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Paper Hand Wreath #24XmasCrafts

Paper hand wreath

I love this craft. I’m going to save this hand wreath to use every year because it’s lovely to see how small your child’s hands were.

Christmas paper hand wreath

You will need:

  • Christmas themed backing papers
  • 2 pieces of stiff card
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Ribbon
  • A small plate
  • A pencil

Christmas paper hand wreath

Place the plate on a piece of stiff card and draw around it. Cut out the circle.

Christmas paper hand wreath

Draw a smaller circle in the middle of the large one and cut it out.

Christmas paper hand wreath

On the other piece of stiff card, draw around your child’s hand. Cut it out and use this as a template. Now draw lots more hands on the printed backing papers. The number needed will depend on how big you’re making your wreath.

Christmas paper hand wreath

Cut out all the hands. This can take a while!

Christmas paper hand wreath

Glue the hands onto the card circle you make earlier, overlapping the hands to cover the card.

Christmas paper hand wreath

Tie some ribbon onto your wreath and hang it up 🙂

Christmas paper hand wreath

 

On day 18 we’ll be making a candy cane Christmas tree using felt.

To see all of the 24 tutorials, check out my Pinterest board

Scrabble Ornaments Tutorial #24XmasCrafts Advent

Scrabble Ornaments

This is an easy to make Scrabble ornament to put on the Christmas tree. It has the added bonus of being personalised. We made ours for a little guy who’s having his first Christmas this year 🙂

scrabble ornament

You will need:

  • Scrabble tiles
  • Patterned card
  • Glue
  • A bell with a hanger ring
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors

scrabble ornament

Method

  • Lay your Scrabble tiles in a row on one of the pieces of patterned card, spelling out your chosen name.
  • Draw round your tile name using a ruler, leaving a border of around 1cm and cut it out.
  • Use this piece of card to draw around on the second patterned piece of card and again, leave a border and cut out 2 pieces of the second patterned card

scrabble ornament

  • Glue these 2 pieces of card together.

scrabble ornament

  • Glue the Scrabble tiles on then stick some ribbon at the top, on the back of the card, for a hanger.
  • With the second piece of card, glue it to the back of the decoration to hide the ribbon.
  • Using a needle, make a hole at the bottom of the decoration and thread the hanger ring of the bell, through the hole. Squeeze it together so the bell doesn’t drop off.
  • Make sure all the glue is dry before you hang your Scrabble ornament on your tree 🙂

scrabble ornament

Tomorrow is day 6 of our 24 Xmas Crafts for advent and we’ll be showing you how to make owls using pine cones 🙂

To see all of the 24 tutorials, check out my Pinterest board

Button Christmas Tree Card Tutorial #24XmasCrafts Advent

Button Christmas Tree Card

Day 2 of our 24 xmas crafts advent. We went for purple, pinks and reds for our button Christmas tree card. It’s a nice easy craft that doesn’t take too long.

We used a glue gun to speed things up but if you don’t mind waiting for the glue to dry, you can PVA or sticky dots.

button Christmas tree card

You will need:

  • A blank card and envelope
  • Assorted buttons
  • Glue
  • Brown card
  • a double sided sticky pad
  • Pencil

Method

  • Draw a light triangle outline using pencil to make the shape of the tree
  • Place all the buttons in the triangle until they’re in a position you like
  • Glue each button onto the card
  • Stick the double-sided sticky pad onto the brown paper then cut around it.
  • Stick it at the bottom of the tree to make the trunk

If you like, you can add a star shape to the top of the tree.

button Christmas tree card

 

On day 3 of my #24XmasCrafts advent, we’ll be making a Christmas tree ornament using paper circles and glue.

To see all of the 24 tutorials, check out my Pinterest board

Tea light Snowmen Tutorial #24XmasCrafts Advent

Tea Light Snowmen

It’s December 1st, yay!!!! My girls and the super wonderful husband have been beavering away throughout November to help me put together 24 craft tutorials, 1 for each day of advent.

