Älvhuset med mallar

Jag tror älvan och tomten som bägge bor här har det himla roligt! Det lyser på kvällarna och köket liksom känns som att det har en så härlig stämning nuförtiden!

Jag botaniserade i en godisaffär innan jag gjorde huset och hittade så härliga godisar som såg ut som blommor.

Såhär har jag löst problemet med en ljusslinga – jag skar en öppning i bakre gaveln och trädde ljusslingan igenom.

Fönstren glimmar härligt mysigt när det är mörkt!

Takpannorna kommer inte att bli särskilt spännande för mina ungar att äta, men dekorationerna på takåsen! Pärlemorfärgade lakritsbollar. Och geléhallon!

 

Känns vintrigt och juligt, också då när det regnar ner utomhus.

Här kommer mallarna om någon annan känner sig hågad att baka mitt pepparkakshus: (och om du gör det så skulle jag jättejättejättemycket uppskatta om du mailade mej eller skrev en kommentar här! Det är så himla roligt att få ta del av andras pepparkakshus tycker jag!)

 

P.S. På Facebook hänger vi som gillar pepparkakshus i gruppen Allt om Pepparkakshus – välkommen med du också!

 

 

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DIY Glittery wreath with lots of tinsel

…yeah, I know, I kind of went overboard with this wreath-making business!

This one is a lovely silver one, with lots of tinsel and luscious red berries and leaves.

I’m going all in with wreath making this year! It’s just so much fun, and so easy – just take a styrofoam wreath, wrap it with something and add decorations. In this case, I finally got to use some of my really old berries and leaves, plus some silvery branches that I’ve collected during the years (left overs from some project or decoration or other).

 

 

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DIY Wintery jar with red strings

This was a fun and fast DIY!

I took some air drying clay, rolled it quite thin with a rolling pin.

I used some tulle netting when I rolled the clay the last time, to get some structure.

I lay the sheet of clay around an empty washed jar.

I made sure the edges overlapped.

Then I stamped some ”holes” using a straw. I trimmed the edge on the top of the jar.

When the clay had dried, I glued some red string to the ”holes” and made a bow at the top.

The structure looks really nice in person.

The little bullfinch likes his view! He can gaze out over all the Christmas loveliness that spreads out in our home these days.

 

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DIY Gingerbread House – The Fairy House 2019

This year I wanted to try something new – to make a wonky rooftop that you sometimes see on Fairy Houses (made for the garden, or such). But this one turned out not wonky enough, and it might be inhabited by a tiny tomtenisse! We can see lights twinkling from inside the house at night, and he has even made sure there is candy left around the house for any helpful nice child that might pass by…!

The roof shingles are made out of gingerbread. I just cut out strips about 1 cm wide, and then cut them using a ruler (not as a measuring device, but as cutting – it as a long edge so you can cut long stretches with it).

I decided to try to bake the roof parts using some cardboard to prop them up. This turned out to be quite unnecessary! If I do this kind of roof again, I’ll just bake the parts as they are and then prop them up on some support like this when they’re cooling.

The parts for the roof ready to go into the oven.

The idea was to make them a bit wonky, to make this sort of woodsy feel. As I said, this was quite unnecessary!

I made windows out of cooking sugar plus water until it was about 150 degrees Celsius. I then poured it into the gingerbread windows (I had lined them with some aluminum foil beforehand)

If you stir the sugar when you boil it, it becomes crystallized.  Makes for really lovely gingerbread house windows!

This is from when the sugar was still hardening. It still looked translucent, but when it hardened it turned more opaque. A nice sort of frosty quality.

I placed the shingles above the door while the icing was still wet.

After decorating the sides of the house I used royal icing to glue them together. I propped them up with drinking glasses.

This is a good way to let the house set, and not having to stand there for hours yourself holding the whole thing together!

I placed an extra glass inside the house, just in case the roof would turn out to be too heavy for the construction. I also placed a string of fairy lights around the glass.

This is me gluing the roofparts together! And yes, I did need to stand there pinching them together for a while!

Not too long though – the weight on the roof was still mostly on the house parts, so I perhaps had to stand there pinching them for about five minutes.

Then I lay the shingles on the rooftop! …and noticed the house was looking less wonky. I had used far too thick shingles, but there you go – you never know how a gingerbread house will turn out. Sometimes the dough rises a lot, and since I’m no baker or chemist I have no idea why that happens!

The house got some nice snow in the form of some icing sugar. And then the house was ready for its inhabitant to move in!

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DIY Wreath with old baubles

I kind of got hung up on making wreaths, so I made this one too – it has already found a new home, which is so much fun!

This one is made up of old baubles that were obsolete or broken. Now they are a new festive decoration on someone’s door!

Making wreaths is so much fun! and so easy! Just wrap a styrofoam wreath in either tinsel or greens, and add decorations using a glue gun or some thread (metallic or other – the main thing is to get the decorations to stick to the wreath).

Happy Monday to you all!

 

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DIY Colorful Wreath

This was a very fun wreath to make! I used up all the baubles that I didn’t know how to use anymore (some of them chipped, some of them just not fitting anywhere).

I wrapped a styrofoam wreath in a lot of pink tinsel. Then I glued on the baubles and Christmas ornaments. It’s the perfect Christmas ornament for our Very Pink Hallway!

 

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DIY Wintery Wreath

I’ve been making lots of wreaths lately, and this was one of the most fun!

I had a lot of old fake greens left from a broken Christmas garland, so I wrapped that around a styrofoam wreath.

I glued lots of little trees along the wreath, making a wintery forest. I placed some mushrooms among the trees, and weaved in a string of fairy lights.

Finally I sprayed the whole wreath with some spray snow.

A lovely winter landscape to admire both day and night! One of the wreaths has a snowman, the other one houses one very old ”nisse”.

 

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DIY Advent Candles

I seem to collect old things that are still pretty, but aren’t in use any more. I’ve had these cookie molds for years, and I only just recently realized what I wanted to do with them. They were too rusty to use for cookies, but they are just perfect for our advent candles!

I glued a candle holder into each of the cookie molds.

Then I filled the molds with whatever I wanted – mushrooms, fake lingonberry leaves, pinecones.

I also did a version with just sugar and spices. It looks rustic and smells lovely!

 

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DIY Advent Calendar

When I was little my mother used to make these very elaborate Christmas Calendars, with 24 packages for both my brother and I to open every day. It was heavenly! And then I became a mother and no energy was left in me for making these calendars. We bought store-bought calendars for the kids most years (an option that didn’t exist when I was little), but now that the kids are older I wanted to do something different.

Instead of using up all my energy on making so many packages with – let’s be honest – not that expensive, well-thought out gifts in them – I’m choosing to do an genuine Advent Calendar. 4 packages. 4 Advent Sundays that are extra special. One very happy kid, and very happy mother who gets to make some Christmas magic for one of her kids! (the other two want either store-bought or no Christmas calendar)

It’s such a nice little tradition. A way to count down to Christmas, but without too much stress for myself and I get to fill the packages with more useful gifts than just cheap knick-knacks and candy.

P.S. I thought when I’m being so thrifty with my energy I can make some really elaborate tags. Turns out I wanted to keep them simple too! I simply wrote the number with a thick black pen, then wrote the text in white acrylic paint. Easy-peasy, and looks pretty too. And someone’s very much looking forward to opening the packages!

 

 

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