DIY Clay Nativity Scene

Christmas Crafts - DIY 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 … [Read more...]

DIY Christmas Cracker

How to make a Christmas Cracker

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 … [Read more...]

Christmas Craft: Pasta Angel Decoration

Christmas Crafts - Christmas Pasta Angels

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 … [Read more...]

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) 1. Create labels using clip art or download the template. 2. Print and stick over the top of the tic tacs. 3. For a print free option, use texta to draw your own … [Read more...]

Christmas Doughnut Wreath

Christmas Food Ideas - Doughnut Wreath - beafunmum.com

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 … [Read more...]

Easy Christmas Tree Ornament – The Bottle Top Snowman

bottle lid snowman -- Christmas Decoration

Guest Post from Bec from SmartyArty Easy Christmas Tree Ornament – the Bottle Top Snowman 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 … [Read more...]

Surprise Christmas Tree Pinatas

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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. Ingredients Melted white chocolate Ice-cream cones or flat-top waffle cones, or mini ice cream cones (we used standard ice-cream … [Read more...]

Ribbon Christmas Tree Decoration

ribbon christmas tree decoration

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 … [Read more...]

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 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 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 … [Read more...]

Candy Cane Chocolate Hearts

christmas food -- 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. Materials Packet of mini candy cane Chocolate melts (white or milk) Small plastic gift bags Ribbon Instructions Line ray with baking paper Melt chocolate Arrange 2 candy canes on the baking paper to make a heart shape Pour chocolate inside the heart shape to hold it together Place tray in … [Read more...]

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 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 … [Read more...]

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 1. Paint pot (if desired) and allow to dry. 2. Cut a length of ribbon … [Read more...]

Plastic Cup Bell

christmas craft -- plastic cup bell

This Plastic Cup bell is a simple, quick and fuss free craft to make. It makes a fun sound too! 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 Instructions 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 … [Read more...]

Faking Mistletoe

Handmade christmas decorations

I don't have a mistletoe, but I like the idea of one.  My Mum used to hang one at Christmas every year, and our entire family had to kiss each other under it at least once. My sister's and I though it was hilarious.  Here is the adorable mistletoe like decoration at my sister's house. True Mistletoe When I was reading a little about mistletoe, I found out that there are many different types. One of the common varieties is Phoradendron. This … [Read more...]