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This week we’ve been a bit stuck. Stuck in I mean. We discovered a gas leak on Saturday evening, which meant a lot of waiting for engineers to come and sort it (when we were meant to be heading out for dinner with some friends), and then Monday we waited and waited in for a different engineer to come and fix the source of the problem, they didn’t turn up but that’s another story. That’s pretty much how our week has gone. Waiting in for one engineer or another, and it’s still not fixed today. Not much fun!
I knew we were going to be stuck in the house waiting for them for at least a few days (though I didn’t expect it to be this long) so we took a trip to Hobbycraft to stock up with supplies so we could get crafting for Christmas. It’s a good job we did as we really needed entertaining this week.
I do love a good mooch around Hobbycraft and usually choose to do this without a 3 year old in tow, but this time I had no choice. Littlebit was entertained by their craft station when she did some colouring in though while I browsed nearby. I love that about Hobbycraft.
The staff were so helpful too, engaging Littlebit in conversation about what we were going to make. No mean feat with a shy toddler around people she doesn’t know. After a 40 minute visit this was our crafty haul:
- Washable paints
- Lollipop sticks
- A variety of pom poms
- Cinnamon sticks
- Glue gun glue
- Red raffia string
- Two small church style candles
- Florists wire
- Kids craft scissors
What I used of my own:
- Hot glue gun
- PVA glue
- Christmas tree baubles
- Pipe cleaners
- Finger paint pads
- Card and paper
- Skin coloured felt
- Camper van
- Large jar
- Lining paper
- Glitter glue
On Monday we had a full day crafting together. Some pretty simple, but I think you’ll agree effective, ideas. Most don’t need instructions.
Pom pom wreaths, candy canes and Christmas trees
I cut out templates from card for the wreaths and candy canes while Littlebit sorted the coloured pom poms into two sets, one white and red for the candy canes and one green. I think of all the activities she actually enjoyed this task the most as she’s still asking to do it again 3 days on. Simple things eh?
I also used my hot glue gun to glue the lolly sticks together before letting Littlebit loose with the PVA glue and the pom poms. I was very impressed with how she spaced the pom poms on the Christmas tree.
The five ornaments pictured above will be going to Great Granny’s residential home nearer to Christmas to decorate her bedroom.
Lollipop Nativity Scene
We made a lollipop nativity scene. This one was really simple, just glue gun the stick frame together (I did that part obviously), then we used PVA glue for the other lollipop sticks and I drew the eyes onto the characters. We used a gold pipe cleaner for the angels detail and halo and then stuck the whole thing onto a black piece of card using PVA again (good old PVA glue, I love it because it dries to clear and hides any toddler smudges).
Finger paint fairy lights
This really was the simplest thing ever and was completed in less than 5 minutes. We used some finger paint pads and Littlebit chose her colours, dipped her thumb and then printed random thumb prints on a white piece of paper. I then joined the thumb prints together using a black marker pen to make fairy lights.
Littlebit loved this. She took her trousers and socks off and we painted her feet with green paint, then she walked across a long piece of lining paper.
We waited for the paint to dry then cut out the two best prints and stuck them onto another piece of paper and I decorated with glitter glue.
All of the above pretty much filled a day stuck in at home. Well the craft and the hour and a half long clean up process after, made especially difficult as we were filling the bath from the shower and kettle as we have no hot water. D’oh!
Seeing as I was stuck in while Littlebit was at Play School other days this week too, waiting for yet more engineers, I crafted some Christmas things on my own too.
We’ve just had a new dining room table and chairs and I wanted to create some decorations to hang on the backs of the chairs at Christmas and also some table decorations.
Cinnamon wrapped candles
Again this is a really simple one, that’s how I like my crafts to be if you’d not guessed. Get a couple of small (ish) church style candles, whack some hot glue on, stick cinnamon sticks all around and then tie up with some raffia ribbon. As the candles heat the cinnamon also warms up and these smell divine. Not only will they look lovely at Christmas I think they also make a great Autumn table decoration and will be adorning our table for Thanksgiving.
These were probably the hardest of all my chosen crafts, but I still managed to make 9 of them in less than 2 hours.
All I did was take a piece of florists wire, wire 12 small baubles on, bring both ends to meet and twist together. Then make a loop that the ribbon can hang through.
I noticed a few sharp bits so I then twisted some ribbon around the florists wire not only making them safe but making them a bit prettier too I thought.
I then hung them from the chairs using two pieces of ribbon for the contrast and tying into a pretty bow.
So there we go. How to keep yourself entertained for days on end if you get stuck in, something which may happen to a lot of us if this winter is going to be as bad as predicted. For less than £30.00 we made all of these crafts above and we have plenty of materials left over too to keep us entertained in the coming weeks before Christmas.
I hope you enjoyed our Christmas crafts, do let me know if you have a go at any of them.