I love to craft with my children and since Little Sis started nursery two mornings a week those times are quickly becoming craft time with my 3 year old. He loves to craft but it’s difficult to juggle two children with different needs and abilities so now we take our opportunities by planning in advance! We spent this morning making fun glitter tree cards. They were so simple; cut out a Christmas tree shape from a piece of card, place over a sheet of paper, glue liberally and sprinkle with glitter. Oh my.
It was the first time we had ever used glitter at home and will definitely be the last! It’s every where! The end result is pretty cute though
The idea came from Christmas Crafting by Catherine Woram which I was sent to review. The book contains 35 projects for the home and for giving over 5 chapters: decorations, table settings, cards, giftwrap & labels; edible gifts and for children.
The projects are lovely and some will make it to the top of our Christmas crafting list! I really want to see how my son gets on with paper snowflakes. After that these cute snow globes are a must and something I’ve always wanted to make.
These felt cone reindeer are pretty fun too!
I love the red and white theme which runs through the book although there are plenty of other colour combinations too, the table settings section feature lots of ideas. We’ll be sticking with red and white this year as I think it looks really festive. How many days do I have left to get creating?
Christmas Crafting by Catherine Woram is published by CICO Books, and is available from all good bookshops or call 01256 302699.
We had the most wonderful time at Westfield Stratford City today where we were invited to a very special storytelling session of The Gruffalo. The children were sitting quite happily and listening really well.
And then the special guest turned up! My children’s faces were priceless They both love The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s Child so it was a real treat for them to meet him. We even managed to squeeze into a photobooth with him for a cheeky snap.
The event was organised by Save the Children in their pop up shop at Westfield Stratford City. For the first time, Save the Children will be offering people an opportunity to immerse themselves fully in the Christmas Jumper experience. Woolly Wonderland is set to be a top-to-toe knitted space perfect to cosy up in for story-telling and craft workshops; it even includes a photo booth to capture guests in their festive finery. A host of experts will be on hand to jazz up last year’s festive knits or demonstrate how to create one from scratch – plus some special guests and activities to keep the whole family entertained.
Dick & Dom will be hosting storytelling sessions – and even The Gruffalo and Elmer in the Snow will be stopping by to help the whole family get into the festive spirit with story-telling, giveaways and fun activities.
Alternatively, shoppers can join knitting supremos Debbie Bliss, Sue Stratford or the team from Wool and the Gang for a festive knitter natter as they share insider craft tips and run through essential knitting know-how.
To take part in Save the Children’s Woolly Wonderland, bring your Christmas Jumper and your imagination down to Westfield Stratford from 5-13 December. To sign up for a specific workshop visit www.christmasjumperday.org/woollywonderland. Wear your jumper on Christmas Jumper Day on 13 December and donate £1 to Save the Children at www.christmasjumperday.org
Have a plethora of toilet rolls in your house? We seem to go through lots so are always on the look out for some crafts to help use them up. Our latest one is very seasonal – toilet roll angels!
The great thing about toilet roll crafts is that they come together really easily. The first step was to paint them silver and when they were dry we added a face. We drew around both children’s hands on to white paper, then cut them out and sellotaped them to the back of the toilet roll. We added a small halo from a pipe cleaner too.
The small hands of Little Sis
The larger hands of Big Brother
What do you think? I’m quite proud of them!