Monday, 27 August 2012

Christmas... Let the countdown begin

The fire is on and so are the lounge lights.

It's miserable outside.

I think it's officially time to countdown to Christmas!


And I've already started doing Christmas crafts. Today I attempted some tree decorations; faux christmas cookie style.

I stirred 1 cup of bicarbonate of soda, 1/2 cup of cornflour and 3/4 cup of water over a low heat until it resembled mashed potato.
Once it cooled, I started to create using cookie cutters and rubber stamps.
After an hour in the oven (roughly 160 degrees) they were rock hard and ready to be hung with twine (it's back!)
I just hope my husband doesn't try to eat these at Christmastime... he'll be in for a shock.


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42 comments :

Anita said...

These are great, though I am far from being ready to tackle anything Christmas-wise! I might have to give these a try since I want our decorations this year to be homemade!

Aimee/4TheLoveofAnimals said...

I'm going to have to remember this for when the time comes. I have wanted to make some fun ornaments in this style. Thank you for posting it.

My Norfolk Life said...

They are lovely! Loving your countdown to Christmas - I love Christmas makes.
Claire

Breenah said...

Those are so cute! I love the "Merry Christmas" all over the heart.

Melissa Campeau said...

Hello from the blog hop social 39! Am your new follower :)
Awesome how you're doings countdown to Christmas... I LOOOOVE Christmas lol your crafts are stunning... Can't wait to read more of your posts!
Hope to see you around :)
S.O.S. Mom
Http://sosmom.blogspot.com

Emily @ Cinnamon Design Studio said...

Those are really cute! And I thought I was the only one who was already in the Christmas spirit! :)

Jill @ Create.Craft.Love. said...

Those are adorable! I saw people using those as gift tags too! I am going to try my hand at this! Thanks for sharing at the Pomp Party! Pinning!

Jessica said...

These are great! I'm glad I'm not the only one already excited over Christmas- I already have half my shopping done! Next focus is baking and decorations, so I will keep these ornaments in mind ;) I found you via ClaireJustine's blog, now following. Having a hop at my blog, too: http://jessica-healthymommyhealthybaby.blogspot.com/2012/08/sweet-saturday-18-with-sweet-features.html. Would love it if you joined!

Jessica said...

Btw, what kind of stamps did you use? Just regular rubber ones?

karen said...

Hi Jessica, I used just regular rubber stamps. I rarely use them for inking now, so means they have a new lease of life!

Karen

SweetPepperRose said...

Hi these are really cute! I've never heard of this recipe with the baking soda, but it sounds fun! Found you thru Joy in the Jumbles party.
JoAnn

Danni Baird @ Silo Hill Farm said...

Those are so cute! I would not have thought to use stamps. I'm glad someone asked. Nice job. I haven't even thought about Christmas yet...guess I'd better start!

Rachel said...

Wow, you've got an early start on Christmas prep, haven't you! The ornaments are so cute!

Sparkle and Co said...

I pinned it too... Just because I love Christmas and you've written Noel on one of these ;) ( I'm French indeed)
xoxo

Anonymous said...

Wonderful Christmas ornaments!!! i have tried that too, so much cheaper that poly clay. Have a wonderful day

butterflyblossom said...

Love that you have used stamps to write greetings in these they look brilliant! Did you have to get your christmas tree out especially for these photos?!

karen said...

LOL no, a mini tree has been waiting to be put in the loft since last Xmas - my husband takes his time doing tasks - so I had it to hand! Needless to say it won't go into the loft now until January!

Anonymous said...

I really like the way you have used stamps on the shapes -a really great idea. Have you ever tried adding in sweets before baking? They are meant to melt and provide little windows.

Fiddly Fingers said...

I like this idea and great for the pre Christmas diet!!

Handmade Crafts said...

These look so good and must admit with the darker mornings and nights certainly not long now.

CatkinJane said...

Lovely ideas, using the stamps has made them that bit different.

Wendy said...

These are brilliant, and I love the way you've used stamps with them too.

Handbags by Helen said...

Fab (and messy - or at least it would be if i did it!) tutorial

Highland Monkey's said...

Remember making things with dough when the kids were young. Good idea to stamp it adds extra texture to it.

Anonymous said...

I love the stamps you used across the cookies. Joanna x

Debbiedoo's said...

WOW girl you are getting a jump start for sure. These would make fantastic little presents. Thanks for sharing with my party.

Free Spirit Designs said...

oooooh these are cute :) you've actually got me in the mood for Christmas! x

Louisa said...

This is very exciting! I'm already in the Christmas spirit: my boyfriend made me mini-Christmas for my birthday on the 30th August :)

Deborah Fox said...

I really like those, they are so cool - nice job!

Tif said...

Oh I totally remember making those with my Mother for Christmas presents for my teachers! Sigh...I'm so glad Summer is OVER...well...in Texas it ends in January..lol!

New follower from the "Monday Meetup"
Tif
Ramblings of a Southern Belle
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katrice said...

These are so cute! I must make these with my kids. thanks for posting!

Gail Purath said...

This looks like a great idea. I think I'll try it with my granddaughters. They love to cut out regular cookies and these would make sweet little gifts for them to give their friends and family. Thanks for sharing this idea and dough recipe. Bless you, Gail (BibleLoveNotes.com)

Ladies Holiday said...

Wow. The countdown is on isn't it?! It is hard to believe, but being prepared is the best way to enjoy the season!
Found you on the Romance on a Dime Hop- if you'd like to link up with Ladies Holiday on Wednesday for a book hop and/or Friday to add your favorite photos (from a post is fine!)we'd love to have your contribution!
Cheers!

Mythillogical said...

They are great little decorations. I must admit I've started some fimo and felted Christmas items myself.

Wendy said...

Absolutely LOVE these! Can't wait to try this with my guys! Looks like such fun! Thanks for sharing! Blessings!

Anonymous said...

These are great. I am adding this to my Camp Grandma Christmas crafts. Thanks for sharing!

Meredith @ Wait Til Your Father Gets Home said...

I'm such a Christmas junkie! Love this (and that you're not afraid to start your countdown early)!

Thank you so much for joining us at the CHQ Blog Hop this week! We hope you've made some new bloggy friends!

clare's craftroom said...

Oh my these are just great ! Thanks for linking up and playing along .

Sarah Evans said...

I did a little feature about your blog today :)

Sarah
http://acatlikecuriosity.blogspot.co.uk/

Betsy Pool said...

These are so cute!! I love the vintage look of them. :) Thanks for linking up at Take it on Tuesday!!

Betsy @ Romance on a dime.com

Natasha In Oz said...

Thanks so much for joining in with this week's Say G'day Linky Party! I've just shared this post on Pinterest etc. How exciting to see a Christmas post!!

Hope you have been well and enjoying the cooler weather!

Hope to see you again this Saturday.

Best wishes,
Natasha in Oz

Cocalores said...

Great idea - and their color looks a lot cooler than that of regular salt dough! =)