Sunday 22 December 2013

Yule Logs

I cannot lay claim to this idea and I made them that long ago that I can't remember where I first saw these cute logs.  I do know it was pre any hint of Pinterest!!!!  It is a fun idea and something you can get the kids involved with so here are mine to give you some inspiration.

The fab Santa at the back of the group was a gift cleverly painted by my Sister-in-law (also called Helen!).  She likes crafting too as you can see!  In the front are the log characters I painted 11 years ago now! Family heirlooms now that are part of our home decor each Christmas.

I think the close ups of the faces are all you need in the way of  instructions as they really are simple.  You need dry logs with a flat base and an angled top that creates the perfect place to paint Santa's face.  For Santa use acrylic paint and paint one third of the log red for the hat - one third skin tone and one third white as a base of the beard.  Add a strip of white for the fur on the hat and you are ready to add the details.  The nose is a painted glass drop and the beard and fur are snowtex and glitter and finally the pom pom is a small polystyrene ball with a wedge cut out of it and more snowtex and glitter.  They are great fun and the kids can get involved too.

This elf was painted by my youngest Callum when he was 4!  He did the main part of the painting and I helped with the details and he enjoyed dabbing on the snowtex and sprinkling on the glitter.  Then he spotted Santa's footprint!

He painted it black and we have ended up with a lovely reminder of Christmas crafting together.  I hope this gives you some festive inspiration.  What decorations have you made with your kids that have become treasures you carefully unwrap each year when it is time to getting festive once more?

Not long now so before the festivities get underway in earnest so I just want to wish you and those you love a wonderful Christmas wherever you are in the world.  Thank you all so much for your support and encouragement over the year.  Your kind words always make me smile.  I hope Santa puts lots of crafting goodies in your stocking and that you get a little me time to try them out!  I am making my final lists in the hope that all is ready for the big day and we are looking forward to spending time with my Brother and Helen tomorrow.


See you again soon and Thank You for popping by X


  1. Your yule log santas are really cute & a very clever idea.
    My Christmas treasures are the decorations that my children made at nursery & school up until the past couple of years when I've been learning about crafting myself and so started making things with the wee man. Other treasures include a resin teddy bear tree ornament that one of my sons bought me with his paper round money about 17 years ago. Awww. And we have a snowman & an angel wall decs that were my mother-in-laws from about 40years ago. They are all definite musts for my festive decorations.
    Sending wishes to you and your family for a very happy chirstmas and a happy, healthy & joy-filled 2014 *hugs* Mo :o) xx
    ps - there's a big-shot under my tree :)

    1. Hi Mo. I love unwrapping all those treasures each year. They remind us that Christmas is about family and the ones we love. One more sleep to go. Looks like you are definitely on Santa's nice list ;-) Have a wonderful day and see you in the New Year - Merry Christmas Hugs Helen x

  2. How adorable these are! Love that you did these as a family! What special keepsakes to take out each year. Your son must love seeing his from years past!
    Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and all the best in 2014!

    1. Merry Christmas to you too Winnie. Hope you are keeping wrapped up and that you have a few days off over Christmas. Wishing you health and happiness in the New Year and lots of time to craft!!!! Hugs Helen x


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