Making your own Christmas decorations can be a fun activity to get into the festive spirit, a great idea for a personalised gift, a mindful way to take a break from a hectic yuletide schedule and an affordable way to brighten up your home for the holidays. "Crafting during the holiday season is like sprinkling a bit of magic into my home," says London-based crafter, content creator and author Duygu Turgut Gokpinar. "Whether it's making ornaments for the tree, filling a room with paper snowflakes, building a gingerbread house or making gifts for the people I love, crafting helps me to get in the spirit."
Originally from Turkey, Duygu began crafting as a child and her passion has evolved into a career. "I learned knitting and crocheting at a very early age thanks to my mum and then got interested in macramé, basket weaving, watercolour and many other disciplines," she explains. "Crafting serves as a creative outlet for me, allowing me to problem solve, think outside the box and find joy in the process of turning simple materials into something beautiful. The hands-on process allows me to disconnect from the stress of daily life, fostering a sense of mindfulness and creativity."
After working as a teacher and content creator for eight years, Duygu decided to pursue her dreams and founded her own creative studio, where she has since hosted more than 200 craft workshops for other enthusiasts. In September 2023 she published her second book about punch needle embroidery, which also has a Christmas theme.
In the first article in the Canon SELPHY Craft Club series we discovered how to make an explosion box. Here, Duygu explains how to turn photos into Christmas tree ornaments using the Canon SELPHY Square QX10 printer.