Each year I try to find time to make some Christmas ornaments together with my kids. It’s kind of tradition. Once we made ornaments out of citrus fruits, but mostly, we make ornaments out of dough. But I really didn’t like the salt dough most people recommend. The shapes would not be clean and the colors weren’t what I wanted. So, I tried a white dough, which only needed three ingredients and they really turned out amazing! Exactly like I wanted them to. Here is how we made them…
For the white Christmas ornaments you will need:
– white dough
– ribbon (I used a red one with white dots)
– snowflake cookie cutter (or whatever shape you like more)
– plastic straw for making the holes
– baking paper
– sealer (optional, I used a spray sealer)
To make the white dough you will need these easy to find ingredients:
– half cup cornstarch
– one cup baking soda
– 3/4 cup water
– 1/3 cup glitter (or more if you want) – optional
– damp paper of fabric towel
How to make the white ornament dough:
To make the dough, just take a pot and mix the cornstarch with the baking soda and the glitter. Add the water and stir the mixture until you will have a smooth but still runny cream. Take the pot and put it on your stove on low to medium heat and stir all of the time. As you stir and time passes, the mixture will start to get thicker.
As soon as it resembles a dough consistancy (more like mashed potatoes) take the pot from the heat and cover it with a damp fabric or paper towel.
Wait 10 to 20 minutes (or more) until it has cooled down. When it has cooled you can take the dough and knead it until it becomes a smooth, soft dough. Now you can roll it out (I lined some baking paper on my working surface) and cut out your snowflakes (or whichever shape you chose).
Don’t roll it out too thin or your diy christmas ornaments will break easily, but don’t make them too thick either, since they will take longer to dry and they could also break easier because of that. 1/4′ thick should be good.
Make holes using the straw. Transfer the snowflake ornaments to a pan which lined with some baking paper.
Now it’s time for drying. You can either let them over night air dry (as I did) or maybe you could try drying them in the oven on low temperature for a couple of hours (didn’t try this, so I don’t know for sure!). As they dry, you will need to carefully turn them over from time to time.
Once they are dried you can use fine sanding paper to smooth out the edges and you and your kids can paint them, stamp them or leave them white as they are like I did and you can add a sealer to make them more resistant.
You can find lots of videos or step by step photo tutorials on how to make this white clay online if you want to do more research.
My kids painted them and added their own ribbons and used theirs as gift tags for their Christmas presents, as well as for decorating their cookie treat bags we would left out for Santa!
Add the ribbon you like and there you have your very own Christmas ornaments!
As I love red and white Christmas decorations, I bought some red and white christmas balls for our tree and these white snowflake ornaments with the red ribbon are just perfect. The white snowflakes with the red ribbon make a great contrast and they look great on the tree!! I think this year, after making these wonderful foam glitter photo ornaments, I will make some of the other ideas I found on Pinterest as well, using the same recipe. I would really love to make some of these angel ornaments with my kids! Aren’t they cute?
We continue making some Christmas crafts. One of my favorites each year is to make ornaments. We have made ornaments out of citrus fruits and out of clay in the past, so this year I wanted to do some photo ornaments. They needed to be easy and cheap, since we wanted to make a lot. I want them to be gifts for grandparents and friends, as well as for children from our kindergarten.
I searched online and tried a few things. The idea I finally chose was to make some easy foam glitter photo ornaments!
So here is what you need to make them:
Foam glitter sheets. I chose white ones, but you can pick any color you think will go with your tree! I think silver, gold, red or green glitter foam sheets would be great choices, too!
Your frame template (you can find a lot of frame templates online and just choose what you like most. A bubble ornament shape, rectangles, ovals, stars, hearts or one like I used – you can find it here – are all great ideas). You can make one by yourself, too, by drawing it on cardstock or by even using different sized cookie cutters as a guide.
Silicon glue gun
Scissors (or craft knife), pencil and ruler
Your favorite photos, printed dimensions 6×4,5 cm (height x width)
To make them:
First adjust your template so it will be the size of your choosing (and capable of framing your photos). I made mine so they would suit my 6×4,5 cm photos. Next, print out your templates on cardstock. You can print two templates – one to make your frame and the other to leave without cutting out the inner shape.
Now it’s time for the glitter foam (I love that stuff!).
Using your template, pencil, scissors and ruler, cut out two pieces, one frame and one back side for each photo. To cut the inside piece, I used the knife to make a “x” first, so it was easier to use the scissors afterwards.
Using your hot glue gun, glue your ribbon to the non-glitter side of your back side piece. Next, glue your photo onto the same non-glitter back side piece. Finally, put some hot glue on the back of your frame piece and glue it onto the back side piece, so you will end up with a frame that both front and back is glittery.
Let it dry, cut off any excesses, remove any silicon residue and your beautiful Christmas ornament is ready to be given away or hung on your tree and bring joy!
