Activity Advent – Homemade chocolate Christmas tree decorations….

 

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Last year, the kids pestered me every time we went shopping in December to buy some chocolate decorations for our Christmas tree but I kept saying no as I really do begrudge paying £3 for just 9 little chocolates.

In the end though, we decided to make our own versions which not only saved us a little bit of money, it meant that our chocolates were bigger and we had fun making them.

We bought 12 of those Cadburys Magical Elves which if I remember rightly cost 20p each but were on offer at six for £1 and sellotaped a little bit of Christmas tree lametta to the back of it in a loop and voila, 12 hanging chocolate decorations for £2.00.

They’re bigger than the ready made ones, cheaper than them and they looked lovely on the tree:

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You could use plenty of other things too if you wanted to make your own versions.  Anything from the sweet aisle would be fine as long as it’s wrapped.  You could make smaller ones if you had a box of Roses or Quality Street around or some classy (but probably more expensive) ones using Ferrero Rocher.

Just remember to put them higher up the tree out of reach of animals and small children ;-)

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Activity Advent – Lolly stick tree decorations….

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Easy peasy – glue three green lolly sticks together in a triangle shape and when it’s dry, glue a loop of ribbon to the top of it so you can hang the finished decoration on the tree.

Next you just need to decorate your lolly tree with anything you have – ribbon, sequins, pom poms, random sticky shapes…. Anything!

When it’s dry, hang it on the tree for it to look beautiful and be admired by everyone who sees it ;-)

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Activity Advent – Make a paper Christmas Wreath….

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Christmas isn’t Christmas without a wreath, is it?

We have a lovely homemade wreath that Jen made us last year with dried orange slices, cinnamon sticks and a big lovely red bow on it but the kids wanted to make their own version so we decided to make a paper one of our own.

As with most things we make, this is really simple to make and the kids can get as creative as they want which is the idea of Christmas crafting.

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First you need to cut our a circle of card like in the first picture.  I used green card but it doesn’t really matter as i gets covered up anyway so a folded out cereal box or card from a cardboard box would be OK too.  I used a dinner plate and casserole dish lid to draw around for mine.

Next you need to cut out some leaf shapes which is the fiddly bit.  I used sheets of green A4 paper and *may* have cheated a bit here as I folded each sheet of paper in half 3 times so I was cutting out 8 shapes at a time.

Then you can start sticking – my eight year old did all the sticking himself because it’s almost impossible to go wrong.  I just told him to go around the wreath following the pattern of one leaf pointing out one way, one leaf straight forward and the other leaf pointing out the other way like in the picture above.

The final part is the decorating which is where it gets messy.

We used a bit of glitter, some sticky shapes we had and added a lovely green ribbon at the top and I think the finished result looks lovely blu tac’ed to the door downstairs….

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While we had the glitter out we decided to make a few decorations for the tree by drawing around some Christmas cookie cutters and decorating the shapes.  We glued some ribbon to the back and now they’re hanging on our tree making it look all sparkly….

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There’s lots more Christmas Craft ideas here if you want to see what you can make.

Disclosure: we were sent a lovely craft pack to help us enjoy our Christmas crafting.

Homemade Christmas Card Wall….

Every year when we unpack the Christmas tree decorations we seem to have about twice as much as we remember packing away.

We had so much last year that we decided to be ruthless and not use everything we had otherwise the downstairs of our house would have closely resembled a Santa’s grotto for the month of December ;-)

One thing I couldn’t not put up though would be all of the lovely Christmas cards that the kids have made over the years – each one of them is different and was made with love and Christmas excitement.  They show how much they’ve grown up over the years and every year when I get them out, I sit and look through them all with a smile.

I display them all on my Living room door so everyone who comes in to the house sees them and almost everyone comments about how lovely they all look together.

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I can’t wait to add this years to the collection….

Activity Advent – Homemade Snowglobes….

I love Christmas snow globes and try and buy a new one every year to add to our collection although this year, a few appear to have been left in the loft  by Mr Frugal along with some other things.  He gets so grumpy having to go up there in the first place (it is a faff on to be fair) that I really don’t have the heart to ask him to go up again and I certainly have no intention of going up there myself!

This year we’re going to have to make do with the three he did managed to bring down and a couple of homemade ones that we’ll make together this weekend.

If you want to make your own, they’re really easy to make.  All you need is a small watertight glass jar, something to put in your snowglobe, glu or blu tac and some glitter.

Small jam jars or glass spice jars are ideal for this – just give them a test before you make the real thing by filling them with water and shaking them until your arm hurts ;-)

First of all, you need to blu tac or glue your toy to the lid of the glass jar.  I find blu tac easier because it’s instant and you don’t need to fend off impatient children while you wait for the glue to dry.

If you have real snow like we did when we first made these, get the children to go and fill the glass jar with some clean snow or alternatively,you could fill it with water.

Add some glitter to the glass jar, taking great care that it does only actually go in the jar otherwise you’ll be finding glitter everywhere for the next month!

Put the lid back on the jar, turn it upside down and there you have it – a home made snow globe of your very own ;-)

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