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Homemade Advent Calendars – Christmas Crafting…

Only traditional advent calendars are allowed in our house. No chocolate Hello Kitty calendars here I’m afraid. Luckily we have very little resistance to this – as yet! This year we decided to create our own advent calendar to add to the 2 traditional calendars already lined up on our mantlepiece waiting for 1st December.

Here’s how we did it, it’s very easy so do give it a try. To help keep the suspense of what’s behind each door, why not get everyone to create one and then swap so they’ve no idea what lies underneath.

Our easy guide…
What you need:

  1. 2 x pieces of card
  2. Very sharp scissors/knife (for the grown up!)
  3. Glue
  4. Pens – or other decorating tools if you fancy

What you do:

  1. Draw a lovely Christmas scene on one of the pieces of card
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Christmas Craft Fun – Homemade Christmas Cards

homemade christmas cardsAnother advent afternoon, another afternoon of Christmas craft fun. This time, we were making the rather unexciting task of writing our Christmas cards exciting.

Last year we kept all our Christmas cards so we could have some craft fun this year – and the end results were pretty fab!

We got out our Christmas craft glitter, glue and pipe cleaners and got to work. With a little cutting skills, some skillful gluing and some hidden sellotape and blue tack we made some superb Christmas cards that the aunties, uncles, nannies and grandads will all love. A special homemade gift.

What you need:

  • Card – you can buy blank cards from stationery shops, we just folded in half some card we were lucky enough for Daddy to provide Continue reading
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Christmas Craft Fun – Pretty Paper Baubles

Christmas tissue paper baubleWe have spent the afternoon up to our elbows in tissue paper. We decided to try and make some pretty Christmas paper baubles to add a homemade touch to our tree, I have to admit it took a couple of attempts but the results are very rewarding. Opening out the bauble in all its beauty is a proud moment!

If you feel like having a go yourself there’s a little how-to below. A couple of pointers from us though:

  • We found glue sticks the best type of glue to use as they didn’t make the tissue paper soggy (our first attempt was about 60% OK, 40% soggy!)
  • Keep the glue dots quite small and as even as possible for a more even looking bauble

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Christmas Craft Fun – Santa’s Workshop

Last week we paid a visit to our local pound shop. If you haven’t visited one recently, go and have a wander round. We found some really fantastic Christmas craft ideas for just a pound a time. You can also pick up some bargain Christmas decorations for cutting up and making new masterpieces.father christmas' craft workshop

I’m sure they’ll be lots of posts over the coming week showing you the different craft fun we’ve had from our local pound shop but this post is highlighting the Santa’s Workshop we found.

All together in one pack, all we needed to was stick together and add a little imagination to decorate. Since making the fabulous little workshop we have had several hours of fun making up Christmas storries, imagining what’s in the presents and reenacting Father Christmas visiting our house on Christmas Eve.

You could always give this a go yourself, you would just need glue, sellotape, some foam sheets and a creative imagination. We would normally start from scratch but at a pound, we just couldn’t resist.

Take a little trip yourself and see what you can find.

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Christmas Craft Fun – Christmas Lanterns

christmas paper lanternsI imagine you think we must have reached the end of our Christmas papercraft inspiration, fear not, it’s only just beginning! Today’s fun was creating Christmas lanterns to hang up anjd decorate your home this Christmas.

String them in a line and hang across your hallway to welcome visitors or in the windows to share the beauty with the outside world.

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Christmas Craft Fun – Nativity Pegs & Spoons

wooden peg and spoon nativityWhat a fabulous way to spend a late November afternoon. As you will have realised by now, we are counting down the days to advent to count down the days to Christmas. Almost every craft, drawing and painting game we play is Christmas related but today was extra special fun.

We performed our own little nativity play – twice –

What you need:

  • Spoons
  • Pegs
  • Craft bits and bobs – buttons, wool, paper, felt, straws and more
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • A captive audience

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Christmas Craft Fun – Christmas Angels

christmas angel papercraftOnce again we’ve been preparing our home for Christmas and this time we decided to create an angel or ten to decorate our shelves, window ledges and fireplaces.

They’re really easy to make which is great but it does mean you can quickly end up with a flight (the actual name for a group of angels, I looked it up) of angels.

They’re great fun for 2 year olds and 10 year olds alike (though your 2 year old will most definitely need a lot of assistance to make sure there isn’t a wonky fairy in the flight!).

What you need for your your angel:

  • paper (relatively stiff)
  • scissors
  • a compass, circular things to draw round or a stead circle drawing hand
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Paint Your Own Snowman Fun

paint your own snowman nesting dollWinter is almost here. We had our first proper frost this morning – our car appreciated it so little that it decided not to work without mechanical assistance!

With a bit of a white frosting across the grass we decided it would be a great time to flaunt one of our lovely winter products. Our little paint your own snowman gift set promises to be a good hour or two of winter craft fun. All our nesting doll gifts are very popular and we love this winter version. It comes with it’s own paint brush, paints and goggly eyes. The nesting dolls are all marked up with face, scarf and buttons, all you need to do is add a child with a brush.

Visit our snowman nesting doll gift set page for more information on creating a Christmas decoration that will last for many Christmases to come.

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Christmas Craft Fun – Snowflakes

craft snowflakesOur plan over the coming weeks is to remind you of the fun crafty things you used to do as a child so you can share the fun with your children.

Christmas is such an exciting time of the year for children. I have given our home over to children’s craft for the next month or so. We already have Christmas pictures on the walls and snowflakes on the windows. In a few weeks I think we’ll have a full grotto.

Do you remember folding paper, cutting shapes and creating snowflakes? There’s something really exciting about opening up the paper once it’s all cut up to see what shape the snowflake will be. I promise, it’s just as much fun now – give it a try!

What you need – easy:
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Christmas Inspiration Afternoon Out

We were at a loose end today so went on a little trip to a couple of local garden centres to have a look at their Christmas decorations and gifts. We’re really starting to feel that Christmas spirit creeping in so looking around the Christmas gifts, lights, decorations, and displays is a lot of fun and gets the Christmas craft ideas flowing.

We had a look around the displays first to get us well into the Christmas mood. We discussed what it would be like to live in the model Christmas village, we all agreed it would be pretty special.

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Then we looked at decorations and decided which we might like to have one day (I emphasise the “one day” as Continue reading

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