I really loved how they turned out and they look so great on our tree! The kids loved them, too, as they got to choose their photos and hang them on the tree and they are really easy to make! I used black and white photos as well as colored ones and they all look gorgeous. You could also add some decorations to the frames and make them even more fun!
Try making them for loved ones or just to add to your family Christmas craft traditions! They will make a wonderful keepsake for many many years!!!
Every year as December begins, we prepare advent calendars for our kids. Sometimes we take the easy road and get some of those chocolate count down calendars as well, what can I say!
It has become kind of a family tradition to make a book advent calendar. It’s easy and kind of inexpensive, since we use a lot of loved and treasured books as well as a few new ones. I also include some Christmas activity books and even a Christmas Recipe booklet for kids – we will be making a lot of cookies I can tell you! You just wrap the books up and number them and open one book each day! It’s super fun and the kids really love it!! And so do I to be honest!!
The other advent calendar we made this year was my husband’s idea and he did all the work! He used cardboard and toilet paper tubes to make it! In each tube he placed a couple of treats, chocolates mostly, and a small piece of paper. On the paper he added a variety of “coupons” and activity suggestions that we can do on that day. The first was to decorate the actual calendar! We have coupons to watch a movie, make some DIY ornaments, bake Christmas cookies, sleep all together in the big bed, make some Christmas crafts and so on. The kids are really excited and can’t wait to open all of the surprises!
These calendars are really easy to make and all you need is some inspiration and to put love into them! Here are some other ideas to make DIY Advent Calendars, there is still time!!!
There is still time to make this treat as a nice gift for any child. This year, I made some cookie sleighs! You can involve your little ones like I did, by giving them some cookie dough to make the cookies with cookie cutters or let them help with the festive decoration or fill the sleighs with goodies!
You will need:
Your favorite sugar cookie or gingerbread recipe, or use mine
Sleigh cookie cutters or a template. I will give the link to that at the end of the post.
Your favorite icing, or use mine
Decorations such as colorful sprinkles
Food coloring (optional)
Little treats to put into the sleighs
Eggless cookie recipe:
I used my favorite cookie recipe which is egg-less:
– 370 g flour
– 165 g sugar which has been through the food processor or blender
– ¼ teaspoon salt
– 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
– 225 g butter, cold
– 30 g cream cheese
In a large bowl, mix the first four ingredients. Now add little by little the butter and knead with your hand. It will be a crumbled mix first. When you have added all the butter, mix in the cream cheese. Now, part the dough into two and wrap in clear wrap foil. Chill the dough for about half an hour. Roll the dough out as thin or thick as you like and cut out your cookies either with cookie cutters or using the template for the sleigh (which you can find here)
Put the cookies on a backing paper lined baking tray. Bake in a preheated oven for about 180 degrees C for about 8-10 minutes, until their light brown. Let them cool completely before decorating the cookies or assembling the sleigh.
This recipe is quite healthy, just as I want my kids’ snacks to be!
For icing I used my recipe, but any icing you would like is fine. Even store-bought is great, as long as it is usable as “glue” for the cookies. My recipe is a little runny, so it was a little troublesome to assemble the sleigh. Maybe using some other recipe is better, but I like mine since it has no raw eggs.
My favorite icing recipe:
– 5-6 tablespoons of meringue powder (I buy meringues and powder it in the blender)
– 250 g confectioners sugar
– About half a cup of water
Use your stand mixer to mix all the ingredients, but add the water little by little to see how much it will take to have a thick icing. Thickness is crucial for using as glue, while thinner icing is used for decorating. If it gets too thin, use more meringue powder or confectioners sugar.
I assembled first and then decorated the cookies. It may not be the best idea if you want to make some more fancy decorations. I am a simple girl, so my décor is simple, too J
Steps to assemble the christmas cookie santa sleighs:
Step 1: Let your pieces cool down completely
Step 2: Put some icing on the bottom of the sides pieces and glue the to the bottom piece. Hold for as long as necessary until they stay in place. Let it dry for at least half an hour.
Step 3: Put some glue on the three sides of the last pieces and slide them to the front and the back of the sleigh. They should be glued with a slight angle, so there will be more space for the candy. Keep them in place for 1-2 minutes and add icing if needed to close any gaps. Let it dry for at least 1 hour.
Step 4: Turn the sleigh upside down and glue on the two candy canes which you will have unwrapped before. Let it dry for half an hour and turn it on the correct side. Let it dry a little longer to be sure. I recommend putting the sleigh on a piece of cardboard for secure transportation.
Step 5: Decorate in any way you want. Let it dry and put in some candy.
Step 6: If you want, wrap it up and ready is your gift!
The template I found at Lila Loa, here. You will find also great step by step instruction to make their beautiful sleighs if you have the talent!
Here another photo with a cute idea:
Have fun making these!!! I wish to each and every one of you a Merry Christmas! Enjoy these happy season to the fullest!
We have been busy the last days, since Christmas is on our doorstep! One of the craft we did was making some Christmas people out of cardboard paper tubes! Those are so versatile, I did never thing about them that way.
