I am very particular about my christmas tree, i’d love to be one of these mums that turns the dressing of the christmas tree into a family event, but no. Just no. I cant cope with the cluster of baubles, the uneven-ness of decorations. I like it orderly. So, last year I thought i’d let my kids have there very own Handmade christmas tree to do as they please with, this included making up their very own decorations for it too!
It worked out great for me, all those little bits they bring home from school and after school clubs have somewhere to go, They get to pick out a couple of their own baubles as well (This year we’ve added a rainbow & a carousel horse) And this year Mischa made up her very own angel to sit at the top. It is all a bit adorable!
We did try last week to make up another batch of handmade decorations for it, but I ended up having a bit of a Pinterest fail… What was supposed to turn out like this….
Ended up turning out like this…..
Not really sure where we wrong to be honest. Ha ha. Anyway, some decorations that I can actually do are the Salt dough baubles. Thats what we started with last year, and seen as I didn’t post anything about them, i’d thought I’d share a quick ‘how to’ here…
- 125g Plain flour – You cant substitute self raising here, your decorations will actually rise!
- 1/3 cup of salt
- 1/3 cup of water – maybe a tiny bit more.
Simply pour all your ingredients into a bowl and mix, I used an electric mixer, its just easier, but if you dont have one dont worry.
You want your dough to be completely combined into one large ball, slightly sticky and soft.
Now flour a surface, place your dough down and roll out, you want it to be about 1/2 an inch thick.
Using cookie cutters you can make your salt dough decorations in any shape you want. Mischa & izzy choose a few star shapes, christmas trees and a gingerbread man shape. Using a kebab skewer or something similar pop a hole through the top of your cut out. This will be the hole that you’ll thread string or wire through.
Place your dough cut outs on a baking sheet lined tray and pop them in the oven for at least 2 hours. It is a while, but you need to bake out all that moisture, any moisture and your decorations will just crack & crumble apart.
You’ll know they’re done when they are rock solid and almost white in colour.
Leave to completely cool before decorating.
Easy as that!
There are loads of possible handmade trinkets to adorn your tree, I’ve popped a few of the best tutorials I could find below.
Paper baubles – Stephanie Lynne
Twig Christmas tree – Michelle made me.
Dried fruit baubles – Simply Notable
Wool wrapped stars – Live Laugh Rowe.
Lots of ideas for you there if you want to get a little bit crafty in the run up to Christmas. I’m interested to know how many others have a handmade tree?
The little woman pretends.