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Baking Christmas

Giant Coconut “Snowball” Marshmallows – The perfect festive food gift

These scrumptious marshmallows are so festive, so yummy and so great as a gift. Even a novice baker can make the most delicious squidgy marshmallow and they make an impressive gift for someone with a sweet tooth. This makes 16 extra large marshmallows.

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Christmas Craft

How to make a Christmas Felt Poinsettia

This year, I was lucky enough to take part in the Kirstie’s Handmade Christmas show for Channel 4. On air I made this very festive of flowers, so in case you missed it, here’s how to! Continue Reading

Christmas Craft

My FlowerBomb! Tree – Kirstie’s Handmade Christmas

This year I was delighted to take part in Kirstie Allsopp’s Christmas tree decorating competition for her annual Christmas show Kirstie’s Handmade Christmas.

Having been inspired by flowers all year whilst writing my gorgeous book FlowerBomb! (Out Feb 2018, click here for details), I thought the obvious choice was to create a floral masterpiece.

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Christmas Craft

Magical Christmas Dome House – Sizzix vs Hannah

This year I have joined forces with the wonderful Sizzix to create a magical paper-craft Christmas decoration using your Sizzix Big Shot, a Glass Dome, LED lights and a little imagination. There are so many festive dies to choose from, but I couldn’t resist this little house. Simply follow the video for instructions, below are a link of materials used.

YOU WILL NEED please visit Sizzix.co.uk for all materials used.

Sizzix Big Shot

Section of festive dies: I have used the Village Dwelling House, Christmas Tree

Battery controlled LED lights

Glass Dome

Card

Hi Tack Glue

Glue Dots 

Happy Christmas crafting everyone!

 

Christmas Craft

D.I.Y. Ivy Garland Lights

There is something so magical about Ivy in the winter in England. It grows in abundance and I don’t know if its because ” the holly and the ivy” is one of my favourite carols but I simply love it. So to celebrate its season heres a simple Christmassy craft make.

YOU WILL NEED

Selection of green felt sheets, I used approximately 10 sheets per 1.5 meters of Ivy.

Fine green garden wire/cutters

Glue gun

LED lights

Fabric scissors

 

METHOD

Following the ivy template, cut out equal numbers of the three sizes of leaf in a selection of colours. I’ve made mine around 7cm, 10cm and 15cm wide.

Cut the thin wire into lengths around 20cm long, use the hot glue to attach the base of the leaf to the tip of the wire.

Starting with a small leaf, twist the base onto another small leafs wire, so there is around 4/6cm wires gap. Repeat this until all the small leaves are attached, then add the medium then the large leaves.

Once complete wrap the led lights around the garland.

They look great draped over a photo frame on on a mantelpiece.

 

Christmas Craft

Washi Tape Christmas Tree Cards

There’s just something about Washi Tape that’s totally addictive, the cross between stickers and tape in beautiful colours always catches my eye. I simply love this set from First Edition which uses all my favourite hues of pink, gold foil and turquoise. You can use them in so many different ways, but this year I decided to make my Christmas tree cards from the beautiful range from Trimcraft, links below to products. Continue Reading

Baking Christmas

Candy Cane Three Chocolate Yule Log

For me Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without a Chocolate Yule Log, this year I have come up with a modern twist on an old classic, filled to the brim with chocolate. Inside is a milk chocolate buttercream, wrapped in a dark chocolate sponge then finally smothered in a white chocolate mousse. Defiantly an eye catching alternative!

All the chocolate that was used in this recipe was from Weiss.

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Christmas Craft

Giant Hula Hoop Pom Pom Wreath

I have been working on this glorious wreath for quite a few evenings over the festive period, hand making the pom-poms with my pompom maker. Essentially it is pretty simple to make, but it is a project that will take you a little while to complete. So its best to grab yourself a tray, your pompom making materials and turn on the television!

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Christmas Craft DIY Fashion

Big & Little Polar Bear Christmas Jumpers

This year I wanted to design my husband and son a matching Christmas jumper each, then came up with the idea of a “big bear & little bear” theme. I have teamed up with the glorious Jennie Maizels iron on patches , which are so much fun for personalising practically anything. The design is to celebrate Save the Children Christmas Jumper day on December 16th.

It’s a great charity to support, by sticking on a daft sweater, signing up and donating £2 to Save the Children (£1 if you’re at school) at ChristmasJumperday.org you’ll be saving children’s lives, and helping the charity do whatever it takes to make sure the world’s forgotten children get the chance to have a brighter future.

If your festive sweater from last year just isn’t silly enough, why not head to your nearest Save the Children store where they are calling out for people to donate their unwanted Christmas jumpers.

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Christmas Creative Living Shopping

Box & Bow, a little box of happy on your doorstep

When I received my Box & Bow Christmas package on my doorstep, I got a little magical feeling. What’s this? As I unwrapped the package there were four lovely festive gifts; a beautiful bottle of mulled cider syrup, star chocolate pop, wooden tree sprinkles, perfect for a party table or to put in Christmas cards and bar of Candy Cane chocolate. All dressed up beautifully with a little hay and Christmas ribbon. Continue Reading