Hello my lovelies and Happy Christmas! It’s been an absolute madhouse for me over the last month, and to be completely honest I’ve not had a chance to write up any new posts for the festive period; one of those reasons is because my older sister is about to have her third baby!
So, today, instead of a new Christmas post today, I’m going to go through my favourite posts I’ve written for the festive season over the past few years! And with that, let’s get into it!
Let’s face it, with everything that’s been going on in 2020, none of us has been going out, and now is the perfect time to snuggle down and have a movie marathon with all our favourite Christmas movies.
Who doesn’t love looking at other people’s Christmas decorations?! Each year we decorate my house like mad, and it essentially ends up looking like a Santa’s grotto haha, this year we’ve added loads of lights outside!
I haven’t seen many naughty Christmas elves this year but this post still makes me smile, especially the one above with the nutella and peanut butter! It’s the little things at this time of year that add up to making this time period great.
Ok, so I only put this post up a few weeks ago, but I love these simple easy diy Santa gnomes! I’ve now decorated one of our Christmas trees with them and they are a great way to make your tree a little different this year instead of just the usual baubles.
I can’t believe I wrote this post about 2 years ago! It really is crazy how time flies. And even though this post is from 2018, I still really love the nail art I did here!
So, those are my favourite Christmas posts from the past few years! I absolutely love this time of year, the decorations, lights, food, giving gifts and the time we get to spend with family! This year will obviously be a little different in terms of being able to spend lots of time with all our families, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have fun and be grateful for what we have got!
I hope you have a great Christmas everyone! And a very happy new year!
Hello my lovelies! We’re finally in December, and that means the countdown to Christmas has begun! Since we’re in the lead up to Christmas, everyone is decorating their homes (if they haven’t already – to tell you the truth my house has been decorated since the 1st November!) I’ve been doing some festive diy’s!
One decoration I’ve seen, not for Christmas, but for all year round, was of some cute gnome pine cones. And it got me thinking that if I added a few details I could make these myself, and make them into some very cute Santas! And I managed to make about 25 of them for about £15 in total for all of the supplies!
So, here’s what you’re going to need:
Red and White Felt (and any other colours you want for your santa hats!)
Hot glue gun (plus some hot glue sticks)
I found everything I needed from Ebay and Amazon (if you buy from Amazon, make sure you’re on their Amazon Smile website as they donate money to a charity of your choice each time you buy something!) and everything arrived within a few days.
Right. Let’s get into it!
Step 1: Pick out your pine cone, I chose frosted pine cones for an even more Christmassy feel, then grab some felt in the colour you want for your santa hats. Using a pencil and some yarn, decide how tall you want your hat, and then hold down the end of the yarn at the corner of the felt and draw a 1/4 of a circle.
Step 2: Cut out your 1/4 of a circle and put away any excess for making more hats later. Or you can make a bulk batch of hats in one go, the choice is yours! Now plug in your glue gun, making sure you’ve got it on a safe surface as some glue can come out of the tip as it heats up so be careful!
Step 3: Once your glue gun is hot and ready to go, put a line of glue down one of the straight edges. Next up is rolling up the felt into its cone shape! I recommend starting at the tip of the hat (the corner of the felt will be the tip) and working your way down, be careful with this part and take your time so you don’t burn yourself!
Step 4: Once you’ve got yourself a cone hat, put it on top of your pine cone and double check it’s sitting how you want it to, and if you need to, give it a trim like I did. Now that the main part of your Santa hat is ready, it’s time to add that white trim! Grab your white felt and cut a strip of it, long enough to go round the bottom of the hat, I don’t measure this part and just trim off any extra but you can definitely measure it if you want to! The strip I use is usually around 1.5-2cm thick.
Step 5: It’s time to attach the white trim to the hat, so grab your glue gun and put a line of hot glue over the white felt and carefully wrap it round the bottom of your hat. I definitely glued my fingers a few times during this part so be wary if you’ve never got hot glue on yourself before!
Step 6: Pick your desired pom pom! I went for the classic white pom pom but in the pack I got from Ebay I got a mix of the red, green and white. Use a small blob of hot glue and add it onto the end of your hat! If your hat is especially pointy, you can snip the tip off so you have more space to add the pom pom to. Now add a ring of glue on the inside of your hat (this part reminds me of the Matilda movie) and stick it onto your pine cone so it’s secure!
Step 7: Now it’s time to make Santa’s beard! Grab your white yarn and wrap it around your fingers until you’ve got a decent bundle, remember not to do it too tight, you still want to be able to move your fingers! Then chop the end of the yarn from the bundle, leaving about 15-20cm of yarn unwrapped.
Step 8: Here comes the slightly fiddly part. With the end of the yarn, thread it between your fingers a few times, so you create a bowtie shape. Then you’re going to thread the end of the yarn through on of the sides of your bowtie, leaving a loop. Here you can switch to just two fingers wrapped in the yarn.
Step 9: With your yarn now threaded through one of your bowtie sides, you want to thread the end of your yarn through the loop you’ve just made and pull it fairly tight. Now repeat the process once again and cut off any extra yarn.
