Simple Christmas Bauble Gift Tags

Christmas is one of the busiest times of the year for me, with the shop and workshops, on top of trying to make it a special time of the year for my two little children. So, finding simple ideas that make a gift POP that don’t take any effort (shh don’t tell!), like this one, are right up my alley.

simple christmas handmade gift tags

These handmade Christmas gift tags are a really simple way to dress up a gift. Here’s a quick tutorial how to make them.

You’ll need:

  • blank gift tags (or make your own with sturdy card that’s 11 x 5.5cm and a hole punch)

  • glue stick

  • scraps of decorative paper

  • black pen

  • scissors

I used the circle die for my Sizzix Big Shot machine to cut out the circles but you do not have to have one of these to make these tags. Use a compass, or any small round object and trace around. My circles are 4cm in diameter.

  1. First draw the top of the bauble and the line down the centre of the tag.

  2. Glue your circle and place it on the tag so it slightly overlaps the black lines.

  3. Attach some ribbon or baker’s twine to the top of the tag and write a personal message on the other side.

christmas gift tag diy

How To Make A Pom-Pom Bat

Halloween is coming! I walked through the seasonal aisle at my local Sainsbury’s this afternoon. It was half ghoulish costumes for 4-foot zombies, witches, skeletons and monsters and half collectible Christmas shortbread tins. If you’d rather forego the plastic decorations for Halloween this year, I’ll show you how to create fun little bat pom-poms, which you can hang up in doorways, on your doorknobs and in the windows to greet your trick-or-treaters.

pom pom bat

What you’ll need:

  • Loome tool

  • Black yarn, any weight

  • Felt scraps in black and white

  • String for hanging

  • PVA glue or fabric glue

Make a pom-pom with your Loome tool

Use your black yarn to create a pom-pom with your Loome tool. If you’re using DK-weight yarn, you’ll need to wrap it around 140 times. If you’re using Aran-weight yarn, around 90 revolutions will do the trick. If you need more in-depth instructions on making a pom-pom with a Loome tool, just check out our previous post, How To Make A Pom-Pom.

Trim your pom.

How to make a pom pom bat
how to make a pom pom bat

Cut out the eyes and wings

Use your felt scraps to cut out two white circles, and two smaller black ones to go inside. Go ahead and glue those black circles down, before they get lost! Cut a small smiley mouth for your bat, but a row of jagged teeth also look great!

Cut two bat-shaped wings next, and you’re all done with the tricky cutting bits.

String it up

Before you glue on the bat’s face and wings, attach the string you’re going to use to hang it up. This way, you’ll know which way is up for your bat.

tie the string onto your pom pom bat to hang it up

Glue it all together

Using a hot glue gun or fabric glue, attach the eyes, teeth and wings onto your pom-pom. Separate the yarn a bit to nestle the pieces into your pom-pom, so that they’re nice and secure.

Ready, set, SPOOK!

Give it a moment to dry. This is really quick is you’ve used a glue gun. If you’ve used another kind of glue then you might want to wait a bit longer for it to dry. Hang up your bat and get ready to spook away all those ghosts and ghouls on Halloween night with your crew of pom-pom bats.

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pom pom bat with pumpkins

How To Make A Pom-Pom

One of the best things about making pom-poms is that you really don't need many tools, but if you have the right ones, then it's easy.

What you'll need to get started:

Making a pom-pom is a lot easier than it looks,

just start winding!

1. Secure the end of the yarn to any notch on either arm of any Loome tool model. Wind yarn around arms, make sure tension is not too tight or too loose. 

Note: Mix it up! You can use more than one colour. 

2. Wind 140 revolutions. When done, secure end to any notch, then cut. Note: Generally, with worsted weight yarn 90 revolutions will give you a 2.5cm* trimmed, dense pom-pom, 120=3cm, 175=4.5cm, 200+=5cm. (*approx.) 

3. Cut 30cm strong string. While yarn is on Loome tool, take strong string and tie a tight double knot around the centre of yarn bundle.

4. Gently wedge yarn bundle off the Loome tool. Flip yarn bundle and make another even tighter double knot on the other side.

5. Flip yarn bundle for a third time and make another even tighter double knot.

Note: Tight double knots hold the pom-pom together. 

6. Take scissors and cut loops on both sides in half. Make sure you cut all loops, some may be hiding.

7. Next, it's time to trim. Take the pom-pom trim guide, match it centre to centre. Start the haircut by snipping around the trim guide. Flip and repeat. Then, cut like a real haircut to finish shaping.

If you want more details on how to trim your pom-pom down, check out our post, How To Use The Pom-Pom Trim Guide. Don't have time to source all the materials separately? Grab one of our Pom-Pom Starter Kits; they come in different colourways and include a book of instructions, tips and projects to make with your pom-poms!

Happy pom-poming!

How To Use The Pom-Pom Trim Guide

Have you ever wondered how people get their pom-poms perfectly round? I'll let you in on a little secret: they use a trim guide. 

This small circular guide helps shape and trim down your pom-pom super accurately, and also quickly. We stock the Loome Pom-Pom Trim Guides in our shop, which are made of bamboo but you could also make one yourself at home out of cardboard or strong card-stock. What I love about the Loome ones though, is that they're strong and sturdy, made from bamboo, and won't bend while trimming. Plus, they double up as a kumihimo cord maker!

Let's get started!

1. Make your pom-pom

Check out our tutorial how to make a pom-pom. Once you've tied your middle string, you're ready to trim. I always start by trimming the middle strings down, so that they don't show later. Then, trim all your loops. Make sure none are hiding down inside.

2. Place trim guide centre-to-centre and cut

Then, place your trim guide in the centre of the pom-pom and holding it firmly, snip generously around the guide, keeping your scissors close to the guide. Don't be scared, the first could cuts are a bit of a hack job to get the general shape.

using a pom-pom trim guide
trimming the pom-pom

3. Turn your pom-pom and trim again

Turn the pom-pom on its side, so that your trim guide is now flat against the side you just cut and cut around the guide again.

4. Fine tuning

Now you can put your trim guide to the side, and use your scissors to trim slowly around your pom-pom until you get the desired density. Start by trimming one side first, then rotating your pom-pom and trim the shaggier areas of the pom-pom. 

half-trimmed pom-pom
finished colour-burst pom-pom

Every now and then, roll your pom-pom in your hands and use your fingers to fluff out the pom-pom to find any strands hidden inside that need to be trimmed. 

And that's your pom-pom trimmed up nice and quickly with the trim guide! Made some pom-poms? Share them with us on Instagram using the tag #gettingsewcial!

How To Make Origami Diamonds

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If you've been scrolling through Pinterest and come across some of the folded-paper decor trends, then you've likely come across these paper diamonds. Made in bright and colourful paper, or in striking monochrome prints, they look fab stuck to the wall or a bed headboard with a piece of washi tape. Just look at how these ones are styled, made by Origami Est, author of Paper Home.

These gorgeous paper diamonds are a fun way to add colour and dimension to a room. Pile them on a mantle, display them on a tray on the coffee table or sideboard, hand them from a shelf or washi-tape them directly on a wall. This origami paper trend is a beaut and are relatively simple to make. Ready to give it a try?

Edited and made by Sara Kock Madsen Filmed by Thomas Skjoldborg Music: Say my name (feat. Zyra) [Hayden James Remix] - ODESZA

The fiddliest part of the whole process is definitely glueing the two halves together. I found that going easy on the glue helps, and trying not to apply it too close to the outside edge, in case of any overflow. 

Anyone else jumping onto this paper trend? 

circus paper origami diamond
hand holding origami diamond