Salt Dough Christmas Decorations

Want to make your own Christmas decorations? Ever tried Salt Dough? You will love this and so will the kids.

Salt Dough is cheap, easy and fun.

We have made our own decorations this year and my grandsons enjoyed every minute of it, so did I.

What you will need.

Salt dough. (recipe to follow)

A baking sheet and grease proof paper.

Christmas cookie cutters.

Poster paint or acrylics in Christmas colours.

Glitter.

Paint brushes.

Varnish.  (Craft varnish is best but I used wood varnish and I know someone who used boat varnish. I’m not sure about the safty of wood and boat varnish so best the adults do this bit.)

Plus some very narrow ribbon or paper clips.

The Salt Dough recipe

For the decorations in the picture above we used…

One large mug of plain flour. (I think it is also called All Purpose Flour)

Half a mug of Salt

Half a mug of warm water

Mix all the ingredients together in a mixing bowl. Using your hands, bring the dough into a nice firm ball. You don’t want it too sticky so have some extra flour to hand. When it’s mixed it will look just like bread dough.  Place the ball of dough on a lightly floured surface and knead for five minutes, then let the dough stand for a quarter of and hour. Now it is ready to used. See I said it was quick and easy didn’t I? Now comes the fun bit.

Roll the dough out to about 1/2 to 1cms (1/4 to1/2 inch) and let the kids loose with the cookie cutters. When they have had their fill of fun, which could take a while, place the cut outs on to the greaseproof lined baking tray, make holes in the tops with a straw, for the ribbon to go through,  and bake at 100 degrees C (200F or 1/4 gas) for about 2 to 3 hours.

Let them cool and paint, glitter and varnish.

This is a great way to spend an afternoon with the whole family. You can even watch the TV while you are doing it.

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Magic Reindeer Food

Start the magic of Christmas with a gift for Rudolph and his reindeer friends.

It must be hard work for Rudolph and his friends to fly Santa all over the world on Christmas eve delivering presents to everyone, it’s such a long way to go and all before dawn.

I’m sure Santa takes food for his beloved reindeer to help keep their strength up and to pass the time while Santa is down the chimney delivering all those lovely presents.

But what a surprise it would be to have some Magic Reindeer Food waiting for the Rudolph and his friends when they arrive.

Magic Reindeer Food glows bright at night and although we can’t see it glowing, Rudolph and his team of magic reindeer can.

So why not make some and help the reindeer to find your house as quickly as possable.

This is how to make it…

Take half a cup of reindeer magic oats
a
sprinkle of edible cake glitter.

(Optional extras…some sultanas or current and maybe a few chocolate chips)

mix it all together while saying the magic words…

“Magic Food glow real bright
Bring Santa to my house tonight
Show the reindeer where to go
from the night sky they’ll see you glow”

Now go outside and sprinkle the Magic Reindeer Food outside you door and say.

“Magic dust just glow tonight give Rudolph and his friends some light”

Don’t worry if you live in a house without a garden or in a block of flats, just sprinkle it close to your home and Rudolph and Santa will find you, and please don’t make the Magic Reindeer Food untill Christmas Eve because the magic won’t work untill then.
Have a very Happy Christmas X

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Snowman Soup

For a nice little extra Christmas present for friends and family (or even the postman) try some Snowman Soup, plus a quick knit for a mug cozy.

To make the Snowman Soup you will need…

Some cellophane cones or bags. You’ll need twice as many bags as gifts you want to give.

Ribbon, (red, green,gold or white), to give it that extra christmassy touch,

Instant drinking chocolate , the one you just add hot water to will do.

Some mini marshmallows,

some chocolate chips.

And a candy cane, (used for stirring)

Snowman Soup is a big hit with almost everyone, so…

Take a cellophane cone or bag and tip enough chocolate powder into the bottom to make one or two cups of hot chocolate, seal the top of the bag with cellotape and cut off any excess, put this first, sealed, bag inside another bag and add the chocolate chips then the marshmallows and seal with the cellotape.

Tie with the ribbon adding the candy cane as you go.

Add a small gift tag.

As a little extra you could add a christmasy mug too.

and maybe a knitted  mug cozy.

I made my cozy using a small amount of Double Knit yarn in a Christmasy green and 8mm needles as follows…

Cast on 22 stitches, and knit 2 purl 2 for 3o rows, or as many rows as you need to go round the mug. Cast off and sew two small baby buttons at one end, you won’t need to make button holes as the baby buttons will go through the stitches quite easily, and your done.

Pop the cozy into the mug and the Snowman Soup bag on top.

Fun to make and give.


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Morsbags…

I have decided to have a go at making some Morsbags. For those that don’t know what Morsbags are check out this link.

Anyway I think they’re a great idea and more of us should be making them and doing our bit for the planet and telling the supermarkets to stop supplying the plastic ones. As far as I’m concerned there is NO need to use plasticbags at all.

So what I thought I’d do is make one and post my efforts on here so you can see how easy it is (or hard, but I don’t think it will be) then it might encourage others to do it too.

I have other ideas up my sleeve on different shaped bags that can be useful so check back here often cos I’ll post what I’ve made. My ideas are not unique, obviously, but  I thought I make different one’s for those who want to go at something a little fancier.

My advice is to check out the Morsbags website if you want to get started now and not wait untill I’ve added my makes to this blog.

Be back soon folks…

OK so I made a Morsbag and I have to say, even for a novice sewer this was easy enough and it only took me 1 1/2 hours to do.

Just had to make sure I got the measurements right and it all went well.

At first I was a bit bewildered that I had to start sewing the side seams of the bag on the outside and then turn it inside out to sew again but it went OK. In the instructions it says that this type of seam is a French seam, so I learned something new too.

I made the bag out of an old curtain that I had and that’s what the Morsbags web site is all about, “recycling” and not using the plastic bags from the supermarkets.

Anyway I encourage you to have a go, I’m a novice sewer and I found it simple enough.

Although I’ve been sewing bits and pieces for most of my life, I’m not trained and the only sewing lessons I’ve ever had was from my mum and my sister (I don’t count school lessons cos I hated them and learned nothing at all).

You could embellish your bags with beads, sequins,embroidery or anything else you can think of to make it a special Christmas present.

I’ve posted pics of my efforts below. The photos are not the best in the world but then I’m no photographer either. 🙂

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