Simple Christmas tree card

Simple Christmas tree card

Simple handmade Christmas tree card

Christmas is right around the corner and we’re officially at the stage where we make and post our Christmas cards! My son and I wanted to share this little design with you because it’s so simple but looks adorable too. We’ve been making these since he was tiny, I used to help him with the tricky bits but now he’s all grown up he barely even asks for my help. It’s amazing how fast he is growing and gaining independence. Sometimes I wish time would slow down a little but I’m so super proud of him! His little Christmas tree card designs really are adorable and we can’t wait to share them with loved ones.

Here’s what we used

  • White paper
  • Red card
  • Coloured markers
  • Decorations (we used sequins and buttons!)
  • Scissors
  • Glue

How to make our super simple Christmas tree cards.

To make our cards we did our design on white paper and then mounted it on to card but drawing straight on card looks fab too! Take a green marker and starting at the center near the top of your card draw a gradually snaking line downwards, getting wider as you near the bottom.

Cut out a star shape and glue it in place at the top of your tree line.

Simple handmade Christmas tree card

Add some colourful decorations all along the tree line. Then take a marker and add a little stump at the bottom of the tree.

Simple handmade Christmas tree card

We finished off by mounting our design onto some red card. Dont they look adorable? So simple too!

Wrapping Paper christmas card

Wrapping Paper christmas card

I love sitting down with a festive movie and wrapping up the Christmas presents, Unfortunately I’m not very good at it. I always end up with random pieces left over here and there and no idea what to do with them. It makes me think of my late great gran who every year used to meticulously open her presents so she didn’t damage the Paper. She’d then iron it out and pop it in the cupboard to reuse the next year, waste not want not! Which is exactly what led us to making this super cute wrapping paper Christmas card design.

Here’s what we used

  • Card
  • Wrapping paper offcuts
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Glue

How to make this wrapping paper Christmas card

First start by making the shape of the card you want to make, for this one we folded an A5 peice of card and trimmed it into a square.

Take the wrapping paper and cut out the shape of the present, we chose a square to match the card. Glue it down on the front of your Christmas card.

Take two lengths of ribbon and cut one to the length of the wrapping paper and one to width of the wrapping paper. Glue the strips down centrally across the presents to make a plus sign.

Take another length of ribbon and tie it into a bow. I will be uploading some videos on how to tie bows but for now there are some excellent videos on YouTube if you need some help. Glue the bow in place at the top of the present, then add a special message if desired and the card is finished! Aren’t these cute? Such a fun way to use up old wrapping paper.

Here are some more crafts that you might enjoy

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Paper plate melted snowman

Clay lollipop Christmas ornaments

Paper plate melted snowman

Paper plate melted snowman

Winter is well on it’s way and the weather is certainly getting colder. The last couple of nights I’ve found myself waking up to put the heating on and wearing a pair of socks to bed! Some parts of the UK have even seen snow over the last few days. I do love snow, it looks beautiful and it’s so much fun to play in, we love snowball fights, building snowmen and tobogganing – there are some great hills around here. However, we live in a small village in the middle of nowhere so its not the most practical! My son is desperate for a white Christmas and with the weather being like it is at the moment it definitely seems like it could be possible. Maybe it’s time for us to stock up the food cupboards in case we get snowed in! All this talk about snow is what what inspired today’s craft, this wobbly paper plate melted snowman. Isn’t he fun?

Here’s what we used

How to make our wobbly paper plate snowman craft

To give the snowman that melted look, take a pair of scissors and trim around the edge of the paper plate to create a wavy pattern.

Cut out a circle for the snowman’s face (we cut ours from a second plate), then make a spring so that it can be attached.  To make the spring all you need to do is cut out two equal strips of paper and glue them at a right angle. Take turns folding one strip over the other and once you reach the end glue the two loose ends together.

Give the snowman a face by gluing on two round eyes, a mouth and a carrot shaped nose.

