Candy Cane Bead Christmas Tree Decoration

Candy Cane Christmas Tree Decoration

This is a super simple tree decoration that looks adorable hanging on the Christmas Tree or around the house.

Materials

Pipe Cleaner

Beads

Twine

Method

1. Thread 1 bead on to a pipe cleaner, leaving just a little at the base to bend around the first bead to secure it.

2. Thread beads in a red/white sequence until the end of the pipe cleaner is reached, bar 1 cm at the end.  Bend and twirl excess pipe cleaner around the final bead.

3. Bend the pipe cleaner into a candy cane shape and tie a piece of twine to hang.

Candy Cane Christmas Tree Decoration

Candy Cane Christmas Tree Decoration

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DIY Clay Nativity Scene

Christmas is still a few months away but it’s closing in fast!  This is a gorgeously simple Christmas craft activity to keep in mind when you come to decorate the house for the festive season in the up coming months.


A nativity scene captures the essence of Christmas, and reminds us of the real reason for the season. It’s also a lot of fun for kids to put together and makes a special decoration for a table, display shelf or in a child’s bedroom. Younger children can join in the fun too by cutting out simple Christmas shapes from clay and decorating them. All the material you need are easily found at craft stores like Spotlight or even at many discount shops and department stores like BIG W and K Mart.

Christmas Crafts - Nativity Scene made out of clay

Materials

Air drying clay

Paint and brushes (1 large brush for bigger parts, and a finer brush for details)

- Colours used: Gold, Brown, White, Blue, Green, Black, Beige, Lemon

Glitter (for the star)

Varnish

Instructions

1. Begin shaping a stable, cradle, baby Jesus, Mary and Joseph, shepherds, sheep and three wise men. Keep the shapes very simple – the details will be painted on. Ensure the base for each piece is as flat as possible so it will sit well. To do this, simply press down slightly on a flat surface.

Characters for this set:

  • Mary
  • Joseph
  • 3 x Shepherds
  • 4 x Sheep
  • 1 Stable
  • 3 x Wise Men
  • 1 x Manger
  • 1 x Baby Jesus 
  • Star

DIY Clay Nativity Scene - Parts to shape

2. Allow the clay pieces to dry in a warm, airy spot. Depending on the size of the pieces, it will take approximately 24 hours.
3. Paint your Nativity scene – include cloaks, headdresses and beards for the men. Don’t forget some glitter for the three wise men. Simple lines and details (like dots for eyes) work well.
4. Once the paint is dry, varnish the pieces and your Nativity scene is complete. I used Jo Sonja Poly Gloss Varnish.

Christmas Craft: DIY Clay Nativity Scene

Tip 1: Complete the steps above on grease proof/baking paper to prevent the clay and paint from sticking to your work surface.

Tip 2: You can make a mini version of the nativity scene with just the stable, star, Mary & Joseph, Baby Jesus & Manger 

Christmas Crafts - DIY Nativity Scene

This is a Christmas keepsake that you will want to bring out year after year. It’s always fun to create something as a family to add to the festivities in the home.

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DIY Christmas Cracker

DIY Christmas Crackers

Q: What do you get if you cross Santa with a duck?

A: A Christmas quacker!

Christmas crackers (or bon bons) are well known for their corny jokes, paper crowns and novelty gifts, but Christmas wouldn’t be complete without them. Adored by children since the mid-1800s, Christmas crackers add fun to any Christmas party, and can be a unique way to present gifts or decorate a Christmas table. Making your own is simple, and it means you can personalise them for your guests and match them to your decorating theme. It’s also simple enough for most kids to make independently.

