I start to get into Christmas mood when I start to do things: bake Christmas cookies, starting to decorate Christmas decoration and especially creating homemade Christmas cards. I turn on my preferred Christmas music, boil a cup of apple-cinnamon tea and sing along. But to be honest, I am no grinch can get into Christmas mood when pre-selecting Christmas items in January.
Personally I have the best time crafting when in company with kids. I am very flexible: relatives, friends, unknown or my own children.When crafting homemade Christmas cards two things are important to me: no perfectionism and having flexible ways of doing things so that all no matter how versatile or talented can have fun doing. Our Christmas card decoration is festive and reduced in white and an additional colour for the winterly, festive touch – the shape of a Christmas theme in wool. But we will tell you one after the other.
It is very easy and quick to make simple rectangular boxes out of paper without a pattern. When the temperatures in summer drop back into moderate areas, you will get into the mood to craft and make something. It might be to warm for wool or yarn, you can't even stand the warmth of the light of your sewing machine and think the engine warms the air. Baking gets beyond bearable in the end of July, beginning of August. This is the perfect time to grab paper and scissor and start with crafting Origami. The folded paper boxes are quickly to make and can be folded by an age. If your kid is good at folding properly this can be a perfect craft for Kindergarten, pre-school and school ages. If you child does not like to fold very accurately, split the working load. You can do the folding and your sibling can cut and to the final steps – or your children might like to colour the paper before folding.
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Paper flowers can be handy at all times, you can use them for all kinds of table decorations and party adornments, have them as eye catcher on a special gift and make 3-dimensional greeting cards.
Our crafty idea for colourful paper flowers is super quick and totally easy to make and with a blink of the eye your are swimming in a sea of paper flowers. What you need to make these paper flowers: muffin liners and scissors. Use uni-coloured muffin cases or a bunch of colourful, polka-dotted, gingham or striped paper baking cups.
Colourful paper baking moulds are the perfect asset to your self made muffins and cupcakes – but did you know that you can use these muffin liners to craft decoration like this Pom Pom garland. You only need a little bit of crafting gear, and with a few steps your can create this garland – a great piece of decoration for mother's day. Daddies and kids can smooth, fold, glue together and create this holiday decoration.
The cupcake liner garland will suit as great decoration for many festivities; children birthday parties, baby shower, weddings, BBQs and muffin party. Use colourful muffin cases to give highlights with certain colours and match the muffin liners to your table decoration. What we like especially about this garland: with different designs of paper baking cups you can create a charming mismatched look, which can find its continuation with the design of the plates you use on the table.
Theme parties for children are a great hit in our circle of friends and family. Be it dragons, witches, knights or princesses: as anybody likes we even match food and games with the theme. For the witches party we started in decorating everything together – we made buntings and stamped on it with self-made stamps of bats, witches hats and brooms.
Later that afternoon we had witches games. We did award the best spell, they had to have a rid on a broom stick around an obstacle course and as our group was rather big we had several rounds of Hexivity. A game we all enjoyed a lot and is now played during several family gatherings.
Pesto is quick to make and perfectly storable for some weeks. So you will get quickly a great dish for many meals to come and you can store fresh herbs. This dish bursting of freshness is not only great as a quickly to prepare dish for lunch or dinner – we cherish Pestos as little gifts, like delicious ramsons pesto with ramsons-pesto labels or the likewise green and very savoury parsley pesto – where we are going to provide parsley pesto labels to print out right here.
The parsley pesto labels are perfect to stick as banderole straight over the jar lid. You can as well use them like normal jam jar labels and glue them across the jar.
Saturday evening and the TV does not work, a long train ride, rain during summer vacations, a mega traffic jam on the motorway – to deal with such situation and prevent boredom, we have a collection of family games available. If we are with smaller children the game session usually starts with "I spy with my little eye something beginning with B..." (when the kids are to small to handle the alphabet we use colours).
You don't need special materials for many family games. What we usually take with us when we are "on tour" is a folder with some sheets of paper, a few pens and a several print outs, like these of the city-country-river game. Besides paper and pencil you don't need anything to play it, and if you are not too strictly sticking to the rules it is even for the youngsters great fun to play.
