Every day between December 1st and December 25th, we bring you a new festive ‘how to’ as part of our DIY Advent series.
Andrea of design and interiors blog jolijou is 39 years old, has three kids and a husband and lives near Munich in beautiful Baldham. In her day job as a textile designer, Andrea design fabrics, woven ribbons, embroidery files and dressmaking patterns for the textile industry. You can find many themes from her work on beautiful china and stationary in her Etsy shop Jolijou. In 2008 Andrea created her blog www.jolijou.com, where she has created a collection of wonderful DIY instructions, recipes, and ideas for home furnishings.
For you, how is Etsy “where one-of-a-kind gifts come from”?
The reason I think of Etsy as the place where one-of-a-kind gifts come from, is that people sell products that go beyond popular tastes. I love clicking through the pages and discovering new things, and I am always thrilled about how much talent is out there.
Do you have a favourite handmade present that someone gave you?
My favourite presents, of course, are my children’s pictures or something my husband has made for me. Unlike myself, there is hardly anything worse for him than making things with his hands. So when he actually does make something for me, it really comes from the heart. In my opinion this is the special thing about handmade presents: the added measure of heart.
Do you have a special tradition you do every holiday season?
I love Christmas, because it is so full of wonderful rituals; decorating the tree with my family, the joint preparations for the Christmas meal, the children waiting to enter until they hear Santa’s bell, and the shining eyes and happy faces on Christmas Eve.
Christmas is in the air…
Here I will show you how to make scented Christmas tree ornaments from remnants of material and woven ribbon that you combine with natural substances.
You will need:
- Christmas potpourri (star aniseed, dried oranges etc.)
- Remnants of material
- Cotton wool
- Woven ribbon
- Small scraps of felt
- Ballpoint pen
- Medium sized cup to be used as pattern for the circles
- Pinking shears
- Sewing machine and cotton (or embroidery thread and needle)
- Hot-glue gun
- To begin, use the cup to draw a circle on the material.
- To make one pendant, use the pinking shears to cut out two circles.
- Place the two reverse sides on top of each other (i.e. the wrong side is inside), placing some cotton wool in between.
- Using the sewing machine – or by hand – you then sew the pieces together, leaving a distance of approx. 0.5 cm (0.2 in) from the edge, and enclosing a loop of woven ribbon.
- Now you can use the hot-glue gun to decorate the front. For this you can use small felt pieces, dried oranges, star aniseed etc. that you fix onto the pendant using the hot glue.
Not only do these ornaments look pretty, they also spread a lovely Christmassy smell in the run-up to the holidays. They are a great craft project for the kids, too.
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.