Materials

Tissue paper
Scissors
Cardboard cylinder from toilet paper
Snaps (optional – available from art and craft stores)
Glue
Glitter, stickers etc. (to decorate)
Thread or Ribbon
Small gift to put inside cracker 
Cracker Jokes (make your own or use the printable below)
        Free PDF to print – click the picture or click here

Christmas Cracker Jokes - Free Printable

Instructions

  1. Make the crown by selecting a length of tissue paper and cutting a zigzag shape along one side. Glue the two short edges together, using your own head as a guide for size. Remember to make children’s hats smaller. Decorate the crown with stickers and glitter.
  2. Cut two sheets of tissue paper measuring 40cm x 20cm and place the paper together (one sheet is too thin).
  3. Place the cardboard cylinder in the middle and insert the folded crown, joke, small gift and snap (if using).
  4. Roll the tissue paper around the cylinder and tie with thread or ribbon on either side to create the cracker shape. Trim away any excess paper.
  5. Decorate the cracker with stickers and glitter paint (glue mixed with glitter).

DIY Christmas Crackers

They also make a lovely handmade gift for kids to give to their friends, neighbours or teachers.

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Christmas Craft: Pasta Angel Decoration

Christmas Pasta Angels

Putting up the Christmas tree and donning it in sparkly decorations is a treasured Christmas tradition for most families. Kids love making their own decorations and hanging them on the tree in a random fashion. Are you one of those mums that perfects the Christmas tree after the little ones have gone to bed? Or do you let your kids do all the decorating, even if it means a tangle of lights and a clump of decorations in one spot? Either way, you and your kids will love crafting these gorgeous little angel decorations for your tree. They’re surprisingly easy to make, and you’ve probably already got most of the materials needed at home.

Christmas Crafts - Pasta Angel Decoration

Materials

PVA glue
pasta quills and bows
rice
gold paint and brush
gold thread
play dough or air drying clay
gold glitter

Instructions

  1. Use glue to stick together the pasta shapes – the quill is the body and the bow will form the angel’s wings.
  2. Shape the angel’s head from play dough or clay and stick rice in to make the angel’s hair or crown.
  3. Make a hole through the head (with a toothpick) and insert the gold thread to hang the decoration.
  4. Glue the head onto the body and allow to dry until set.
  5. Paint the angel with the gold paint, sprinkle with glitter and allow to dry.

Christmas Crafts - Pasta Angel Decoration

Every angel is a unique creation!

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Snowman Tic Tacs

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These cute snow packs can be whipped up in a jiffy. Fun for stocking fillers, gifts or table decorations.

Materials

Tic Tacs

Sticky Labels (I found Avery 64 x 34 mm labels to be the perfect size)

Let it snow (PDF)    or    Let it snow (Word File)

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1. Create labels using clip art or download the template.

Snowman Tic Tac

2. Print and stick over the top of the tic tacs.

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3. For a print free option, use texta to draw your own design/words.

Snowman Tic Tac

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Christmas Doughnut Wreath

Christmas fun food: it’s something I struggle with because I’m not really into sweet food.  I remember one year attempting a Gingerbread house and it was a disaster.  I laugh now but it was so stressful at the time and I vowed NEVER AGAIN to attempt such a creation.

Charli and Ashlee from Charli’s Crafty Kitchen, unlike me, have great Christmas food ideas and I asked them to come up with a few ideas to share.  Hello fabulous!  Ashlee recently shared a Surprise Christmas Tree Piñata tutorial, and this time, Charli shares a simple Christmas Doughnut Wreath. Thanks girls! Love your work!

Doughnut Wreath — with Charli

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Ingredients

Doughnut

Green frosting

Mini M&M’s

Red Heart candy (most lolly shops should have them)

Plastic knife

Step 1

Frost all over your doughnut with green frosting using the plastic knife.

Christmas Food Ideas - Doughnut Wreath - beafunmum.com

Step 2

Place two heart candies into the frosting with the pointy tips together to make part of your bow.

Christmas Food Ideas - Doughnut Wreath - beafunmum.com

Step 3

Using a bit of icing to glue it down, place a red mini M&M in the middle of the hearts to complete the ‘bow’

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Step 4

Place mini M&M’s all over the doughnut to make it even more beautiful and delicious!

Christmas Food Ideas - Doughnut Wreath - beafunmum.com

Charli said, “That was heaps of fun to make and it tastes AWESOME!!”

