We are big play dough fans here. It’s my go to activity for when I need the children to play independently while I get something done and it’s something I know that both of them love to play with. This weekend I made a big […]
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Florence loves play dough (what toddler doesn’t?!) and she’s been asking me to play it almost every day since our last tub had to be thrown out as she’d left the lid off and mushed all the colours together. I’ve been meaning to have another go at making play dough for a while now so when one of the women who runs our Monday Play group shared her recipe with me I decided to just bite the bullet and try again. My previous attempts haven’t always gone to plan so I just kept putting it off however last week I got up determined to make some Christmassy play dough and It actually went surprisingly well! So well that I decided to make some as gifts for some of Florence’s little friends for Christmas. I’ve included a fun way to wrap these too so you if you’re stuck for a stocking filler idea for a toddler this might just help you out!
The recipe is super easy, using just seven ingredients. You’ll need salt, flour, cream of tartare, baby oil, food colouring, water and ground cinnamon or ginger. I’ve always used baby oil rather than vegetable or cooking oil just because if you’re not adding additional scents it smells a lot nicer. Plus I generally always have spare of this in the cupboard.
How to make my Christmas Playdough
By: ami elizabeth
- 1 cup flour
- 2/3 cup of salt
- 2 tsp of Cream of tartare
- 1 tbsp baby oil
- Food colouring ( I chose red and green and made two batches)
- Chosen spices
- Step 1 Take 1 cup of flour, 2/3 cup of salt and 2 teaspoons of cream of tartare.
- Step 2 Combine them in a bowl with 1 tbsp of baby oil and stir.
- Step 3 Mix a couple of drops of your chosen food colouring ( I prefer the gel ones by Dr Oetker as they just give better colours) in a cup and then pour into your mixture.
- Step 4 Finally add the desired amount of spices for the scent. I went for a table spoon of ginger for this one.
- Step 5 Pour everything in to a saucepan and add to the heat. stir the mixture continuously until it is thick enough to form into a ball — it might still seem a bit sticky but once you’ve removed it from the pan and popped it on a cool plate or some grease proof paper, it’ll seem less sticky.
I haven’t added it in the instructions above but you could always add some glitter to give it some extra festive sparkle as I have.
How to wrap Christmas Playdough
I wracked my brains for a fun way to wrap these and ended up revisiting a craft I did a couple of years ago. I’ve re-purposed this Reindeer Food Sack idea to gift wrap the glass jars I’ve used to keep the playdough in to make these super cute reindeer packages.
I used hessian fabric, but I think you could also use brown paper if you’ve got that kicking about at home. It’s a lot cheaper to buy too.
You basically cut out a rectangle of the hessian / paper and wrap your jar in it, starting diagonally with one corner on the lid. Then once there’s no more fabric to wrap fold the two sides up and form the antlers / ears. Tie together with string and then trim or arrange them so that they’re equal and facing forwards.
I added a red ribbon with a gold jingly bell attached and tied it around the bottom of the ears / antlers to hide the string.
Then using a glue gun, stick on some googly eyes, a pom pom nose and draw on a little cheeky grin.
And there you go! Super simple and Florence helped me with every step. We made some little name tags out of some Kraft card which Florence drew a little picture on and I wrote ‘Homemade by Florence’ on them as she gave me hand with the playdough too.
These make a really lovely little gift for class mates or kids stocking fillers and they don’t cost the earth either.
On Pinterest? Check some other really cool Christmas crafts on my board.
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With Hallowe’en all over and done with for most of us, I’ll bet there are a whole bunch of redundant pumpkins hanging around your homes right now. Well, think twice before you completely write them off and take them out with the rubbish… I’ve got a way you can carry on using them well into the last few weeks of Autumn: make a pumpkin table centre piece.
You’ll likely have seen these all over my social media over the last couple of weeks as I actually made them to use as centre pieces at a wedding I had planned. I had so many lovely comments about them and you can see why – they are just gorgeous and make a perfect autumnal decoration around the home as well as adding a seasonal touch to your special occasions. They’re super simple to make too.
We actually went and picked our pumpkins at a local farm and because of the wedding colour scheme opted for white ones rather than your traditional orange but either works. I guess you could even go with green ones too!
Simply cut the top off as you would if you were carving a jack o’ lantern and scoop out the insides. If you are reusing a pumpkin you’ve already carved then you’re already half way there.
Grab yourself a plastic plant pot (you could also use an emptied and washed out tin or glass jar) which has a rim a similar circumference to the lid of your pumpkin. If you’d prefer not to see the top of your pot once it’s inside, you can cut the top rim off or alternatively wrap it in tin foil.
Slot the pot inside your pumpkin and line the bottom with either cotton wool or kitchen towel.
Now for the flowers! You can either buy a bouquet from the shops or your local florists or if you have one nearby, you could head out and pick your own wildflowers at a local PYO Farm. It all depends on the look you’re going for.
I used a combination of pink roses, gypsophila and these beautiful navy blue thistles.
Simply cut the stems down to size and arrange them inside your pumpkin before filling the pot around half way with water.
If you’ve recycled your spooky pumpkin, you could either just turn it around so that the original carving doesn’t show or wrap your plant pot in battery / solar powered fairy lights to make it glow! Just make sure you put the battery pack out the back of the pumpkin so it doesn’t get wet!
There you have it, a beautiful seasonal centrepiece which will look fab in your home.
Once you’re done and are ready to dispose of your pumpkin, why not leave it outside for the local wildlife to feast on? Squirrels and birds LOVE pumpkin.
While Florence is a little young to really understand what on earth is going on this Christmas, I have made these cute little Reindeer Food Bags for the older children in our family and I thought I would share a little tutorial on how you […]