I have always wanted to make crackers. They look like the kind of activity that looks easy, but is actually really hard. Wrong! They are just really easy. I still didn’t have a clue until I came across this really easy tutorial at CartridgeSave
First of all, we needed some hats. The paper hats that come with crackers are usually miles too big for me, never mind a 2 and 4 year old. So we made coloured paper hats, and decorated them with cut up paper chains.
The tutorial says to use 2 loo rolls, but having my aversion to doing anything with loo rolls, I used the tube from my wrapping paper. Bonus was that I had massive tubes, so the kids have been hassling me to make 264 crackers this week.
We used brown wrapping paper, as it is quite strong, 20cm x 30cm. The kids then decorated one side of the paper with Christmas themed stamps, the ones that I have been hiding since September looking for a good enough reason to brave George with an ink pad.
I handled the joke section. If we left it up to these two, they would have had the worlds dullest knock knock jokes that make no sense. Actually, mine weren’t much better.
The assembling of the cracker was really easy, just don’t forget to score, as per the instructions. We didn’t use the snaps, as these two are scared of their own shadows!
And we finished off with some ribbon. The kids likes the ribbon, I preferred no ribbon. But I’ll let you decide which is better…
I couldn’t even begin to write a tutorial for this, but if you google 3d snowflake, there are hundreds of them. These are so so simple to make, and look amazing! Even if they are huge!
We love making things from paper plates, and Christmas is no different. I cut the inside from two paper plates, and the kids decorated them with different pieces of green paper. Hannah loved using the scissors to cut neat squares, whilst George just tore in to the paper with his hands. We used a red chubby marker for our berries.
This is a tree I made last year, and it has made a reappearance this year. I bought a huge piece of green felt, and cut in to a triangle shape. I could have made it more tree shaped, but I can never cut things like this symmetrically. I then bought a few smaller pieces of other coloured felts, and cut lots of baubles, presents and a star.
The felt sticks to the felt, so the kids can rearrange their tree as often as they want, and leave my tree alone! Brilliant for when you have crawling babies/toddlers and you want a tree without them pulling it over!
Ok, so this isn’t for the kids, but I did steal their pipe cleaners, and they thought these were cute. I ordered 6 bottles of my husbands favourite root beer. Wrapped brown pipe cleaners around for antlers, and added red pom poms and googly eyes.
I saw these cute Santa countdowns on Pinterest, but an artist I am not. So I drew my best version of Santa, and drew some numbered circles on for a beard. The idea is that they glue a cotton wool ball on each day, and his beard will be complete by Christmas!
Last year we bought 24 Christmas books. After Christmas, I put them away, so they are like new this year. I wrapped them all up in white paper, and painted a couple red and black. When assembled, they looked like a snowman! The idea is that they can unwrap a book each day, and the snowman melts away!