9 CRACKING CHRISTMAS CRAFTS AND DIY GIFTS

Photography: Kelly Harmer

The festive period is the perfect time of year to get crafty, particularly as it’s completely acceptable to adorn your house with glitter and sparkle!

Show the ones you love how much you care by gifting them with a handmade masterpiece or get the children to make grandparents’ gifts for extra brownie points. It’ll save you a few pennies during this expensive period plus the time and thought will be appreciated too.

Here are some cracking Christmas crafts to get you inspired…

Cover 3D SNOW or NOEL cardboard letters in faux fur or metallic spray paint for the perfect addition to your mantlepiece.

Use winter twigs, twine and googly eyes to make the most adorable reindeer decoration.

Choose your favourite coloured wool and make adorable pom poms to hang on the tree or fix to vintage ice skates for a unique decoration. Add a bell and a festive tag or personalised message for an extra special touch.

Take chocolate bars, wrap them in white paper and draw snowmen on them. These are perfect gifts for groups like classmates or Santa’s grotto.

Make stunning gifts for your friends by spray painting their favourite bottle of tipple, adding ribbon, a paper straw and gift tag. They’ll be saying ‘cheers’ to you and will love the effort (don’t forget to make one for yourself so you can join them!).

A great activity for the kids that doesn’t involve glitter or glue (hurrah!) is to fix a pair of candy canes together using a brown pipe cleaner, ensuring the curved parts are facing outwards to look like ears. Add peelable googly eyes and a round red sticker to the pipe cleaner and you have yourself an edible reindeer. Perfect as gifts for friends or as a messy-free Christmas party activity.

Make snowman biscuits by spreading icing sugar over a biscuit then fixing a marshmallow head and strawberry lace scarf while still wet. Use chocolate icing in a tube to give your snowman its features and personality!

Use Sculpey Clay, a rolling pin and a cookie cutter to make beautiful hanging decorations for the tree or cute little jewellery dishes as gifts. Create an embossed pattern by gently pushing lace or a paper doily into the clay (full DIY here).

Draw around your child’s hands on Christmas card, punch a hole in the top and fix ribbon to make personalised gift tags or tree decorations for family, teachers or nursery key workers. Write a message on the back to thank them for their ‘helping hand’.

Happy Holidays!

Until next time,

OSK xx

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