I'm off for the next two weeks with the children and we are lucky enough to live right next to a forest so if the weather is good they like nothing more than to play with the neighbouring kids. This means that I can get on with some crafting without feeling any guilt at not taking them anywhere.
I am really trying to knuckle down and make as much stock for my Christmas parties as possible so that I'm not rushing around last minute. I've also mentioned before that as well as some of my favourites which sell year after year - such as painted wooden hearts with a child's name painted on it (as people keep having children I get to keep making these hearts!) - I try to come up with new things every year.
Not everything I make is to my taste but I do know what will sell so sometimes make things just because I know they will sell (and to use up supplies).
I tend to stock pile supplies and a while ago I found some bobbins/cotton reels which were too cheap to pass up. I knew they would come in handy. I gave them three coats of white paint and originally had the idea of mod podging some Christmas paper to them but this didn't look right. I then saw some lovely white ribbon with red stars on it online and I thought this would look lovely as I could make decorations to look like old ribbon bobbins. However, the ribbon was £4.00 for three metres and £6.95 postage. Not on your nelly, I thought! So I decided to have a go at making my own.
I bought two packs of cotton binding tape at £1.15 per pack...
...then I drew a star shape on the end of one of my daughter's many pencils which have a rubber/eraser on the end. I cut around the star with a craft knife and used it to stamp stars along the cotton tape.
It doesn't look as nice as the one I wanted to buy but at a fraction of the cost it does the job I wanted.
I know this is a really basis and easy craft idea but I thought I would share it in case, by any chance, there are any others out there who have never thought of doing this. Tip: I tried both fabric paint and craft ink and the ink works best as the paint gives more of an outline of a star.
Here we go - two dozen ribbony bobbiny things - like I said, nothing fancy but I only plan on selling them for a pound each so am sure they will sell fairly quickly.