Day 1 is tealight snowmen. Ella loved making them 🙂

They’re cute and very easy to make, using a few bits you’ve probably got lying around the house.

tea light snowman ornament

Battery operated tea lights can be picked up from the pound shop and places like B&M. We got 8 for £1.99.

You will need:

tea light snowmen

  • Battery operated tea light
  • Glue or sticky dots or a hot glue gun
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors
  • A black Sharpie
  • Card or Black felt or craft foam

Method:

  • Draw eyes and a mouth on the tea light. The light bulb will be the snowman’s nose.
  • Draw a top hat on the felt/card/craft foam and cut out. If you’re using white card, colour it black.
  • Cut a piece of ribbon big enough to wrap around the top hat and glue in place.
  • Glue the top hat onto the snowman.
  • Cut another piece of ribbon for the snowman’s scarf. Fold it as in the picture and glue in place
  • For an alternative, you can use a piece of pipe cleaner and 2 pom poms to make ear muffs. We found using a hot glue gun worked best to stick the pipe cleaner and pom poms on.
tea light snowmen
This is Ella’s Frosty the snowman 🙂

You can add a piece of looped ribbon to the back of the tea light so you can hang it on your tree 🙂

 

Tomorrow, on day 2 of my #24XmasCrafts advent, we’ll be making Christmas tree cards using buttons for decoration.

To see all of the 24 tutorials, check out my Pinterest board

Christmas card tutorial #BostikBloggers

Christmas card tutorial

Here’s Ella’s Christmas card craft for this months Bostik Bloggers challenge. She’s taken her own photos and written the instructions herself (the only help she’s had from me was with the photos. I had to resize and crop them for her as we ran out of time for me to show her how to do it).

She’s been very excited at the thought of being able to write the post herself 🙂

Over to Ella!

You will need:

  • assorted buttons
  • black felt pen
  • white glue
  • bumpy-edged card
  • stickers that say ho ho ho and happy Christmas
  • Christmas spirit!

Bostik bloggers Christmas card

 

Method

  • first, you’ve got to pick four nice buttons and glue them on at different heights (like in the photo)
  • now draw the strings and a bow
  • then add five stars and five love hearts to the corners
  • finally, add the ho ho ho and happy Christmas stickers

Bostik bloggers Christmas card craft

 

Christmas card tutorial in association with Bostik, Tots 100 and Craft Merrily

A Crafty Christmas with Ladbrokes

Crafty Christmas

The girls and I love crafts, especially at Christmas time. We were all excited when Ladbrokes sent us some lovely crafty items to make a stocking and some Christmas crackers as part of their Deck the Halls campaign.

We especially loved the stamping kits and the red spotty ribbon and bows for decorating the crackers with!

Crafting on my own!

Unfortunately, the girls didn’t get the chance to help me make them. The days over Christmas were hectic then they spent this week and the new year in Derbyshire with family. Don’t worry though, I’ve saved them some crackers to make for next year. I’m going to use them as one of our advent activities.
They’ll love filling them with gifts for one of their friends 🙂
Making crackers for A Crafty Christmas with Ladbrooks
As well as all the crafting goodies, I also received a voucher for John Lewis. My first thought was to buy more Christmas presents for the kids but Ant and his mum had said I’d bought them too much already!

John Lewis

I opted to treat myself for a change and bought some gorgeous things for our new kitchen (we’re moving house in the next couple of weeks). I’ve been so excited waiting for them to arrive! I ordered some ceramic measuring mugs and a tiny butter dish. The butter dish was a bif of a surprise as I had thought it was a proper sized one, (that’ll teach me to read the whole of the description!) but it is still totally lovely! Also, a beautiful ceramic cheese board and an old-style tin of hot chocolate.
I can’t wait to get them put on display in our new kitchen but, until then, I’ll just keep gazing at them lovingly!
Disclaimer: I was sent the craft goods and John Lewis voucher in return for this post.

