I created a couple of projects this time for my Docrafts demo last weekend. I absolutely love the First Noel papers and wanted to put them to good use. We all seem to be looking for ways to incorporate our crafting into our everyday lives and I thought both of these projects would be ideal, especially at Christmastime.
I made a couple of Christmas crackers. If you'd like to see the tutorial for how to make the crackers, it's on the Scribble & Scrap blog. I didn't decorate these ones in quite the same way, but at least I used Christmas paper this time. I shall be making more of these in the run up to Christmas to use for decorations and wrapping small presents.
My second project was a very simple way to decorate a jar. I'm useless at working out measurements so I started by cutting two lengths of First Noel paper and pleating them. I joined the lengths together and wrapped them around the jar, trimming off the excess and gluing the pleated ends together. I then wrapped a length of ribbon around the center and glued into place. I added twine, tying the ends in bows, and then a greeting and a ribbon bow to finish the jar.
To decorate the lid, I glued more matching ribbon around the edge, added a circle of paper and a poinsettia I had decoupaged from a First Noel paper. For the purpose of the demo, I filled the jar with cotton wool, but for a lovely Christmas present the jar could be filled with a homemade preserve, chocolates or sweets.
I hope I've inspired you to give these projects a try. And to make sure you get your hands on the gorgeous First Noel papers.