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CHRISTMAS TREE IN DISGUISE

Christmas is very much about tradition, and there are quite a few things we associate with Christmas. The Christmas tree, with its glitter, lights and sparkly ornaments, is probably one of the greatest symbols of Christmas. Mostly they are pine trees and rather big, and once you get them in the house, you don't really move them around much.
 
 
So we thought we would make a slightly different tree, one that you can place on a table or wherever you like. Since the size of this tree is what you make it, you can make it fit anywhere in your house.
 
 
This is a very easy project and you can decorate it however you like. Later this week we will post instructions on how to make the ornaments that are pictured with the tree. And tomorrow we'll tell you how to make a Christmas sack for the tree.
 
 
Happy project....and please let us know if you have any qustions.
 
Merry 6. December. 
/Annika & Sussi
 

HANDMADE CHRISTMAS NAPKINS

One of my favorite things about Christmas is the coming together, sharing good food and conversations, enjoying the company of family and friends. 
Of course you don't do this without setting a really nice table, am I right? :-) I personally love table settings. I think it compliments the hours and effort you have put into preparing a festive meal for your guests.
 
So today's project is about napkins. Handmade with a beautiful print. There are so many gorgeous napkins out there, beautiful patterns, shapes and sizes. But there is something else about a linen napkin. It really adds a luxurious touch to a table setting. 
 

You'll need these materials:
- linen
- sewing machine or needle & thread
- textile paint & dish
- sponge
- thin plastic sheet for the template
- hobby knife
- tape and sewing pins
- printout of your text

 
1. Cut a piece of prewashed linen with the dimensions 24 x 32 centimeter. 
2. Double fold the edges (1 cm for each fold) and sew along the sides, to secure fold and create a nice finish on the napkins. Because of the double fold, even the back gets a nice finish.

3. Download and print out the words (A4) for the napkins here.

4. Take your plastic sheet and place on top of the printout. Secure with tape. Cut out the letter from the plastic with a knife. Now you have you template.

5. Take your napkin and place the template on top in the middle. Secure the plastic to the fabric with tape or sewing pins.

6. Pour out some textile paint into a dish, dip your sponge and carefully dab the sponge onto the template, filling out the letters. Make sure you dab vertically so you don't smear out the letters. Also keep a minimum of paint on the sponge, and rather dab several times to fill out letters. Let dry.

7. Last you need to fixate the print. This is a very individual step, as the different textile paints requires different fixations. Please read the description of your textile paint to fixate accordingly.

Now go ahead and make all the napkins you need. Remember to rinse the template for paint between the prints. This will make sure you don't transfer any excess paint to the next napkin.
Download A4 words for napkin here
 
Merry 5. December. 
/Annika & Sussi
 
 
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DOOR WREATH

Christmas is not really Christmas without decorations and a wreath on the door is a must. And as always we like to make use of slightly different materials.  This wreath is as elegant as it is natural.
 
 
You'll need these materials:
 
- a straw wreath
- glue gun
- metal pins or wire
- pieces of fur
- butcher paper
- different shaped pine-cones
- pieces of bark
- Christmas ornament balls
- chiffon fabric
 
 
Start by taking your straw wreath and attaching pieces of fur with glue, and paper and chiffon with pins or wire to cover the front and sides. The paper can be crumpled to give it a more casual look and the chiffon can be folded in small flower like piles to create movement.
 
 
When the wreath is covered, you can glue on pine-cones, pieces of bark and Christmas balls where you see fit. Because you're using natural material, like bark and pine-cones, this will not be a 'one solution only' wreath. This wreath will take shape as you work on it. 
 
 
Merry 4. December. 
/Annika & Sussi
 
 

WORDS FOR CHRISTMAS

Today is going to be all about words and how you can easily make your own word art. Words and letters are really popular at the moment and this project will make for a great Christmas present. Since it's going to be hand-painted by you, it will be even more special. 
 
 
You'll need:

- frame with a hard backing / piece of wood-board
- black paint
- white paint
- brushes
- chalk
- a printout of your words
- a pencil
- tape
 
 
1. Paint the frame backing/board black and let it dry. 
 
2. Print out the words so they match the size of you frame. I used an A4 frame and the printouts below the pictures, will all fit an A4 frame/board
 
3. Take your printout and cover the backside with chalk. Now place the printout with the chalk facing down against the painted surface (make sure the paint is dry). Secure with tape.
 
