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  • Writer's pictureRhona Norrie

Free 'Merry Christmas' chart!

Jam jar decorated with a cross stitch band and some jute twine

There's just something wonderful about Christmas stitching, don't you agree?

I get carried away when designing our free charts and often end up with a few different ideas based on the design. If you follow along with our 'A Year of Christmas Stitching' series you may think that this design looks kind of familiar, and you would be right! It's from the December free chart - I used the same design and just changed the positioning of the elements so that I could make a little candle jar wrap.

'Merry Christmas' stitched onto a band of aida and wrapped around a jam jar

This little craft idea is quick to do and is great for making those last minute gifts for neighbors and co-workers.....or anyone that you may have inadvertently missed off your gift list!

Along with your stitching, you need is an old jar such as a jam jar, some twine or decorative ribbon, a small candle, and some Epsom salts. The Epsom salts just look a bit like snow in the jar and look pretty. I thought I'd be clever and pick a Lavender scented one not realizing that the salts themselves would be lavender coloured, so they do smell wonderful, but the snow effect doesn't quite come off unless you have white Epsom salts!

How to make the jar wrap

All you need to do is trim your stitching, fray the edges and wrap it around the jar and secure at the back - double sided tape or a dod of glue works!

Wrap the twine around the top of the jar and glue on a bow. Pop the candle inside and pour some of the Epsom salts into the jar....and that's're done! Cute little gift complete :)

small candle inside a jam jar decorated with cross stitch and twine

Here's the layout of the chart that I used. You can use any red and green for this design. Add more of the back stitch border until it is the length required to wrap around your jar.

cross stitch chart of the words "merry Christmas' and some holly

You can grab your copy of the main design here. And don't forget to check out our other free Christmas designs :)

jam jar with cross stitched band .

Hope you enjoyed this quick little craft.

Happy stitching!

-Rhona & Eirinn

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