Country Baskets Festive Face Off

I had a lovely email from Country Baskets
asking if I’d like to take part in their Festive Face Off with some other
wonderful crafty bloggers. The challenge – to create a Christmas
decoration for the home or garden using the contents of a Country Baskets craft
hamper (and your own supplies too) to be in with the chance of winning Country
Basket vouchers and importantly having all the decorations made given to a
charity of your choice, along with a cash donation. As we support ‘Roundabout
through my WI, I immediately thought that if I won, they would be my charity of

Unfortunately my hamper of supplies went
missing so instead of having 2 weeks to complete my crafting challenge, I only had 3 days, well, as I have been pretty busy this week it was actually
only one evening really, so it might not be quite as impressive as I had hoped
but I am still pretty happy with what I’ve made given the timescales. (Forgive some of the pictures though, I know they are super dark or flash laden as I am not home during daylight
hours in the week and the deadline for posting this was today.)

As soon as I opened the hamper and saw the supplies I was drawn to the giant bauble – I’ve long been a fan of the smaller versions of these and my brain started working double time to think what I might be able to make with it. Delving deeper I came across some sheets of wood bark, some beautiful snowflakes and some branches of silvery berries and a few pine cones. So after some serious thinking I decided to try and create a woodland scene inside the bauble because I hear woodland is all the rage this Christmas. 

Firstly I took the bark
and drew round the shape of a squirrel, twice, on the back of it, (facing in
opposite directions so that I could stick the two together and just have the
bark on the outside) I glue gunned these together and waited for it to dry. Once
it was all dry, I glue gunned my squirrel to one half of my bauble. 

On the
other side of the bauble I stuck a once fibre optic Christmas tree that I had
in my midst, as close to the join as I could. 

Around the ‘floor’ of the bauble,
at the feet of the tree and the squirrel I hot glued some of the silvery
berries I had pulled off the branches they came on and some small pine cones,
to create a woodland look, and from the ‘sky’ I hung, with fishing wire, some of the pretty snowflakes that were included too. Lastly I threw in a little
‘magic snow’ picked up from the £1 shop for a slightly snow
globe approach to it all.

There were also some really pretty wood
and glitter leaves that I wanted to incorporate too but I ran out of space in
the bauble. I’d have liked to have found a little plastic deer and maybe a
toadstool to add in too but as timing was an issue, I didn’t quite manage that. 

So, what do you think? Not bad for an
evenings work right? 


  1. Awww so lovely!! Posts like this make me wish I'd made more of my spare time before H&C came along. Looking forward to getting crafty with them when they're a bit bigger though 🙂 x

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