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5 Magical Elf on the Shelf Alternatives

Not a fan of Elf on the Shelf? Need an alternative way to countdown to Christmas? Then don’t worry we have you covered with these super fun Elf on the Shelf Alternatives. I love the anticipation of Christmas and the build-up to Christmas Day and it is something I really remember from my childhood and have always wanted to create for my family.   So we have some magical and creative ways to countdown to Christmas that are not Elf on the Shelf.


Ferm Living Inspired DIY Advent Candle 3

I love the simplicity and beauty of this Ferm Living inspired DIY advent candle so much. I have been desperate for a Ferm Living Advent Candle for the last four years but couldn’t justify the cost and finally this year I decided to take matters into my own hands and make my own wooden bead advent candle inspired by theirs.


DIY Festive Clay and Cork Trees

DIY Festive Clay and Cork Trees 2

If you are a long-term reader then you will know that I have a real passion for clay crafts with kids.  These DIY festive clay and cork trees are a really simple make and you do not need any special tools to make these.  In fact, all you need is a rolling pin, knife and cardboard, which makes then perfect for making with kids or for your first clay project.


Acts of Kindness Advent Calendar Printables

It is hard to believe that we have been doing an acts of kindness advent calendar for four years.  It all started when I was concerned that the boys were becoming rather immersed in the commercialisation of Christmas and of advent. I wanted them to understand and learn about Christmas and advent being about giving, so came up with the idea of an alternative advent calendar.

4 fabulous sets of Acts of Kindness Advent Calendar Printables. Random acts of kindness perfect to print and use for an advent calendar or kindness jar

Wonderful Ways to Celebrate Advent 6

I love Christmas and the Advent.  I really want to celebrate advent and use the time to focus on the true meaning of Christmas and make it about giving and have a joy filled time with my family. I want advent to be about more than just opening a door on an advent calendar and getting a piece of chocolate, I want it to be a time where we cement our family traditions and give joy to other people.


DIY Christmas Tree Luminaries 14

I love candles and I love Christmas.  Add the two together and you have these beautiful DIY Christmas tree luminaries made from air drying clay.  These have been inspired by some I saw here. We are big fans of holiday keepsakes and these festive luminaries for battery operated tea lights would make the perfect gift or a treasured keepsake to bring out year after year.

DIY Christmas Tree Luminaries

DIY Clay Star Candle Holders 6

These DIY Clay Star Cadle Holders were inspired by some we saw when we were on our recent holiday in Holland.  I knew then that we could recreate them using our FIMO Air Light (microwavable) clay and finally got around to making them this week. We made our DIY clay star candle holders the perfect size for an old box of red Christmas tree candles which were my mum’s (the size that does in our twirling angel.  We have had these candles for the last five years but never used them as we didn’t have ant suitably sized candle holders for them.  30 minutes with the boys and we have more than enough and more »

DIY Clay Star Candle Holders

Simple Washi Tape Christmas Trees Garland 29

This simple Washi Tape Christmas Trees Garland is a super fun and simple kids craft perfect for the festive season.  I really love using washi tape with children as it is simple to tear or cut. low-tac so they can remove and restick it and it comes in so many colours and patterns. The washi tape Christmas Trees can be used to decorate cards but also look perfect strung together to make a washi tape Christmas trees garland or bunting. Simple Washi Tape Christmas Trees Garland Materials Cereal box Washi tape, we used red and green 1/8 inch paper punch Thread – we used a green shoelace Scissors Ruler Pencil How more »

Simple Washi Tape Christmas Trees Garland

DIY gift wrap – Potato Print Penguins 23

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 »