This week’s Messenger column - Christmas Craft Blogs.
In a week or two school holidays start and what a better way to occupy the kids than to get them involved in the Christmas decorating. If you are after some fresh ideas and tutorials I have listed some of this year’s best Christmas blog finds.
http://cristmas-crafts.blogspot.com/ is full of easy crafts based on a Christmas theme. They have included crafts that use materials that are inexpensive and are available in any local store.
http://www.aromatherapy-at-home.com/homemade-christmas-crafts.html this site has tutorials for crafts to give as gifts. They are easy to follow and not too messy or involved.
http://bubbleandsweet.blogspot.com/2010/11/triple-chocolate-christmas-pudding.html If you are planning on giving some Christmas themed edible gifts add this to your list. This recipe for the triple chocolate (is it possible to have too much chocolate?) pudding can be used as a decoration then eaten later. Sounds delicious.
http://crafty.littlerockmamas.com/index.php/category/holidays/christmas/ This site has some simple crafts for preschoolers. Use these ideas to make wrapping paper and cards. If your kids like to leave Santa a snack then there is a recipe for reindeer food. Sprinkle it on the lawn.
http://www.oneprettything.com/?p=12721 This site has a roundup of Christmas Craft tutorials from various other blogs. Crochet a Christmas Ball or repurpose an old map into a eye catching decorations.
http://papiervalise.typepad.com/scissor_variations/2009/12/diy-felt-shingle-tree.html Make a Christmas Tree quickly and easily using the instructions on this site. Younger children should be able to complete the simplest version with minimal adult supervision. If you are feeling particularly creative try some of the optional embellishments for some added festive cheer.
http://crate.typepad.com/cratepaper/2010/09/lolly-chessies-famous-cp-christmas-trees.html I’ve saved my favourite to last. This paper tree can be made in your choice of paper to coordinate with your Christmas colour theme or go green and recycle your junk mail for an Eco Christmas. Paper Trees will make a stunning centrepiece for your table.
Felt Shingle Tree Image Copyright Janice Rusnak/Papier Valise
Paper Tree Image Copyright Lolly Chessie