chic upcycling – my Christmas preparation begins…

I was not quite sure initially how much I would want to get myself involved in Christmas crafts this year until I mentally went through my “inventory” and realised I have actually “amassed” quite a collection of Christmas decorations over the years and it sure is enough to make my little home feel Christmassy during the festive season. Besides, my hands, which I am ashamed to say that after months of resting and staying away from crafting have not yet completely recovered from carpal tunnel syndrome and the numbness on my fingers still bothers me greatly. So in the end I decided to settle for some easy-to-make gift tags and Christmas cards!

My handmade Christmas gift tags are always very unconventional as compared to what one gets from the shop as I use whatever materials I can get my hands on and upcycle them accordingly.

One of my favourite “raw materials” is the toilet paper rolls and I use them a lot…

very simple and easy to make gift tags and they cost me almost next to nothing - using toilet paper rolls that are destined to go to the bin and recycled card off-cuts from a printer friend

very simple and easy to make gift tags and they cost me almost next to nothing – using toilet paper rolls that are destined to go to the bin and recycled card off-cuts from a printer friend

another way of making toilet paper roll flowers

another way of making toilet paper roll flowers

I saw the potential in these humble egg cartons…

got them from the kitchen of our hotel

got them from the kitchen of our hotel

My first attempt on egg carton flowers

I just tore each "cup" off by hand and then made the flowers by using glue gun only and without colouring them.  I prefer the rustic look!

I just tore each “cup” off by hand and then made the flowers by using glue gun only and without colouring them. I prefer the rustic look!

stuck them on the art card off-cuts, very 3D!

stuck them on the art card off-cuts, very 3D!

I am pretty happy with the results!

I am pretty happy with the results!

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