Easter is for many countries the spring holiday – the table is set with bright and vivid colours, multi-coloured eggs, table decorations in pastels and vernal flowers. We love handmade and especially things crafted by kids among our table decorations, be it Easter bunny napkin rings or self made egg cups and cress eggs with bunny faces – they are adorable, and you can straight away collect the cress and have it with your scrambled egg or your sunny side up or directly on top of bread and butter.
The serviette rings and eggcups are available as downloadable pattern, click on the links and you will get to the page. The instructions for the cress eggs can be found when clicking the cressegg-links.
To provide not only ideas to paint, cut and plant with your children in preparation for Easter, we prepared a little Easter embroidery – three coloured eggs are on the Easter stitching pattern, which you can use as design for fuse beads as well.
It is fairly easy to make your own stamps. For those who who like to make use of synergies, like we love to do, it is even easier – as you can use cookie cutters for the shapes of your stamps. Why synergies? Because you might have used the very same cookie cutters for other elements of your party decorations. Maybe you already have cookies matching your party theme, or decorations for your party cake, or as ingredient to a soup (have a look at our dragon soup), or for finger food (as we did for our spooky Flapis) or you used them to decorate your invitation cards (look at our Easter card crafts).
The making of stamps is a craft for adults and bigger kids, as you have to cut precisely and be able to use a sharp cutter. The stamping is fun for the whole family and highly recommended for smaller kids.
A quick craft idea to make individual envelopes. This crafting idea can be made with kindergarten kids to have them fold. Envelopes which are a little asymmetrical bear their charm. When crafting with kids we long for results and fun, but not for perfection.
Our Mother's Day craft idea consists of a free printable of mother's day coupons and a craft idea on how to gift the coupons or vouchers. You can use the free printable for many more occasions they make a great gift for father's day as well, or "I-will-support-you" coupons or "summer-vacation-starts-and-I-ll-help" surprise gifts.
This card is a perfect card for invitations. With this crafty idea who have got a theme right at hand for your table decoration to lay out the Easter table and for your Easter cake and even for your appetizers.
Have a go.
In this report we have collected ideas, inspirations, tutorials and patterns on how to decorate, embellish and sweetly package jelly and jam jars. These are great ways to turn delights to the palate into a feast for the eyes.
With easy to knit woollen tea light glass wrappers you get coloured tealight candleholders, which you can embroider according to the season.
The knitted jackets for the tealight glasses are eye-candys during the day, a sweet touch of colour to your home, and when it turns dark outside and you light your candles they will cast gorgeous light.
The knitted pattern paints great shadows on the wall and the wool colours give the candlelight a warm, cosy glow.
When it is getting cold outside and snow glitters at the top of the mountains, than it is time to light candles. In our living room I love to use tea candles. Dear friend do bring some great smelling ones when they visit. To have those lovely close at hand and keep them in a nice box, I do need the perfect little basket. The mission: a sweet crochet basket.
Wreaths made of ivy or other climbing plants like Virginia creeper are easy and quick to make. You can use them as simple green wreath or add some autumnal decoration. The wreaths usually stay nice for some weeks and you can adorn them depending on the occasion or season.
Our second part of "Things To Do for Rainy Days" has some things for Grown-ups and Children. If the sky is all gray and its raining cats, dogs and goats, then you have to stay inside to spend your precious free time.
Many take their laptop or notebook with them when they are travelling. Maybe it is to finish some work that was not completed the days before the vacation started, or to regularly check their e-mails.
If your portable PC or Mac has a DVD-Slot, then grab some movies for your holidays and if it might be a little wet and cold outside you can watch the Alps in technicolor in your hotel, caravan or pension.
We not only like to celebrate Easter and other festivities, we love to do crafts and crafty stuff with children on these very special occasions. Be it friends of your own children, some kids from the neighbourhood or relatives and friends, soon a big bunch of young craftistas will be around your table.
This crafty how to is especially for Easter table decoration and children love to be part of your Easter preparations
Turn on your kettle, and pour yourself a nice cup of tea. October is the perfect time to find some nice evening leisure time.