Today I have the fabulous Maggy Woodley popping by to share some great crafting ideas for you ahead of the Christmas period. Maggy is a madly successful craft blogger who loves crafting, especially with recycled, natural and otherwise ‘free’ materials. She is also the driving force behind a popular series of Crafty Hangouts on G+ that are causing me sleepless nights trying to come up with new and creative ideas on a theme. If you want to know more about her, check out the bio at the end of this post which has all the links you need.
Hello hello! I am soooo excited that we are now officially in the Christmas Craft season! The best time of year to get Christmassy and all festive with the kids. For those of you who know me, you may know, that I LOVE LOVE LOVE all things Christmas and recycled, in particularly… LOO ROLL crafty! I much to my pleasure I have 5 loo roll crafts that are Christmassy too to share with you.
First up we have out Snowmen. They were VERY Easy for the kids to manage themselves and afterwards we had a good game of Snowmen Bowling.
We made these little Santas for the Germanic tradition of Saint Nic’s day on the 6th December. The children leave their boots out the night before and Saint Nic comes and fills them with chocolate coins, fruit and nuts. In our case he filled the little Santa too.
Love this craft, as think the twigs are particularly cute as legs and antlers. Say aaaah.
Toilet Roll 3 Kings
The kids loved making these. The boy made the 3 kings, whilst the girl made some queens and princesses too! Each to their own. Maybe this is the beginning of a whole nativity set?
And finally, an alternative to the 3 kings above, you could make Three Kings Day crowns to celebrate the arrival of the 3 Kings at the Nativity Scene.
And whilst on the note of “Thrifty Gifts”/ crafting… we have an Alternative Christmas Gift idea for you this year…
This year we are going to give “The Gift of Creativity”. The idea is to create “Basic” and “Jazzed up” Craft Kits that you can put together yourself – and then, if you wish, add a copy of Red Ted Art the book and you will have a fabulously creative gift – both original and different! What do you think? You don’t need much in a basic craft kit, especially if you add recycled materials and finds from nature…. I love to add pine-cones, stones and recycled fabric to our basic craft kit to get the kids think creatively about things they can find and reuse.
About the Author: Maggy Woodley, a mum of two and lover of all things crafty! She loves everything about crafts and loves nothing better to recycle and forage for craft materials –making crafts economical and fun. Maggy also writes at Life at The Zoo about cooking with kids, gardening and sciency “stuff” and also at Theatre Books and Movies for well, theatre, book and movies! Red Ted Art, is also now being translated into German, Spanish and Russian for more people to enjoy! Do check them out!
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