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Our Favourite Christmas Crafts & Edible Treats for Kids

We're getting into the Christmas spirit with nifty crafts and tasty things to eat, we hope you're going to join us!

 

What better way is there to get into the Christmas spirit than rolling up your sleeves and making a few crafts or edible treats to serve the well-wishers over the holidays?

Last year we gave you some Christmas baking ideas and simple Xmas crafts; this year we've rounded up some new favourites that are fun for all ages, abilities and interests!

What have you been making with your family this year?

Have some craft fun this Christmas

Loo roll characters

Loo Roll CharactersWhat you'll need:

  • Empty loo rolls
  • Paints, glue and glitter
  • Haberdashery (ribbons, buttons, pipe cleaners, etc)
  • Scissors
  • Styrofoam balls (larger than the hole in the end of the loo roll).

What to do:

  1. Decide what character you are going to make... Snowman, Santa or an Angel. Or you could be creative and make something unique!
  2. Take the loo roll and paint/decorate it as your character would be.
    Snowman: paint the roll white, add black dots for buttons
    Santa: Paint the roll red and add a black belt
    Angel: Paint the roll white with a variety of glitter
  3. Coat the top rim of the loo roll with glue and attach the Styrofoam ball.
  4. Add accessories to the character:
    Snowman: coal eyes, a carrot nose, a top hat
    Santa: a hat, beard and twinkling eyes
    Angel: eyes, halo, wings (which need attaching to the back of the roll)
  5. These can either sit on the window ledge or adorn your tree.

Lollipop trees

What you'll need:

  • Wooden lollipop sticks
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Beads

What to do:

  1. Take 3 to 4 pipe cleaners and 1 lollipop stick.
  2. Cut 2cm off the first pipe cleaner, 4cm off the second and 6cm off the third, leave the fourth as it is.
  3. Lay all four pipe cleaners out on the table so that they are centered and arranged so the longest is at the bottom and the shortest at the top.
  4. Lay the lollipop stick on top of the pipe cleaners.
  5. Fold the pipe cleaners over tightly.
  6. Thread beads onto the "branches".

These can be hung on your tree or "planted" in a small pot!

Snow globes

What you'll need:

  • Baby food jar or similar small glass jar with a tightly sealed lid
  • Plastic figurine 
  • Paint
  • Water
  • Glitter
  • Glycerine
  • Glue (insoluable)

What to do:

  1. Paint the outside of the lid.
  2. Once the lid is dry, affix the figurine to the inside - using a glue gun at this stage will ensure longevity.
  3. Once the glue is dry, fill the jar 2/3 full of water, add a dash of glycerine and a pinch of glitter.
  4. Screw the lid on to the jar tightly. If you are worried about the jar being opened, add a small amount of glue to the lid ridges before sealing.
  5. Turn the jar so it is sitting on its lid, and voila!

Hand coasters

What you'll need:

  • Different Christmas fabrics
  • Scissors
  • Tracing device
  • Small hands

What to do:

  1. Trace the outline of small hands onto your various fabrics. Remember that these are going to make coasters so using things like felt or vinyl will serve their purpose better in the long run.
  2. If the children are old enough to be using scissors, have them cut out the hand prints. If not, an adult should cut out the traced shapes and let the children bundle them up as gifts, or place them around the house to add an element of "handmade cheer".

Make some edible treats at Christmas

Cone trees

What you'll need:

  • Ice cream cones 
  • Vanilla frosting
  • Green food colouring
  • Edible decorations

What to do:

  1. Mix the vanilla frosting with green food colouring until it is the desired colour.
  2. Turn the cones upside down on a baking tray and coat them in a layer of icing. You don't want to coat them too thickly or the treats will be mind-numbingly sweet, but you do need enough to enable you to stick decorations to it.
  3. Dress your tree! From adding candy decorations to gel icing strings of lights, this activity is simple and fun for the whole family.

Snowman on a StickSnowmen on a stick

What you'll need:

  • BBQ skewer
  • Large white marshmallows
  • A variety of small round sweets
  • Rolos or black wine gums
  • A small amount of white frosting

What to do:

  1. Take your skewer and pierce the three marshmallows, so that they are stacked one on top of the other.
  2. Once the three marshmallows are on, pierce either the Rolo or wine gum so that it is sitting on top like a hat.
  3. Use the frosting to help stick the sweets onto the snowman as buttons, eyes and a nose.
  4. These look great served in a tall glass as a bunch of snowmen. They are easy and not particularly messy for the kids to eat. If you are worried about the sharp end of the skewer, use Rolos rather than wine gums, and cut off the sharp end of the skewer before you add the hat!

Reindeer biscuits

Reindeer biscuits

Turn your favourite biscuits into reindeer, with a few simple steps. This works well with peanut butter or sugar cookie bases.

What you'll need:

  • Your favourite biscuit recipe and ingredients
  • Pretzels
  • Small round chocolate sweets, preferably in brown and red (such as M&M's)

What to do:

  1. Make up your favourite dough and roll it into balls about 1 inch in diameter.
  2. On a greased cookie sheet, flatten the balls so that they are still thick, but round.
  3. Place the chocolate sweets on top where the eyes and nose should appear. Then press them down gently so that they stick to the dough but do not crack.
  4. Take a pretzel and break it in half. Insert two pieces of pretzel into the top of your dough as antlers.
  5. Bake as per the instructions on your recipe.
  6. Enjoy!

 
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