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Make Your Own Folded Paper Christmas Trees

Embrace the festive spirit and make your own easy-to-fold paper origami Christmas Trees. These are great for gift tags, decorate your wrapping paper, or make Christmas cards.

Instructions

Start with a square of patterned or plain paper – you can try newspaper, brown paper, Christmas wrapping paper, scrapbook paper, coloured construction paper or origami paper. Thinner paper is better (so not cardstock).

Next, click here or on the image below to download printable instructions.

How are you going to use these beauties?

You could make a collection of coordinated wrapping papers…

Add a little forest of paper trees to your gift wrapping…

Or make some adorable gift tags…

Merry Christmas!

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Sensational Six – Red and Green

Christmas is almost here and you cannot go wrong with the traditional red and green Australian handmade gifts for your home and your cooking!

– Curated by Soraya of My Bebe Cadum

Red and Green

Baby shoes by Cheeky Monkeys
Christmas card by Mum & Me Handmade Designs
Christmas sloth brooch by Whistleburg
Santa’s cookie mix by Sweet Health
Christmas bauble by i-Create Laser Cutting
Felt ball garland by The Felting Dorcas

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Shopping Guide – Christmas Delights 2

One month until Christmas and it’s time to break out the festive decor. Christmas decorations, Christmas cards, Christmas outfits and plenty of reindeer are what you need at this time of the year, and our latest shopping guide of Australian handmade gifts has you covered.

Christmas Delights

Dove decoration by Curly Jo Design
Advent calendar by ELK Prints
Santa booties pattern by heaventoseven
Christmas playsuit by BerryCoot Creations
Reindeer toiletry bag by One Busy Sloth
Christmas shorts by Tinkerbell Tailor
Christmas stocking by Baby’s Got Cake Gifts
Koala Christmas card by Mum & Me Handmade Designs
Flutter dress by Nicobelle Design
1st Christmas decoration by the little card boutique
Joy dress by Dream For Girls
Bear bottoms by The Climbing Tree
Baby elephant Christmas card by Squid Ink Art
Hamper basket by KBS Designs

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Christmas Cookie Cutter Decorations

Christmas Cookie Cutter Decorations

Spruce your Christmas tree up with some new decorations this year.

This craft project is a perfect one to involve the kids in. Let them help cut the shapes, select the colours and older children can sew them together. With a few simple supplies and some easy sewing you will have a tree full of cookie cutter decorations.

Supplies Needed:

  • Cookie cutters for templates – I have used a gingerbread man, heart, star and a round cookie cutter. Don’t worry if you haven’t got any cookie cutters and instead hand draw some simple cookie sized shapes to use as templates. Other shapes that would work well are tree shapes and diamonds.
  • Felt – tan colour (for biscuits) and assorted colours for the icing on top of the decorations and to decorate the gingerbread man. I use a wool blend felt but acrylic felt is cheaper and would work well.
  • Scissors
  • Needle
  • Sewing thread
  • Filling
  • Ribbon

Instructions:

  1. Cut out tan felt using cookie cutters as your template (make them larger or smaller to suit your preferences). You will need two pieces for each decoration.
  2. Hand sew around the shapes, leaving a small opening for lightly stuffing your decoration. Sew opening closed.
  3. Cut another shape slightly smaller than the first in a coloured felt. This will be the icing on your decoration. Hand sew on top of decoration.
  4. Decorate the gingerbread man shape with black round eyes, and felt buttons and then sew on a smiley mouth in black or red thread.
  5. Cut a 20 cm piece of ribbon and fold in half. Sew the two ends of the ribbon onto the top of the decorations. Now you can hang your decorations up.

Hint: Make your decorations even more special by sewing on beads and sequins to the icing felt.

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How To Write A Letter To Santa

Write A Letter To Santa

When you are small, there is nothing more magical than writing a letter to Santa and receiving a reply.

In Australia, good old Australia Post offers this service for free to kids. They even have printable templates for kids to write letters on. Children write their letter to Santa and then pop it into a envelope. Then address the envelope to:

Santa
North Pole, 9999

Add a 65 cent stamp to the front of the envelope and the child’s name and address to the back of the envelope, and pop it a red mail box by 14 December. Santa will write back a letter to each child who is named on the envelope.

This service offered by Australia Post is great and more than 120,000 Aussie kids a year use it, but it does have its limitations. All of the letters received are identical, except for the name of the child, which can be a little awkward if you have multiple kids; and there’s no personalised reply to the letter that the child sent. Still, for free it’s a pretty good service.

If you are looking for a more personalised Santa experience, then it might be worth checking out some of the paid services that operate in Australia. These include:

Merry Christmas!


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