Easy Christmas Crafting

Father christmas letter and decoration

I always imagined myself as a super crafting Mum and being an artist I think others may have expected the same from me too. However, with a 2 year old with an extremely short attention span, intricate family craft projects just aren't happening yet.

I wanted to make something whilst we wrote Fox's Father Christmas letter, when all the supplies were out and these mini tree decorations were a perfectly easy team effort.

Fox painted his unique take on the Big Man himself and got handy with the glue, whilst I did the boring bits!

To make your easy Christmas tree decoration, head down to the Poundland for the mini wooden frames I used, or check out similar ones here on Amazon

Step 1

Hold your frame on the other side of the paper that has your little one’s creation on it. Then draw round the inside of the frame. Cut a few mm wider than the line so you can stick it inside the frame and no paper will show on the outside edge.

Step 1 easy christmas tree decoration for toddlers
Easy toddler christmas tree decoration DIY
Step 2 easy toddler christmas crafts

Step 2

Use your first piece of paper to trace round the second drawing and cut that out.

DIY easy christmas crafts for toddlers and parents

Step 3

Stick down a ribbon or lace loop inside one of the little pictures. I used a glue roller, a saviour for no mess!

Ribbon and glue for childrens christmas crafts

Step 4

Glue the insides of your frames and stick your pictures in, then glue on top round the edges and stick both frames back to back to finish your creation.

Christmas tree decoration homemade
Childrens christmas tree craft project

I added Fox’s name and his age. I’d love us to make something each year to add to the Christmas tree as little keepsakes to look back on over the years!

So hey presto, a very easy, toddler friendly, minimal mess, Christmas tree decoration!

Hidden Curiosities Gin Competition

Gin! We all know I absolutely adore this glorious clear liquid, however this love affair did not start off so amorously. I first tried gin at a house party at 15 years old. We’d broken in to my friend’s parents drinks cabinet and I went straight for the gin bottle. My exact words were “It tastes like gardens”.

Tastes change and no longer breaking into locked cupboards, my adult gin tasting has been a little bit more civilised (although I do miss that rebellious young girl).

I’ve sampled many brands of gin in my time, but never have I had one that I could drink neat and truly enjoy. Hidden Curiosities Gin is so unbelieveably delicious, that you can drink it neat (with ice) and it doesn’t give you that burning sensation. It’s full of flavour and super smooth.

The mix of interesting botanicals is a joy to taste and different ingredients can be brought out when you mix it with different garnishes. Making it a really versatile and incredibly tasty gin.

Hidden Curiosities is founded by my friend Jenny Meguro. She was bored of all the gins on the market, which were unable to adapt to her different moods for flavour, so she decided to make her own. A year long journey of sampling and experimenting led her to the final concoction, which features pink peppercorns, green cardamon, Japanese yuzu, pink grapefruit, bergamot and lime.

Jenny’s awesome gin is featured on my gin wreath Christmas card this year, so if you fancy a boozy card alternative then you can grab one here, there aren’t many left!

Awesome Mama and Hidden Curiosities have teamed up to bring you a really cool competition.

You can have the chance to win a bottle of Jenny’s gin and one of my new Beautiful Bodies prints.

All you have to do it head over to my Insta and tag your friends who may also like the chance to win and follow both myself @awesomemamaillustration and @hiddencuriositiesgin. If you join my awesome email list you’ll get an extra entry! The winner will be pick at random on Sunday 2nd December.

In the meantime, here’s Jenny’s favourite winter cocktail recipe for you!


The Winter Negroni

Ingredients

  • 70ml infused gin (recipe below)

  • 50ml bitter liqueur (eg. Campari)

  • 50ml sweet vermouth

  • 2 slices of orange

Infused gin (makes about 250ml)

  • 50g golden caster sugar

  • 2 cloves

  • zest of 1 oranges

  • 1 cinnamon stick

  • 1 star anise

  • 250ml gin

Mixing instructions

For the infused gin:

Add all of the ingredients in a pot, except for the gin. Bring the mixture to a gentle boil then leave it on low heat for 8-10 minutes, until it gets syrupy. Leave to cool until cold before using it in the next stage.

Pour the syrup with all the spices into a glass bottle or jar, add the gin. Shake well to mix  – resist trying it – and store for at least a week to infuse, the longer the better! Strain before using.

For the cocktails:

Fill up two rocks glasses with ice cubes. Stir the infused gin, martini bitters, sweet vermouth in a cocktail shaker, divide the liquid between the glasses and add a slice of orange in each.


I’ll be having a few gins this week in celebration, so catch you over on Insta and tag me in your gin pics!

Cheers!

-SWM