If you are gearing up for the onslaught of the festive season, the chances are that you are looking for some new craft activities to do with your kids. While you adore putting up the Christmas tree together, you enjoy making Christmas cards, and you often craft a bespoke gingerbread house prior to the big day, there are plenty more fun activities you can do with your brood. Your little darlings adore everything that the festive season has to offer. Tap into their innocence and love for the season and make this your most craft-filled Christmas ever.
No Christmas would be complete without cookies. These festive sweet treats can be shop bought but are nothing compared to those home baked favorites. Cookie recipes are often handed down through the generations. However, if you don’t have a recipe to fall back on, whip out the recipe books and get experimenting. Get yourself some cookie cutters, enjoy whipping on the aprons, and get baking with your little cherubs. Have fun with food coloring and experiment with decorations. Edible glitter, fondant, and chocolate chips can be wonderful additions to your cookies. Experiment with flavor combinations like ginger and cinnamon, lavender and rose, and honey and orange blossom. In addition to your cookies, consider some mince pies, sausage rolls, and gingerbread. Building a personalized family gingerbread house should be a Christmas tradition.
If you are keen to add some festive cheer above your fireplace, why not adorn your mantelpiece with some stockings. Homemade stockings sewn by you and your kids will hold memories for years to come. You could follow a pattern that you have found online or go freestyle. Experiment with different sewing techniques and whip out the machine if you know what you are doing. Customize your sticking or boot with a sewing label that shows off your name. Make one for every member of your household and enjoy bringing them out every single year.
If your home is looking a little sparse this year on the decor front, consider making your own decorations for your humble abode. Your kids will adore the simple paper chain technique to adorn their bedrooms and hallway. Make some paper angels for the tree and set about creating some wonderful painted winter scenes for your home. If you are feeling brave, you could even create your very own homemade crackers for the table for Christma dinner or make your own advent calendars. You could put a sweet treat behind every door and enjoy revealing the surprise every day in the run up to Christmas.
Think about making some classy baubles for your tree by purchasing some clear balls that you can fill with multicolored was crayon shavings. Melt these carefully over a candle (taking care to monitor the smaller hands of your little darlings) and enjoy the colorful patterns that are generated within the bauble. These will glisten beautifully when surrounded by Christmas lights.
Follow this guide and enjoy some winter crafts with your brood.