Step 10: Time to make Santa’s bowtie into a beard! Take the bundle off your fingers, and cut along the looped edges (a bit like what you do when you make pom poms) on either side, and you’ll have a funny looking bow.
Step 11: Using your hands you can shape the bow into a beard shape. Once you’ve got it to a shape you’re happy with, add a bit of hot glue to the back, where you wrapped the yarn to bind it together, and stick it onto your pine cone. You may need to hold it in place for a few seconds to make sure it sits how you want it to!
Step 12: The final step! Add a small blob of hot glue to the very top and centre of Santa’s beard and add on your wooden bead as his nose!
And voila! You’re done and your Santa is ready to be put on your tree, used as table decorations, given as gifts or pur all around your house! I personally find these super cute, and you can change up the style of them so they suit your taste, I’ve made a few with hats that are flopped down, and a few in green since Santa was originally in green instead of red! I’m also thinking of making a few in some more colours to match the different coloured tree decorations we’ve got going on this year! I find these quite mindful and relaxing to make, so when I’m making them I put on a movie with some snacks and a cup of tea, and before I know it I’m surrounded by Santa gnomes!
What crafts and Christmas diy’s are you doing this year? Let me know if there’s any you’d like to see me try, and if you try these, let me know how it goes and tag me on insta @theweightofmyworlds so I can see your cute crafts!
Christmas is nearly here!! And that means that homes all over the globe are sparkling with fairy lights, tinsel, ornaments and baubles! Ever wanted to look at other people’s homes at Christmas time to see how they decorate?
Well, this year I’m going to give you a little peak of my home and it’s many decorations! Anyone that knows me knows that the Christmas tree has been up since the beginning of November..(We have no shame at all!) and that this is my family’s favourite time of year.
So, before I get started on this little home tour, here’s a gorgeous Pinterest board I’ve made of Christmas decorations, table settings and general festive loveliness!
Now you’ve seen some pretty pictures to get you in an even more festive mood, here’s what my home looks like at this time of year!
Here’s most of my house’s decorations!
Here’s my favourite photos from my Christmas Decorations!
I can’t help but feel like that last photo is a Christmas Card waiting to happen haha!
So that’s my home at this time of year! Believe it or not we usually have even more trees and decorations, but we’ve been having work done on the house and it’s only just finished. What’s your favourite Christmas decoration? I love our Santa and our trees!!
Merry Christmas lovelies!! Love,
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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! And that means shopping is in full swing, and for those of you who aren’t sure what to buy for your family and friends, I’ve put together my own gift guide of presents to give you some ideas!
So, without any further adieu; here’s some gifts that are perfect for the home decorators, foodies, creatives, bookworms, tea, coffee drinkers and makeup lovers!
1 . HA Lettering create gorgeous personalised boards, photo props, room décor and Christmas Baubles! And all of these are for a pretty small price! You can order them here. Board prices vary on the size/personalisation and the baubles are £5 for 3 or 1 for £2! (Limited stock of baubles left so get your orders in!)
2 . Here’s a gift perfect for the book and nostalgia lovers – Quentin Blake illustrations that will make you smile. You can buy these at the London Science Museum and a select few of these gifts can be purchased here! I absolutely love these, they aren’t expensive and I loved seeing Quentin Blakes illustrations in Roald Dahl’s books when I was younger!
3 . For the conspiracy theorist – fifty outrageous scams and hustles. I found this at TK Maxx and it’s perfect for those who love a good crime show and those who love telling weird and wonderful stories.
4 . Here’s one for the creators! These gorgeous brush pens are great for calligraphy and drawing; you can get these from Arteza on Amazon.
5 . For the selfie lover and photographers: clip on camera lenses! You can get these from Tesco here!
6 . Candles are a great gift idea for anyone really, if you know what sort of scents they like, these are an easy yet thoughtful gift! You can find this candle on Amazon by Yankee Candle here.
7 . If you know a tea or coffee lover then this gift and the next are for them! This Help for the Hero’s mug gift set if great for anyone in the forces and anyone else who loves a hot drink really! You can find it in Tesco stores.
8 . Here’s a great gift for a horror, creepy critter or tea/coffee lover. I love this one, especially because it’s something I haven’t really seen before! You can find it here on Amazon by Creature Cups.
8 . For the person who loves home décor. I found this in TK Maxx along with several other gorgeous bowls and plates; perfect for a centre piece or even as somewhere to put your jewellery. You can find it here!
9 . For the makeup lovers! This brushes set is perfect for anyone who’s wanting to get into makeup or expand their current set of brushes! This set can be found at Beauty Bay (my favourite shop for brushes and makeup that’re a good price!), you can also find singular brushes, sets, makeup palettes etc. there!
10 . Hair straighteners are a great gift for those who spend hours on their hair; these ones by BaByliss are my mums current favourite, she said they make her hair feel soft and loves that you can see what temperature you’re at. You can get these from Amazon here!
