Hand-made Christmas

December 8th 2017
By: Melanie
Hand-made Christmas

Whether you are a fan of Kirsty Allsop or not it is always fun to have a go at making something at home for the festive season. Making some of your own decorations of gifts is a perfect way to get the kids away from the screens and focused on making something for family or friends in this season of giving and sharing.
Most old-fashioned Christmas trees were decorated with hand-made holiday ornaments and decorations. You could always have a go with the kids at making a popcorn garland. Many original decorations hung on trees were homemade (usually edible) decorations made from nuts or dried fruit. There are lots of sweets and biscuits you could make with the kids  to hang on the tree from gingerbread men to toffee and peppermint creams .
Victorian Christmas trees were also trimmed with ornaments made with wax in the shape of angels. Cotton-wool ornaments were made too and crafted with embossed paper faces, trimmed with buttons, and gold paper wings.
If there is one thing that has survived from the Victorian Christmas, it’s the Christmas cracker. Originally they were love tokens; made of bits of twisted and fringed coloured tissue paper, with a sweet and a little verse inside. In the early days they were called "Kisses." In the early days each confectioner bought his own materials and made his own crackers. Again its another thing you could have fun making with the kids this Christmas.
If you really want to channel your inner Kirsty there are many more ideas for making finely crafted decorations , sweets, card, jams, cakes, mulled wines or ciders on her pinterst page. https://www.pinterest.co.uk/pin/38562140536191898/