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Use the sisters’ pens for decorating candles, thus transforming regular candles to small, graceful and personal pieces of art or to Advent candles, as Anna has done here. She is also fond of including the candles when making personalised host gifts. Remember that you can always find candles in an abundance of colours and sizes for your next creative project at Søstrene Grene.

List of materials for this DIY project:
Pens for candle decoration
Candles, possibly in several sizes and colours


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Using iron-on labels, embroidery yarn and the sisters’ gift bags in a heavy cotton quality, you can conjure the finest gift bags. The beautifully decorated and personal gift bags can be used year after year, and are therefore worth the effort, if you ask the sisters. Anna also suggests using the gift bags for wrapping Christmas presents, so the wrapping can be reused at many Christmas celebrations.

List of materials for this DIY project:
Cotton gift bags
Iron-on labels with Christmas motifs
Iron-on labels with numbers
Needle
Scissors
Iron
Tea towel


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Do as Anna would and use stencils and pens to personalise the gift bag for this year’s Advent gifts. The Christmas gift bag is both a decorative way to store the gifts as well as a sweet detail in the home during December. With the checkboxes, the receiver can even use the gift bag to count the days to Christmas.

List of materials for this DIY project:
Paper gift bag
Pens
Stencils


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Personalise the children’s room with their own decorations on the practical storage boxes. Using the sisters’ stencils, you are well on your way to creating exciting designs in the children’s favourite colours.

List of materials for this DIY project:
Wooden storage boxes
Acrylic paint
Sponge
Paint brush
Stencil
Tape, optionally


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Anna enjoys how the wall decorations add something different to the wall. She suggests that you let the fun and decorative wall decorations adorn the children’s room or break with the traditional photo wall. Furthermore, you can learn how to mix papier mâché in the video.

List of materials for this DIY project:
Anna and Clara’s papier mâché
Paint brushes
Acrylic paint
Bowl
Baking paper
Thread or leather string


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Become inspired to create a lovely decoration that highlights the special Christmas spirit. At the same time, the whole family will be able to follow how the Advent candle slowly counts the days until Christmas Eve.

List of materials for this DIY project:
Advent candle
Plate
Clay
Wire
Ribbon
Small Christmas baubles
Decoration mushrooms
Decoration cones
Spruce
Leaves
Spiced Christmas biscuit


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December is drawing nearer, and therefore, Anna has been busy creating this year’s Advent decoration. For this, she has used the sisters’ decorative ornaments, together with elements gathered with nature.

List of materials for this DIY project:
Anna and Clara’s porcelain Advent candleholder
Four candles
Wire
Acorns with glitter
Dried pomegranates
Decoration seed heads
Decoration leaves
Decoration flowers
Clay
Spruce
Succulents
Dried pepper
Drief flowers


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With the sisters’ photo book, it will be easy to relive special memories. “The photo book will certainly also arouse joy as a Christmas present,” Anna tells. She suggests that you let your child fill the book with photos, drawings and lovely finds, thus creating a personalised gift for, for example, grandparents.

List of materials for this DIY project:
Anna and Clara’s photo book
Photos
Drawings
Other sweet memories


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Let the children help with this year’s Halloween decorations. Print Anna’s template with swirled snakes, gather the family to decorate them and make it a cosy family time to prepare for the season’s festivities.

You can print the template here:


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The boxes can both contain tasteful treats for your guests, be used for storing collected sweets and as a fun part of the table setting. Warm up for Halloween by letting the little ones make their own monsters of reused cardboard boxes.

List of materials for this DIY project:
Reused cardboard box
Scisssors
Paint
Paint brush
White pasteboard or paper
Hot glue gun
Pen


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Discover the wonders of the Asian cuisine, just like the sisters. Dumplings are a fun starting point and once you get the gear in order, it is a fairly easy project to take on. You can either fry the dumplings or steam and deep-fry them, depending on what you find most tasteful.


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Anna enjoys decorating the home with chalk pens that are applicable on several surfaces, such as glass, plastic and metal.

The pen is not permanent and can be easily removed with a moist cloth.

You can print both templates here:

You can print both templates here:


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There are many ways to create a festive birthday table which does not need added sugars. Use sweet cookie cutters to cut fruits, make fruit skewers using the sisters’ reusable straws or create an appetising ice-cream cone of fresh fruits and natural banana waffles.


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The sisters’ silicone baking mould and baking mix for Madeleine cakes make it easy to bake the sweet creations. Decorate the cakes with icing sugar and organic lemon zest.

List of materials for this DIY project:
Silicone baking mould for Madeleine cakes
Baking mix for Madeleine cakes
Organic lemon
Icing sugar
150 g. butter
5 eggs


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Fun and play with stamps.

Tip
By making a repeating pattern using the wall stamps, you can create a lovely wallpaper look in a children’s room.

Method

1. Paint in freeform an area approximately 25×25 cm in size in your favourite colour. Let the paint dry completely before continuing.

2. Use a foam sponge to apply an even coat of paint to the stamp to achieve a uniform look. Press the stamp against the wall and make sure the pressure is evenly distributed before carefully lifting the stamp away from the wall.

