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christmas decoration

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the past week i’ve been thinking about whether or not i will have christmas decorations in my living room this year. i’m not a big fan of it actually, although in other people’s houses, i find it often quite nice. last year i gave much of my christmas stuff away – to the charity shop – but some christmas balls i still have in a large cardboard box. christmas trees are not for me because i get rashes and red eyes of them. but entirely without decoration in december looks so … grumpy, i think.

so i made something myself and have no money spent.

everything i thought i could use i put on my table and have made a first selection and after a while i made a final choice: what colors appeal most to me and what fits the colors in the room.

 

this is what i chose:

a few christmas balls

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cotton yarn (left overs), glitter yarn and thread with glimmery things

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hooks for hanging christmas balls

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an old earclip of my mother, a few beads, ‘silver’ rings which were on the caps of perfum bottles and crochet pointy earrings

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nothing is new, the copper-colored yarn i bought on ebay years ago, the other glitter yarn is from an old vest of my mother, the white thread with the glowy things i have ever detached from an object. most motifs i already had, i have crocheted only a few new ones and all the edges around the motifs.

 
anyway, this is the result 
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how to make 

i realize that you do not have the same stuff as i have and you might not have glitter yarn lying in the closet. maybe it is an idea to ask family, friends, neighbors if they have discarded rings and earrings, which you can use. maybe someone has old clothing with beautiful buttons, sequins or yarn.
 
the garland

on this photo wrapped around a white glass.

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make 3 chains, 1 sc into the second chain from hook, *3 chains, 1 sc into the second chain from hook*, repeat between * and * until your garland is long enough.
 
edges

around all the motifs you can – if you like that – crochet an edge of just single crochets or 1 sc, 1 ch, 1 sc or slip stitches.
look here for the tutorial for little squares and if you scroll down the page you will see how you can crochet a pretty edge.

motifs

below you will find links to patterns/tutorials for small motifs

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1. for these round motifs on the right see the pendant pattern and for the little cup see this page

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2. for a simple but pretty triangle, see here for the pattern (diagram, there are more patterns for triangles on the same page)

free crochet pattern - triangle

3. and those gray pointy things on the same picture you can make in any color you like, see here for the tutorial

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4.

  • a pretty flowery motif is mypicot pattern number 4007, the first 3 rounds. you can find the diagram here
  • and the japanese diagram for a flowery circle (bottom left on the pattern page) you can find here
  • the diagram for a simple star you can find here 
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6. for a circle with a glittery edge you can use my tutorial for crocheting rounds 

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 7. that counts also for this:

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tutorial: a cover for a glass jar

  • crochet rounds until it has the size of the bottom op your jar
  • next round. crochet into the back loops only and without increasing the number of stitches
  • next 4 rounds. crochet 1 stitch into every stitch (without increasing)
subsequently:
  • round a: 3 chains, skip 1 stitch, 1 dc into the next stitch, 1 ch, *skip 1 stitch, 1 dc into the next stitch, 1 ch*, repeat between * and * until end of row, slip stitch into the 2nd ch.
  • round b. 4 chains, 1 treble into the next dc, 1 ch, *1 treble into the next dc, 1 ch*, repeat between * and *  until end of row, slip stitch into the third ch.
  • round c. 7 chains, skip 2 spaces and 1 treble, make 1 tr into the next tr, 3 ch, *skip 2 spaces and 1 treble, make 1 tr into the next tr, 3 ch*, repeat between * and * until end of row, slip stitch into the third ch.
  • round d. 11 ch, skip 2 spaces and 1 treble, make 1 tr into the next tr, 3 ch, *skip 2 spaces and 1 treble, make 1 tr into the next tr, 3 ch*, repeat between * and * until end of row, slip stitch into the third ch.
  • round e. attach glitter yarn to any stitch and crochet 1 sc into all the chains and the trebles. weave in the ends.

 

8. and if you like the white vase cover see here for the tutorial

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9. for this decoration i have a couple of large and smaller beads strung on a thread together with the earclip and hung it on the edge of the vase with a hook.

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that’s it, do you like these decorative things? you can hang it in the christmas tree or as a garland on the wall. hope you will have enough time to crochet your own christmas decorations!

 

enjoy!
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15 thoughts on “christmas decoration

  1. Thank you Jill! About the smell of a real tree, I love that! Love to see your crochet decorations:)

  2. What a lovely idea to reuse things that you already have in this way… and they turned out so well. You have reminded me that I made some red star garlands last year and never used them… now where are they? Thanks for all the links! I get more minimalistic about decorations as my children get older… but I do still have a real tree for the smell and nostalgia.. there are some lovely crochet ones around too. Have a lovely weekend! Hugs, Jill x

  3. Wow, you are SO creative!!!! What wonderful ideas, thanks for sharing!🙂

  4. what a wonderful idea!! love the garland

  5. How beautiful, polished, festive! Love all the arrangements! The garland is so pretty that you might have to leave it on the wall until…. August, maybe? love it!!

  6. I love the garland hanging up behind the couch. So cute!

  7. All of your decorations look lovely – very festive. 🙂

  8. So cute, and doesn’t take up the whole space, love it, thanks for the ideas.x

  9. Always different, always crisp! I love the look of your room. You have been busy, especially doing all the tutorials as well. Thank you.Bimbi x

  10. Nice to see these warm colors.Today I wondered if I should buy some golden glass baubles to go with the silver and the red ones we have.And when did you purchase that little HEMA box with hooks? It looks new but it can???t possibly be…😉

  11. Thank you so much for stopping in and sharing your awesome Christmas decoration idea in our Crafty Showcase http://bowdabrablog.com/2012/12/01/saturday-showcase-craft-project-linky-9/ this week! We love seeing what you have been up to and visiting your blog.Have a wonderful week!Susie @Bowdabra

  12. Wonderfully pretty decorations!Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!Hope you have a fabulous week!Jill @ Creating my way to Success

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  13. Super cute, your decorating ideas are amazing!

  14. its1 great. Lovely photos

  15. Elisabeth, you’re a crochet genius! Love you every single creation!