By: Vicky Dean.
They say that Christmas is the season of peace and goodwill and this especially should be the case within our families. During the holidays the whole family gets a chance to spend quality time together and enjoy one another’s company. If you are a mum you may have had a tough year with your daughter, especially if she has now hit puberty and become a teenager. Why not try and get some time out together this coming Christmas and have girl time? No matter how grown up your daughter claims to be she will still love to make some Christmas goodies be that handmade gifts, tree decorations or greetings cards. Crafting is a hobby for all ages and as well as allowing you and your daughter time to bond, it also means that you will have a whole host of pretty Christmas things to decorate your home with or to give away.
Make your own cards:
Cards are really fun and inexpensive to make. You can either buy a pack of pre-cut and folded card blanks or make your own from sheets of card. Gather together things like stickers, buttons, glitter, ribbon and lots of Christmas themed papers. If you saved any of your greetings cards from last Christmas you could even try cutting some of these up and using the pictures or embellishments that were on them. Get your daughter to write a Christmas card list and you can both make cards for family members and friends that are on the list.
Make a Christmas bunting:
Bunting is great for stringing across window frames and mantle pieces and is really simple to make. Draw a triangle template on a piece of card that is 15cm across the top and 19.5cm down each side. Use your template to draw triangles on to the reverse side of a selection of Christmas papers. Once you have cut them out you can use a hole punch to make holes in both of the top corners of your flags. When you have done this get a long length of ribbon and thread each of your flags on to it. Tie a loop at the ends of the ribbon so that it can be hung.
Personalized advent calendars:
All you need to make these extra special advent calendars is some coloured envelopes, a length of very wide ribbon and some clothes pegs. You can make a calendar for your daughter and she can make one for you! Start by decorating the envelopes and numbering them 1 to 24 or 25 depending on how many you want to do. Once you have done this you will both need to fill the envelopes with little goodies, notes and cute gifts. Seal the envelopes and use the wooden clothes pegs to attach them to the ribbon. You will both have such fun filling the envelopes and opening them up each day!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Vicky is a craft writer who loves to write about how to make handmade and unique gifts. She especially treasures her sewing machine and glue gun and really loves Christmas!
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