third week of advent…
Matthew 1:21 ‘ She wil bear a son,and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.’
A simple decoration to make – multi coloured card bauble. All you need to do is cut circles (you could make bell or tree shapes too) and stick coloured shiney paper all over. Punch a hole and add thread so you can hang from the Christmas tree.
Luke 2:1 ‘In those days a decree went out from Casear Augustus that all the world should be registered’
Craft Idea – make some Christmas Tree decorations with Hama beads
There are lots of ideas for hama bead creations at this Pinterest page. You can follow patterns or just make up colour combinations. We made stars and hearts and then threaded some cotton through the top bead and hung on the Christmas tree. This is a good activity for children who are 7 years plus – adults need to be in charge of ironing the beads. To do that you need to place greeseproof paper over the beads and then iron till the beads are fused together. If you buy a hama bead kit the waxed/greeseproof paper will come with it and can be reused.
John 1:9 ‘The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.’
Craft to make – Christmas Lantern decoration
You can make large or small lanterns – the basic pattern is the same. You need long strips of paper folded in half lengthenways. Cut into the fold but not right across. Open out and attach some double sided tape as in the photo and stick to make the lantern. Add a handle using double sided tape. (You can use glue but double sided tape sticks really well)
Two candles – the second week of advent..
Luke 1:26,27 ‘In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth’
Christmas biscuits to bake –
This is a very easy recipe called 1-2-3 biscuits from ‘Cakes and Cake Decorating’ by Rosemary Wadey.
1oz/25g caster sugar
3oz/75g plain flour
Cream butter and sugar together and then gradually add the flour. Knead till smooth. I made this in my mixer but it is easily done by hand.
Chill the biscuit dough for at least an hour. If you miss this it will be very difficult to roll out and cut into biscuit shapes.
Once chilled roll out on a floured surface. Cut into shapes. I used a christmas tree shaped cutter. Bake at 150C /300F /Gas 2 for about 25 minutes (less if you have a fan oven. Check often anyway). They should be lightly browned. I have a gas oven that has a mind of it’s own so please don’t take my timings as exact!
Once cooked allow to cool and then decorate using icing (icing sugar and water mixed- add water little by little). I added green colouring jell. Decorate any way you like. Eat!
While you bake here is something to listen to.
If you have any icing left you could ice some fairy cakes or cup cakes.
Here’s a selection of Christmas crafts on this blog for this year with links to find them easily – let me know if you make any and how they work. happy Christmas crafting!
Button craft Christmas tree is here
Star Christmas decoration is here
Super easy Christmas Tree picture is here.
Button Christmas card is here.
Christmas heart wreath is here.
Super easy icicle Christmas tree decoration is here.
Lots of sequins are needed for this simple star shaped decoration for the Christmas Tree! You will also need
PVA glue, paint – I used yellow but you can use any colour poster paint, sequins, ‘Joy to the World’ mini banner, a button and thread and six lollipop/ popsicle sticks per star. (plus some spare in case of any mishaps!)
1. Paint six lollipop/popsicle sticks and leave to dry.
2. Once dry glue together – layer the sticks as shown in the photo. and leave for the glue to dry.
3. Meanwhile thread the cotton through the button – tie in a knot to make a loop. This will be used to hang the star from the tree.
4. Glue the threaded button to the top of the lollipop stick star.
5. Glue sequins and glitter all over the star. Before you add sequins to the top lollipop stick glue the mini ‘Joy to the World’ banner in place and then add sequins either side of it.
This is a super easy Christmas Tree picture. Use the PDF christmas tree to print either a template or straight on to green paper/card. Cut out and stick onto a dark background. Decorate the tree with sequins, buttons and ribbon and a star.
Salt dough recipe
2 cups flour
1 cup salt
1 cup water.
Mix together to form a dough. ( I added green food colouring to the dough – but I think it then took longer to dry so I won’t add it next time!)
Roll out and use a cookie cutter to make Christmas tree shapes. If you want to make hanging decorations make a hole for the thread now with a skewer.
Dry – either in a low over for three hours; air dry for a couple of days of dry in the microwave for a couple of minutes.
Decorate with paint, felt tips, glitter once the dough is dry. You could paint the trees with green acrylic paint yourself and then the trees are green and ready for the children to decorate.