Scraphappy Foil Scraps

 

Foil Scraps and Oat Stalks

A very old lady taught me this method of making pretty Christmas decorations using scraps of foil sweet wrappers, and oat straws with the oats still attached…

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Collection

Save different colours of foil, but not the kind that has plastic or paper adhered to it.

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about an inch square

Cut the foil into little pieces, around an inch square…

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carefully

…and carefully place a square of foil under an oat seed.

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Wrap

Wrap the foil around the top of the oat like a little shawl, and carefully pinch and wrap it around the rest of the oat. You can hold on to the top of the oat to keep it stationary while trying not to break it off the stalk as you twist and fold the foil around the bottom of the oat.

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colours!

We suggest starting at the bottom of the oat cluster and working up to the top…

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pretty!

…lots of bits fall off…but they are pretty too! Abigail saved them…

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bits

…and collected them in a dish.

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Droplets

We like how the little foil-covered oats shimmer – an effect you can’t see in a still photo…but believe me they do! My very old friend said that 100 years ago when they couldn’t afford any fancy decorations, her family used to collect their sweet wrappers all year, and fill their house with these little droplets of colour.

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Shimmer

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ScrapHappy is a group of bloggers using up scraps of anything – no new materials…Anything made of genuine scraps is eligible, and posts come out once a month on the 15th! If you like the idea and want to join the group, contact Kate or Gun who devised and run this group.  Their blogs are the first two links below:

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12 thoughts on “Scraphappy Foil Scraps

  1. It’s wonderful, Kjerstin, that you’ve brought to life a creative, artistic touch of the past or even the present. You’ve presented it so thoughtfully, lovingly and with the Hitty dolls, cherished that memory.

  2. We used to do that when we were kids in the 1970s too! We saved all and any foil or cellophane (the occasional Lucozade cello and Ribena foil were especially prized) smooth them out and put them into a special tin for decorations.

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