Sorry if you thought that Santa had stolen me away. I decided to take some time to focus on what was important in life- my gorgeous family, and our health. All three of us have taken turns to be ill, and just now we are full of runny noses and sniffles, but thankfully nothing too serious.
I wanted to share a few pre-Crimbo projects with you because I never had a chance to share them last week. First up is a little gift for Rachel, Piper’s ‘teacher’ at nursery.
I bought a preserving jar from a local country Market and also some choccys to go inside. I specifically chose flat circular ones so I cound decorate them to make them more Christmassy. Once I got home I realised that the jar was waaaaay too big and I would need about 5 boxes of choccies to fill it, so instead I washed out a jar which had baby food in it. These are fab if you are looking for a wee jar to hold things like buttons and ribbons, and usually work out really cheap. The added bonus is that with a baby in the house, it wasn’t a waste of the food either!
To decorate the chocolates I punched circles out of patterned paper and matted these onto green circles cut with my cuttlebug and nestibilities die. I just used a teeny bit of sticky tape to stick it down.
I cut a bigger circle to cover the writing on the top of the lid but didn’t bother decorating this because i wanted to cover it with fabric.
Carefully I added the choccys into the jar, arranging them in the best way I could so you could see the Christmassy pictures. I also cut out the ingredients list from the box of chocolates and tucked it into the jar. This way Rachel would know what type they are. This is also a good idea incase of any allergies.
Next stop, screwing on the lid and decorating. I bought a super cute bundle of Christmas fabrics a few weeks back so I chose one to use- I thought the green Xmas trees complimented the orange foil wrappers on the choccys. I folded the fabric square into quarters and rounded it off with the pinking shears to make a circle. Then I tied some twine around the fabric and tweaked it so it was even and pretty. To decorate I added some ribbon and tied a little bow.
Adding the embellishments was my favourite bit. I took a chipboard letter and painted it White with a paint dabber. Next i smothered it in embossing ink and shook over holographic embossing powder- it gave fabulous shine, but you cant really see it very well in the photo. Next I punched a hole with my crop-a-dile and added a jump ring.
To add another touch of Christmas I also added a little snowflake charm and secured it all in place with a mini safety pin.
I set aside a few evenings to do this project but it hardly took any time at all. I really enjoyed making something personal for Rachel, and she can even continue to use the jar as storage even after all the chocolates are gone.
Thanks for stopping by. I’ll be back to tell you all about the crafty presents I received for Christmas.