Christmas is always that bit more special when you’ve made something with your child to celebrate it. So dig out your glue and glitter, and get creative.

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Christmas is always that bit more special when you’ve made something with your child to celebrate it. So dig out your glue and glitter, and get creative.

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 Christmas tree stockings

Here’s a great idea for decorating the tree with your own creations. To make mini-stockings, all you need are two pieces of coloured felt, a piece of ribbon and some cotton wool or glitter.

  1. Place the pieces of felt one on top of the other, draw the outline of a stocking then cut out the shapes (you could make a template on a piece of card first and draw around it onto the felt).
  2. Then sew the pieces of felt together, all but the top of the stocking. Glue on cotton wool or glitter at the rim of the stocking.
  3. Sew in a loop in the corner, fill with a sweet or a small candy stick, and hang on the tree!

snow flake icon  Dried orange slice Christmas ornaments

These are translucent and look pretty with fairy lights behind them – and they smell good.

  1. Cut the oranges into slices of about 1cm, then gently press each slice between a kitchen towel to soak up moisture and speed up the drying process.
  2. Rub a light layer of oil on them before putting them on a baking sheet so they don’t stick to it.
  3. Place the sheets on a baking tray in the oven at 110-120°C for two to three hours, checking occasionally to ensure they don't burn.
  4. Leave them to cool and then place your very own Christmas ornaments around the home.

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 Labels with a difference

Home-made present labels are fun to make and bring that extra personal touch to parcels.

  1. Simply cut out a small square piece of cardboard, then hole-punch a corner.
  2. Pull through some wrapping ribbon to make a loop to tape onto the present.
  3. Then decorate the labels however you like – stick on Christmas-themed stickers or glitter, Christmas stamps, or draw pictures on the label.
  4. Write the name on the back in a glitter pen. Alternatively, cut out labels from last year’s Christmas cards.

If you keep your cards, not only will it remind you who should be on your Christmas card list this year, it will help you recycle, save money and save waste.

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Mantelpiece magic

Why not brighten up the mantelpiece with foliage from your garden? Even in the depths of winter there’s plenty of evergreen to be found including holly, ivy and firs and even herbs like rosemary.

  1. Get the kids to help you collect some! Making a mantelpiece decoration is easy - take two long, thin plastic trays and add some oasis (it’s like polystyrene, can be bought from a garden centre and re-used several times).
  2. Cut the oasis to the approximate size of the trays with about one inch standing higher than the trays. Tape the oasis securely to the trays and water thoroughly.
  3. Place on the mantelpiece and then start arranging your foliage by inserting the stalks in the oasis all over, including the top and sides, making sure the foliage drapes over and hides the trays. You can also add things like pine cones and anything else that you and the children might find on the floor on woodland walks or in the park. For a finishing touch, add a candle at each end (but never leave the room when lit).
  4. Keep watering the oasis throughout the festive period and your arrangement will stay looking fresh and smelling gorgeous!

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If you have a real fire, take care of sparks.

Labels with a difference

Home-made present labels are fun to make and bring that extra personal touch to parcels.

  1. Simply cut out a small square piece of cardboard, then hole-punch a corner.
  2. Pull through some wrapping ribbon to make a loop to tape onto the present.
  3. Then decorate the labels however you like – stick on Christmas-themed stickers or glitter, Christmas stamps, or draw pictures on the label.
  4. Write the name on the back in a glitter pen. Alternatively, cut out labels from last year’s Christmas cards.

If you keep your cards, not only will it remind you who should be on your Christmas card list this year, it will help you recycle, save money and save waste.

Labels with a difference

presentsHome-made present labels are fun to make and bring that extra personal touch to parcels. Simply cut out a small square piece of cardboard, then hole-punch a corner. Pull through some wrapping ribbon to make a loop to tape onto the present. Then decorate the labels however you like – stick on Christmas-themed stickers or glitter, Christmas stamps, or draw pictures on the label. Write the name on the back in a glitter pen. Alternatively, cut out labels from last year’s Christmas cards. If you keep your cards, not only will it remind you who should be on your Christmas card list this year, it will help you recycle, save money and save waste.

