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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 holiday in Holland.  I knew then that we could recreate them using our FIMO Air Light (microwavable) clay or any other clay and finally got around to making them this week. They are perfect advent or Christmas decorations and you can find our tutorial below to make your own DIY candle holders. We made the middle of the star in 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 goes in our twirling angel).  We have had these candles for the 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 (UK Link/US Link) 1/8 inch paper punch (UK Link/US Link) Thread – we used a more »

Simple Washi Tape Christmas Trees Garland

Over 30 kid-made christmas cards. A super selection of christmas cards that are perfect for kids of all ages to make.

Kid Made Christmas Card Series 24

I think you will go a long way to find anything better than a kid-made Christmas card, so I am delighted to be sharing with you a month’s worth of fantastic Christmas cards all made by children, along with full instructions for making them with your own children. These DIY Christmas card ideas are perfect for doing with a group of children especially KS! and preschoolers. Although there is something for kids of all ages here.


Make an adorable white clay Christmas fingerprint ornament 16

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.

white clay Christmas fingerprint ornament

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 it.    I love it when I have craft ideas that can be used to share the love over the festive season and I know that relatives will be delighted with this DIY gift wrap that combines potato prints with fingerprints! So cute. How to make Potato Print Penguins DIY gift wrap This post contains affiliate links. If you make any purchases after clicking one of these links, I will make a small commission (hopefully enough to keep me more »


Free Christmas Colouring Pages for Adults – The Ultimate Roundup 17

There are some amazing colouring pages and books for adults and older children 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 (or Christmas coloring pages for my friends across the pond( for adults and teens.

The ultimate Free Christmas Colouring Pages for Adults Roundup

Kid Made Fingerprint Wreath Christmas Card

Kid Made Fingerprint Wreath Christmas Card 8

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.


Advent Acts of Kindness Free Printables 49

As you have probably guessed we LOVE advent and Christmas here in The Mad House.  Last year we provided you with two sets of advent acts of kindness free printables.  One Christmas tree shaped and the other in a tag style.  This year we have a real treat for you with our advent acts of kindness free printables. These are perfect for using in conjunction with The Kindness Elves.


Ultimate advent activities

Ultimate advent activity list 2015 17

Christmas, we love it.  But as much as I love Christmas and the build up to it, it is important to me to focus on my family and not just on the commercial aspect of just Christmas Day.  Part of the way we do this is by having advent activities that we do.  It helps me to focus on my family each day in this busy busy period of the year.   So here is our ultimate advent activity list for 2015.


Easy Ribbon Christmas for kids to make 18

There is nothing nicer than receiving a homemade Christmas card and these easy ribbon Christmas cards are so easy for you to make with kids of all ages. You don’t need lots of different materials to make lots of different styles of DIY Christmas cards made with ribbons. I love that I have turned my kids into crafters.


An Alternative Advent Calendar – Acts of Kindness by kids 33

Advent, we love it.  It is a BIG thing here in The Mad House.  We use advent as a way to celebrate the build up to Christmas and to take the commercialism out of it.   The MiniMads have not yet had a chocolate advent calendar, although I might bend to their wishes this year!  We have an activity advent calendar instead and this year we are having an alternative advent calendar, where we are going to do an act of kindness each day


A pause in Advent, The advent story for children 8

I think I have said in the past that I label myself as something of a reluctant worshiper. But you can not have Christmas without Christ and I also really enjoyed this time of year as a child growing up and going to Sunday school, so I make it my aim to teach the boys about Jesus, the Christmas and Advent.

Last year, the wonder Coffee Lady told me about a book called The Light in the Lantern, which is filled with short stories for advent. The stories are intended for reading aloud for children of school age and are perfect for sparking conversation about Advent. The are pretty short, but perfect for night time reading.