I love candle light, especially during the Autumn and winter months when the dark nights are upon us. There is something warming and comforting and these festive jam jar candle holders are so easy to make. All you need is a selection of jam jars, things to decorated them with and some glue or more »
Now that we have got down the Advent box, I thought it was time to share with you some of our favorite books about Advent and Christmas. My boys are 7 and 8 now and some of these are long time favorites such as Dear Santa, which although they have outgrown they still love. &amp;lt;A more »
I used to be something of a beautyaholic. I adore potions and lotions and BC (before Children) I would spend my hard earned cash on lots of new and exciting cosmetics that promised the world. I loved the packaging, the anticipation and the whole buying something for me. Now my life is different. The only more »
We love Reindeer food. It is a tradition in The Mad House to go out and sprinkle it on Christmas Eve and to track Santa on Norad. There are endless recipes for Reindeer food on the internet and mine is no different or special, but it is much loved and used over the years. Reindeer more »
Once of my favorite tradition over the festive period is the Christmas Eve Gifts which are left from our Christmas Eve Elves. I adore Christmas Eve, there is something really special about the anticipation of Christmas Day and we spend it as a family as MadDad always tried to get it off. We make sure more »
Making christmas cards is tradition in The Mad House. We love making them for people that we love and we don’t buy many cards at all. This card is fantastic for encouraging cutting skills and you can use any off cuts of fabric and felt that you have. Mini loved making these cards and as more »
I read a really thoughtful and insightful post over at Tales from a Happy Home, where Gillian noted that she noted the Christmas countdowns as they tended to make her feel panicked about Christmas looming ever closer. The thing is Christmas is not supposed to be a time of stress and strain or panic, but more »
Every year we make salt dough or corn flour ornaments and unfortunately they got damp in storage and they were ruined, so this got me thinking about using air drying clay for a more permanent christmas decoration.
Initially I made three from some left over clay we had and decorated them myself with out the boys involvement and was really pleased with the way they turned out. So I decided to have a go with the boys.
Air drying clay
Plastic roller (i used the boys old playdough one!
Silicon cooking mat
Clear sealant or modge podge
decorations (we used buttons and felt)
Glue (we used a craft glue gun)
I would recommend that you make your ornaments a couple of days in advance to decorating them.
Firstly work the air drying clay well in your hands until it becomes more supple and easier to roil.
Roll out an amount on the silicone mat (4mm) is an idea depth.
Using a cookie cutter cut out your decoration shapes.
Remove the decorations from the mat on to a board to dry.
Using a straw make a hole in the top to thread your ribbon.
Also smooth the sides of your ornaments to make for smoother edges.
Allow to dry (do not dry over a heat source or they will crack.
Once dry take the nail file and smooth any rough edges.
Then apply a clear sealant or modge podge (PVA). I did this with my first set of ornaments.
Decorate and attach the ribbon.
The second set I did with the boys are a lot more rough and ready, but then they do like to take over and so they should. They decided to decorate them before we even sealed them. However, they look great and I am really pleased with them
We first made these back in December 2010 and I still use my not so ginery gingerbread recipe. I think I first saw this on Martha Stewart’s web site a long time ago and we have been making them every year since and they have become part of our Christmas and Advent tradition. Ingredients more »
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