Here’s another last-minute easy Christmas craft: capture Christmas in a jar (or an empty ham tin) with a wee wintry diorama. Cluster a few of them together for a snowy forest effect, or pop a lid on for instant snow dome fun. Click through the links below for full how-tos and tutorials:
I love paper snowflake decorations. There is something magic about taking a pair of scissors to a plain sheet of white paper and transforming it into a delicate hand-cut decoration that Rob Ryan might be proud to call his own.
Whether you stick them on brown paper parcels or display them en-masse in your windows, they’re good old-fashioned fun to make. Even when the tree is done and the wreath is on the front door, you can never have too many snowflakes. And they’re a really nice craft to make with the kids while listening to carols or watching Christmas movies (I do love a retro Rankin Bass at this time of year). Here are a few other snowflake ideas and templates that I’ve compiled from Pinterest:
Now here’s another clever collaboration: British paper-cut artist (and Wee Birdy favourite) Rob Ryan and Victorinox. Have a look at the Vitorinox Tomo website: there are some cool interactive things to play with, including free downloadable Rob Ryan stencils (for beginners and advanced) and a lovely interview with the fabulous beardy-one himself:
They’re also running a special Twitter Christmas campaign at the moment. Just tweet someone with a message and #alphabunting and wait a few seconds. Your message will be turned into Rob-Ryan-esque Christmas bunting. Such good fun – have a go now!
Anyone making a gingerbread house for Christmas this year? I would love to make one from scratch because I really love our family’s gingerbread recipe (I think it’s from the Australian Women’s Weekly) but I’m a bit nervous about baking the different pieces to the exact measurements. So I think I’ll use a kit as the base for my first attempt but customise the decorations. What do we think about using Haigh’s chocolate freckles as roof tiles?
I’ve compiled some of my favourite gingerbread houses from Pinterest for inspiration. I’m torn between the traditional European styles with white icing for decoration and the ones pimped out with half a sweet shop. But I absolutely adore the mid-century modern styles that have popped up recently (see below). Such good fun. Look at the incredible Frank Lloyd Wright Falling Water gingerbread house! You can buy the plans for the house here. I would love to make a gingerbread version of Sydney’s Rose Seidler House. Something to plan for next year…