This year, for teacher gifts, I made personalised Christmas tree decorations with wooden scrabble-style tiles. I have also made some for some of my relatives that I will include with the annual Christmas card.
What you need
- Christmas Ribbon – 2.5 cm wide
I used ribbon with wire, however, I think it would be easier to use material ribbon without wire.
- Embellishment (I found a pack of holly at a craft store)
- Craft scrabble-style tiles
– Spotlight have chipboard stickers which are a great option, or you can find wooden tiles as I have used at some craft stores or from eBay. I purchased mine from eBay (from the seller ausdeals-zone).
- Thin twine or ribbon (for hanging)
- Light card (optional)
- Craft/PVA glue
It’s fairly self-explanatory, but I will include some tips of what I
1. I wanted to give the decoration some stability so it would sit well on the tree, so I added a light card backing to the ribbon. Using the ribbon as a measurement tool, I cut a card strip just slightly smaller than the ribbon.
2. Next, I made a loop at the top of the ribbon (this will be used to thread the twine in for hanging). Allow the loop section to sit above the top of the card, and then using the glue, stick the ribbon on the card strip. I found cutting the ribbon and card to a A4 (length-wise) length useful, and then trimmed to size (in a later step).
3. Glue the embellishment at the top and then glue the tiles on. I did a variety of different things, from teacher’s names (e.g. Mr White), to things that were meaningful to the particular relationship my child had with the teacher (e.g. DANCE). Another idea is do to last names (for families) or just a first name for a personalised gift idea. If I have enough tiles left, I plan to make some for each of my kids.
4. Allow to dry. Once dry, thread a piece of twin through the opening ribbon loop. Then trim the base of the ribbon in a V shape or however you lik.e