25 Crafts of Christmas – Day 21

This one has been sitting in my to-do file for years.


It even comes with a printable template.


So I printed it off, and cut out a circle.  Then I spent a couple of minutes trying to figure out how to make the folds, before I read the original picture and realised it should be a half-circle.  After that, I stuck my half-circle inside the folded template and made the creases.


But it looked a little odd.


The template says you can adjust the folds as desired, so I kept having more tries.

I just could not get it to work.  Then I went back and looked at the source image again and realised where I’d been going wrong.

Here’s the template again…


I assumed the first fold was the one on the far right, the second fold was the one in the middle and the third fold was the one on the left.  Like this…


I was wrong.  Fold 2 in that diagram is actually the first fold.  Then fold 1, then fold 3.


When I realised how easy it really was, I made some more.  Lots more.


At which point I forgot all about making a card with them, and got distracted putting them into nice patterns.

I might make cards out of them at some point.  I’ll show you if I do.


25 Crafts of Christmas – Day 20

This one took a little bit of thought and rethinking.  I started with this picture from my files…


I thought a Christmas tree would be easiest to do.  So, step one, I gathered up all my green books.


Step two – turn onto side and arrange by size.


Step three – stack them up.


Step four – realise that you don’t really have enough books of the right sizes.

Step five – go rooting on your bookshelf for other books that are the right size.


Step six – wrap the spines of these books in green papers.


Step seven – restack books.


Step eight – find a YouTube video for a 3D origami star.

(She’s very slow in that video, but essentially you fold both diagonals then horizontal then vertically in half.  Then you cut a little bit up the horizontal and vertical cuts and fold the corners into points, taping them to make them 3D)

Step nine – make the first half of a star.


Step ten – notice that even though in the video she didn’t say exactly where to cut, you assumed it was halfway, so you cut halfway to the centre on each side, and this turns out to be too far.


Step eleven – decide this paper was too thin anyway and switch to card, even though you only have white card.

Step twelve – unfold the yellow star and use as a template for cutting the white star in the right place.

Step thirteen – make white star.


Step fourteen – hold star on top of stack of books and realise it’s probably too big.

Step fifteen – carry on anyway and realise that you don’t know how to attach star.

Step sixteen – relocate stack of books to somewhere you can prop the star up.


Step seventeen – realise your books aren’t centred but be too tired to get up and adjust it.

Step eighteen – wonder if you have the right books to do the snowman and/or the reindeer too.

25 Crafts of Christmas – Day 17

I may have gotten a little bit behind, forgive me.  Lots of fun crafts coming up though.

For Day 17 I used mini Hama beads.  These are, as it sounds like, mini versions of Hama beads.  Here’s the size difference.


And for reference, on the right is one board for the regular Hama and on the left is TWO boards for the mini Hama.


The beads are so small it’s impossible – for me and my fat fingers at least – to place them without using tweezers.  But there are benefits to using the mini version – you can get more detailed pieces without going really big, for example.  And it’s easier to make pieces for pendants and earrings without going to ridiculous sizes.


Here they are, pre-ironing, with a tealight candle for scale.


And here they are post-ironing.


After that it was a case of connecting to ear wires using jump rings.  Unfortunately, they’re very thin and I’m still getting the hang of handling them.  As you can see, there was a minor casualty.


But I’ve worn the completed pair for a couple of days, and there’s been no more breakages.


More practice with Mini Hama is definitely needed.

25 Crafts of Christmas – Day 16

For Day 16 I did a little bit of origami.  Here’s the video I used…

I knew I wanted to make several, because I wanted to use them as cutlery holders for a Christmas meal I’m having with my friends tonight.  So I made one with a sheet of printer paper cut into a square, to test the pattern.


It’s quite simple.  So much so that for the set I made I didn’t need to refer back to the video.

But here I encountered a problem.  I don’t actually have any red paper with a white back, not even in standard origami paper size.  So I improvised.  I decided to use a sheet of white AND a sheet of red as if it were one sheet of paper.


Now, the pattern was very simple.  Folding two sheets of paper as if they were one was not simple.  It wasn’t very easy to get crisp folds, so they came out looking a little squiffy, but they still look pretty good.


And here’s one in action.