3. Now add the little hand-painted motifs. Here, Anna has painted circles and branches with leaves. When you are satisfied, repeat the process over the entire wall.

4. Finish by painting the wall pegs the same colour as the wall, and incorporate them as part of the wall decoration.


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Passion for papier mâché.

Tip
You can also make statuettes that look great in other parts of the house besides the children’s rooms.

Method

1. Inflate a balloon, taking care not to make it too big. Cut a strip of corrugated cardboard, fold it into a tube, then tape it to the balloon. Make sure to cover the cardboard with plenty of tape so it does not get too wet when you now apply the papier mâché.

2. Cover the entire surface with papier mâché.

3. Now shape the details of the head. Remember to add extra papier mâché to the back of the head if you add a lot of details to the face to keep the head balanced. If you want to create a bun on the top of the head, make a ball of paper and cover it with papier mâché and then attach it to the head. For the tiger’s nose, Anna used paper cups cut in half.

4. Let the head dry for approximately one week. If small cracks develop as it dries, simply apply a little more papier mâché. Now paint and decorate the head. When the paint is dry, you can add a layer of lacquer, which will extend the lifetime of your creation.


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Soft and convenient storage.

Clara can always use new bowls and baskets for storage, and this simple felt design is perfect for her desk.

Method

1. Transfer the basket template to some baking paper, see how on page 5. Place two pieces of felt one on top of the other and hold them together with a couple of pins. Now use the template to trace triangles onto the felt as shown in the image. Make sure to place the triangles as mirror images of each other in all four corners. Cut out the triangles.

2. Thread a needle with the string and fold the sides of the basket up. Fold the short sides up first, and then the long sides. Use pins or paper clips to hold the sides in place as you sew.

3. Remember to stitch every corner of the basket together as well as the two long sides, so that all folded edges are secured with string.

4. Image 4 shows what the basket looks like if the long sides are folded up before the short sides. For this alternative basket, you do not need to stitch the corners together, just the two long sides.


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Crochet storage to hang on the wall.

In these images, you can see both the bottom and the handle of the basket to make it easier to successfully recreate Anna’s design.

How to do post stitching:

Post stitching is done by hooking around the post of the stitch rather than into the top of the stitch. The structure is created by hooking around the post and under by inserting the hook either from front to back, or from back to front, in the previous row. Post stitching is a fun technique which may appear more difficult than it actually is.

Abbreviations

Tr        treble crochet stitch

Ch       chain stitch

Ss        slip stitch

Dc        double crochet stitch

 

Crochet pattern

The basket:

Start by doing 30 chain stitches (ch). For a wider basket, just increase the number of stitches. Join with a slip stitch to form a ring.

Row 1: (2 ch, 1 tr in next ch) x 30 times in total, incl. The first 2 ch [30].

Row 2: Do 1 back post crochet stitch around the post of the first stitch, then do 1 front post crochet stitch around the post of the next stitch. Alternate all the way around the circle [30].

Repeat row 2 until the desired height, e.g. 6-7 rows.

It is crucial for the rib pattern that you follow the instructions carefully and make sure to alternate between back post and front post crochet stitches.

 

Handle and finishing:

Crochet a handle by doing about 5 ch, or more to achieve the desired length. Skip the equivalent number of stitches and continue right round the edge of the basket doing a slip stitch (ss) in each stitch. Finish by crocheting over the handle again to make it a little sturdier.

Thread yarn through the outside loops at the bottom and pull tight for a round bottom. Hide yarn tails.


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Soft and comfortable velour.

A belt can quickly become the little detail that makes the big different. This inspired Anna to create this velour design, which is easy to make at home.

Tip

Clara recommends making the belt in several different colours so you have a selection to choose from.

Method

1. Fold the elastic band around one half of the belt buckle and hold it in place with a sewing pin.

2. Sew with zig zag stitching, and remember to sew back and forth both at the beginning and end of the work for a durable result.

3. Now measure how long you want the belt to be. Loop the elastic band through the other half of the buckle and hold it in place with a pin, then test the belt length before cutting the elastic. The belt cannot be adjusted once you have cut the elastic. Repeat step 2, and the belt is finished.


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Little bird sing the advent of Christmas.

These birds make lovely host and hostess gifts during the holiday season, believes Clara.

Method

1. Transfer the bird template to baking paper, see how on page 5. Fold a piece of fabric in half with the wrong side out. Trace the template onto the fabric, use pins to hold the halves together, then cut out the bird. Take care to cut a couple of millimetres outside the edge to give yourself more room to work when using the sewing machine.

2. Sew along the dotted line. Start and finish the work by sewing back and forth to fasten the thread.

3. Trim off any extra fabric, then stuff the bird.

4. Cut a loop of ribbon and place it in the opening as close to the bird’s head as possible. Now sew up the hole by hand using small stitches. Tie off ends, then cut the thread.

5. Now sew on a little bead as an eye on each side of the bird’s head. Pull the thread nice and tight as you work, to give the bird the right look.

6. Transfer the wing templates to baking paper and cut them out. Now trace two large wings onto a piece of carton and two small wings onto a piece of felt. Choose playful colour combinations. Important: make sure you place the wings as mirror images of each other when you attach them to the bird using a hot glue gun.


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