How to make reindeer biscuits from a Gingerbread man cutter
I bet you didn’t know what you get if you turn a gingerbread man upside down (and no, it’s not a smutty joke.) I didn’t either until I was cruising pinterest one day. Invert a gingerbread man and you get a very convincing reindeer cookie. Allow me to demonstrate.
First, you will need some gingerbread men. Although I made a dozen ginger-free men.
Once your men are baked and cooled, turn them upside down. The head is still the head, it’s just at the bottom of your biscuit, rather than the top. The two arms will be ears, which leaves the torso and legs to become antlers. Making sense yet?
Getting into the Advent spirit
A couple of you will know that for the last month or so I have been working on a calendar for the kids! I’m a bit sick of the chocolate ones which just hype up the kids… and my kids don’t need hyping!
I also wanted to fill it with little things that represent the season more than chocolate! Add to that the fact that this is going to be the tightest Christmas financially ever due to surprise number 3 we are looking at ways to save!
Christmas is such a wonderful time for making things and my head has been buzzing with ideas for projects recently – I just wish we had the time to do them all, but it’s also the busiest time of year for Artful Kids, with lots of orders to fulfil, so time is frustratingly in shorter supply than usual. To make sure that I squeeze in some time for creating, two things tend to slip – housework (that’s my excuse anyway) and browsing online 😦
Our latest project has been making some ‘Snow Paper’ – a really simple thing to do, with lots and lots of different uses afterwards…
Christmas Crafty Bits Part 2 – Snowscene Shoebox
I’ve been busy making a snowscene in a shoebox with The Princess! I enjoy making things with her that I remember having fun doing when I was her age. This is a great way to recycle old Christmas cards too!
Firstly, line the shoebox with pretty landscapes from Christmas cards. Cut out animals, trees, santas, etc, leaving a flap at the bottom to fold so they can stand up…
Paper chain advent calendar
Cut strips of paper out long enough to be able to loop over and either glue or staple to make a link. Write (or have your child write) the number 1 on the first link.
Each day, add another link to the chain with the corresponding date number.advent chain. It will grow longer and longer as you go from December 1 to 25!
Alternatively, you can make and hang the whole chain with 25 numbers, and remove one each day so that the chain gets shorter as you count down.
Simple and easy for all ages!
I’ll be doing a ‘Creating Christmas’ post on Mondays between now and the day itself starting in a week or so, but the linky is open now so feel free to link up any posts you already have, to help me out – your ideas might just work their way into my Christmas plans. You can stop by each week to join in, or you can visit my Creating Christmas page by clicking on the link at the top of the page. Posts can be new or old as long as they are relevant, and feel free to add as many as you like!
Twinkle Toes! Sequin Christmas Stocking Tutorial
The first day of my Advent calendar is open, and it’s officially time for some Christmas sparkle, The Twinkle Toes Christmas Stocking!
I did a little Christmas happy dance when I made this, I love it so much.
To make your sequin stocking read on.
wishing on a star…
so earlier in the week @LoveNewBlogs tweeted;
Oi you! Yes you! Know of any newer bloggers that have posted of feeling (or not feeling) Christmassy ? Speak now or forever hold your peace!
this promptly prodded and poked my christmas conscious into action and i swiftly started on the christmas decorations. i posted a photo back to @LoveNewBlogs to which i received this fantastic and rather unexpected response;
@hpmcq WOWSERS! Just seen your Xmas decoration! AMAZING! Yo need to get your bottom over to @lovecraftblogs and show us how to make that! 😉
so here it is, happy christmas x