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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Christmas 2023 Part 1 🎄

by Nicole 

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Well here we are, December, and Christmas Day is fast approaching! So of course this month my project is all about that 1 day that we get to share with our families and friends, a time to give, and to receive, and create special memories.

Okay, this project was a doozy, it was a whole lot of fun, it was extremely time consuming, and stressful at times (if I had a swear jar I reckon it would have overflowed, lol), but nonetheless I got there in the end, and I couldn’t be prouder.

This is just Part 1 of 4, really hoping I get them all done before the big man comes bearing gifts, I’ll definitely be giving it my best shot 😉

For this little, but massive project, I used all of the following glues to make this project stick -

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To get started you will need to make both your inner and outer boxes, I chose to do it this was so I can easily remove the diorama for repairs if needed, or to change it out completely.

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The above pictures are the outer boxes, and as you will see, I have inset magnets into one side and also into the narrow back panel that is installed after adding the front sheet of Perspex. This will all make sense when I get the entire project finished. The inner boxes are similar, however they do not have a front on them, and they have a full back, oh, and they are smaller.

Next we need the cover the outer boxes, I chose to use cotton canvas that I have backed with heat ‘n’ bond and tissue paper. To adhere the fabric to the boxes I have used Helmar Professional Acid Free glue, as the fabric has a paper backing this is the best glue for the job.

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You will notice in the last picture that the front sheet of Perspex has been installed, to do this I used Helmar 450, the best glue to get a good grip between the Perspex and the fabric, the thin back piece was then installed, the the Perspex side window.

Next was to make some ‘stuff’, not really sure where my ideas came from, but it all started with a chair, strange, I know!

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This was fun, and a little on the challenging side for me, but I had to do it and I did 👏👏, after all, I’m a paper crafter, not a mini maker, but now, perhaps I will dabble in it a little more. Of course being a predominately fabric project I used the wonderful Helmar Fabric Glue. I did also use the Helmar Tiger glue to make sure that the main body of the chair, and especially the legs, had a great bond.

Next I needed a tree, so I made a few as I am going to need more for another part of the project. These are super quick and easy to make, and I think they look great, no glue required, but shhhh, don’t tell Helmar!

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So what do I need next?, ah yes, I need a floor. Not just any floor, but a super fancy floor! I was going to use a printable, however, that would be too easy, and I can’t make things easier for myself, lol. I went with a herringbone pattern using icypole sticks, lots of icypole sticks, and boy was it worth it, it looks fabulous. Whenever using any kind of wood in your projects and can’t recommend highly enough the Helmar Professional PVA Woodworking Glue, absolutely brilliant stuff.To finish the floor off I stained it then gave it a couple of coats of Helmar Crystal Kote Gloss Varnish.

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How amazing does that look? I just want to dance on, but 1 of my feet is bigger than the entire floor 🤣

The the next next is…… a rug to protect that floor from the legs of the chair, haha. This was made by plaiting long lengths of embroidery thread, then gluing it onto a plastic page protector using Helmar Craft and Hobby PVA Glue, leave it overnight to dry, then simply gently peel it off the next morning and viola, a cute little rug that is securely held together with a dried glue backing. I saw it on a YouTube video, thought wow, that looks easy, and guess what, it actually was, and looks great 👍 

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But wait, there’s still more……. We can’t leave the walls plain, so as I was after a more vintage style what’s better than some timber wall paneling, and some gorgeous wallpaper. For the wall paneling I have used some super thin balsa wood, 1.5mm thick, stained it, then added some frames that I made from the same wood to give it the look of panels, I also added a narrow shelf around the entire perimeter of the room, made for a great spot to display the Christmas cards, again, Helmar Professional PVA Woodworking Glue. The wall paper is printed onto Oxford Paper, and looks just divine, this was adhered with with the Professional Acid Free Glue.

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Now it’s just a matter of adding everything into the wee little room, then we’re almost there, So below is everything I’ve made now glued and in place before I add the finishing touches to the outer box.

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Back to the outer box, it’s time to add the spacers and the side window, spacers, easy peasy, side window, can’t talk too much about it, it did my head in 🤪 the frame was so fine that I broke the first one just before I finished it, but with some forethought, the second time around was a bit easier. The spacers were adhered using Helmar Tiger Grip, and the window was adhered using Helmar 450, as this was going onto the Perspex.

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Oh, last, but not least, I added the cutest little light, just to make your night a little brighter, because after going through this massive blog it’s probable past your bedtime 🥱😴 

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Yay, we’ve made it to the end, hallelujah 🙌 If you’ve made it to the end, thank you so much for your time. If you have any questions whatsoever, please leave them in the comments section and I will answer them ASAP. Take care, and happy crafting XX

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