4. Take your pencil and trace around the letters. This will make the chalk rub of on the surface. Try not to drag your hand to much over the paper, to avoid smearing out the chalk, while tracing. When done, lift paper and you can now see your traced letters on the board. 
 
 
5. Next step takes a bit of patience. You'l now have to fill out all the letters with white paint. This step requires you to let it dry in between, so you avoid smearing out the paint. The easiest way is to first paint along the edges of the letters and then fill them with paint.
 
6. When the paint has dried, take a cloth and wipe of the excess chalk. 
Now you're done and you can frame your words :-)
 
 
 
Click on any of the word pictures to download or print. 
  
Merry 3. December. 
/Annika & Sussi
 
 

DECORATED JAR FOR TREATS

Welcome to our first day of crafty Christmas cheer here on the blog. As you may have read yesterday, we are going to post a lot of ideas, that hopefully will inspire and keep you crafting all of December. 
Today we have this little cutie for you. This is a great way to spice up those homemade treats. It's a simple project, which can be adapted to pretty much any jar (we re-used a honey jar). 
 
 
 You'll need this: 
- Glass jar or canister with lid
- Fabric
- Wide rubber band or glue
- Matching string or ribbon
- A pom pom (buy from craft store or make your own) or a button
- Glue
 
 
 1. Measure diameter of the jar lid and add 10 cm. This is the diameter of the cut fabric. Draw a circle on the fabric with that diameter. Cut fabric along the line.
 
2. Glue a pom-pom or button to the middle of the round piece of fabric.
 
3. Place fabric on your jar and use the rubber band around the lid to keep it in place. You can also glue the fabric onto the lid, then you don't need the rubber band.
 
4. Now take your string or ribbon and tie around the lid to cover rubber band.
 
 
 Now there's only left to fill it with your favorite candy or sweet treats and go out and make someone smile with your homemade gift.
 
Merry 2. December. Se you tomorrow
/Sussi & Annika

CRAFTY CHRISTMAS CHEER

 
Christmas is a great time of year. It's about family, coming together, eating great food and...decorating. So we thought we'd spread some Christmas joy by giving you some inspiration and creative ideas during this December. 
 
We'll post all sorts of projects everyday up until Christmas. You'll find anything from paper-craft and homemade gifts to knitting and we'll provide how to's for all the different projects, along with printables and patterns. 
 
So come back tomorrow for some crafty Christmas cheer here on the blog. 
 /Sussi & Annika
 
 
 
 
 
 
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WHAT KATIE ATE

I'm a huge fan of food blogs and among my favorites is the blog 'What Katie Ate'. The other day she published a gorgeous online magazine that is a must read for Christmas. This almost 500 pages long magazine is filled with recipes, portraits of food artisans, inspiring photography, and great holiday cheer. 
It's going to take some time getting through this magazine, but I promise it will be worth it. So get that pot of coffee going, get out your favorite chair and put up your feet :) Happy Reading! /Annika 

 

 
 
 
                                         

BOX OF CHOCOLATE

I'm crazy about chocolate, but not just any chocolate. It has to be dark...really dark. Picking out a nice piece of chocolate can be as hard as choosing a good bottle of wine. The taste and flavours are rich and many and the choice is endless.
This homemade treat is my Christmas chocolate favorite and is quite easy to make. It's filled with a nougat caramel nut crisp and then covered with chocolate. Here's the recipe.  /Annika
 
This is also our Sunday pictures for Fabriken. What's a Sunday without a nice piece of chocolate :)
 

 

 
 
  

BAG OF COOKIES

This recipe is one of my favorite cookie recipes. They are so easy to make and they make great Christmas cookies with their cinnamon flavour and crunchy, roasted nutty taste. Here is the recipe.
Pack the cookies in little bags and personalize it with cute labels and they make perfect hostess gifts. 
 
 
 
 

present tags

If you need tags for your presents you can download these printable PDF's. There is one with blue and purple tags and one with a red and a mix page tags. The tags measure ca 56 x 98 mm.
The PDF's is A4 size and should be printed so to get the measurements mentioned above. Happy Friday! /Annika
 
 
 
 

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