The build up to Christmas goes all too quickly, and before you know it we're deep into dark, cold January, missing the twinkly lights and mince pies.
If you're looking for an instant and foolproof way to capture a little festive feeling, put an afternoon aside to get stuck into a craft project. From edible tree decorations to glittery tea light holders, here are a few adult, teen and kid-friendly ideas to get you started...
Edible gift tags
The only thing that could possibly make unwrapping presents more fun? Eating the gift tag. These festive-spiced biscuits are simple to make and fun to decorate.
Tie to your ribbon-wrapped gifts or leave on the dining table as a name-card substitute. Your guests will thank you!
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 star stencils:
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. When removing the sticky labels, a pair of tweezers is useful for getting hold of the edges.
Fill with battery mini lights 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!
To make into a place setting you’ll need:
- 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.