The 12 DIY’s of Christmas {Part 1}


The 12 DIY's of Christmas
Hi Deerest Friends,

It’s the first day of December here in Australia and so that means suddenly Christmas seems to be everywhere. As I said yesterday, over the next four days I’m going to be bringing you 12 DIY ideas for your Christmas! There is going to be decorations, food, gifts and tonnes of other festive goodies so stay tuned over the next few days for The 12 DIY’s of Christmas!

So Let’s Get Started!


DIY IDEA #1: Card Clothesline

DIY Card Clothesline

I usually store my Christmas cards on my dresser but I got so sick of them falling down all the time so I think this is a cute and festive solution. If you took away the Christmas coloured gems, this clothesline could be used all year round for photographs, kids artwork, postcards from your travels or even your birthday cards.

You Will Need
-A Pack of Wooden Pegs
-Spray Paint (I used white but gold or silver looks really great too)
-Gems, Beads or Sequins (I found my red and green gems at the craft store)
-Twine, String or Ribbon (I’m using some brown twine, which gives a rustic look)
-Hot Glue Gun, Super Glue or Craft Glue
-A piece of cardboard (this is only used during the spray painting stage so you don’t need anything fancy)

Firstly, clip your pegs onto your cardboard. I used 12 but you can use less or more depending how many cards you wish to hang up. Start spray-painting your pegs all over. The bit that is clipped to the cardboard won’t be painted, as paint there would make the peg stick together and become difficult to open. Allow your pegs plenty of time to dry

Step 1 (Card Clothesline)

Using your glue or hot glue gun, start gluing your gems/beads/sequins to your pegs. Allow plenty of time for the glue to dry

Step 2 (Card Clothesline)

Find a place in your home where you wish to display your cards and hang your twine/string/ribbon using blu-tack or small nails/pins as shown below. Windows, doorways and large walls are all great places to hang this display

Step 3 (Card Clothesline)

And You’re Done!


DIY IDEA #2: Countdown Calendar

DIY Countdown Calandar

For kids (and adults too) one of the best things about Christmas is counting down the days until that morning where you can see whether Santa has come. This DIY is a really artistic and elegant solution to the traditional advent calendar, which is usually just a cardboard calendar with chocolates inside that you buy from a store. This countdown calendar is easy to make and is something you can keep forever, not just something you throw away as soon as the 26th of December rolls around.

You Will Need
-25 Small Envelopes
-A Large Canvas, Poster Board or MDF Board
-Glitter Glue or a Metallic Marker
-Items to Decorate
-Wrapped Chocolates or Sweets

Firstly, glue the front of your envelopes to you canvas/board, so the opening at the back is facing out

Step 1 (Countdown Calendar)

Using glitter glue or a metallic marker label each envelope from 1 to 25 and write a title at the top of the canvas/board such as ‘Countdown to Christmas’. Finish by decorating your countdown calendar in anyway you like. Place chocolates or sweets into each envelope so you have a treat to eat each day counting down to Christmas

Step 2 (Countdown Calendar)

And You’re Done!


DIY  IDEA #3: Rumballs

DIY Rumballs

Rumballs are a much-loved Australian Christmas treat. They make a great dessert after a huge Christmas dinner or lunch because they’re small and not too filling. They also make a great gift and a great contribution to any Christmas party.

You Will Need
-A Large Mixing Bowl
-A Food Processor
-A Wooden Spoon
-A Baking Tray
-Air-Tight Container/s

For the Rumballs:
-250g (9 Ounces) packet of Marie Biscuits (This is what they are called in Australia but these are just plain sweet biscuits/cookies with no filling or strong flavour)
-1 Cup of Desiccated/ Shredded Coconut
-2 Tablespoons of Cocoa Powder
-400g (14 Ounces) of Sweetened Condensed Milk
-Rum, Rum Essence or Sherry (I know they’re called Rumballs but I personally use Sherry because I think it gives the best flavour)
-Extra Desiccated/ Shredded Coconut (for covering the finished Rumballs)

Using a food processor, crush your biscuits until they create a fine rubble with some small chunks. If you don’t have a food processor, put your biscuits in a zip-lock bag and crush them using a rolling pin. Pour the crushed biscuits into a large mixing bowl.

Step 1 (Rumballs)

Add desiccated/shredded coconut and sifted cocoa powder to the crushed biscuits and mix these ingredients together well.

Step 2 (Rumballs)

Add a dash of rum, rum essence or sherry and add your sweetened condensed milk. Stir the mixture well to incorporate all the dry ingredients. If your mixture looks a bit dry add another dash of rum, rum essence or sherry

Step 3 (Rumballs)

Take a spoonful of mixture at a time and roll into balls using your hands. This can get a little bit messy. Once you have formed the mixture, roll each ball in a baking tray of desiccated/ shredded coconut. Store in air-tight containers in the refrigerator

Step 4 (Rumballs)

And You’re Done!

If you liked these DIY tutorials or have any questions, comment below and if you have any other DIY ideas you’d like me to attempt let me know. Don’t forget to check out Part 2 of the 12 DIY’s of Christmas, which will be published tomorrow 🙂

Thanks guys!


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