My favourite Christmas crafts

Christmas can be very expensive.

Go ahead, set yourself a budget, promise to make cut backs this year but I guarantee that it won't happen. Once you are easily sucked into the festive atmosphere and excitement hits all sensible plans fly out the window.

Here are a few of my favourite Christmas crafts which are fun, affordable and EASY!

1. Christmas Tree Pine Cones

You will need:

  • Pine cones

  • Craft paint

  • Brush

  • Craft glue

  • Glitter

  • Small terracotta pots or similar

  • Aluminum stars

First of all, head outside, get yourself some fresh autumn air and collect a handful of pine cones. Once you are happy with your selection make sure you carefully wash them in soapy water to remove any dirt or critters. You may notice that these close but leave them to dry on newspaper for one or two days and you will see that they will re-open and shape up.

Whilst waiting for the pine cones to dry start by painting your terracotta pots your chosen colour. I have gone for a light colour.

Next paint the tip of each scale on the pine cones green.

Once the paint has dried, put a thin line of glue on the edge of the scales of the cone. Use the glitter to sprinkle onto the glue to make it look like it has been dusted by frost. Remember, glitters goes everywhere!

Once dried, pop your pine cones into their pots and finish with a star. If your a keen crafter make your stars using tin foil.

2. Melted Snowman Treats

With the run up to Christmas you will probably be run off your feet Christmas shopping and seeing friends and family to celebrate the festive season. These treats are a great idea if you want to take a

First you need to make the biscuits, find a recipe from BBC here or you could use a gingerbread recipe. Obviously you don't need to follow the decorating on the BBC recipe as we are going to explain how to get the melted snowman.

For the decorating you will need:

  • white marshmallows

  • icing pen

  • icing sugar

  • smarties

First you will need to draw faces onto your marshmallows and make the snowman come alive! I used black pen for the eyes and mouth and pink pen for the noses.

Next make your icing. The consistency should be runny but thick enough to spread on the biscuit. Spread on the biscuit to give a melted effect.

Add your snowman faces straight away and wait for the icing to set. Use 3 smarties to create the buttons.

Set aside for the icing to set. Once hard, use the black icing pen to draw on the arms.

Now ENJOY

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