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Country Baskets Festive Face Off

I had a lovely email from Country Baskets asking if I'd like to take part in their Festive Face Off with some other wonderful crafty bloggers. The challenge - to create a Christmas decoration for the home or garden using the contents of a Country Baskets craft hamper (and your own supplies too) to be in with the chance of winning Country Basket vouchers and importantly having all the decorations made given to a charity of your choice, along with a cash donation. As we support ‘Roundabout’ through my WI, I immediately thought that if I won, they would be my charity of choice!

Unfortunately my hamper of supplies went missing so instead of having 2 weeks to complete my crafting challenge, I only had 3 days, well, as I have been pretty busy this week it was actually only one evening really, so it might not be quite as impressive as I had hoped but I am still pretty happy with what I've made given the timescales. (Forgive some of the pictures though, I know they are super dark or flash laden as I am not home during daylight hours in the week and the deadline for posting this was today.)

As soon as I opened the hamper and saw the supplies I was drawn to the giant bauble – I’ve long been a fan of the smaller versions of these and my brain started working double time to think what I might be able to make with it. Delving deeper I came across some sheets of wood bark, some beautiful snowflakes and some branches of silvery berries and a few pine cones. So after some serious thinking I decided to try and create a woodland scene inside the bauble because I hear woodland is all the rage this Christmas. 

Firstly I took the bark and drew round the shape of a squirrel, twice, on the back of it, (facing in opposite directions so that I could stick the two together and just have the bark on the outside) I glue gunned these together and waited for it to dry. Once it was all dry, I glue gunned my squirrel to one half of my bauble. 
On the other side of the bauble I stuck a once fibre optic Christmas tree that I had in my midst, as close to the join as I could. 
Around the ‘floor’ of the bauble, at the feet of the tree and the squirrel I hot glued some of the silvery berries I had pulled off the branches they came on and some small pine cones, to create a woodland look, and from the ‘sky’ I hung, with fishing wire, some of the pretty snowflakes that were included too. Lastly I threw in a little ‘magic snow’ picked up from the £1 shop for a slightly snow globe approach to it all.
There were also some really pretty wood and glitter leaves that I wanted to incorporate too but I ran out of space in the bauble. I’d have liked to have found a little plastic deer and maybe a toadstool to add in too but as timing was an issue, I didn’t quite manage that. 
So, what do you think? Not bad for an evenings work right? 

6 comments

  1. Awww so lovely!! Posts like this make me wish I'd made more of my spare time before H&C came along. Looking forward to getting crafty with them when they're a bit bigger though :) x

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    1. You are going to be in crafting heaven with them when they are older. It'll be amazing.

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  2. Aw that's so cute!

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    1. Thank you - I love the wreath you made too.

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  3. that is brilliant. I love the detail.

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    1. Oh, thank you. The Country Baskets hamper made it easy to do!

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