Add glitter, glue, sugar, excitable children (and adults) and Christmas music, and what do you get?
A mess, obviously, but also some fantastic memories.
Crafting around the table or baking together in the kitchen is a fantastic way to bond, relax and throw off some of the winter blues. So, we rounded up some of the best ideas for Christmas crafts and bakes you and the family can get down to this December:
Not everyone is Martha Stewart or Pinterest-perfect, and that’s okay. Easy, beginner crafts, or those for families with younger children can be just as gorgeous. We love this no-sew Christmas Gnome and this gorgeous Accordion Christmas Tree
If you fancy a bit more of a challenge, or if the kids are a little older, why not give these a try?
All you need are old cards or decorative card, and a circle cutter to make these unusual Christmas Trees. Meanwhile, used Jam or Mason Jars, glue and glitter will give you these candle holders – to be used with battery powered tealights of course.
If a winter walk is on your agenda, can we suggest you pick up some fallen twigs or small branches to turn into these cute ornaments?
Finally, for the expert crafters among you, shout about your talent, by hanging one of these striking wreaths on your front door – we guarantee you’ll be the envy of the neighbourhood.
Christmas gifts and cards
Handmade Christmas cards and gifts show you really care and make great keepsakes to the lucky recipient.
Whatever your skill levels, there are some fantastic card designs out there: these ones are perfect for you and the kids whilst these Ribbon Bows couldn’t be easier, but look so effective. What about these paper doll ones?
Meanwhile, whether you’re looking for a Stocking Filler or a Secret Santa present, you can’t go wrong with a little home-made magic. Give them the gift of a pamper with these sugar scrubs and bath bombs
Elf on the Shelf Ideas
Time for a break from the crafting, before the sugar-fest begins. Have you succumbed to the Elf on the Shelf tradition? If so, we feel for you, finding new and interesting things for the little tinker to do. But Good Housekeeping have got you covered with some inventive ideas.
Meanwhile, if the Elf doesn’t visit your house, or if you want to bring some new traditions into your family, why not look at this?
It’s widely known and accepted that Christmas isn’t Christmas without lashings of sugar – and we encourage you to head to the kitchen to whip up some of these treats: Snowman Hot Chocolate Bombs (*these also make lovely thoughtful gifts*), Spiced Gingerbread Cupcakes, Bailey’s Chocolate Tiffin (don’t forget, one of the bowl and one for the cook!). These melt in the mouth (and super-easy) Shortbread Cookies are sure to impress, whilst this no-bake Reindeer Cheesecake is just crying out for centre spot on your table.
Lastly, is it even Christmas if the house isn’t filled with the scent of mulled wine? Make this and put your feet up; we reckon you’ve earned it!
They made it – you enjoy it
If baking from scratch isn’t for you, but you’re still partial to a bit of Christmas sugar, we don’t blame you. This Gingerbread House kit is perfect! Waitrose have got your ready-to-bake Christmas Cake good to go. Maybe you’re more partial to Christmas Tree Brownies, or these fab Christmas Eve cookies which, we’re sure, you could enjoy at any time.
Whichever craft or bake you choose, we’re sure you’ll have a fantastic time – and we’d love to see the pictures!