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Easy Christmas Tree Ornament – The Bottle Top Snowman

Guest Post from Bec from SmartyArty

Easy Christmas Tree Ornament – the Bottle Top Snowman

Bottle Lid Snowman - Handmade Christmas Decoration -- beafunmum.com

This is so simple and fun to do. What I really like about it is that it’s made out of items that are most likely to be found around your house, so you don’t need to make a special trip to the shops.! It’s very quick too – a perfect afternoon activity for some festive fun with the kids.

Instructions

Put on a Christmas Carols CD, gather the kids and get into the Christmas spirit!  You’ll need the following:

Materials

3 bottle tops

(milk bottle lids work too and if you collect white ones, you can skip the painting part)

white acrylic paint

paintbrush

black and orange permanent marker

red ribbon (approx. 15 cm)

hot glue gun and glue sticks (Super Glue tends to seep through the ribbon and leaves a visible mark)

Bottle top snowman - what you need

What to do

Step 1

Wash and dry your bottle tops.  Then paint them with the acrylic paint.  Three coats should be enough, making sure to let them dry between coats.

Step 2

Fold the end of the ribbon over to create a loop. Dot with the glue gun and then stick it closed. This loop will be used to hang the decoration on the tree.

Step 3

Apply a dab of glue to the back of each of the bottle tops and attach to the ribbon.  For extra stability, you can add a dab of glue between each bottle top and the ribbon.

bottle lid snowman   Christmas decoration

Step 4

Once dry, use the black permanent marker to draw on two eyes.  Use the orange permanent marker to add a jaunty carrot nose and finish off with little black dots underneath for the coal mouth.  Add 3 little round dots on the middle bottle tap for the snowman’s coal buttons.

Tip: make sure you draw the snowman face on the correct bottle top (the first one) with ribbon loop the loop at the top.

Step 5

That’s it! You’re all done! Now hang your Bottle Top Snowman on the tree and admire him!

bottle lid snowman   handmade Christmas decoration

Other ideas

  • You can play around with other fun ways to embellish your snowman – perhaps adding a green ribbon around his neck.  Or add some sequins or left over buttons from your button box to the red ribbon loop to decorate it.
  • You could also try making the Snowman with plastic milk bottle lids.  And if you can find white plastic lids it will save you the step of painting them white! You could even use googly eyes instead of drawing them on.
  • Why not collect a stash of plastic milk bottle lids and use them to make other Christmas tree decorations.  You could make a jolly Father Christmas by sticking a red paper triangle to the front of a white lid for his hat and then drawing on his smiling face.
  • See what else you and the kids can come up with. It’s a fun and inexpensive Christmas craft activity that will keep the little ones entertained.  And it’s also a great little present for grandparents or teachers.

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This is an easy Christmas tree ornament to make, a suggestion by Bec at Smarty Arty who creates pre-packed craft projects for mums who aren’t naturally arty.

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Surprise Christmas Tree Pinatas

I enlisted the help of Charli’s Crafty Kitchen for some crafty food ideas, and below you’ll find a fabulous tutorial on how to make adorable Christmas Tree Pinatas. Place in clear wrap, add a ribbon and you have a cute homemade gift or make a few of these trees for a fabulous (and edible) table centrepiece.

Christmas Food Ideas - kids Surprise Christmas Tree Pinatas

Ingredients

Melted white chocolate

Ice-cream cones or flat-top waffle cones, or mini ice cream cones (we used standard ice-cream cones)

Mini M&M’s

Reeces Mini Peanut butter cups (in Australia these are available at lolly shops)

Green sprinkles (we got ours from the monster sprinkle mix at Woolworths, also look at cake shops or on eBay for them)

Jellybeans (or other small candy)

Cookies that will cover the base of the cone.  Slight overlap is better than too small (we used Arnotts tic-tocs) I would not advise using filled cookies as the base can come loose

A teaspoon to distribute white chocolate

Baking paper/parchment paper/wax paper

Surprise Christmas Tree Pinatas (tutorial by Ashlee – 4)

Step 1

Fill the cone with jellybeans

Christmas Food Ideas - kids Surprise Christmas Tree Pinatas

Step 2

Spread white chocolate around the top edge of the cone, being careful not to get any on the jellybeans as much as possible.

