Blogmas Day 8: Christmas Crafts
It’s time to get creative! With the big day less than a week away, I’ve spent time with my mother to demonstrate some Christmas crafts for you to do. Whether for yourself or to give to others.
Christmas Heart decorations
Add a touch of homemade love to your Christmas tree with these easy to make heart decorations.
You will need: Scraps of fabric, stuffing of your choice, paper, pencil, scissors, pins, sewing machine or sewing kit.
- Fold a piece of paper in half
- Draw half a heart on the fold line
- Cut the heart
- Open to reveal a whole heart
- Pin to fabric and cut around the heart
- With right sides facing, hand or machine stitch most of the way around, leave a gap to turn out
- Turn out and stuff with stuffing. This could be old tights, stuffing from an old cushion, beans, rice,etc.
- Sew the rest and add a loop to hang. You can use the ribbon inside your clothing used to hang or string
Mammy’s note: “We used craft fabric to make ours but we have also used old ripped PJs in a Christmas pattern previously, which is ideal for crafts on a budget.”
Santa Egg Hats
Make breakfast more festive with these cute little Santa hats for your eggs.
You will need: red and white yarn and knitting needles (4mm, UK size 8)
- Using 4mm needles and the white yarn, cast on 28 sts and knit 4 rows
- Break off the white and join in the red
- Begin the knit. St st 12 rows
- Row 17: K2tog tbl, k to last 2 sts, k2tog. 26sts
- Row 18: Purl.
- Repeat rows 17-18 until 18sts remain
- Row 27: k2tog tbl, k to last 2sts, k2tog, 16sts
- Row 28: P2tog, P to last 2sts, p2tog tbl. 14 sts
- Repeat rows 27-28 until 2sts remain
- Next Row: K2tog to cast off
- Join the seam, matching colour changes
- Cut eight 5cm or 2 inches of white. Using a longer strand of white, tie these strands together before fastening them to the top (cast-off end)of the hat.
- Cut the ends neatly to make a small pom-pom
- Fold the top of the hat over and catch the pom-pom end onto the side of the hat, 3cm or 1 quarter inch above the cast-on edge.
Thank you to my lovely mother for providing the pattern and also knitting the hats.
Make beautiful edible gifts for Christmas to give to friends and family or just hand out when guests visit.
You will need: moulds of your choice (we used ours from the Disney Cakes and Sweets collection), chocolate, bowl, microwave or cooker ( if latter, you will also need water and a small saucepan)
- Break the chocolate into chunks and place in bowl
- Either microwave in the oven until melted (around 30-60 seconds) or fill small saucepan with water and place bowl over boiling saucepan until melted
- Pour the melted chocolate into the moulds
- Put into fridge to set. Waiting time will depend on the size of the mould – leaving them overnight is the best option
For presentation, you can get organza bags or cellophane and ribbon from a craft store or online (I recommend eBay) for packaging.
I hope you find these crafty ideas of good use. What Christmas crafts do you like to make or have made? Let me know in the comments below.
MORE FROM BLOGMAS…
- Day One: The Christmas Tag
- Day Two: 5 Gifts That Keep on Giving
- Day Three: A Gift Guide for Bloggers
- Day Four: Christmas Around The World
- Day Five: Mushroom Wellington Recipe
- Day Six: Christmas in Cardiff
- Day Seven: A Helpful Hamper