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29th September 2018

Top 5 Craft Ideas For The Family

DIY craft ideas are a wonderful way for the families to bond well and enjoy some fun time together. Whether it is about making voguish decorations for celebrating Christmas, renovating your kid’s room or learning a new fix, craft projects pack in a lot of thrills and excitement for kids and parents alike. Use the following interesting project ideas to engage your spouse and young ones in a fantastic art session where you will enjoy unleashing your creative potential and aesthetic prowess.

Fun Snowman From Plastic Cups

Have fun building a snowman with only plastic cups. This DIY activity is even more fun than creating customized family photo albums through Mixbook.com/Photo-Books or planning a road trip to one of the exotic beaches in the Caribbean. You do not really need snow to make your own personalized artful snowman. It is an easy-to-do craft project, which only requires inexpensive plastic cups. You will need some glue, a stapler, coloured paper, and some clear plastic cups. Use these materials and a little bit of your creative prowess to create splendid snowman decor with your loved ones.

plstic cup snowman
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Peppermint Christmas Ornament Candies

Did you know that peppermint could actually be used for making your own customized peppermint candies? These candies will have just the perfect flavoring to spice up your noshing or binge eating sessions. Use some nice candy brand and peppermint for this amazing DIY activity to create sweets that you can use as birthday embellishments, Halloween giveaways, or party decor.

Peppermint candy Christmas ornaments - craft ideas
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Stylish Candy Sleighs

Your kids will absolutely adore this amazing DIY craft featuring vibrant candy sleighs, which you can easily use as Thanksgiving souvenirs or New Year decor accessories. While you might find these cute little candy sleighs with colourful ribbons tied around a bit hard to build, they are actually easy to design. Just use a handful of kit kat or Hershey’s chocolate bars and a few multicoloured decorative ribbons to create your own handy sleighs. Apt for a Christmas giveaway as well, these will need candy canes, some glue, and a few candies.

candy cane sleighs
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Salt Dough Handprint Ornaments

Are you thinking of getting a bit creative this winter season? How about some cool handprint ornaments made right out of salt dough? You will need some flour, water, and salt. Put them together in a bowl, make cute shapes and decorate them using good quality acrylic paint. Think of nice colourful patterns to paint on your salt dough accessories. Do not forget to cover them up with a sealant. It will allow you to use these as decor items for a long term.

salt dough handprint Christmas ornaments from Olive Juice Mama
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Cinnamon Dough Ornaments

You may like eating Cinnamon doughnuts but know that you can create marvellous decorative cinnamon accessories with only these four ingredients: flour, salt, cinnamon, and water. Your kids are sure to have a great time making these fancy ornaments that require no cooking. This kid-friendly craft project keeps you engaged for hours of creative play while you think of artistic patterns and shapes for these cinnamon embellishments. You will enjoy the fragrance once these ornaments are done. You can show this decorative artwork to your friends and relatives and I am sure they will definitely appreciate your creative flair.

cinnamon dough tree ornaments
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Sticky Ginger & Caramel Cake #GBBOBloggers2018 Week 5

Ant’s most favourite cake is sticky ginger so I knew what we’d be making this week! He found a recipe for a gluten-free ginger and caramel cake that uses Caramac chocolate as a topping. He LOVES Caramac chocolate! We didn’t use gluten-free flour, however, so the recipe below uses regular flour.

Ant added a layer of ginger jam in the middle that wasn’t called for in the recipe. It was absolutely delicious; I’m not looking forward to weigh-in at Slimming World again next week!

sticky ginger and caramel cake for #GBBOBloggers2018

Sticky Ginger and Caramel Cake

Ingredients

  • 250g Salted butter
  • 200g black treacle
  • 100ml dark rum
  • 200ml whole milk
  • 100g dark brown muscovado sugar
  • 200g dates, stoned and roughly chopped
  • 3 balls of stem ginger, roughly chopped
  • 1 tbsp stem ginger syrup
  • 150g Carnation caramel plus 4 tablespoons for the icing
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 400g plain flour
  • 2 tbsp ground ginger
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp mixed spice

Icing Ingredients

  • 150g salted butter
  • 450g icing sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Drizzle Ingredients

  • 90g Caramac chocolate

Method

  1. Heat the oven to 160C/fan 140C/gas 3.
  2. Butter and line 2 x 20cm springform tins with baking paper.
  3. Put the treacle, rum, milk and muscovado sugar in a pan with the chopped dates and stem ginger chunks.
  4. Bring to the boil, then bubble for 3 minutes to soften the dates.
  5. Use a hand blender to blitz the date mixture to a smooth purée – be careful, it will be hot!
  6. Stir in the diced butter until it’s melted, followed by the caramel and the eggs.
  7. Combine the flour, bicarb and spices in a bowl, then make a well in the centre and pour in the warm date mixture.
  8. Mix with a wooden spoon until the batter is lump-free. Divide between the two tins (weigh the mixture for really even layers), then bake in the centre of the oven for 1 hour or until a skewer poked into the centre comes out clean.
  9. Cool in the tins.
  10. When the cakes are cool (or, if wrapped in clingfilm, the sponges will mature to an even tastier cake in a day or two) remove from the tins and make the icing.
  11. Beat the butter with electric beaters until soft, then beat in half the icing sugar.
  12. Add the remaining icing sugar with the vanilla extract and beat until the icing is fluffy and pale. Beat in the 4 tbsp caramel.
  13. Spread a thick layer of icing over one of the cakes and chill for 20 minutes to firm up, then sandwich the second cake on top.
  14. Spread the rest of the icing sparsely over the top and sides of the cake, filling any gaps where the sponges were sandwiched and scraping excess icing to give straight, clean, ‘naked’ sides.
  15. Chill for 30 minutes until the icing is cold and firm.

sticky ginger and caramel cake

I’m baking along with Jenny from Mummy Mishaps and Helen from Casa Costello

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