Two super easy Christmas crafts

Last weekend I knew that Jared would be away in London, so I planned a day of crafts and headed to Hobbycraft to pick up some supplies. We’ve found recently that the boys always want to stay at home and play, or do crafts on a Saturday. It’s really nice, and I enjoy it up until about 4pm when we all start to go a little crazy (!) The day didn’t exactly go to plan as Jasper ended up being in hospital for most of Friday due to a nasty virus (he’s much better now), but on Sunday afternoon (and for part of Saturday) we got busy, and Winston especially loved it.

I’m trying to be really ahead of the game more and more each Christmas, because I love enjoying the festive season knowing all my gifts are bought and wrapped. Then I can focus on our annual family ‘do good’ project. It’s such a nice feeling knowing that I can shift my focus, and not worry about anything.

Here is what we got up to:

Fingerprint Christmas cards

Win and I scoured Pinterest for some ideas to make Christmas cards and we came across so many lovely fingerprint designs. They are so sweet and so simple to make. I had a stash of plain white cards and envelopes, which I think were around £2.00 for 10. Some of the designs needed a short second session of painting, and I am so happy with the results. My favourite is definitely the string of fairy lights.

Air dry clay

Air dry is so fantastic and easy to use. It’s as easy as making biscuits with cutters, and perfect for young children. They may need a little help rolling it out (just make sure that the surface is squeaky clean), and the results are really satisfying. It’s available in terracotta and white. We kept it simple and opted for white (perfect for painting too). Cut out your designs and simply wait for them to dry (around 24 hours). Remember to pierce a hole if you plan to hang them.

Others crafts I want to try with them over the festive period include: cranberry and popcorn garlands, dried oranges and making a Christingle. Hopefully they will make our home smell amazing too!

E xx

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7 Comments

  1. Hannah Flinn
    19th November 2018 / 8:57 pm

    Love the cards Esther!

    • Esther
      Author
      19th November 2018 / 10:58 pm

      Thanks Han! Even better that they work out at 20p per card. Haha! x

  2. 19th November 2018 / 9:05 pm

    Great ideas. I am trying to get organised too… I want to be able to do stuff like this and the usual service and Christmas activities through December without worrying about what still needs to be bough x

    • Esther
      Author
      19th November 2018 / 11:00 pm

      It is so much better than doing everything last minute! I love it! Jared does not share my desire for early shopping though! x

  3. Kathryn
    20th November 2018 / 7:20 pm

    How did you get them to be so neat?? 😍 They look great.

    • Esther
      Author
      26th November 2018 / 9:14 pm

      Rufus and Otto barely did any…and Win is a total perfectionist (!) – along with a little help from me! xx

  4. 1st December 2018 / 8:28 pm

    These are such gorgeous cards Esther, and so lovely that they’ve been homemade. Do you draw the pen bits first and then do the fingerprints? Love the air dry clay too, I must try this with the boys! A x

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