Christmas Food Ideas - kids Surprise Christmas Tree Pinatas

Step 3

Press cookie on as a lid and wait for the chocolate to set (approx 5 minutes).

Christmas Food Ideas - kids Surprise Christmas Tree Pinatas

Step 4

Cover the entire cone with white chocolate.  This is easier if you dip the base and hold it by the tip, spreading the chocolate upwards. Once the bottom is covered, place it on the baking paper and spoon chocolate over the top until it is covered.

Surprise Christmas Tree Pinatas

Step 5

Get a pinch of sprinkles and start sprinkling them over the cone evenly before the chocolate sets.

Christmas Food Ideas - kids Surprise Christmas Tree Pinatas

Step 6

While the chocolate is still wet, place mini M&M’s randomly over the entire cone.  If chocolate sets, use a toothpick to apply a little white chocolate to glue on the M&M’s.  Allow the chocolate to set for a further 10 minutes. (you can place it in the fridge to speed it up).

Christmas Food Ideas - kids Surprise Christmas Tree Pinatas

Step 7

Put some white chocolate on the top of the mini peanut butter cup and glue it to the base of your tree, making sure it is roughly in the middle.  Before the chocolate sets, make sure your tree can stand up and move it a little if needed.

Christmas Food Ideas - kids Surprise Christmas Tree Pinatas

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Charli’s Crafty Kitchen began in Sept 2012 when Charli was 6 years old and Ashlee was 3.   Charli, now 7  (& sometimes 4-year-old Ashlee too!) will teach you how to make some great party foods that are simple and cute. There are tutorials for every occasion! Cake pops, cupcake toppers, party favours, cake decorating and easy no bake recipes. We now upload once a week so hit the subscribe button to get our latest videos!  The girls have been recently featured in The Courier Mail and New Idea Magazine and The Today Show due to their YouTube success.

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Ribbon Christmas Tree Decoration

ribbon christmas tree decorations

Hey, hey! November is here, and it becomes less weird to do Christmas stuff, yes?  Well, I made a few adorable Christmas tree decorations using ribbon this week, to start off the festive season.  The idea was inspired by a sewing extraordinaire who blogs about many of her projects, but there were no instructions on how to make the ribbon Christmas trees (and I don’t sew).  They looked simple enough, and make wonderful teacher gifts, Christmas tree decorations, or simply to decorate the house.

Materials

8 – 15 Beads (largish)

30 – 40 cm of ribbon (at least 1.5 cm wide)

Needle

Thread

ribbon christmas tree decoration instructions

Instructions

1. Cut a length of cotton and thread on a bead.  I used  a larger bead for the base.  Secure the bead using beading methods, or for not-so-crafty people like me, thread the cotton through the bead a few times and complete with a knot.

2. Start with about 6 cm of ribbon, and fold over.  Push the needle up through the centre.

3. Add a bead.

4. Fold the ribbon back, making it sit just a little in from the last layer.

5. Thread the needle in the centre.

6. Repeat steps 3 to 5 until you have a Christmas tree shape!  Finish off with a bead at the top, and secure it with a knot.

The Ribbon Christmas Tree decorations are fairly easy to make, once you get the hang of it.  I think my older girls (9 and 11) would be capable of making them.

Pretty!

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Cute Candy Cane Reindeer Antler Craft

Christmas craft -- candy cane reindeer antler

Cute, and so easy: this reindeer craft is a fun gift to make for friends.

What you need

christmas craft -- candy cane reindeer antler

2 x Candy Canes

Sticky tape

Brown string or wool (about a metre)

2 x google eyes

Red jewel nose (or hole punch red cardboard)

Craft glue

Instructions

christmas craft -- candy cane reindeer antler

1.  Tape the two candy canes together with sticky tape, parting the hook part at the so they look like antlers.

2. Wind string around the middle of the candy canes. Make the string section about 4-5 centremetres wide.

3. Finish the string by feeding it in between the candy canes and winding it around a few times.

4. Using craft glue, affix the google eyes and nose in place on the string section.

That’s it!

