Kate Makes, Life

Seasonal Inspiration

Hi again friends! I want to start today by thanking all of you who posted comments on my FB page and on the actual blog regarding my last post on depression. Really, thank you. It’s such an encouragement. Starting the blog has taken a lot of courage and continues to require me pushing myself in ways I don’t think I ever have. Part of the reason I started the blog was to hopefully help and encourage you guys, but also to step out and grab life rather than waiting for it to come to me.

There is such a load more to say and discuss about depression and I’m not going to just leave it there, but today I’m going to concentrate on some seasonal stuff ☃

Now I know there are lot of you that just can’t deal with Christmas before December and I get that, I used to be the same way, but the last few years have been different and I seem to be getting in the ‘festive mood’ earlier and earlier each year.

One of the reasons is because for the last 3 years I have been making most of our Christmas gifts for family and friends and if you don’t start that process back in September you have no chance!

It sounds overwhelming and there are times when I wonder what I was thinking, generally though, I love it. Remember if it’s too complicated I don’t do it! You can make anything from chutneys and biscuits to personalised coasters and arm knitting. A lot of my inspition comes from looking through Pinterest, which in my opinion is one of the most exciting things to have ever been invented!! When you have a minute, I know easier said than done but try and find some time, make yourself a coffee and have a browse through Pinterest, it’s very inspiring.

Recycling and up cycling is a huge part of what I love to do so a real favourite is using recycled jam jars to make hanging lanterns.  The ideas are endless but for a basic lantern you need to know how to attach the wire around the neck of the jar in a way that looks well done. You need wire, a pair of pliers and some round nose plyers. This set came from one of the well know craft stores, but far too long ago for this little mind to remember!

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Make sure you get wire that is bendable but not too flimsy. You need two lengths of wire, the first being long enough to go around the top of the jar (under the lip) with extra to be able to secure by twisting. The second length needs to be the size of the handle you want, with extra for creating loops to thread the first piece through (keeping in mind if it’s too short it will get very hot and will be difficult to hang).

Now make two loops at the ends of your handle piece using the round nose pliers (loops facing out not in), just big enough for the piece that goes around the neck of the jar to thread through.

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Thread each end of your neck piece through the loops on your handle and then wrap the wire around the top of the jar and twist together tightly to make sure it stays put, snip off any excess and press flat any sticky out bits and your lantern is ready to be decorated!

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There are so many different ways to decorate them. The picture at the top of the post shows one I made using cheap heart stickers all over the jar, then I sprayed the jar with frosting spray and once it had dried I removed the stickers. I added the little piece of gingham ribbon to finish it off, pop in a tea light and voila ❤️

You can use ribbons, clay tags, stick on letters, twine  just about anything really. I prefer mine quite simple as I think less is more but more is good too 😉

I will be sharing lots of my creations leading up to Christmas to hopefully inspire you to give it a go.

So what do you think? Is it something you might try? As a gift, for yourself? Let me know your thoughts.

Take care of yourselves ❤️

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2 Comments

  • Reply jenny white November 17, 2015 at 10:03 pm

    what a lovely idea, and quite simply by the sounds of things..even better for me lol x

    • Reply Kate November 18, 2015 at 4:26 pm

      That’s the beauty of it Jenny – simple! Glad you liked it x

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