Is it sacrilege to be mentioning the C word in July? The c-word you ask, yes, Christmas. When do you start thinking and preparing for Christmas? I tend to do some preparation in January and then start thinking about it when I see the summer sales.
We are on a roll with our confetti crafts this week. We are getting prepared for New Years Celebrations here with these toilet roll confetti poppers, but they are also perfect for weddings, 4th July or any other celebration. They are super simple to make and the kids love them.
We love turkey here in The Mad House and every Christmas we are gifted a Turkey Crown by one of MadDad’s clients for our Christmas dinner. Being the frugal sort, nothing here goes to waste, so here are some fantastic turkey recipes that the whole family will love.
Do you still send Christmas cards? Each year we send less and less, but I want the ones we do send to be meaningful and the way we do that is to make our own. These super simple fine motor string art tree christmas cards appeal to the scandi style lover in me, plus they are fun and simple to make. I can see these being framed and brought out year after year.
We don’t send a lot of Christmas cards, but the ones we do are all handmade with love. We loved the simple ribbon Christmas cards we made last year, so I have been looking at doing something similar this year and we came up with these threaded ribbon Christmas Cards. They are a great for kids of all ages and perfect for working on fine motor skills with the bonus of looking fantastic too,
One of my favorite things about the festive season is trimming the tree. I love going through all of the ornaments and decorations, especially the homemade homes and hanging them as I reminisce about when we made them. This adorable white clay christmas fingerprint ornament is a take on our valentine fingerprint heart ornaments.
Don’t you just love this time of year. The buildup and anticipation to Christmas Day. TSB asked me to share with you our families favorite part of the festive season. That is really hard to pinpoint, but one of the things that I do love about Christmas is our Christmas Eve traditions and sprinkling DIY magic reindeer food for the reindeers and their long journey.
I love using Christmas as a time to get crafting and creative with the kids and this DIY gift wrap is no exception. We have designed wrapping paper with potato print penguins on. I am delighted to be working with Sellotape this festive season to share the magic of giving and we will be using our DIY wrapping paper as part of that collaboration. How to make Potato Print Penguins DIY gift wrap Materials: Brown paper Paper Plates or regular plates Potatoes Knife Black and White tempura paint Orange acrylic paint Paint brush Googley eyes Instructions: Printing with potatoes is an inexpensive and fun way top mark make with kids and more »
There are some amazing colouring pages and books for adults at the moment and as it is the festive season, I am all about Christmas. I have already shared with you five exclusive festive colouring pages. But there are so many more out there, so I have gathered together a roundup of free christmas colouring pages for adults and teens.
I love creating and making with kids and this year we are taking part again in Mam Miss’ Kid-Made Ornament series inspired by books. Last year we made a forest of Christmas Trees inspired by The Fir Tree. This year we have made felt robin christmas ornaments inspired by Little Robin’s Christmas by Jan Fearnley.
There is nothing better than receiving a homemade christmas card, even more so in today’s technological times. My boys run to the door at Christmas time to collect the cards and they get so much joy in opening them. So we love making our own cards and we hope that this years kid made fingerprint wreath Christmas card brings joy to others.
I am a BIG fan of Christmas traditions. I have been wittering on about therem here for the last seven years. I believe that you shouldn’t feel that you HAVE to keep up with traditions, but that when they work for your family they are a great way of anchoring memories for years to come. So in collaboration with Littlewoods and their #MakeTheirChristmas campaign I want to share with you five Christmas traditions that you need to start now.
Are you in the festive mood yet? We certainly are and these delicious melting snowmen cookies are going to become a festive family favorite here in The Mad House. They were super fun to make and are great for cooking with kids.
If you have been following our blog for any length of time then you will know that we LOVE recycling glass jars and turning them into tealight holders. I love being able to bring them out each season and use them to decorate our home and the boys love giving them as gifts. Now that Halloween is over and we haven’t yet decorated for Christmas we had a need for something to fill the gap and we came up with a winter snowflake jar luminary.
What child doesn’t love a snow globe? My boys are obsessed with them and no matter where we go they shake them, which leaves me fearful of the dropping them as glass, water and my boys is not a great mixture. Anyway a plastic bowl snow globe is super fun to make and there is no glass involved.
Cooking with children need not be difficult. Sometimes you need a simple recipe that you can return to again and again and this super gingerbread recipe from Flora is perfect for kids, especially as there is no melting of butter or heat involved and it makes perfect Gingerbread Christmas Tree Cookies.
On Christmas Eve we have my best friend and family over for a get together, between us we have six boys between eleven and four, so we make sure that we have lots of fun kids party games prepped and I wanted to share them with you in case you are having a festive gathering and want to grab the kids attention away from Electronics. This selection of ten fun kids christmas party games that are simple to plan and prepare and are perfect for kids of all ages and adults too.
We first learned about Snowman Soup from our friends at Diary of a Frugal Family a long, long, time ago and it has been part of our Christmas Eve Traditions and annual teacher gifts since then. It is super simple to make and tastes delicious.
We love giving gifts and every year we make our own homemade gift wrap. We often use kraft paper or the big rolls of paper that you can get from Ikea. However this time we decided to use a large roll of black paper we had and that our homemade gift wrap would be gold stars and trees potato printed on to it.
I have mentioned before that I am a great believer that experiences bring more happiness than things and this year we are going to be giving our boys a year of experiences. This will be a great alternative christmas gift for us all as a family and I have been thinking of a special way to do this.