Christmas Ideas & Inspiration

Today I am delighted to be joining in with a gorgeous group of talented bloggers as we share a little Christmas inspiration for you. For my part I am going to be talking kids Christmas craft activities, all of which are nice and easy to do and have been big hits with my two. For full details of each activity, simply click on the link or image and it will take you through to the original blog post.

First up, you could try making a Christmas centrepiece

Handmade Christmas Centrepiece

This was so lovely to do with my daughter a few years ago, and my son and I are planning to make another one this year. I love that it involves a little trip out to the park to collect our materials as well as sitting down and putting it together.

The kids loved Making Christmas placemats last year…

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They have already reminded me that they will need these out for Christmas dinner this year, and are so proud that their own designs have been made into place-mats. I like that their own artwork has been forever preserved here, along with those cute little hand prints.

And finally, the children had a great time creating this Handprint Christmas Tree..

Handprint Christmas Tree

Ah yes, it’s those little handprints again! I think the overall effect of this one is really good, and as well as the fun the children had with the hand prints, they loved popping the pompom baubles onto the tree. And yes, we still have this so it will be on display again this month.

These are all so simple to do, do let me know if you try them, I’d love to see your pictures.

And now I’ll hand over to these ladies for even more inspiration and ideas for you…

Stephanie at Life at 139a has some some Christmas crafts, find out how (and why) to bleach pine cones, how to make a Christmas wreath and inspiration for some gorgeous gift tags.

Jane at Maflingo has great ideas for festive treats to make with the kids this Christmas. Find out how to make Santa Fruit Skewers and Festive Chocolate Pretzels.

Catherine at Growing Family is sharing her tips for bringing the outside indoors this Christmas. Find out how to make easy pine cone tree decorations, how to use Spring flowering bulbs to create lovely homemade gifts, and how to choose the perfect real Christmas tree.

Jingle Bells, Christmas smells – it really does. Nicky at Not Just The 3 of Us is talking about the memories that Christmas decorations evoke.

After inviting family for Christmas Lunch, Morgan at Morgan’s Milieu shares her tips and advice for planning Christmas Lunch for a large number of guests.

Caro from The Twinkle Diaries shares a simple idea for creating edible Christmas tree decorations.

If you’re anywhere near the UK capital this Winter, Nell from the Pigeon Pair and Me tells you how to enjoy the festive fun of London – for free. She also gives her top picks of Winter family shows, and explains why Christmas with kids is a magical time of the year.

Kirsty from Hijacked By Twins is planning every meal including how to use up those precious leftovers. Find out how to make a delicious toppings for the perfect leftover Christmas dinner soup. This recipe will make you want to cook extra just for the leftovers.

Have fun with these!

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16 thoughts on “Christmas Ideas & Inspiration”

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    Weeeeeee!!! I LOVE this time of year!! I’m really not a great fan of winter in general but December is pardoned because of the whole excitement and build up to Christmas!! It’s such a lovely time, only made lovelier by being able to make all these fab things!!! Thanks so much for sharing Joc, I’ll be making these little handprint trees with the boys 🙂

    Cxx

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    Ooooh the twinnies will love making these! They finish on 16th so have a full week until Christmas weekend. Thankfully J doesn’t finish until the Tuesday. These activities will keep them busy! Hope you have a great Christmas xx

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    Such great ideas, I love your centrepiece, I’m not sure mine would look as nice if the twins were helping out 🙂 You’ve reminded me to make a hand print Christmas tree, we did it a few years ago and haven’t done one since! They are so much fun to make xx

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      They are fab. Ours is back out this year, but I think I’ll create another one next year, just to see those little hands growing! x

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    Having the kids make the Christmas placemats is a lovely idea – totally unique and a lovely thought to have something homemade.
    I’m really enjoying looking through everyone’s CHristmas posts!

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    I LOVE those placemats – a lovely keepsake that keeps the table clean at the same time, what a great idea! We’ve done a few handprint-y crafts for Christmas but I’m adding both of yours to our to-do list 🙂

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    They all look great fun – and let’s be honest anything that involves running around outside collecting treasure and getting your hands full of paint, must be fun. Love the christmas tree, a clever way to use handprints and a great way to store – and create – memories. So much inspiration in a single post 🙂

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    Love your centrepiece Jocelyn, it’s so festive and the red just sets it off. Your handprint Christmas tree is great too, it’s very effective and it sounds like it was fun to do too. xx

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