Whether you’re looking for a fun activity for the afternoon or are in need of personalised gift inspirations, arts and crafts are the ideal go-to solution. With minimal materials and a little imagination the possibilities are endless!
Get to work fast and there’s still time to make your own Christmas cards. Nothing quite adds the personal touch and makes a lasting impression like a handmade card. Get creative with felt shapes glued onto A6 card for a crafty Christmas tree design, embellish with sequins, buttons or ribbon for added festive cheer (depending upon what’s in your craft drawer!). If you’re looking for a family card, how about each adding a fingerprint, from oldest to youngest, then add antlers, eyes and bright red noses to create an adorable family of reindeer? Alternatively each person picks a different coloured paint, adds several finger prints each to the card to be joined together with a fine black pen = a string of Christmas lights full of love and sparkle.
Everyone has room for at least one more decoration, especially if it is hand made with love. Salt dough or modelling clay is an ideal medium to spark your creativity. If you have any babies or young children in your family, then hand or foot prints make an adorable template which can later be decorated as snowmen/Santa/Christmas trees. Alternatively biscuit cutters are much less wiggly and available in an abundant variety of festive shapes. Remember to pierce a small hole at the top if you plan to attach ribbon for hanging on the tree. Once dry, finish off the decoration with paint and a little glitter always adds glamour.
Join the latest Social Media craze of ‘Rocks’ to help spread some festive cheer. Many towns have their own page where locals paint a small rock and hide it for others to find, post to the Facebook page, and then re-hide. It’s guaranteed to add some extra unexpected cheer to a crisp winter walk and always wonderful to follow your rock on social media it gets re-hidden. If you don’t have any spare rocks in your garden, they can be purchased from garden centres and either painted and varnished (PVA glue works equally well) or Sharpie pens are great for a more detailed design. The only thing to avoid is embellishments such as glitter and ‘googly eyes’ as they may fall off and prove damaging to the environment, other than this let your imagination run free!