Birthday garland

At Christmas I like to make a garland for the house, it’s lovely to bring greenery and light into the house. This year January felt quite grey so I thought it’d be fun to have one for the January birthday we celebrate.

It was quite a simple affair made purely of ivy intertwined with a set of fairly lights.


A green garland wasn’t enough though so I  made an elephant garland with some of the lovely papers that my Daughter has amassed for her crafting. Every elephant has different papers on each side and a different paper for it’s ear.


Pink sequins for eyes! It’s a short crowded garland and I love it so much that it’s still there even now, long after the ivy garland faded. Perhaps I’ll leave it there until Easter and replace it with an Easter tree.

Paper garlands

I love making paper garlands for Christmas but don’t always have the time. This year I’ve had less time than ever so have cut down on other trimmings and the greenery but was inspired to make a different paper garland. My paper strips were a bargain, £1 for a pack of 120.


This is hanging vertically on the wall and although different I’m not in love with it.


The papers are lovely, 4 different designs in red and white.


Isn’t it gorgeous? Last night I just smiled all night long looking at it and each time I’ve entered the room today it’s made me smile. Ridiculous really to be so  pleased by a few  pieces of paper.

A case of the wanties

About a month ago whilst surfing the net for other things I came across a pack of hearts made from birch bark and got a severe case of the wanties. When I visited the garden centre for some bulbs the wanties struck again and I came home with some silver bells.

The cones we picked up on one of our walks. This little hoard has sat around for the last month waiting for my attention and finally, this week, I found the time to play.  I really wanted to make a garland with these items and began by drilling holes in the hearts so admiring the texture of each one whilst i did so.

It took a little longer to complete than expected but every time I look at it it gives me pleasure. I’m not quite sure what it is about it but I so love looking at it on the mantelpiece.

As I write this I glance up see the garland and smile. We’re ready for Christmas and best of all Mum is home for Christmas!.