H came up with this cute Christmas D.I.Y. when we were thinking of something to make for all our friends who have had babies over the past year. She wanted to make a little something for all our new mum friends that they can hang on their Christmas tree, a little different than the usual 'baby's First Christmas' decorations that you find in the shops. So the result was these cute photo decorations. I don't' have any kids so I filled mine with pics of my loves, I even had one spare for Channing Tatum!
You will need:
Scissors, Felt, Embroidery threads, Needle, Scraps of ribbon, White card, Pencil and marking pen and the photos you want to use
Take something round to use as a template to draw around, I used the inside of my Sellotape reel and draw a circle onto your card.
Cut out your card with your paper scissors.
Take your felt and cut three layers big enough to comfortably fit your template on. Use your template to mark your felt a little larger than your card, then cut out all three layers where you have marked.
Take two layers and put your card between them. With the third layer cut out a scoop at the top (that will be where you insert your photo) and the aperture for your photo to sit in, you can see I cut mine in a heart shape.
Use your embroidery thread to stitch around the edge of your aperture, I used running stitch, but you could also use blanket stitch.
Pop your ribbon scrap in-between the two back layers to create a hanging loop.
Pop all your layers together and stitch all the way around the edge to hold all the layers together. The closer to the edge you can go the bigger the photo you will be able to fit inside.
I printed off some of my instagrams onto normal white paper and placed them into each of the decorations I made.
This one of Steve and I fits so well in the heart aperture.
These are so easy and fun to make, you could make them with your kids, for your friends, or like me make a set for yourself with all the people you love in them. If you are making them as a gift you could embroider a little message on the other side, like a date or a name to make it extra personal. You can hang them on the tree or make a 'family tree' garland to hang up over your fireplace.
I think they are adorable and will be making a set for my niece this year too.
What decorations are you planning on making this year?
H and Sammy xxx
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