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Crafty kids

Crafty kids

Current rating: 5 from 2 votes.

If you're looking for crafty ideas to keep the kids occupied (and brighten up your house!) look no further...

1. White stick tree
A nice contemporary twist on the traditional Christmas tree, or a great spot to hang jewellery. Let the children pretend it’s snowing by painting the ‘tree’ white, or any colour they like for a different effect.

What you’ll need:

  • 1 tree branch with twigs
  • Cold water
  • 1 large coffee tin
  • Plaster of Paris
  • White paint or spraypaint

Method:
Mix the plaster of Paris with water until a thick mixture forms. Pour it into the tin and place the branch in the centre. Hold it in place until the plaster thickens enough to keep the stick upright, then leave it to set for another hour. Now paint or spraypaint your tree and allow it to dry before decorating.

2. Lucky packets
Perfect for children’s parties and something fun for them to open when you’re busy cooking.

What you’ll need:

  • Potatoes
  • Cookie cutter
  • White paper packets
  • Vegetable knife
  • Paint brush
  • Water-based craft paint

Method:
Cut a large potato in half. Press a cookie cutter deep into the potato flesh, and remove. Using a knife cut away all the potato flesh outside of the shape. Paint craft paint onto the shape and print the design onto each packet. Make name tags with craft paper, add a ribbon and attach it to the parcel with an oversized paper clip.

3. Decorated Marie biscuits
The kids can fill the in between meal gaps with these delicious and easy-to-make snacks.

What you’ll need:

  • Icing sugar
  • Water
  • Marie biscuits
  • Assorted sweets and Nicoletta Sugar Pearls

Method:
Mix the icing sugar with a bit of water until it’s the right consistency to spread onto the biscuits. Now make up any creature or picture with different sweets and Nicoletta Sugar Pearls. The most important thing is to have lots of fun and to eat all the flops!

4. Paper angels and fairy lights
Great for adding a bit of magic to the living room. When a breeze blows through the window, the angels will appear to hover among the ‘stars’ created by the fairy lights.

What you’ll need:

  • Craft paper
  • Scissors
  • Sticky tape
  • Silver or gold spraypaint (optional)
  • 1 string white or clear fairy lights

Method:
Draw an angel shape and trace it onto the craft paper. Cut it out and fold it into a cone shape with the wings overlapping at the back. Spray angels with spraypaint if you like, secure with sticky tape and tape onto the fairy lights.

Step by Step Instructions

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White stick tree
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Lucky packets
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Decorated Marie biscuits
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Paper angels and fairy lights

Images courtesy of Fresh Living magazine

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