Let me be honest with you, as I have always been! I hate Christmas! I don’t hate the smell of oranges and cinnamon, I don’t dislike family gatherings and it’s not even about Christmas cleaning (which I hate a little bit too). I hate Christmas because of the “All I Want for Christmas” song, Santa Claus and because it’s such an industry and so commercialised that, media nowadays would have us believe that the best gifts are the ones you purchase at the department store. The best gift to me is the one made with love and here I’ll give you a few easy ideas to make all your friends and loved ones happy.
Decoupage is such an easy craft and it doesn’t require any specialised skill at all. Just a bit of imagination and the following materials:
Apply the white base paint on your ornament and wait a little bit to dry. Add a coat of glue and start applying your paper, or napkin cut outs to form beautiful pattern. You can add glitter, ribbons and anything you see fit. Apply a coat of varnish to seal when you are done. If you are very new follow my first tutorial on decoupage here.
Wish everyone you love a “Merry Little Christmas” with unique home-made cards. It’s a great past time with the hubby and kids and is a very relaxing activity. The results are often adorable, hilarious and beautiful. Everyone will love to receive a card like that. The items you will need really depend on the type of card you want, but in general, scissors, glue, glitter, coloured A4 sheets of paper and some Christmas Stickers are a must. You can add items found at home too like beads, buttons, ribbons, etc.
Unleash your imagination!
These are definitively going to put a smile on your girlfriends’ faces, because they are all-natural and so good for the skin! I made my lip balms in a chocolate melting pot with only the following:
Melt all the oils (except for the essential oil and mineral pigments) in the melting pot. Stir with a wooden stirring spoon, add the drop of essential oil and the mineral pigments. Stir some more and transfer into clean and disinfected container.
You can decorate the containers to be more Christmas-y!
Even though in Australia it’s no secret we don’t see any snow, it doesn’t mean we can’t add a bit to create some ambiance. Here is an easy centrepiece a friend of mine showed me.
Get a clean glass, fill it up with baking soda and salt. Decorate a conifer cone (you can add some glitter) and glue it to a piece of cardboard the size of your glass top. Glue the cardboard with the cone to the glass and wait for it to dry. This centrepiece is a hit among children. Doesn’t last long in their hands though, so careful!
Cause who doesn’t like food, right? I made these cookies two years ago and they were an absolute hit. I am thinking of putting them in pretty boxes decorated with decoupage and plan to give them as gifts. Throw a handmade card and you are all set!