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Candy Cane Chocolate Hearts

Guest Post from Kristie

Kristie is a mum who loves making treats and she is sharing how to make candy cane chocolate hearts.

christmas food -- candy cane chocolate hearts

Materials

Packet of mini candy cane

Chocolate melts (white or milk)

Small plastic gift bags

Ribbon

Instructions

christmas food -- candy cane chocolate hearts

  1. Line ray with baking paper
  2. Melt chocolate
  3. Arrange 2 candy canes on the baking paper to make a heart shape
  4. Pour chocolate inside the heart shape to hold it together
  5. Place tray in refrigerator
  6. Once set, place candy cane hearts in a gift bag and finish off with a ribbon

christmas food candy cane chocolate hearts

Use for

  • Gift for friends
  • Gift for teachers
  • Christmas platter
  • On top of a present
  • Christmas decoration

christmas food candy cane chocolate hearts

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Paper Candle

Christmas Craft: paper candle toilet roll

This is another awesome craft inspired by my daughter’s prep class.

Materials

CD Disc

Craft Glue

Tinsel

Toilet roll

Red paper

Yellow cellophane

Stickers, sequence to decorate

 Instructions

christmas craft -- how to make a paper candle toilet roll

1. Make a cut down the side of the toilet roll.

2. Roll the roll together to achieve the desired width of the candle. Leave a space on the inside for the flame. Tape to hold together.

3. Cut a piece of red paper to size and wrap around the rolled toilet roll.

4. Glue the rolled toilet roll on the the disc (shiny side up)

5. Glue on a piece of tinsel on the disc around the base of the candle.

6. Decoration with stickers, gems or drawing (optional)

7. Cut a small section of yellow, gold or red cellophane.

8. Fold into shape and glue into the inside of the candle.

Use for

  • Craft
  • Carols by Candlelight
  • Table decoration
  • School plays
  • Concert props

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Mini Terracotta Pot Bell

christmas craft -- mini terracotta pot bell

This is a handmade decoration to keep from year to year. The terracotta pot bell Christmas Tree decoration looks great and is a functional bell too.

Materials

Mini Terracotta Pot

Ribbon

Bell decoration (you can pick up a packet of these bells at a craft or discount shop)

Bead (with a wide centre hole)

Paint (optional)

Permanent marker (optional)

Instructions

christmas craft -- mini terracotta pot bell

1. Paint pot (if desired) and allow to dry.

2. Cut a length of ribbon approximately 15cm long.  Thread the bead on to the ribbon and move to the centre. Then tie the bell on to the bead so it can hang down freely inside the upsidedown pot. This is important so the bell makes a sound when it is moved.

3. Thread both ends of the ribbon up through the hole in pot and tie the ends in a knot (as shown in the picture above).

4. Cut another length of ribbon to make a bow. Tie this ribbon over the knot, on the ribbon attached to the pot.

5. Write a name, date or message on the pot in permanent marker if desired.

Use for:

  • Gift for teachers, friends, relatives
  • Christmas concerts
  • Christmas Tree decoration
  • Craft for kids and adults
  • Christmas table name place tags (doubles as a gift to take home)

Sounds pretty!

To make a plastic cup bell, click here for the tutorial: Plastic Cup Bell Christmas Craft

christmas craft -- plastic cup bell

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Plastic Cup Bell

This Plastic Cup bell is a simple, quick and fuss free craft to make. It makes a fun sound too!

christmas craft -- plastic cup bell

Materials

Plastic cup

Bell (you can buy a packet of these bells with string for a couple of dollars at a discount shop)

Stickers

Ribbon

Tape

how to make a plastic cup bell

Instructions

christmas craft -- plastic cup bell

1. Using scissors, punch a hole in the bottom of the plastic cup.

2. Thread the bell through the hole from underneath. Place a piece of tape on the bottom of the cup (top of the bell), over the hole to ensure the bell doesn’t fall out.

3. Tie a piece of ribbon on to the bell ribbon. Hang or ring!

To see what it sounds like, there is a video on this post: Terracotta Pot Bell.

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