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Sunday, December 13, 2009

Christmas Craftiness

I had a lot of fun at our last RS Activity. Making Christmas decorations is always a good activity to do, and I could see that everyone who attended had a good time.

We had 3 mini classes. The first was helping Sister Talisa prepare decorations for our Ward Christmas Party. She is a very organised lady our Sister Talisa, and she had a production line working in no time, managing to complete all the decorations by the end of the evening. Yay! Thanks to everyone who helped out there.

The second class involved making the cuuuutest little lollipop angels with Sister Irene Lee Lo. I need a photo of that too, so if someone has one can you send it to me please? I could see the sisters proudly carrying around their wee angels afterwards, and wished I had time to participate in that class.

The third class was with me, making mini gingerbread houses out of biscuits. This was a lot of fun, (and challenging for some when their walls collapsed due to incorrect construction). All was rectified though, and we had a wide range of little houses covered in icing and lollies by the end of the night. I had a case of laryngitis that night too, so my instructions were probably not as well heard as they would normally have been, but the sisters did really well. I had to keep reassuring them that the first attempt was rarely a masterpiece, and that their 2nd attempt at home would be much better. :) Here is the house I did, and a non-lolly version my husband created. I love the little snowman in his front yard.

I took my camera to the activity with me, intending to photograph the sisters houses, but completely forgot. Sorry! For the houses we just used the Budget Brand "Nice" biscuits. They're rectangle shaped, already sprinkled with sugar, and they don't break easily, so perfect for making houses. The icing is just icing sugar, food colouring, water and a little melted butter. You don't want the icing too runny or your decorations fall off. What do you think? Cute huh.

There are soooo many cute crafty things on the net. Here are some of my favourites you should try with your kids. Click on the title or the photo to go to the various websites with instructions on how to make them:

Candy Cane Reindeer (These are the ones my kids made last week. Super easy.)

Paper heart ornaments

Paper flower ornaments (Note: the instructions say to use double sided sticky tape, but I used a regular glue stick and it worked fine)

Cardboard star (made from a toilet paper roll believe it or not)

Christmas mice ornaments Mmmm, cute and tasty...can't beat that.

Reindeer Craft Treat Holder (This photo is actually of the reindeer my 3 year old and I did. Her hand prints make up the antlers on the bigger pot).

Marshmellow snowmen treats (I'd love to try this one but for some reason I just don't have the knack of melting chocolate. Not in my genes apparently)


Lynn said...

It all looks so good Jacinda. I've had a go at the candy cane reindeer and flower pot deer and the gingerbread house (using malt biscuits). They were fun things to do. Gave some candy cane reindeer to the family I was pixieing this week.Kids wanted to eat them but the mum insisted they go on the tree for now.

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