It’s Chriiiiiiiiistmaaaaaaaaaaas! Ok, well it’s not really (but it almost is). And that means it’s time to get the decorations out. My Scroogey rule is ‘no decorations/Mariah Carey before 1st December’, but I’ve made a little exception for these.
We already have a load of tree decorations inherited from family, but it’s always nice to make a couple of extra bits to go around the house. Last year I made these paper votives, so I decided to reuse the LED tealights and make a new, hanging version this year.
Instructions are below.
You will need:
– a few sheets of paper
– clear sticky tape
– ink and a stamp
– copper wire
Cut a piece of plain paper to roughly 20cm by 10cm. You can tear one of the long edges for a less precise finish. Fold the two sides inwards so they overlap by a centimetre or so, and tape in place. Fold the top layer (taped side) upwards, creating a triangle on either side (see pic for clarity). Fold the top and bottom edges inwards to create the base of the bag, and tape in place.
Flip the bag over, and stamp a design on the front. When the ink is dry, puff the bag out so that it stands up. Make a hole in each side on the creases, insert the wire and twist to seal in place. If you are worried about the paper tearing, put a small piece of tape on the inside to reinforce it before you make the hole. You can give the bag a little scrunch to get it in the exact shape you want.
Pop an LED tealight in the bag, and hang it somewhere festive.
I’m sure I don’t need to say this, but obviously real flame candles should not be used with these as they are made of paper.
Merry almost Christmas!