Fun Christmas Crafts to Make and Bake £14.99
As the weather suddenly takes a chillier turn and with an ever decreasing amount of sleeps until Christmas, we’re really beginning to get into the festive mood. There’s not a whiff of the Grinch nor a humbug in sight for us. Instead we chose to craft!
Christmas is the perfect time to get creative and in Fun Christmas Crafts to Make and Bake by Annie Rigg and Catherine Woram there are over 60 easy-to-make festive projects for children under the age of 11 to make with just a little help from an adult. But let’s face it, Christmas brings out the child in most of us, whatever our age.
What better way to while away a few hours than by whipping up a fluffy bundle of adorably cute pompom tree decorations? Pompoms are so easy to make (I bet you made them when you were little) and all you need is some wool, cardboard, a pair of scissors and you’ll be ready to go! With the addition of a handful of pipe cleaners, some scraps of felt and a bit of ribbon, you can also create rotund little snowmen, a sweet robin and a cuddly Father Christmas. Perfect! Here’s how you do it. Happy Christmas crafting folks!
You Will Need:
paper • pencil • cardboard • scissors • assorted balls of wool • 3-D fabric pen in red • approx 10cm gingham ribbon per bauble
wind the wool Trace the disc template on page 154 onto paper and cut it out. Place it on a piece of cardboard and draw round it. Repeat. Cut out the two discs. Cut a length of wool about 2m long and wind into a small ball that will fit through the hole in the discs. Start to wind wool around the discs, binding them together. When the ball of wool is finished, tie the end to the beginning of a new one. Continue to wind wool round the discs until they are completely covered.
cut around the outside When the winding process is complete, hold the pompom discs securely and cut around the edges of the wool using scissors. The wool will fall away from the disc and look like fringing at this point. It is important that the two discs are firmly held together.
secure the wool Cut two lengths of wool about 20cm and thread between the two cardboard discs. Pull them together tightly and knot tightly. The loose ends of this wool will form the hanging loop for the decoration, so tie another knot about 8cm from the first knot and neatly trim the ends.
finish off Gently pull the cardboard discs away from the pompom. If it proves difficult, just cut them off. Trim any excess bits of wool, and fluff the pompom to give it a nice round shape. Use a 3-D fabric pen to draw tiny dots on the pompom and finish with a length of red gingham ribbon tied in a bow around the hanging loop.
Cute Pom-Pom Snowmen Are Easy To Make!
Make one small and one large pompom using white wool and tie the two together using the wool ends. Trim any uneven ends. Now tie a green pipe cleaner around the snowman’s neck to create a scarf, and twist a black pipe cleaner into a hat shape. Glue on a triangle of orange felt for a carrot nose, and use a 3-D fabric pen to draw on his eyes and buttons.
father christmas Make one largeFancy Making a Pom-Pom Father Christmaspompom from red wool for the body. To make the head, wind red wool around one half of two smaller pompom discs and white wool around the other half. Snip around the edges of the disc and secure the pompom with a length of wool. Use the wool ends to tie the two pompoms together to form a cuddly Father Christmas figure. Add a hat formed from a quarter-circle of red felt, and a black felt belt. Use a black 3-D fabric pen to draw on his eyes and buttons.
Try your hand at making a pom-pom Father Christmas!
Robin Tree Decoration
Make a small pompom in brown wool for the head. Now wind brown wool around one half of two larger pompom discs and red wool around the other half. Snip around the edges of the disc and secure the pompom with a length of wool. Use the wool ends to tie the two pompoms together to form a robin. Add a triangle of red felt for his beak and bend brown pipe cleaners into shape for his feet.
Remember: the more wool you manage to wind around the discs, the fatter your pompom will be. For a really plump pompom, try winding the wool around the discs twice.
And if you feel like spreading your creative wings in the kitchen, why not try making marshmallow snowmen? It’s the perfect recipe for little hands. These cute chaps are fun to make and taste great too. Best of all, they won’t melt before you have chance to eat them!
This is what you’ll need:
200 g large white marshmallows
brown writing icing
coloured liquorice strips or fruit leather
chocolate-coated mint sticks (eg Matchmakers)
large chocolate drops
100 g white mini-marshmallows
icing sugar, for dusting
about 10 cocktail sticks
makes about 10
Fun Christmas crafts to Make and Bake
1 Place the marshmallows on a tray.
2 Push 2 large marshmallows onto each cocktail stick. Trim off any of the stick that is poking out of the top (Adults among you may chose to help with this part).
3 Using the writing icing, pipe dots and lines of icing onto the face to make the eyes, nose and mouth.
4 Cut the liquorice strips or fruit leather into thin strips and carefully tie around the snowman’s neck for a scarf.
5 To make the arms, break the chocolate-coated mint sticks in half and push into the sides of the large marshmallow.
6 Pipe a small blob of icing onto the top of the snowman’s head and position a large chocolate drop on top. Pipe another blob of icing in the middle of the chocolate drop and stick a mini-marshmallow on the very top.
7 Finally, using the writing icing again, pipe dots down the front of the snowman to look like buttons.
8 Keep making snowmen like this until you have as many as you need to make a fabulous winter wonderland!
9 To serve, scatter icing sugar over the serving dish, arrange the snowmen on top and dust lightly with more sugar.
Fun Christmas crafts to Make and Bake by Annie Rigg and Catherine Woram is published by Ryland Peters & Small rrp£14.99