Glue one end of the spring to the center of the paper plate and then the snowman head to the remaining end. Cut out two twiggy arms and glue one either side of the snowman’s head.

Finish off the adorable plate snowman by adding any extra melted decorations; we added a top hat, some buttons and some mittens. Leave to dry and your snowman is finished!

Paper roll Santa

Paper roll Santa

Paper roll father Christmas santa christmas craft for kids

After the success of our gorgeous little paper roll elves we wanted to follow up with another paper roll craft and who better than the big guy himself! Today marks the first day of opening the advent calendars and for my kids the countdown to Christmas has now officially began.

My little girl is too young to really understand, she just knows that something fun is happening with all the decorations and crafts. My son though is super excited. Every morning when he wakes up and every night before he goes to sleep he asks how many days it is until Christmas. Every day we make a new decoration to display around the house. Our house is pretty small so I image that by the time Christmas arrives it will look like Santa’s grotto! It’s a shame that we won’t be able to have our family around this Christmas but it’s a decision that we have made as a family and we will still do everything possible to ensure the kids have a great day. What are your plans this Christmas?

Here’s what we used

  • Empty toilet paper roll
  • Coloured crafting paper (red, white, black, yellow)
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Eye stickers (optional)
  • Markers

How to make our paper roll Santa

First you’ll want to start by colouring the paper roll, you could use paints, pens or cut out and glue paper strips around the roll like we did – whatever is easiest for your little one! make 1/3 of the paper roll skin colour and the other 2/3rds Santa red!

Next it’s time to make the cone shaped Santa hat. Cut out a triangle with a rounded bottom edge, roll it around into a cone and glue. Cut off any excess.

Now we need to give the paper roll Santa a face! Cut out a u shaped beard and a moustache – this part can be a bit fiddly and might need a grown up to help. Once you have these pieces glue them down in place on the Santa’s face. Then add two eyes, a nose and a mouth.

Add some decoration bits to your Santa. We added a white Pom Pom to the top of the hat and a white rim around the bottom of the hat. We then added a long black strip for the belt and a hollow square for the belt buckle.

To make the Santa’s legs and arms you will need to make four paper springs. To make a spring take two thin strips of paper and glue them together at a right angle. Take turns folding each paper strip over the other one, once you reach the end glue the loose ends down together. Repeat this process until you have four paper springs.

Nearly finished! Take some black card and cut out two boots and two mitten shapes. Glue a spring onto the back of each of the mittens and boots. Then glue the other ends of the spring in place as arms and legs on the paper roll.

Pop the hat in place on the top of the Santa’s head and the paper roll Santa is finished! I just love these!

Paper plate Christmas pudding

Paper plate Christmas pudding

With my children being 4 and 1 the difference in their crafting abilities is pretty wide. For example my eldest has mastered using scissors now but the idea of my little girl anywhere near a pair of scissors makes me very, very nervous! Though as they have got older and started to really play together they always want to make the same things as the other. With that in mind we usually leave the more difficult crafts for when my girl is napping and keep the simpler ones to do together so that no one is left out.

This cute little paper plate Christmas pudding craft was just perfect to do together! My son was able to make his independently whilst I sat nearby and my daughter was able to use it as a fun Painting and sticking craft with me doing the cutting out for her and don’t they just look adorable?!

Here’s what we used

  • Paper plates
  • Light and dark brown paints
  • Green paper
  • Red pom poms
  • Scissors
  • Glue

How to make our paper plate Christmas pudding

Start by colouring In your Christmas pudding! Coat the paper plate in brown paint and then  help little one to make light brown splodges by either using a brush or fingerprinting.

Take the second paper plate and near the halfway line cut out the wavy shape of the icing. Glue the icing plate down matched up with the edge of the pudding plate.

Cut out two green holly leaves and glue them in place at the top of the icing.

Paper plate Christmas pudding craft for kids

Take some pom poms and glue them down in place at the centre of the leaves to make the holly berries.

Add any extra optional decorations and the adorable paper plate Christmas pudding is finished!