Monday, 5 December 2011

Christmas with a Bow.....

I wonder just how many bows we tie in the run up to Christmas?? An awful lot in this house that's for sure!! Christmas just wouldn't be the same without a lot of ribbon would it?

So this month's challenge at the Pretty Little Ribbon Shop Blog is just perfect -

 Christmas with a Bow

 Just create any Christmas project and include a bow. Simple! 
I had so many ideas for this challenge and I decided I would make an advent calendar out of 24 matchboxes, but time ran away with me and I didn't get around to buying the matchboxes in time so I eventually decided to do an altered project.  I have a big box full of items for altering in my craftroom and one of my favourite things is buckets (or should it be called a pail I'm never really sure to be honest! LOL) I had several to choose from but eventually chose a pale green one which I thought complimented the papers I wanted to use.  You can pick these little buckets up really reasonably in florists usually.

A little tip I would suggest if you have a go at one of these is to make a paper template for covering the bucket first as it may take a few fine adjustments to get the cut just right.  I then used a sheet of Melissa Frances Christmas paper which I have had for years to cover the bucket. I always use Letraset Studiotac tape for this type of project as it is fabulous for adhering all types of materials. I then embellished with a doily from the Pretty Little Ribbon Shop ( these are my new favourite crafting item!!) and a Melissa Frances sticker.

  I finished off with some moss green seam binding for my bow and a few bells which I dipped in white acrylic paint and then white glitter for a bit of added festive sparkle. I made the little tag with another Melissa Frances sticker.

These are so quick to make and make a nice change from cards.  I plan to fill this one with candy canes, however my daughter says she plans to use it to fill with a few presents for her friend.

We really hope you will join us this month for our challenge, do pop over to the blog and have a look at what my team mates have made they are such a talented bunch of girls you won't be disappointed. There is a prize up for grabs too!

thanks for visiting!
Sarah x


  1. What a fantastic make Sarah .. .. it would be useful for so very many things.

    Great colour choices and love the handle decoration.

    Love Jules xx

  2. Wow hun fab idea, love the pail or is the a bucket lol, love those new doilys, going to check those out!!!!! hugs Liz xx

    ps thanks again for asking me to be a GDT, xx

  3. Gorgeous, love the doily backing, and the fab label on this great gift bucket!