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With the 1st December rapidly approaching, why not take the chance to inject some creativity into your Christmas preparations this year. A personal touch is always appreciated at Christmas so if you fancy yourself as the next Kirstie Allsopp then read on for the Sykes Cottages Christmas Craft Guide.

Make Your Own Advent Calendar

Advent Calendar

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Instead of manically dashing around the supermarket on the 30th November trying to find a bog-standard advent calendar, why not try making your own at home!  There are lots of fantastic ideas out there for ways in which you can make your children’s (or your own!) advent calendar really special this year. A nice idea is to wrap up little gifts such as sweets, key rings or small toys and number them from 1 through to 25. Then hang the gifts on your tree using ribbon or string and let your children take one down to unwrap each day. Another idea would be to use 25 empty matchboxes, stack them into a Christmas tree shape and fill them with treats. You could even get the kids involved and create a fun activity out of helping them to decorate the matchboxes with Christmas themed pictures and patterns.

Homemade Tree Decorations

Pine cone christmas decorations

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Add a personal touch to your Christmas tree this year by making some decorations of your own. It’s a great activity to get you in the festive spirit and will keep the kids entertained on a cold December day. A great idea is to take a trip to your local woods with your children and collect as many pine cones as you can find. At home, spray the pine cones with gold or silver paint, add glitter or white paint to look like snow, then attach a string and hang in pride of place on the tree! Children will love showing off their creations and it’s a cheap and easy way to add a bit of creativity to your Christmas tree. Or why not try an old favourite for homemade Christmas decorations and use salt dough. It’s so easy to make and the ingredients are probably already in your cupboard. All you need is half a cup of salt, half a cup of water and one whole cup of flour. Mix the ingredients together and knead for around 10 minutes before cutting them into shapes and popping them in the microwave for 3 minutes. If you want to display them on the Christmas tree then don’t forget to make a small hole to hang the decoration from. Once the salt dough is cool, supply your children with some paint and let them bring out their creative side.

Handmade Christmas Cards

Homemade Christmas Card

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There is nothing more touching than receiving a handmade Christmas card and there is nothing more satisfying than sending one. It adds a really personal and thoughtful element to your sentiments and is sure to take pride of place on the receiver’s mantelpiece. This is a craft that can be enjoyed by children and adults alike and even if you’re not the artistic type, it’s always the thought that counts.  You could even try adding photos of yourself and your loved ones to give your cards an extra personal touch.

If you fancy getting away this winter then consider booking one of our fantastic holiday cottages for a truly unforgettable Christmas. Many of our lovely cottage owners will put up trees and decorate their cottages for your visit so don’t forget to bring along your Christmas craft creations too!

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