HODDERSCAPE ADVENT DAY 20

By The Hodderscape Team

Posted on December 20, 2013 in Hodderscape Advent with tags Tentacles

  MAKE YOUR OWN TENTACLE STOCKING

tentacle collage

This is, honestly, the easiest holiday craft ever. It’s quick and easy and totally awesome.

Supplies:

  • Fabric. Can be whatever colour or pattern you want. I suggest getting a metre of fabric in a solid colour, like red.
  • Thread. Can match the colour of your fabric or not – whatever!
  • A needle. For sewing!
  • Pins. For pinning!
  • A little bit of ribbon.
  • Buttons, sequins, beads or paint. These will be used to make the suckers on your tentacle. You can sew the buttons on, or glue them, or paint the suckers on. Whatever!
  • Chalk or a tailor’s pencil (or even a regular pencil or pen!)

 

Get crafting!

 

 

  1. Fold your fabric in half. Make sure that you fold it so that the outside – the side of the fabric you want showing when you’ve finished – is sandwiched together on the inside of the two pieces.
  2. Draw a tentacle shape (using the chalk or whatever) on one side that takes up as little or as much space on your fabric as you want. This will be your pattern. The bigger you make the tentacle, the more presents people will have to fill it with.
  3. Pin your two pieces of fabric together, just inside the lines of the shape you’ve drawn.
  4. Cut the shape out, leaving about an inch of extra fabric  outside the line.
  5. Sew the two pieces together following the lines you’ve drawn, being sure to leave the top of the tentacle open. If you sew that shut, no one will be able to stuff presents inside! Once you’ve done that, remove all the pins.
  6. Turn the tentacle inside-out. (if you’ve sewn the top shut, you won’t be able to do this.) Voila!  You’re nearly done!
  7. Sew or glue your suckers to the outside of the tentacle. You can do this in two lines or just all over the place. It’s your tentacle – we won’t judge!
  8. Sew your little bit of ribbon in a hoop shape to the top of the back of the tentacle. This is what you’ll use to hang your tentacle over the fire.
  9. Stuff left-over fabric or some tissue paper into the tip of your tentacle. This will give it a little shape.
  10. Hang your awesome tentacle over the fireplace.

You can also follow these instructions to make small tentacle ornaments – all you have to do is stuff the tentacle shape all the way with fabric or tissue paper after you’ve turned it inside out, then sew the top up. Add suckers as you see fit (I usually use beads) and a hoop and hang it on your tree! (Or anywhere else.)

 

MAKE BOOK ORNAMENTS FOR YOUR TREE

collage craft

christmas collage 2

 

A simple, yet cute craft. All it requires are: some match boxes, access to a colour printer, glue, scissors and a bit of string or ribbon.

1. Measure up your match boxes and re-size book covers accordingly. You need to make sure the image is long enough to wrap around the match box, leaving only one side uncovered.

template matchbox

2. Cut out your images and stick them onto your match boxes.

3. Draw some lines on the uncovered side to imitate pages.

4. Stab a hole in the top and thread some ribbon or string through! You may have a more suitable implement, but I just stabbed mine with a pair of scissors. Relaxing.

5. Stick a chocolate in and hang it up.

6. Eat the chocolate.

7. Decide what to do with all those leftover matches.

 

MAKE IT SNOW STAR WARS

BautlcfCAAAd426Templates can be found here!

  

CUT UP A BOOK AND MAKE SOME CARDS!

christmas collage card

One book was damaged in the making of these cards.

So simple, this one barely requires instructions – get a book, cut it up and stick it on some card! I selected A Christmas Carol for my cards, but you can go as niche as you like.

I kept my shapes pretty simple, but if you’re a bit more gifted with a pair of scissors than I am you can really go to town!

The leftover bits of book can also come in handy for labels and other sundry crafts.

 

PILE UP SOME BOOKS AND MAKE A TREE

No instructions required  – just pile em’ high!

tree

finished tree 

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