Every day between December 1st and December 25th, we bring you a new festive ‘how to’ as part of our DIY Advent series.
Kerri is a marketing professional and a full-time mom who believes you can never have too much coffee or glitter. She started the popular Canadian home decorating blog, A Pop of Pretty to indulge her lifelong passion for creating pretty things. She’s out to prove, mostly to herself, that a pretty home is possible amid the circus of raising three young kids, including twin pre-schoolers. Her decor and craft projects have been featured in such well-known media as Better Homes & Gardens, Canadian House & Home, HGTV.com, Apartment Therapy, and more.
What is your favourite handmade present you’ve ever received from someone?
When I was a child, our aunt made a different handmade tree decoration for me and my sisters every year and she’d give it to us on Christmas Eve. It was a tradition we looked forward to every year. My favorite of these decorations was a little mouse that was made from a Walnut shell. He had gray felt ears and a red felt Santa hat. I still have it to this day, and we hang it on our Christmas tree every year!
Do you have a special tradition you do every holiday season?
My two sisters and I are very close with our parents and Christmas was always very magical for us growing up. Once we all got married, we couldn’t imagine spending Christmas morning apart. So even as adults, we try to spend Christmas Eve and Christmas morning together (now with 3 husbands and 5 grandchildren!). It’s one big sleepover at our home, with lots of stockings hung on the fireplace!
For you, how is Etsy “where one of a kind gifts come from”?
For me, Etsy is a very special place for finding truly unique gifts. When I buy something from an Etsy shop, I know that it’s been made with care and craftmanship, and that nobody else will have one like it. For example, one of my favorite Etsy gifts I’ve ever given was stamped jewellery for my sisters and my mom. Each piece had their children’s and pets’ names stamped into the pendants, and came beautifully packaged by the merchant. This is the kind of thing that you can’t just go to the mall and find.
Pretty, Handmade Hostess Gift: Lampshade Flower
Giving a handmade hostess gift is such a lovely gesture during the holiday season. Many of us, however, are intimidated by the idea of making something to give others. If that sounds like you, don’t worry. I promise that you will be able to make this, and that your friends and family will love it!
I’ve been admiring this kind of ‘lampshade jewellery’ at a favourite decor retailer for a while. Adhered with a magnet, these pieces allow you to easily turn any plain lamp into something truly special. I decided that I could make these easily and affordably, and that they’d make sweet hostess gifts to give over the holidays. While this piece could be used on a lampshade throughout the year, I chose to make it sparkly and gold to complement the holiday decor in most homes.
To make one of these lampshade flowers you will need:
· A 12″ x 12″ piece of burlap (or larger)
· A 12″ x 12″ piece of gold sparkly tulle (or larger)
· A small plastic ring (found in the sewing section of most craft stores)
· A small circular magnet set (found in most office supplies stores)
· A rhinestone or piece of jewellery of your choice for the center
· Glue gun / glue sticks
Starting with the burlap, cut one small rectangle (to be used as the base of the flower), five large petals, and five medium petals. The medium petals should be about three-quarters the size of the large ones. (Double over your fabric to cut two at a time.) Once everything is cut, layer the five large petals on top of the rectangle, and secure with your glue gun. Next, layer the medium petals as shown in the photo below, and adhere with more glue. Put your burlap flower aside.
Now it’s time to make the pretty, sparkly part of the flower! Cut about 20-30 strips of tulle, and lay them aside. Each strip of tulle should be about 1″ wide and 5″ long. Take your first strip, and loop it around the ring, pulling it tight, as shown in Step 5, below. Repeat. Continue around the entire loop, pushing the looped tulle strips close together before adding the next. Once you are happy with the fullness of the tulle flower, set aside. (See photo below).
We’re almost done! Now it’s time to put it all together. Place glue around the back of the ring on the tulle flower, and layer it on top of the burlap flower, and press to secure it. Next, glue your rhinestone in the center of the flower. Turn the whole flower over, and glue one of the magnets on the burlap rectangle. (See photo below.) To make the flower even sparklier, you can also paint the edges of the petal with some gold craft paint.
To adhere the flower to any lampshade, all you need to do is place the second magnet on the inside of the shade directly behind the flower. It will stay perfectly in place!
There are so many different variations you can create with this flower. If gold is not your thing, you can easily create a white version, using white felt and tulle, and following the same instructions above. For example, in the photo below, I created a white felt lampshade flower, and embellished it with white feathers and a snowflake at the center for a very ‘Winter Wonderland’ look.
You did it! Pat yourself on the back! Wrap up your flower in a pretty package, and have it ready to give to the hostess at your next holiday event. And, now that you know how to create this flower, you could make some to use as tree decorations, in a garland, or as a pretty gift-wrap embellishment. The possibilities are endless!
Have you made any Christmas advent DIYs? We’d love to see – send us pictures with the hashtag #ChristmasAdventDIY and we’ll share them on Facebook.com/EtsyUK and Twitter @EtsyUK.