Advent craft activity

One of our advent activities was to create something with the left over craft items I got from Country Baskets, for a blogger’s festive face off competition.

We decided to make some table decorations for our Christmas dinner table 🙂

 

 

Kaycee’s creation 🙂

 

My creation 🙂

 

We decided to hang this outside instead on one of the trees in the garden

 

Ella’s creation 🙂

Mantel garland – Festive Face Off

I love Christmas.

I love crafting.

I LOVE Christmas crafting!

You will not believe how excited I got when I received this in the post the other day!

Isn’t the basket just gorgeous?

Look what was inside….

 

My first stop, after swooning over all the gorgeous craft items, was my Christmas board on Pinterest. I was finally going to able to make one of the hundreds of things I’d pinned over the year!

It didn’t take me long to decide that I wanted to create a mantel garland using greenery from the garden so I went out with my trusty secateurs and cut large ivy, small ivy and branches from the evergreen trees.

Here’s how I made my mantel garland:

You will need:

A piece of hessian long enough to drape either side of your mantel
String lights
Evergreen branches
Ivy
Florists wire
Ribbon
Assortment of decorations

Step one:
Lay your hessian cloth on the mantel and adjust it until you have an even drop each side….make sure to do better than I seem to have done!! I’m sure it looked even when I was taking the photo!
When I’d got it right, I used 2 pieces of ribbon and tied each one at the place where I wanted the drop to be.

Step two:
Get all your supplies ready so you have everything to hand

Step three:
Lay out your hessian and unravel your string lights…

Step four:
Using florists wire, attach the lights all along the hessian, making sure to go right to each end.

Step five:
I started off by marking the middle of the hessian which split my cloth into four sections, two end drops and two top sections which I’ll now refer to as top left section and top right section.
I used florists wire to attach some trailing ivy to each side drop.
I then used one of the evergreen branches on the top left section to cover the string lights. I threaded the florists wire through the hessian then around the branch to hold it firmly in place.
Repeat on the top right section, making sure as much of the string light wire is covered but also that the bulbs of the lights are sticking up through the branches.

 

Step six:
I added more trailing ivy to each top section then used the piece of green hessian that had tied the lid on the basket of craft items, around the end of the branches in the middle of the hessian.
I used florists wire again to attach the silver garland and string of gold balls.
I also added some of the smaller ivy to each side drop to cover the hessian a little more.

Step seven:
When I was sure everything was securely attached, I moved it onto the mantel and added the final touches.
I used a couple of flower sprays on the top sections as well a candle (which won’t be lit because it would be a fire hazard!) and some silver apple picks. I also attached a wooden star at each end of the mantel, where the ribbon was tied to mark the drop sections.
In the basket of craft items, there was a lovely leaf decoration that was the perfect finishing touch. I tied it to the green hessian in the middle of the middle of the display and let the leaves hang down.
I used an artificial spray of ivy behind the candle to hide the wires from the tv, which is usually covered by our wedding photo.

 

 

 

 

I love it with the lights switched on 🙂

 

 

 

24 days of Christmas Crafts & Baking Activities

For the last two years we’ve had an Activity Advent and because the children love it so much, I’ve decided to do it again this year. I’ve collected 24 links to craft and baking activities and I’m hoping we get to do one each night after dinner 🙂

Below is a list of each activity, the link to the tutorial and a list of the items you’ll need to complete it. I’ve included the items needed to make it easier to see at a glance what you already have and what you’ll need to stock up on without having to visit all the links.

