Upcycled Harris Farm Decos!

 

HFM CHRISTMAS 2020

HFM CHRISTMAS 2020

MATERIALS:

  • 1 card board box

  • X5 Large potato

  • Pairing knife

  • Scissors

  • Led pencil

  • White craft paint

  • A kitchen sponge

  • 1 Skewer

  • Jute string

  • Double sided tape

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Slice the potatoes in half, using a pairing knife cut out Christmas shapes. For example stars in different sizes, a Christmas tree, and a bell.

  2. Un do the card board box and lay it flat.

  3. Dampen the kitchen sponge followed by adding white paint. Dab the cut out potato shape into the sponge then stamp onto the card board box levelling space around the edge.

  4. Once the paint is dried cut out around the print leaving a board of 4-5 mm.

 

To make individual decorations:

 

  1. Place the cut out decoration on to a piece of cardboard and draw around to create a template. Add a 5mm boarder and draw out another  Using scissors cut out the shape.

  2. Add double sided tape to the smaller painted piece and stick it onto the the larger piece.

  3. Using a skewer poke a hole through the top of the decoration, thread a 25cm long length of jute string through and tie a knot.

  4. The decoration is ready to hang it on the tree.

 

To make a garland:

  1. Poke two holes through the top of 10-15 cut out decorations, thread a 1 1/2 to 2 meter long string of jute through the first decoration hole then back through the 2nd hole to ensure the card board decoration lays flat. Repeat the process every 10-15cm.

  2. The garland is ready hang up.

 

 Dried Festive Citrus Baubles

HFM CHRISTMAS 2020

MATERIALS:

  • 5-6 oranges

  • Natural coloured ribbon

  • Natural coloured cotton or jute string 

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Slice the oranges into thin slices 4mm thick. Remove any pips and place them on 2 large baking trays lined with a sheet of baking paper.

  2. Bake in the oven on a low heat at 120° for 2 1/2 to 3 hrs. Keep an eye on them to prevent them from burning, you're looking for a nice golden orange colour and all of the orange flesh to be dehydrated. Half way through the cooking process flip them over so they dehydrate on the over side.

  3. Remove them from the oven and allow to cool completely on a cooling rack.

  4. If you have a dehydrator this is the preferred method to ensure an even colour.

  5. Use a skewer to poke a hole through the top of 2 citrus slice’s underneath the rind. Thread a piece of string roughly 30cm long through and tie in a knot, leave the two strings long for attaching to the tree.

  6. Tie a cotton bow at the top to finish off the baubles.

 

Decorations and photography by Bonnie Coumbe. visit her site here & Instagram here.