We love any excuse to decorate! So this time of year has us running around like little elves making everything Christmassy. This year, we have been particularly taken with all the tutorials that abound for making your own Christmas decorations. What better way to feel festive, than to sit down with the kids and craft your personalised ornaments to deck out your home. And there's plenty to make for all ages and abilities!
Baby's First Christmas Card
Why not make a really personal card with your kids? These cute cards will have kids giggling as you paint their fingers and toes and make a great keepsake for relatives to treasure. (You may want to put some newspaper down before you try this!)
Christmas Paper Chains
These can be as simple or as intricate as you like and make a great retro, shabby chic decoration. Not only that but with a little planning, you can recycle last years Christmas cards and wrapping paper into this years decorations! I think we all have fond memories of making paper chains as a child in years gone by, this is definitely an experience to share with the modern generation. You can even create wonderful shaped garlands like angels,snowflakes and snowmen, just let your creativity run riot (and if you are stuck for ideas there are some great patterns available online!)
If you are more of a whiz in the kitchen, why not try some gingerbread decorations? The house will be warm and smell so amazingly homely once you've baked a few batches of these, and the kids will have great fun decorating them with icing. You can even cut holes in your gingerbread men and thread a festive ribbon through them to make a lovely garland that will actually look good enough to eat!
Pine Cone Decorations
Another 'oldie but goodie'! And you can be as creative as you like with this. These simple and natural ornaments look great even with just a spritz of glitter glue or fake snow and a ribbon tied on, but you can also make them into woodland creatures, wreaths or table centrepieces. Both beautiful and environmentally friendly.
Knit Your Own
If you are a talented knitter, these hand-crafted decorations might be right up your street! And they would make a great stocking filler or Christmas cracker gift for your friends. Even if you are less confident with a pair of knitting needles, you can still make relatively simple Santa hats for your coat hooks and Christmas stockings for your mantel.
We hope we've given you some fun ideas to try, especially with the school holidays looming! If you try any, be sure to let us know how you get on by sharing a picture of your creations with us on Facebook or Twitter.
We wish you a Crafty Christmas!!!