12 Dec

3 French hens!

We’d love it if on the third day of Christmas our true love gave us these gorgeous handmade French hen tree decorations, made by Katie and Reuben from House of Humble!

Day three of our 12 Days of Christmas craft projects has dawned and we love the inventiveness of these French hen festive tree decorations, made by Katie and Reuben from oh-so lovely blog House of Humble (make sure you pop on over to see what they’re up to!).

You’ll need

iron-on fabric transfer paper


red & green embroidery thread

red ribbon

polyester stuffing


drinking glass





Simply make

1 Download the French hens image and save it to your computer. (The image appears backwards as it will be reversed once you transfer it onto fabric.)

2 Follow the directions on your iron-on transfer paper to print the hens onto paper, then cut the hen transfers out and follow the directions to iron them onto your calico. Make sure you space the hens far enough apart to draw a circle around each one.

3 Trace a circle around each hen and another three circles onto blank calico. Cut all six circles out.

4 Lay one calico circle with a hen on it on top of one blank calico circle and use your embroidery thread to blanket stitch around the edge of the circles, binding them together. Stitch most of the way around the circle, leaving a small gap to insert the stuffing.

5 Insert the stuffing and stitch the gap closed.

6 Cut three short lengths of ribbon. Create a loop with each length of ribbon, then use embroidery thread to stitch one loop to each ornament.

7 Hang your lovely French hens on your tree!

How sweet are these three? We know what we’ll be hanging on our tree this year. Make sure you have a look at our projects for Day 1 and Day 2 - you're going to be very busy indeed!

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