On the first day of Christmas, grab some glue, glitter and sweets and get creative with these fun, festive bakes and craft ideas.
From creating glittery candle centrepieces, to marshmallow Christmas pudding cakes, we’ve put together a range of ideas that will keep your little ones and teens busy for hours.
Chic glitter centrepieces
Glammed-up jars couldn’t be simpler. Use festive stencils such as a star, a Christmas tree or a holly outline, or go for an on-trend dipped look.
- Glass jars, various sizes, washed and dried.
- Masking tape
- White sticky labels
- Thin card for making a star template
- Craft glue
- Tweezers, optional
- Disposable rubber gloves, optional
For the half-dipped jars:
1. Section off the top half of the jar using masking tape.
For star stencils:
2. Draw stars onto large sticky labels, using a stencil or template made from card and cut out. Remove the backing and position the stars on the jar.
3. Protect surfaces with newspapers and, in a well-ventilated space brush a thin layer of craft glue over the jar, turning the jar until it's covered in a frosty glue finish.
4. Shake or sprinkle the glitter over the glue, turning the jar in your hand and shaking off the excess as you go. Work quickly as the glue will start to dry. Continue until no glass is showing and leave to dry.
For the half dipped jars:
5. Carefully peel off the masking tape to reveal a clean line.
For star stencils:
6. When removing the sticky labels, a pair of tweezers is useful for getting hold of the edges.
Fill with battery mini lights (available from Asda) or fake flowers. Use large glitter for sparkle or fine glitter for smoother finish. Do not use with wax tea lights or candles.
Stained-glass window biscuits
Get the kids to create some fantastic Christmas tree decorations to really jazz up your tree this year. Not only are they great to look at but they are edible too!
Sweet treat place settings
This simple idea adds an extra touch of fun to your table.
- Plain white napkin
- 2x candy canes
- Stained-glass winter biscuit
1. Neatly roll a white napkin and pop in the centre of your plate.
2. Thread the biscuit onto twine and tie in a knot as a napkin holder.
3. To finish, slide two candy canes under the twine. Don’t forget glamorous glasses, cutlery and our glitter centrepieces.
You can use this idea with shop-bought biscuits too. If they don’t have a hole for twine, simply arrange them by the napkin.
Messy marshmallow Christmas pud teacakes
This easy, no-cook treat is perfect for involving even the youngest in the family.
1. In a small bowl, mix icing sugar with a little water to create a thick paste.
2. Carefully spoon over the top of milk chocolate teacakes, allowing it to drip gently down the sides.
3. Top with Asda Holly & Berry Sprinkles.
Birdie place settings
Quick and easy for the kids (but we reckon a few parents will be tempted to try too!)
- Pine cones, dried out
- Glitter glue pens
- Wiggly eyes and foam shapes (part of Asda Craft Pack)
- Double sided tape or glue
- Red card
- Black pen
1. Using a glitter glue pen, dab glitter on the tips of the cone’s scale. Leave to dry.
2. Attach wiggly eyes and foam beaks with double-sided tape or glue dots.
3. Draw around your hand on the card and cut it out.
4. Write the names neatly with the marker, then fix the card to the cones with double-sided tape or glue.
Christmas really is the most wonderful time of the year - and with these edible treats, it's just been made even better! Get the kids to decorate these any way they want. They could go for a traditional gold and red look or go fancy with sparkly silver decorations.
As we approach December you’ll soon be dusting off last year’s Christmas décor and putting up your tree complete with glass baubles and red and gold tinsel, transforming your house into a winter wonderland.
But to make this Christmas an even more memorable one, why not make your own wreath which can hang proudly outside or inside your home?
Make sure you follow our step-by-step guide to help you and the kids get crafty this season and make a fantastic foam wreath.