noun [cr,ah, fu - Tee, brae, k]
A craft or crafty pursuit that can be completed whilst drinking tea.
Example - "Today I took a Craf-'TEA Break and made..."
I love Cinnamon...
The smell, the taste, the way it evokes a feeling of warmth and childhood Christmases ...I love EVERYTHING about it!
So you can imagine my delight when the latest Crafty Creatives box included a bundle of them, it couldn't have come at a better time as I had just ran out of my previous stash of them after creating these lovely little Cinnamon Stick bundles.
I started off with 3 cinnamon sticks, as anal as it may sound I had already 'tested' them together as a bundle to check if their ridges tessellated enough to create a good shape - you want to make sure there is enough contact between each stick to allow the glue to hold them together properly.
Once bundled the sticks can take a while to dry (depending on the glue you use of course!) I set these aside for a while and went on to the next step which involved a little snowflake bell and some jewellery wire.
I looped the wire through the bell and twisted to secure...
...this was then also put to one side as it can't be attached until the glue is dry on the stick bundle.
Next I cut two lengths of ribbon, to create the hanging loop I found the mid section and tied a knot about 3 inches from the top, you will need to leave a decent length of ribbon on the 'tails' so that you can wrap it around the bundle. I prefer to use a wider ribbon for the bow just because it is easier to manipulate.
I find that the easiest way to tie a tidy bow is to loop the ribbon as above and then fold one loop over and under the other one to fasten....
...I then tighten and fiddle around with the shape until I am happy to secure it with a dot of glue under the knot loop.
Once the sticks were sufficiently dry I wrapped the bell wire around them, moulding it to the shape of the bundle as much as possible and securing with another dot of glue.
I then applied another dot of glue to the top of the bundle to attach the hanging loop. Once that was dry I wrapped the tail ends of the ribbon around the bundle to hide the bell wire, if you can trim both of the tail ends to meet in the same place you can then hide them with the bow!