christmas!!! I do feel partly to blame, I should have been paying better attention. As a consequence I had to deal with a sugar loaded 2-year-old for a few hours. Zadada got home and commented on her very active behaviour!! Fortunately Alani recovered from her sugar hit and amazingly did not complain of an upset tummy.

Continuing on with the fun stuff.
I did eventually get around to some more jobs I wanted to do for my Market stall. One of those was making a batch of ‘Nuts and bolts’, a savoury mix which comes in very handy at Christmas time. Great for guests that pop in unexpectedly for pre or post-Christmas drinks as it keeps in an airtight container for a good month.

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Here is the recipe to the Nut and Bolts. I found this recipe a few years ago in the recipe book that came with our Panasonic microwave.

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Easy Ingredients

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Combining the butter, curry powder, Worcestershire sauce and garlic powder. Give it the required buzz in the microwave. (P10 just means high power)

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You end up with a mixture looking like this.

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The end result is this.
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Next job on the list was Zamama’s Rocky Road, you’ll find the recipe here.

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This is my second batch for the festive season. This batch will be coming along with me to the Market. Again this will keep for a good month in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
I have a big day of baking planned for Saturday and I have some lovely assistants coming to help me. I look forward to sharing my market adventures in blog posts to come Part 2 and 3. Thursday I plan to be baking some more yummies for the Market. Stay tuned for the blog post Part 2 On Friday.

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In case you are thinking of coming this is the venue you are looking for it’s an old church that has been converted into a house. Even if you just come for the lovely scenic drive you’ll have a great day. Crystal creek is a beautiful place.

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Further details of the market for you all.
Hope to see you there.
Zamamabakes xxxx

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My recent gift wrapping efforts

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I had a baby shower to go to recently and I wanted to get a bit pretty with some gift wrapping. I checked out a few images on-line for some inspiration and this is what I ended up creating.
To convert this to a Christmas theme just change the colour scheme.

You will need:
Brown wrapping paper
4 lengths of fine ribbon
Tissue paper
Twine
Scissors, Stapler, Craft glue.

Start by wrapping your gift. Work out how large you would like to make your flower. I used a drinking glass as my tracing edge, with a diameter I thought would work well in relation to the size of my wrapped gift.
Make sure you have at least 10 layers of tissue paper. Trace your circle onto the tissue layers as shown.

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Cut your layers of tissue and double staple in the centre of your circle.

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Individually separate all the layers of tissue paper to create a full flower.

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Tie a double knot in a piece of twine and trim so you are left with just the round little knotted ball. Create 3 of these.

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Glue in the centre of your paper flower.

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Grab your 4 strands of ribbon and tie them so they fit flush but not too tight around your gift. Take an extra little piece of ribbon and loop around the 4 pieces of ribbon, tying it off to gather your 4 strands of ribbon to a point as shown.

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Place a small bud of craft glue on the back of your paper flower and stick it down onto the join of ribbons.

Voila!!! You have yourself a pretty little gift wrapped with lots of love.

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Decorating Thongs with Mod Podge

I have recently discovered Mod Podge and I am loving what it can do. The first project I made with it was a set of tile coasters check them out here.
My second project is this one decorated thongs. Zakidlets and I got to work one day during the school holidays and we had lots of fun. We all decorated ourselves a pair of thongs except for Alani, she decorated a plate as I was unable to find her a pair of thongs suitable in her size.

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We started by cutting 1cm width strips of fabric.
Next we coated the back side of fabric with mod Podge and then you just start wrapping being careful to just overlap the fabric as you wrap it around the strap of the thong.
We started in the middle of the thong strap and worked our way out which meant at least 2 strips depending on size of thongs and length of fabric you have to work with.

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If you need to, put a little Mod Podge on the top of thong strap to help fabric adhere a little better but don’t over do it.
Once you have covered entire strap with fabric let dry for about 20 minutes then apply another light coat of Mod Podge just on the top side of decorated thong strap.
Again let completely dry.
Once dry, use a plastic bag to cover the base of thong as shown in picture below and spray fabric coating with a single coat of clear gloss spray this will help to preserve and waterproof the fabric.

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Let the thongs completely dry, this may take a few hours or over night.
Before you know it your thongs will be ready to parade around for everyone to see.
As you can see we had a great time doing this activity.
Mod Podge is non-toxic and it dries clear so is very user-friendly.
I purchased the Mod Podge from my local craft shop Jabiru.
Have fun.

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