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Craft: 3 simple festive crafts

 

Craft: 3 simple festive crafts – a collaboration with Lisa’s Notebook

There’s no better time for quick crafts than in the run-up to Christmas. Whether you’re looking to distract the children for half-an-hour, to make a last-minute gift or for a bit of time out, factor some craft time into your festive agenda. 

This post is a collaboration with Lisa from Lisa’s Notebook. I adore Lisa’s blog. With regular features about gardening, self-care and kid-friendly activities, there is something for everyone. Be sure to check out Lisa’s post and see how she got on with the same crafts.

We chose some crafts from Pinterest – collaborating was a lovely way to motivate each other to do the crafts, rather than just pinning them to our boards. It was also a great way of finding things we might not have picked ourselves. Our theme was ‘nature’ and I love how we interpreted this in different ways. 

The three crafts featured here are:

  • A pine-cone elf
  • Bird feeders
  • Star decorations made from twigs 

Check them out below, then have a look at Lisa’s post to see how her crafts came out. 

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Pinecone elf – 

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This was the first craft I picked. There are many examples over Pintest and by looking at these I decided I wanted to keep my elf simple, to add a jingle-bell to his hat and to have accessories in two colours. 

The fiddliest part was making the hat, but once I found a template it came together quickly enough. The result was very sweet and I think these would make lovely little gifts or table-favours. 

 

You will need:

  • Sheets of felt
  • One pinecone 
  • A wooden ball 
  • Jingle bells
  • A pen to draw on the face
  • A glue gun 

 

Instructions: 

  1. Cut out the hat. There is a great template here which shows you the shape to cut the felt. Stick the hat together using your glue gun and add a jingle bell at the top. 
  2. Cut out the feet and scarf.  
  3. Stick the hat to your wooden ball, then stick the head on to the pine cone. Add the feet and scarf. When everything is dry, draw on the face. 

 

Bird feeders – 

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You will need – 

  • Dry mix: Birdseed, currents, sultanas, oats 
  • Fat. I used vegetable fat. 
  • Cookie cutters laid out on a baking tray. You need open cookie cutters, not the ones with patterns in. 
  • Straws (Paper ones work just fine.) 

 

Instructions –

  1. Measure out your dry ingredients. I used a ratio of 2 parts dry ingredients to one part vegetable fat, so I used 500g of dry ingredients to 250g of vegetable fat. Mix your dry ingredients together in a bowl.
  2. Melt the fat in a saucepan. When it is ready, pour it in with the dry mixture and stir until all the fat is soaked up. This step should be done by an adult. 
  3. Distribute your mixture between the cookie cutters, patting it down with a spoon. 
  4. When you’ve filled your cookie cutters, stick a straw in each one near the top of the cutter. This will form a hole so you can hang up your bird-seed cake when it is set. Leave your bird-seed cakes to set. 
  5. When your bird-seed cake is solid, remove the cookie cutter, tie the string through the hole and hang it on a branch. 

 

Twig star decorations:

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Never again will I judge a craft by the picture on Pinterest. When I saw this, I thought it would make a nice, easy extra. Little did I know how difficult it would be. The tricky part was cutting twigs to equal length and laying them out in a five-pointed star. They move so much that it was like a game of pick-up sticks. I am pleased with my final result and would try this again. 

You will need –

  • Twigs (we picked up longer sticks and branches and cut them to equal length. This should be done by an adult.)
  • A glue gun
  • Raffia or any ribbon or thread to wrap around the centre. 

 

Instructions – 

  1. Cut the twigs to equal length and lay them out in the shape of a five-pointed star. This is easier said than done. My advice is to draw the star out on paper and not overthink the layout. See how it comes together. 
  2. Stick your star together. Before you get the glue-gun out, look at where your twigs overlap and make a plan. I started with the overlaps nearest the bottom and worked up. 
  3. When your star is dry, tie raffia on to the twigs and wrap it around the decoration. This is a very kid-friendly part and you could use all sorts of ribbons and spare bits of thread. 

 

Final thoughts – 

Thanks again to Lisa for joining me in this collaboration. Our nature theme got me outside looking for bits and pieces, and it was lovely to take time out of the busy Christmas schedule for some crafting time. 

Have you tried any of the above crafts? Do you have any favourite Christmas activities? Let me know in the comments below. 

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7 thoughts on “Craft: 3 simple festive crafts

  1. Firstly, thank you so much for asking me to collaborate, Louise, I had such fun. Secondly, OMG, how hard were our crafts! Seriously, it all looked so easy on Pinterest but IRL it was sooooo challenging, haha. I absolutely love your pine cone elf, he’s fab, much better than mine. Clearly I need to search for a hat template next time! And kudos for your bird feeders, I went for a very easy option 🙂 Thank you again, I hope your crafts will take pride of place on your tree this year! x

    Lisa | http://www.lisasnotebook.com

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    1. Those stars. Seriously, how hard can sticking a few twigs together be??! I was pleased with my second effort though and would try them again because I reckon once you got the hang of it you could create some really unique presents.
      It was a real pleasure and I enjoyed it so much. ☺️

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    1. It’s lovely to see how they come out. 🙂 Bird feeders are great to do together. I did these with a Rainbow group once. You will need to melt the fat and wait until it is cool enough for your nephew to mix. Mine seemed to cool quite quickly, especially soaked into all the dry mix, but that’s def the part for adult judgement. x

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  2. I love this collaboration, it is such a fun idea, you and Lisa both did such a good job! Your pinecone Elf is adorable Louise, I love his hat with the bell on, very cute!! The bird feeders are such a nice idea, I love that you used Christmas cookie cutters so the birds can feel festive too, he he! It sounded like the twig stars were tricky, yours turned out really well too! It’s great that you were able to spend some time in nature and get creative, it sounds like a wonderful way to relax. Thanks for sharing, really loved these posts! ❤ xxx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

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    1. I’m glad you enjoyed the posts, Bexa. I must include more craft on my blog. I’m hoping to squeeze a paper-cut snowman into my Blogmas – we’ll see how that goes. 🙂 The elf really is cute. I’m glad I kept him simple. At first I was planning arms and waistcoats and all sorts. Thanks for reading. x

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