This is what I know this week in regards to Christmas…. 51 Days today and Counting!
I know that with November rolling around, I’ve started the Mummy To Five tradition of starting Christmas Craft!! I know I know, its still over a month away, however between now and Christmas we have 2 birthdays, end of school, and school holidays so I like to start planning now!
Here are just some of the Christmas Craft that we have been doing this month!
1. Christmas Wreaths.
Purchase the Styrofoam wreaths from Spotlight (approx $4.00 large, $2.00 small) and then using the 10m tinsel from Crazy Clarks ($2) I wrapped it tightly and closely together to make the wreaths.
The green wreath cost $4.00 total to make and took 10 metres of tinsel.
The red wreath cost $9.00 total to make and took 25 metres of tinsel.
I’m going to be hanging them in our living room and plan to make one more green one, so they will all match when hung together. I know they are going to look great and at half the price of buying them in the shops!
You can make them in any colour you like, I’m thinking of some bright ones for the kids playroom, hung from the ceiling but out of little hands reach!
2. Paddlepop Stick Christmas Trees and Stars.
I know that I have all the paddlepop sticks here ready to go, so I’m going to cut them up, and glue them all together so that then the kids only have to decorate it.
Saves the stress of glue going everywhere! Especially with little hands!
Bigger kids could glue these together themselves and then decorate.
3. Yarn Trees.
Last year I got the idea from a friend to make yarn trees.
Get the cones Styrofoam from Spotlight and any yarn of your choice.
Starting from the bottom of the tree, pin it with decorative pin and start wrapping it around and around and around the tree, until you get to the top. Glue the yarn to the top of the tree so its got a nice peak.
Then using any buttons you like you can pin them on!
This year I’m making a large one with teal yarn and I’m going to get some nice vintage buttons from the op shops or spotlight to pin on them.
I also got some mini shaped cones to decorate in bright colours for the kids too!
4. Clay Ornaments
During the last school holidays I decided to make some clay ornaments this year!
Using a really simple recipe (below, recipe from taste.com.au) we made a few different types of decorations which we are going to paint and hang on the tree this year.
1 1/2 cups plain flour
1/2 cup fine table salt
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
2/3 cup chilled water
- Preheat oven to 120°C. Line 2 baking trays with baking paper. Mix flour and salt in a bowl. Make a well in the centre. Pour in oil. Gradually add water, stirring mixture with a wooden spoon until combined. Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface. Knead to make a smooth ball.
- Roll dough out between 2 sheets baking paper until 7mm thick. Use Christmas-shaped cutters (see tip) to cut out decorations. Use a chopstick or skewer to make a hole at the top of each decoration. Place decorations on trays. Roll remaining dough together and repeat.
- Bake decorations for 2 1/2 hours or until firm and dry. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
- Paint front and sides. Allow paint to dry. Paint a second coat. While top coat is wet, sprinkle with glitter. Allow to dry. Paint back of decorations with 2 coats. Thread ribbon through holes. Hang on Christmas tree.
5. Santa Handprint Cards
I know that if your kids are anything like my kids, they love painting and putting their hands in paint!! What better way than doing Santa Handprint cards!!
Using white paint, brightly coloured paper and a lot of patience (with younger kids especially!) you will be able to create some gorgeous works of art as well! Why not try to make a family of hand print Santas!
There are so many more great and cheap Christmas Crafts that you can do with your kids that I know you will enjoy making them!
What Christmas Crafts are you planning on doing with your kids this year?