Friday, 14 December 2012

Festive Table Bundles

Hi everybody! Salt here :)

For anyone that knows me, and I'm assuming most of you readers do, you'll know how much I love Christmas!
Yes, Christmas is the reason I live off of Bulgar (more like 'Vulgar') wheat and carrot sticks throughout January, and yes, Christmas is the reason that I continually whinge about how many days it is until payday.
But how can you not love the decorations, the excitement, the presents, the carols...the list could go on.

I have a fair amount of spare time on my hands at the moment, and so this Christmas, I've done a lot of crafting. There will be posts on all of this to follow, but some involve presents - so they'll have to wait until after the big day.

One thing I can post now though, are these table decorations....

Simple to make, and you can make them as budget or elaborate as you like!
I think the grand total for the ones I made came to about £7, and I made ten of not too bad really.

What you'll need is:
- Material (I bought pillowcases from Asda. They were £1.96 so easily the cheapest way to buy lots of material.
- Candy Canes and other sweets
- Gift Labels
- Ribbon (preferably with some wire trimming to help it keep its shape)
- Cardboard (I used an old pizza box)

First, I arranged the sweets into little individual piles (and ate all the spares...)

Then, I cut the material into a big square, and cut little cardboard circles to pop in the bottom to make the stable.
I stuck the cardboard to the middle of the material and piled all the sweets inside.

Finally, you pull all the corners up to the center and tie the ribbon around once to secure it in place. The slide on the gift label with the message and name, and pop the candy cane in place. Tie the ribbon once more to secure it all, and voila....
 (Yes, that is a letter from Professor Green you can see in the background...)

Simple to make, but I think they're really quite cute!
I like to think these are quite festive because of the red and white material and the candy canes.

But they could be used for any occasion, just alter the material and contents!

As always, let us know your thoughts, or if you've made anything similar!

Rumour has it there might be a cheeky joint post coming up, so keep your eyes peeled!