If you’re a lover of natural decoration, you will enjoy this DIY Raffia Christmas Decoration. I’m hanging it in my Christmas tree but it’s so versatile, it might stay around once the Holiday season is done. You can try this craft with kids as it’s super safe, just use a non-toxic air dry clay. You can make your own with just a few ingredients!
- Homemade air dry clay
1 To begin, roll out your clay and use cookie cutters to cut out circles. Next, punch 12 holes around the side of each circle. I simply use a brad nail for this, but whatever you have on hand will work, like steel drinking straws for example.
2 Once your clay shapes have dried (1 day or 2 depending on the thickness), insert raffia in the holes. I cut it to about 30cm to give me room to do the knots.
3 Next, you will knot each length of raffia to secure it. I always do double knots, one is never too sure of when a DIY fail might happen…
4 After you have secured all your raffia ribbons, you will do another knot. If you inspect a knot, you’ll see that you have 2 raffia ribbons coming out of it. Separate them and knot one half to the the half that belongs to the knot next to it. You will achieve a triangle pattern, like in the picture.
5 Now, repeat this once more: knot one half of raffia yarn to a half from the neighbouring knot. This will create the diamond pattern you see in the picture.
6 When you’re done knotting around the circle, you can cut the ends short.