 


 

 

December 1st – Checkerboard Star

4 squares of yellow tissue paper
4 squares of white tissue paper
Glue stick

 

 

 

 

December 2nd – Frosted Votive Jars

Recycled jars / White school glue / White tissue paper
Paintbrush / Paper Doilies / Raffia / Pine cones / Fresh greenery



 

 

 

 

December 3rd – Carving twig gnomes

Sticks
A knife
Paints and brushes

 

 

 

 

December 4th – Santa Cookies

Butter / Sugar / Milk / Vanilla / Flour / Red Food Colouring
Mini Chocolate chips / Red hots / Hard vegetable fat like Trex
Icing sugar

 

 

 

 

December 5th – Paper Ornaments

Scrapbook papers
Stapler and staples
Ribbon for the hanger
Glue

 

 

 

 

 

December 6th – Glitter Bird

A tree branch
Tinsel
Bird ornaments
Glue
Small craft brush

 

 

 

 

 

December 7th – Salt Dough Star Ornaments

Plain Flour
Salt
Water
Vegetable Oil
Ribbon

 

 

 

 

December 8th – Stove Top Pot Pourri

1 Whole Orange or just the peel
1/2 a Cup of Cranberries
1 Tbsp Whole Cloves
3 Sticks of Cinnamon
Grated Nutmeg

 

 

 

 

 

December 9th – Gingerbread Cookie Cheesecake

Pillsbury Gingerbread Mix (or the individual ingredients for gingerbread)
Cream Cheese
Icing Sugar
Double Cream
Vanilla Extract
Cherry Pie Filling

 

 

 

 

 

December 10th – Festive Feast for the Birds

Walnut Halves
Bird Seed
Peanut Butter
Cranberries
Tapestry Needle
String

 

 

 

 

 

December 11th – Pinecone Carolers

Acrylic Paint / Capped Acorns / Hot Glue
Small Twigs / Pinecone / Glue Stick
Construction Paper / Piece of Printed Sheet Music

 

 

 

 

 

December 12th – Paper Christmas Tree & Ornaments

Card / Scissors / Scalloped or circle cutter
Cord / Ribbon / Hole punch or thick needle
Toothpicks / Glue stick / Glue

 

 

 

 

December 13th – Hand Print Christmas Tree

Green, brown and yellow paper
Glue stick
Scissors
Pencil
Decorations: Stickers, glitter etc

 

 

 

 

 

December 14th – Lacing Stocking

Construction Paper
String
Glue
Cotton Balls
Crayons, glitter etc
Tape
Stocking Template

 

 

 

 

 

December 15th – Puffy the Polar Bear

Toothpicks
2 large Marshmallows
6 Mini Marshmallows
2 White Jelly Beans Halved
1 Brown Mini M&M
Royal Icing
Scissors
Black Shoestring liqorice

 

 

 

 

 

December 16th – Silverware Stocking

Scissors
Felt
Patterned Fabric
Hot Glue or Fabric Glue
Rickrack
Beads
Beading Cord

 

 

 

 

 

December 17th – Bottle Cap Snowmen

3 bottle caps
Red yarn
Acrylic paint
Permanent marker
Scrap of orange paper
Hot glue

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

December 19th – Pine Cone Christmas Tree

 

Pinecone
Rice
Green food colouring
Zip lock bag
Wax paper
Glue
Glue spreader
Paper plate or bowl
Embellishments such as glittery pipe cleaners, sequins etc
A small piece of paper tube if your pine cone won’t stand up

 

 

 

 

December 20th – Glue snowmen

PVA glue
2 small red pompoms
7 miniature black pompoms
1 miniature orange pompom
3 small green pompoms
(if you don’t have pompoms you could use other items for the features like sequins)

 

 

 

 

 

 

December 21st – Jigsaw snowflakes
6 small puzzle pieces, the ones with 2 point bits at each end
Card
PVA glue
Spray paint or paint
Ribbon

 

 

 

 

 

December 22nd – Snowscape window
Tissue paper
Cellophane
Watered down white glue

 

 

 

 

 

December 23rd – Chocolate dipped marshmallows
Milk/white chocolate
Christmas sprinkles
Lollipop sticks

baking activities - sugar cookies

 

 

 

 

 

December 24th – Christmas sugar cookies
Butter
Sugar
Egg
Vanilla
Flour
Icing sugar
Food colouring
Edible glitter

Apologies for any missing links – broken links have been removed.

 

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