christmas decorations


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.

DIY Festive Clay and Cork Trees

A Month of Kid-Made Christmas Decorations 14

  We had so much fun with last years month of kid-made Christmas cards that we decided to host a month of kid-made Christmas decorations this year.  I am delighted to be sharing with you a 30 days of fantastic Christmas decorations all made by children, along with full instructions for making them with your own children.


15 Adorable Christmas Crafts for Kids

‘Tis the season for some easy Christmas crafts for kids, including Christmas trees, Santa and his reindeer, and of course, candy canes too!  Whether you are Christmas Crafting for School fairs, in the classroom or at home we have an adorable easy kids Christmas craft for you.

'Tis the season for some easy Christmas crafts for kids, including Christmas trees, Santa and his reindeer. Perfect for school fairs or advent.

Kid Made Christmas Ornaments

One of the things that I adore about the holiday season is taking out the Christmas decorations and placing them on the tree.  Reminiscing about each and every one of them, especially the kid-made Christmas ornaments.  The boys love talking about the ornaments they have made previously and which year they made them. Christmas ornaments that Children have made are the most precious ones and even if they do not match your tree you could give them a small tree all of their own!


Air drying clay ornements 13

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.


Christmas Wrapping Ideas for Brown Paper 8

I want to share our Christmas Wrapping ideas for this year. I love wrapping Christmas presents with brown paper. Brown kraft paper is always something that I have a roll off so is perfect for emergency gift wrapping.  I have to say that this was inspired by Heather from Growing Spaces Fun Christmas Gift Wrap Ideas.  More specifically the Beard one.

Christmas Wrapping Ideas for Brown Paper

white clay Christmas fingerprint ornament

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.


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 »


Felt Robin Christmas Ornament

Felt Robin Christmas Ornament 25

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.


Winter Snowflake Jar Luminary 13

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.

Winter Snowflake Jar Luminary

Cornflour dough tealight holders for Solstice 3

We live in Northern England and during this time of year it is dark and we love to light up our home with candles and decided to make some cornflour dough tealight holders for Solstice.  Maxi decided to make them in the shape of the sun to celebrate the shortest day and welcome the lengthening of the hours of sun we would receive. We used our white clay recipe, which is really easy to make, so much so that Maxi made it himself and once the dough had cooled down we used cookie cutters to shape our tealight holders.


White clay dough. Corn Flour dough, a fab alternative to salt dough 3

We have made corn flour dough before, but using salt, however, I was keen to find a different recipe with more of a smooth texture that was a bit more malleable for the boys to use. We have tried Nurturestore’s 2 ingredients white dough and love it, but we also tried the following white clay recipe and the boys decided that this is their favourite go-to salt dough replacement.


Tree decorations inspired by The Fir Tree 24

We love making decorations as a family for our Christmas tree and this year we are joining in again with 10 days of kid made ornaments and this year they are inspired by a book.  So ours are tree decorations inspired by The Fir Tree by Hans Christian Anderson. Each year we buy new christmas books for our Advent basket.  This year I bought a book for me.  It is a beautifully illustrated edition of The Fir Tree by Hans Christian Anderson.


Make an Advent Candle or wreath 2

We love advent and one of the ways we celebrate is to have an advent wreath or ring that we light each sunday to help celebrate the lead up to Christmas.  The first Sunday of advent for 2014 in November 30th.  Me and the boys have spend the last few days making this years advent ring, even though it is more of a plinth! People light one candle on the first Sunday of Advent, two on the second Sunday, three on the third Sunday and all four on the fourth Sunday. Some people then continue to light all four candles during the Christmas period. Traditionally an advent ring has three purple and more »