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Homemade Christmas or Anytime Gift Ideas
Wed 24-Nov-10
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Hey, I'm new around here (I've been lurking for a while but I've only just taken the plunge and signed up) so I'm hoping all you crafty people will be full of good ideas.

I'm looking for some ideas for things that my 2 year old daughter can 'make' for her grandparents, great grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, etc. for christmas. Obviously the amount of effort that she contributes will be limited to her concentration span which means very little. They also need to be things that I can start making now as we're going to be very busy in the run up to Christmas.

We've already made Christmas cards. I got her to scribble all over some sheets of green sugar paper and then stick lots of little gold and silver stars all over them (the sort that we used to get in primary school for good work). I then cut these into tree shaped triangles and mounted them on white card blanks. They look really good and I didn't need her to concentrate long in one sitting because one piece of sugar paper made about 10 cards.

Now I'm just stumped for presents...

Thanks in advance

Roz.

Wed 24-Nov-10
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Warm welcome Roz - how about this site - for littl'uns.   big_hug

You know the DD's likes and dislikes, so maybe there is something on the site.

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Wed 24-Nov-10
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How about you make gingerbread biscuits in Christmassy shapes (cutters) and then let her loose with the brightest coloured icing and sprinkles you can come up with. Obviously you would have to protect the kitchen as if it were fingerpainting, but if it is her work you will get big aahs for the most rudimentary skills! And she should enjoy it.chef

Wed 24-Nov-10
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Gingerbread is the biz- wrap it in a nice big cellophane bag with lavish ribbon and it will knock 'em dead!

Kateuk makes things at http://www.etsy.com/shop/finkstuff and sometimes she does this too http://www54paintings.blogspot.com/ and also this http://finkstuff.weebly.com/

Wed 24-Nov-10
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Yep, I'd second that, Kate - I have several packs of the see-through bags from Lakeland. They're ideal for making up a goodie bag for the children at school. ok

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wave  Yes, I'm with that idea too.  Children love doing icing, especially with different colours.  Your daughter will love it and remember that she did it when the presents are given and opened.  Have fun. big_hug

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Wed 24-Nov-10
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wave  Oops, meant to give you a welcome too.  Welcome to the Forum. big_hug

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Wed 24-Nov-10
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Croeso Roz!

The gingerbread and icing does seem like a good plan.

In a similar theme you could make mini christmas cake also, though obviously it wouldn't have long to mature. But there are quite a few last minute recipes out there,I remember Delia has a good one.

Use a brownie type pan to bake it so you get a big and slightly shallower than usual rectangle, then use a round cookie cutter to cut out your mini cakes, then ice and decorate. A two year old could easily help with the mixing up, and cutting out. rolling icing may be a bit dull for her though I guess.

You could also melt a load of chocolate and crumble in the off cut bits, then shape little balls of the mixture to make truffle like treaty things.

 

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Thu 25-Nov-10
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Thanks all.

Gingerbread sounds like a good plan. I usually make Lebkuchen rather than gingerbread so I generally don't ice it. But I'm sure there'll be a good recipe in the books I inherited from Grandma. DD loves icing fairy cakes but I'd ruled those out as they won't keep for long enough. She'll enjoy using the same skills on gingerbread (If I can prevent her from taking one bite from each...)

 

 

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Welcome mrsmortis wave. Red salt dough made from equal quantities of flour and salt with red food colouring or children's powder paint ,made into a dough with water, with glitter in it works well. You can mould them around candles ie tea lights and add bits of holly, glitter and cones or even sprayed pasta shapes. Leave to dry over a radiator or pop in the oven after cooking when the power is off. Voila! If the bits fall off on drying just use a glue gun to pop them back into place.

For truly long lasting decorations paint with varnish when dry.cheers

 

Thu 25-Nov-10
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Just realised it is half salt to flour but the rest is the same doh

So

1 cup salt

2 cups of flour

1 cup of watercheers

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I have a recipe that I picked up in tesco years ago for little chocolate refridgerator cake type christmas puddings- used to make them with my daughter,fun as you do all the shaping by hand.

I'll dig it out and post it if anyone is interested.

Kateuk makes things at http://www.etsy.com/shop/finkstuff and sometimes she does this too http://www54paintings.blogspot.com/ and also this http://finkstuff.weebly.com/

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Yes, please Kate - sounds like something I may be able to make for school?

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Oh yes- they would be good for that -I'll try to remember to post it up tomorrow evening.

Kateuk makes things at http://www.etsy.com/shop/finkstuff and sometimes she does this too http://www54paintings.blogspot.com/ and also this http://finkstuff.weebly.com/

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Did someone say chocolate? smug  I have no kiddies, but hey - sounds good to me.  Please post it!  ok

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