#CraftyChristmas. We’re really getting into this crafting now, and Isabelle is throwing herself in wholeheartedly wanting to know what we’re going to do next.
I can’t quite remember where I got this idea from, but mentally stored it away as we had some coloured lollipop sticks in our craft box and wasn’t really sure what to do with them.
So today we’ve made a Lollipop Stick Christmas Star.
You will need:
Coloured lollipop sticks which you can get in most craft shops.
Coloured craft jewels. We found some sticky-backed ones
String or Christmas ribbon
First of all add the jewels to the lollipop sticks making sure that you avoid the centre part of each stick where they will be joined together.
If using glue, wait for these to dry.
Using a strong glue, glue the sticks together to form your star shape. Not a job for the littles as I proved by sticking the star to my finger. It took quite a lot to get it off, nearly pulling the skin off my finger.
Once this is dry, turn the star over and attach your string making a loop.
As soon as the tree is up (I know, you’re way ahead of us) we will be adding our new addition.
To make these pizza’s you could cheat and use a ready made pizza base but we prefer to make our own. Here is the recipe for traditional dough base.
3 cups of strong plain flour
1 cup of water
1 teaspoon of fast action dried yeast
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of sugar
1 tablespoon of olive oil
Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and cover. Leave for half an hour to give the yeast a chance to work.
After this time, divide the dough into 4 pieces and flatten with your hands. I then hand cut christmas tree shapes and put onto a greased baking tray.
Using a jar of pizza sauce (can be found in most supermarkets) or use tomato puree mixed with some dried oregano.
Then comes the fun bit of adding the toppings of your choice. I used a selction of peppers, sausage, chicken, salami, tomatoes and cheese. I let both of my kids decide what they wanted on their pizza. Put in the oven on gas mark 6 for approximately 20 minutes and they had them for dinner.
This is perfect for making your gift extra special, particularly for Mummy’s, Daddy’s and Grandparents.
For this you can use either plain brown paper (the type used for packaging) or you can get a roll of white paper from most craft shops.
We cut a good size piece of paper and used bluetak to attach it to table making the job easier.
Using stamps (we found some sponge Christmas stamps in our local craft shop) and red paint. I let Isabelle loose with the stampers and armed with glitter she went to work to create a great piece of Christmas Wrapping Paper.
We have stashed this away to use for Daddy’s Christmas present and will finish it off with some matching red ribbon.
Pinterest has been a massive inspiration for lots of things, especially craft ideas to do with my three year old daughter. You can have a look at all the amazing craft ideas that we’ve come across on our Crafty Kids board whilst also keeping up to date with ‘What’s New’ on the site as well.
Whilst browsing recently I found this great idea for Christmas Cards.
Shivery Snow Paint Snowman Christmas Cards
What you will need:
1 cup of Shaving cream (we used the cheapest we could find)
1 cup of PVA glue
Glitter of your choice
Blank cards and envelopes
Put the glue in the fridge for a while and then mix the glue and the shaving cream together.
Add in the glitter and peppermint essence (not essential). We used our favourite colours, purple and silver and mix again.
Use the paint mixture to draw a snowman (use lots as this will give you a better effect). Using a bigger brush is easier as a smaller brush left marks on the snowman.
Cut out a hat shape from the black card and a carrot nose from the orange card. For the eyes and buttons you could use buttons or cut out the shapes in the card. Alternatively we used little sequins to add some extra colour.
We used A5 coloured card (A4 folded in half) and folded the card in half. We drew half a Christmas Tree with the plant pot base and cut this out so that the tree was symmetrical on both sides.
We then cut these out. Make as many as you like depending on the space you have to string up the bunting.
Then the fun begins. I let my three year old daughter loose with a selection of Christmas stickers, cut-outs and glitter glue. You could of course be more extravagant and use any crafty bits that you have available.
Once complete and dried we hole punched the tops of the trees and hung them up with string. I think they look quite effective and Isabelle was thrilled.
We were sent a Lucky Dip Craft Kit from Mrs Crafty B which I thought would be the perfect start to our Crafty Christmas.
The Lucky Dip Craft Kit is just that. Each kit has a selection of die cut shapes, ribbons and buttons made from upcycled materials and contains a card, envelope and a gift tag. The kits are put together with a random selection which can be used alongside your existing crafting materials. This is what our kit contained.
Isabelle at three years old thought it was so exciting to sort and look through the different shapes, buttons and pieces of ribbon. We did a quick pre-glue run-through of where we were going to put our selected shapes. There was far more in the kit than required which have been saved for another day. Then we got down to the gluing which is Isabelle’s most favourite bit at the moment. The more glue the better is her stance!
We made both a Christmas Card and a Gift Tag which we are still undecided who the lucky recipient is going to be yet.
Crafty B’s Craft Groups take place in and around the Cambridgeshire area for young and old to get crafty over a cuppa and a biscuit providing a welcoming and stimulating environment for all, promoting social interaction and contributing to social inclusion. In particular I love the thought of therapeutic crafting! The groups are self-funded and to keep the groups running you can purchase a Crafty B’s Lucky Dip Craft Kit at the great price of £3.50. Check out the Crafty B’s Blog or Facebook Page for more details. These would definitely make a great Christmas Gift or Stocking Filler.
The Crafty B’s Lucky Dip Craft Kit definitely get’s the thumbs up from us. What do you think?