Dried orange slice Christmas ornaments

These are translucent and look pretty with fairy lights behind them – and they smell good. Cut the oranges into slices of about 1cm, then gently press each slice between a kitchen towel to soak up moisture and speed up the drying process. Rub a light layer of oil on them before putting them on a baking sheet so they don’t stick to it. Place the sheets on a baking tray in the oven at 110-120°C for two to three hours, checking occasionally to ensure they don't burn. Leave them to cool and then place your very own Christmas ornaments around the home.

Christmas is always that bit more special when you’ve made something with your child to celebrate it. So dig out your glue and glitter, and get creative.

Christmas tree stockings

bonbonHere’s a great idea for decorating the tree with your own creations. To make mini-stockings, all you need are two pieces of coloured felt, a piece of ribbon and some cotton wool or glitter. Place the pieces of felt one on top of the other, draw the outline of a stocking then cut out the shapes (you could make a template on a piece of card first and draw around it onto the felt). Then sew the pieces of felt together, all but the top of the stocking. Glue on cotton wool or glitter at the rim of the stocking. Sew in a loop in the corner, fill with a sweet or a small candy stick, and hang on the tree!

presentMantelpiece magic

Why not brighten up the mantelpiece with foliage from your garden? Even in the depths of winter there’s plenty of evergreen to be found including holly, ivy and firs and even herbs like rosemary. Get the kids to help you collect some! Making a mantelpiece decoration is easy - take two long, thin plastic trays and add some oasis (it’s like polystyrene, can be bought from a garden centre and re-used several times). Cut the oasis to the approximate size of the trays with about one inch standing higher than the trays. Tape the oasis securely to the trays and water thoroughly. Place on the mantelpiece and then start arranging your foliage by inserting the stalks in the oasis all over, including the top and sides, making sure the foliage drapes over and hides the trays. You can also add things like pine cones and anything else that you and the children might find on the floor on woodland walks or in the park. For a finishing touch, add a candle at each end (but never leave the room when lit). Keep watering the oasis throughout the festive period and your arrangement will stay looking fresh and smelling gorgeous! If you have a real fire, take care of sparks.

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Labels with a difference

Home-made present labels are fun to make and bring that extra personal touch to parcels. Simply cut out a small square piece of cardboard, then hole-punch a corner. Pull through some wrapping ribbon to make a loop to tape onto the present. Then decorate the labels however you like – stick on Christmas-themed stickers or glitter, Christmas stamps, or draw pictures on the label. Write the name on the back in a glitter pen. Alternatively, cut out labels from last year’s Christmas cards. If you keep your cards, not only will it remind you who should be on your Christmas card list this year, it will help you recycle, save money and save waste.

presentsDried orange slice Christmas ornaments

These are translucent and look pretty with fairy lights behind them – and they smell good. Cut the oranges into slices of about 1cm, then gently press each slice between a kitchen towel to soak up moisture and speed up the drying process. Rub a light layer of oil on them before putting them on a baking sheet so they don’t stick to it. Place the sheets on a baking tray in the oven at 110-120°C for two to three hours, checking occasionally to ensure they don't burn. Leave them to cool and then place your very own Christmas ornaments around the home.

snow flake icon

  Mantelpiece magic

Why not brighten up the mantelpiece with foliage from your garden? Even in the depths of winter there’s plenty of evergreen to be found including holly, ivy and firs and even herbs like rosemary.

  1. Get the kids to help you collect some! Making a mantelpiece decoration is easy - take two long, thin plastic trays and add some oasis (it’s like polystyrene, can be bought from a garden centre and re-used several times).
  2. Cut the oasis to the approximate size of the trays with about one inch standing higher than the trays. Tape the oasis securely to the trays and water thoroughly.
  3. Place on the mantelpiece and then start arranging your foliage by inserting the stalks in the oasis all over, including the top and sides, making sure the foliage drapes over and hides the trays. You can also add things like pine cones and anything else that you and the children might find on the floor on woodland walks or in the park. For a finishing touch, add a candle at each end (but never leave the room when lit).
  4. Keep watering the oasis throughout the festive period and your arrangement will stay looking fresh and smelling gorgeous!

If you have a real fire, take care of sparks.

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