The ornaments we made out of a clay called Das, which I believe you can get at most craft stores (or at least something similar). You can also get the clay that you can bake, it just so happened at the store I went to this clay came in larger packs. We then rolled it out like you would cookie dough to around a quarter of an inch thick. Once we had our flat surface of clay, we used cookie cutters to cut out the shapes and then smoothed down the rough edges around the shapes. After waiting a couple days for our shapes to dry, we then painted them with acrylic paint and glitter, in the case below with features of our friends.This paper garland above was probably the simplest to make but adds a nice touch on an otherwise blank chunk of wall. I traced around heart and tree shaped cookie cutter shapes on coloured paper and then cut out the shapes. After that I just taped the back of the shapes to string and then hung up. This was a pinterest fail. I know what you’re thinking, but they look so cute! Well these little gingerbread men were really cute and smelled great, and then fell apart as soon as we wanted to hang them. It was like a gingerbread massacre right before our eyes, first an arm, then cry’s of “Oh no, that one’s just lost half its body!” and it all went downhill from there, into a crumbly gingerbread man heap. It’s my own fault really for making softer gingerbread cookies. I think this will work, but you need to roll the dough quite thin so the cookies come out harder, and use a recipe with dark brown sugar instead of light, it made a big difference in the different batches of cookies I made. If you want to give it a go, all you do is cut your gingerbread shapes like normal, then using a straw punch out two holes in their chests for the string to go through. Once they are right out of the oven you may need to do this again quickly as the holes might have baked up a little.
Handmade this Christmas
We’ve been crafting up a storm in our house these past few weeks. We made ornaments for friends (and ourselves) and a couple garlands to make our house look a little more festive after realising we didn’t really have many decorations.
So there’s some successes and a failure, have you done any Christmas crafts this season?