11 . Here’s one for the person that loves all things selfcare! Not only does this contain small items that’re great for a little tlc on the go, but it also comes in a super cute tin! You can get it from Tesco in store or online.
12 . For the guy that loves some facial grooming; this trio of products include a shower gel, a shaving gel and an after shaving balm. You can get it from Tesco instore or online!
13 . Here’s another one for the guy that loves to keep his facial hair in tip top condition; the beard bib! You can get this from Mo Bro’s, they sell all things facial hair: beard oils, combs, conditioners and more!
14 . I love this one so much! Here’s my favourite item in this gift guide, possibly because I’m a bit of a magpie and love anything sparkly, especially jewellery! And this bracelet by Cote D’Argent is not only gorgeous but also adjustable. You can find bracelets like this one in TK Maxx.
15 . For the little ones who don’t fully realise that Christmas is even a thing yet. I like this toy as it has lot’s of textures, sounds and things a baby can hold onto to chew! You can get this one from Lamaze on Amazon.
16 . For the foodies! If you’re buying for a foodie, the chances are you’ve got either a general idea of what sort of thing they would like or absolutely zero idea altogether. And that is why I think that a gift like this hot sauce taster set is perfect! You get a choice of 8 sauces all of them unique! You can get this set from Tesco instore.
17 . If you’re needing a little stocking filler for someone with a sweet tooth, these peppermint lollypops are super cute and cheap! You can get them from Tesco instore or online here!
I hope you find this guide useful! Finding the perfect gift for that special someone always makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside (cheesy I know). And seeing their face when they open it is just amazing. Let me know in the comments below what you’re favourite gift is!
It’s that time of year again!! And for loads of parents, this means not only Christmas shopping but also their ‘Naughty Elf’ will be making an appearance soon. Now, when it comes to said elf or elves, remembering to actually have them do something overnight can be a bit tricky.. especially when the Christmas drinks are flowing! So this year, I’ve put together 25 quick and easy ‘Naughty Elf’ ideas for you to do when you’ve simply forgot or haven’t got much time.
So, here we go!!
I had so much fun doing these and I’m sure you will too! My personal favourites out of these are:
At the end of the day it doesn’t matter how inventive your ideas for the elves are because the whole idea behind the elves is to have fun at Christmas and to make your kids laugh.
It’s a short and sweet post this week, but I hope you enjoyed it! And feel free to use the ideas for your own elf/elves; let me know which ones are your favourites in the comments below!
Have a great weekend everyone and stay tuned for my Christmas Gift Guide next weekend! Love,
So, it’s November. None of of can believe it’s already November and Christmas will be here before we know it! And I think it’s pretty reasonable to start wearing Christmas pyjamas now we’re in November, and next week I think it’ll be acceptable to start wearing Christmas jumpers; I know I’ll start wearing mine then. So, I’ve put together some great sets and a dress that look cosy and cute!
These pyjamas are great as a Christmas present for someone special or as a present for yourself! All of these one and two pieces are less than £20 total as no one wants to spend more than that on something they’re going to sleep in. Or live in everyday as soon as you get in from work/not leaving the house, up to you.
Let’s get into it. (All images are credited to and are from the stated shops!)
1 . This cute polar bear pyjama set from Primark! You can find the set here! It’s an adorable set for anyone that doesn’t want something that screams ‘IT’S CHRISTMAS!!’ right in your face. And nice and cheap for £10!
2 . I found a few sets from Primark that were a great price for some cute pyjamas! (You can find them here.) These naughty and nice sets go for just £6 each; absolute bargain! And perfect for if you want to match with a bestie!
3 . Here’s the last set I found from Primark and I think it’s my favourite. Anyone that knows me knows that one of my favourite Christmas movies is ‘the Grinch who stole Christmas’ so when I saw these I was a very happy lady! The jumper is £10, the top is £6 and the leggings are £8! I love that with these you can pick which type of pyjama top or bottoms you want because not everyone will want a long sleeve jumper or shorts to sleep in!
4 . For those who love the film ‘Elf’, this one’s for you! You can get this set from NewLook for £19.99 and would make a great Christmas present. But if you’re like me and can’t wait for this time of year, then you can always buy it for yourself! They also do it for men too! You can get the set for men by NewLook here from ASOS.
5 . I love this set from ASOS, it looks so pretty and comfy! Find it here for exactly £20. And one of the things I love about ASOS is their free returns policy and their sizing helper so you’re able to actually find the right size and fit you want!
6 . This set is from H&M and is not in your face Christmassy but I think it looks comfy and is great if you’re not into long pyjamas. And this set is only £9.99, find it here!
7 . For those of you that don’t like pants/pyjama bottoms, here’s a cute night dress with Christmas pugs all over it! I think this will be perfect for after Christmas dinner when all clothes are too tight! Find it from ASOS here!
So there’s a few cheap pyjama sets and a dress that will be perfect as a gift or as a present for yourself! I’ll certainly be buying myself some of these, I live in pyjamas haha. Have a great weekend lovelies!! Let me know if you buy any of these and what you think!