You can use whatever tubes you can find, from paper towel rolls to toilet paper rolls everything goes. We also used some googly eyes, but you can paint the eyes on. So, you’ll need, other than the tubes and colored paper, glue and scissors and maybe some items for decoration.
When you’ve decided what you want to make, measure the paper and cut it the length of the tube. Then put some glue on the tube and wrap it with the paper. If you don’t have colored paper, just paint on some plain white paper. Or you can paint directly on the tube or even use it as it is.
The tubes can also be used to create wreaths or ornaments and some even use them as gift tags, napkin holders or treat or gift boxes; when they are beautiful crafted and decorated that is.
This beautiful wreath is easy to make. Who could imagine what you used for them?
If you take just one of those “flowers” and use some glitter, they can become ornaments for your tree!
Here are some instructions on how to make little santas to use as gift tags or ornaments, even to hold some treat or gift themselves. You can see also a little gift package out of a plain tube tied beautifully with a ribbon. Aren’t they just adorable??? And they are so simple to make!!!
And finally!!! My son’s creations with a little help from me cutting the paper pieces.
Here I am again with my dried fruits! I already have written about dried fruits ornaments and flowers made out of citrus peels. What can I say, I just love the look of them and how easy they are to make! Did you know that you can use apples and pears as well as citrus fruits? And some people cover the slices after drying with clear craft varnish or decoupage glue, to keep them for a long time.
You can use the dried fruit for making a beautiful christmas wreaths and spiced, with cinnamon or cloves, ornaments. Those dried fruits are great additions to garlands and they smell beautifully! I really suggest to dry them on the radiators now that it is winter. That way you save money from burning your oven.
This one was shared by a close friend of mine and her kids! They did a wonderful job, I can tell you that! Thank you so much for sharing!!! We can’t wait to make some craft together, soon!
So, it is quite simple to make the penguins and a lot of fun, too!!! You will need stuff that you will have probably already in your house:
– Black cardboard or paper for the pinguin’s body
– White cardboard or paper for the eyes and belly
– Orange cardboard or paper for the nose
– Other colors of cardboard or paper and yarn if you’d like to add some more details
– Paper glue
– A black or other color marker for the eyes
– A pencil for tracing, if you need to
To get started, you’ll need to cut out of the black cardboard the pinguin’s body and cut out two holes for the fingers. The shape of the pinguin’s body is quite simple, you will not have any trouble with it, but if you want, first trace the shape of the body with a pencil and then cut it out Out of the white cardboard cut some oval eyes and the belly, like shown in the image. Also, cut a small triangle out of the orange cardboard.
Now, you can glue all elements on the pinguin’s body. You can make him take on any expression you can think off.
Now, take the marker and draw some details on the eyes to make your penguin alive, and ready you are to begin playing with them!!!
You could also add some other decorations to them, if you would like to. A scarf, a hat or funny hairs out of yarn, would be a funny addition, don’t you think?
This idea is just beautiful, especially as a gift for the grandparents. It has some work involved, though, but I guess it is worth the effort!
I guess you could make it somewhat more long-lasting, like covering it with some self-adhesive foil? I don’t really know.
Anyway, you will need some 12×12 kraft cardstock, glue, a scissor, patterned papers, photos and embellishments.
Fold the cardstock four ways and draw a half heart and then cut it out. This you will need to do two times, so in the end you will have 4 hearts. The next step is to make hearts out of the patterned papers, using the cardboard hearts as a base. Then, glue the cardboard hearts together, so you will have a 3D heart. Now you can glue the patterned papers onto the cardboard hearts. Finally, decorate your pages with photos, dried flowers, whatever you think would look nice and are worth being there or are telling a story. Now you could ( Note: this is just an idea that I thought of, I haven’t tried it or seen it!!!) use self-adhesive foil in order for the album to become longer lasting.
Here is such a great idea for handmade Christmas gifts!!! Make your own snow globe, even with a picture in it! Isn’t it the perfect gift for the grandparents or to put on your desk? I love this idea! The kids can help choosing the items to put inside and the colour of the glitter! I am sure going to make some of these! This will be fun!
All you need are some jars with lids that it seals good. You can use any jar you have in the house, any size, any width.
Then you will need some water-resistant items, like from plastic etc. that will fit easily in your jar.
You can even laminate a picture and put use that as decoration! Make sure you have a tied lamination, so they will not be penetrated by water.
Next you will need some water-resistant glue.
Glue the items on the jar lid, taking care to leave room, so that you can screw the lid easily.
Let the glue dry and check that everything sticks to its place. Next, fill the jar almost to the top with water.
You can add (optional) some glycerine or baby oil, too. Add glitter or artificial snow.
Now, screw the lid tightly on the jar. You can glue it or put some insulating tape around the lid, but keep in mind that you will not be able to open it if you want to make some corrections or change the water.
Now, decorate the jar – even paint on it – and you are ready!