Christmas Spider Story

December is almost here, so it won’t be long before we can put up our Christmas tree and decorations!

But have you considered hanging a spider from your tree?
There is a beautiful story from Germany (or the Ukraine, depending who you ask) explaining why we put tinsel on the tree:


A long, long time ago, a gentle mother was busily cleaning the house for the most wonderful day of the year … Christmas Day.   Not a speck of dust was left anywhere.   Even the little spiders had been banished from their cozy corner high up on the ceiling.   To avoid the housewife’s busy cleaning, they finally fled to the farthest corner of the forgotten attic. 

Finally, it was Christmas Eve.  The tree was decorated and the children delighted.  But the poor spiders were frantic,  for they could not see the tree, nor be present for the magic of the season.  The oldest and wisest spider suggested that perhaps they could wait until everyone had gone to bed and then sneak through the crack in the door to see the wonders of the tree.  The little spiders silently and carefully came down out of their attic corner and across the floor to wait in the crack on the threshold. 

Pretty soon all was quiet, so the spiders quickly crept into the room.  The tree towered so high that they couldn’t see the ornaments on top.  In fact, the little spiders’ eyes were so small that they could only see one ornament at a time.  They all scurried up the trunk, out along each branch, filled with a happy wonder at the glittering beauty.  The spiders loved the Christmas tree.  All night long, they danced in the branches, and every place they went left a trail of dusty, grey web.  When at last they had inspected every bit of the Christmas tree, it was shrouded in the dusty grey of spider webs. 

Santa smiled as he thought  of the happy spiders seeing the tree and how much they liked it, but he also thought of how sad the little mother would be over the dusty tree.  He reached out his hand — and just then the sun came through the window and touched the tree.  All the webs started to sparkle and shine turning into shimmering, sparkling silver and gold.  The tree glistened in greater beauty than ever before!

According to legend, ever since this happened, people have hung tinsel on their Christmas trees.

Thanks to for that passage.

Here’s the pink sparkly spider that I made that I’m going to be hanging from our tree

Christmas spider. Something Special by Fiona

Would you hang a spider from your Christmas tree?

I can make you one similar to this, or in another colour for $11 plus postage 🙂

DIY Giftwrap bling

It’s coming up to Christmas, and while I can certainly provide you with many options of what to put in your presents, this is a little DIY on ‘glamming’ up the outside of your gifts. And making your gift look gorgeous on the outside can be just as special as what’s on the inside.

This is a very quick, easy and cheap DIY!

You will need:

DIY giftwrap1. Something Special by Fiona

* Fine craft wire. You can find this in a craft store, or eBay is good too. Here I am using a copper coloured wire, but you can get this fine wire in many colours.

* A selection of small beads in your choice of colours. Here I have used large clear seed beads, and 4mm glass pearls. Varying the size, colour and shape adds texture and interest to your final product!

* Pliers for cutting the wire, but really, this wire is very fine so scissors will do the job too.

Here’s what you do:

DIY giftwrap2. Something Special by Fiona

Cut a length of wire, 1 metre is a good length to work with without getting too tangled up.

On one end add your first bead and twist to secure.

DIY giftwrap3. Something Special by Fiona

I then threaded on my beads in the order that I wanted them, in this case alternate seed bead and pearl. You can make a pattern or make it random, try it and see what you like!

Leaving a space of around 5cm (don’t bother measuring or even making sure they are all the same distance apart. It won’t make any difference) give your first bead a couple of twists to secure it in place.

DIY giftwrap4. Something Special by Fiona

Continue with the rest of your beads until you come to the end of the wire. Finish the last bead the same way you did the first one.

All done!

Now make some more…

Beautifully wrap your specially selected gift, then wind around the beaded wire.

Finished DIY giftwrap bling. Something Special by Fiona

The first little box has just the one strand made above folded in half and wrapped around the plainly wrapped white gift. Then I added the pink ribbon for some contrast. The bottom 2 photos show another set I made, this time there are 3 strands of red wire, with clear crystals and the same white glass pearls.

Give it a go and let me know how you go!