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Star Anise Christmas tree Decorations.

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When I put the tree up I totally forgot about the handmade tree decorations I atempted a couple of weeks ago. I found a tutorial in LandLove Magazine about using old candle wax to make festive decorations. I thought these star anise stars looked very sweet.

You will need.

saucepan
milkpan
roasting tin
cookie cutters
star anise
candle wax

1.Line roasting tin with baking paper.
2.Melt some wax over a bain-marie.Remove remains of the wicks.
3.Cover base of tin with a thin layer of wax and place cutters on top.
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4.Lay one star anise in the middle of each and fill with wax, making sure star anise still peek out. This is where I had a problem! The wax seeped out the edges of the cutters. Maybe covering with something heavy super quick as soon as you’ve poured it in may help.
5.Once cooled and set remove from cutters. I lowered them briefly into warm water to loosen.

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6.Heat a needle over a flame of a candle and make a hole in each decoration so they can be hung up.Use parcel string or ribbon.

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Most of mine came out to thin and broke.But I managed to salvage a couple and hung them on the tree last night.
So thats my attempt at Christmas crafting.:-D

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Lets Get Crafty Fair :-D

I love to do the occasional Craft Fair as I make Teacups into Candles and trinket stands.One of my favourite fairs is Lets Get Crafty which is held on the third sunday of every month in the Lancashire Village of Whalley.

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Mrs Tibbs Teacups & Candles ( Thats Me!)

I always look forward to the fairs as you get to meet some really lovely and creative people.Lets Get Crafty has lots of super talented stall holders.Any money I make usually ends up in their pockets.:).So many Pretty Things!

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Lets Get Crafty is organized by Charlie of Crafts By Charlie.He makes the gorgeous scented soaps, Bath bombs and candles above.

Lisa from http://www.tileproductions.co.uk  specialises in handmade tiles,tags, buttons and gifts.

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Lorna of http://www.blackrosecrafts.co.uk creates gifts and jewellery using brightly coloured fused glass.

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To see more of Nancys handcrafted nursery and interior decor items and jewellery look up http://www.n5nsy.com

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I love Tracys stall! She makes all sorts of pretty things with yarn.I purchased an adorable crochet pin cushion and have a ‘Hattie the hare’ on order.All Tracy’s proceeds go straight into her animal charity which she blogs about on her Olive and Harry blog.

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I also bought my kitty Tibbs a lovely collar from the Felix and Fido Pet boutique.She wasn’t for posing for a piccy though!

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Another regular at Lets Get Crafty is http://www.babyblingbling.co.uk.I love these glitzy little shoes.:)

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So that was only a small selection of some of the goodies that can be found at the fairs every month.There is also a fab food market outside too but I didn’t get chance to grab any sneeky pics.

Maybe we will see you at the next Lets Get Crafty on the 17th March!

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