Merry Christmas! It's sunny outside but so cold (-25 deg C) that I'm staying in today, listening to my Christmas music box and creating some fun stuff for Christmas. Later friends are coming over for some holiday cheer (in my case, martinis!!).
My place is too small for a tree so I've plunked Christmas ornaments in a pot of plants and stuck some small cedar branches (I won't tell you where these came from, but I did roam the neighbourhood with a pair of secateurs!) into an old pickle crock. I added some lights to cheer up the place.
There's a vintage plastic (yeah, they had plastic in the 1940s) wreath up on my door. I've schlepped this wreath around for years because I think it's so beautiful. It reminds me of the swags and wreaths that are hung up all over Italy where they use real fruit like oranges, lemons, and grapes to adorn these. Despite the fact that mine is plastic, it's kind of pretty, don't you think?
Anyway, I promised you some Christmassy ideas and since I haven't had time to find a lot of stuff on the web, I'm posting a couple I've made. For example, this Christmas angel candlestick holder is easy to make and your kiddies can decorate with stickers, crayons, paint, and glitter. It would be a nice addition to your Christmas or holiday table or make a lovely night light in a child's room.
It's made from those thin 9-inch paper plates from the grocery store. In case you think I dreamed this one up, it's actually something that I saw in a (now defunct) French magazine called 100 1dées. You can find a template for a similar one over at our lady Martha's. Click here to view.
Here's another project that you and your kids will love (and, pssst - it's so easy and yummy, you'll fall over with excitement!!). It's an edible snow globe. Who wouldn't love this!! I made mine with delish snowball cupcakes I bought (Who me? Bake? As an example of my baking efforts, I made some 'featherlight' biscuits that could double as doorstops). I got these delectable cupcakes at Thimble Cakes here in Ottawa.
To make, you will need cupcakes, a cookie or chocolate goodie (for the topper), a small ramekin (or similar), and a 'globe' which is just a stemless plastic wine glass I got at Target ($2.49 plus tx CDN). You can also use small clear glass containers like baby jars. Just make sure these fit the top of the ramekin. And, voila, you've got an snow globe you can eat - at least what's inside! Serve as dessert at your holiday feast, and your friends and family will be calling you Martha!!
By the way, if you can also put a dessert in the ramekin; for example, a no-bake cheesecake, or bake your favourite cake or soufflé recipe - take your pick. Me - I always opt out for the easiest and quickest!
For more of my Christmas cheap and cheerful DIY ideas, go to my recycle site.