I have always wanted a wreath on my door at Christmas, but have never bought one before. This past year I have been much more involved with crochet facebook groups and have seen a whole load of wreaths made for all different times of the year. Feeling inspired, I decided this year would be the year I would have a wreath on my door at Christmas.
To start off I bought a polystyrene wreath base from Hobbycraft for £4.00 and for the rest I used scraps of wool that I already had. As I have been making all my Christmas presents this year, I haven’t had loads of spare time to make Christmas decorations so I wanted to make the wreath as quickly as possible. As a result of this I decided not to crochet the part that goes around the wreath base, but decided instead to wrap the wool around the base and superglue the ends. I used the Aldi baby wool I got a couple of months ago in blue and white to create the background.
The decorations I all made and glued on using scraps of paintbox aran yarns and silver crochet thread I already had at home. The snowman and his hat I just made up as I went, using basic circles and single crochet increases and decreases to make his shape. The snowflakes and Holly leaves I probably could have worked out but being as I didn’t have much time, I used the excellent patterns from Attic24. The berries I used the embroidery technique French knots which also held all the leaves together.
Finally I made some small pompoms in white using my finger as the wrap around size. All the decorations I simply glued onto the wreath, I much prefer to sew as little as possible as I’m not wonderful at it. After everything dried, I attached a plaited loop to the top of the wreath, threading it through the back of the wrapped wool to hang the wreath up.
The whole wreath took around 2 to 3 hours to make, most of it was made whilst my daughter was napping so definitely easy to do and I love looking at it hanging on the inside of the front door every time
I come down the stairs, it really cheers up the hallway which doesn’t often see many Christmas decorations!
I’m definitely going to make more wreaths in the future as they are quick and fairly cheap to make. Join me next week for more Christmas decorations.
This week in Cosy Crochet’s Christmas I would like to show you all the Nativity scene I made last year.
We have always had a nativity scene under the Christmas Tree (since it is the reason for Christmas!) and most of the child friendly displays avaliable are not toddler friendly. Last year Lily was just about 1 and didn’t really know not to eat the small figures, so when I saw the nativity pattern in a magazine, I knew this was the solution. There would be nothing dangerous about a crocheted nativity. They wouldn’t be ruined and it would also provide the kids with a distraction, rather than playing with the Christmas Tree decorations.
Last year the kids just played with it, but this year I hope we can use it to act out the nativity story. You can find the pattern for the nativity figures part 1 here for FREE and Part 2 here also for FREE. The pattern includes all the figures; Mary, Joseph, Jesus (and manger), 2 Shepherds and a lamb, 3 wise men and an angel. I added my own donkey and a stable with a star on top. To hold the stable in its shape I put cardboard between crochet panels and sewed them together. It seems to be holding ok, even after being in storage for a year! I also added my own mat for the whole nativity to sit on.
I hope you enjoyed my crochet nativity scene, and if you get a chance the pattern took me less than a week to make and is definitely worth it if you have little ones in the house. I’ll get a photo of it under my tree this year and put it on my social media sites.
Christmas has come to Cosy Crochet (a bit early I know, but I couldn’t wait any longer!) This week is the first of the Christmas items I have been working on for you – Jingle the Elf.
Now my children are ages 4 and 2 they definitely seem ready to properly buy into all the Christmas traditions and one I have really wanted to start is the Elf of the Shelf. However, rather than just buying any old elf, I decided to make one. Although making one elf very quickly turned in to 2 elves!
So this week I would like to introduce to you Jingle and Candy the Christmas Elves. The kids have already seen me making them and know they will be coming out closer to Christmas to report to Santa how well they are behaving. What they don’t know however, is that elves can get themselves into all sorts of mischief! I definitely look forward to seeing the kids reactions to what the elves get up to throughout the lead up to Christmas. I am really hoping they will build up their excitement to Christmas day.
We usually put our decorations up as close to the beginning of December as we can so the elves will probably come out then. The elves only took me a day to make each and so if you wanted to make 1 or 2 or several of these elves, there is still plenty of time. They use mostly single crochets (plus increases and decreases) and loop stitch to create their hair. I used the paintbox simple aran yarns to make them, but any aran yarn would work.
You can purchase the patterns for Jingle and Candy separately for £2.99 each, or get both patterns for £5. As usual you can find them for sale on both my etsy and ravelry stores.
I hope you love my elves as much as I do, and I look forward to seeing any of the elves you make. Keep an eye on my social media platforms to find out more about the mischief that Candy and Jingle get up to in our house over the Christmas period.