Glittery White Chocolate Christmas Trees

Glittery White Chocolate Christmas Trees

Yo, this is how I do Christmas! Whatever is easy and fun, that’s my gig. Like these GLITTERY white chocolate Christmas trees. Pebble only eats white chocolate (personal preference, strange child), so she thought these were fabulous. The kids had fun stirring and pouring and licking and sprinkling. Here’s how to make these cute glittery trees (though they barely need instructions!).

Glittery White Chocolate Christmas Trees

You will need:

  • 250g good quality white chocolate (I buy it in blocks and break it up, but it’s up to you, melts are good too)
  • edible gold glitter
  • Christmas tree chocolate mould

Method

  • Melt your chocolate using your chosen method. I am a bit old school and put the chocolate in a metal bowl over a saucepan of simmering water. I’ve had mixed results with the microwave!
  • Pour the chocolate into the chocolate molds* and leave in the fridge to set. Or if you’re super impatient, like me, put them in the freezer.
  • Pop the set chocolates out of their molds and onto a plate then sprinkle them with the edible gold glitter.

Glittery White Chocolate Christmas Trees Glittery White Chocolate Christmas Trees

* I totes confused myself about the correct spelling of ‘molds’ and I hate getting spelling wrong. The internet says ‘mould’ and ‘mold’. Who knows? Help a girl out, please!

Note: if you’re thinking of colouring the trees green, like I was, be careful with water based food colourings. I used the squeezy bottle kind and we had to throw away a whole block of chocolate because it seized. Boo hoo! I hear that gels work well but I haven’t tried it. Good luck!

Don’t you think these would make a super sweet Christmas gift?

Easy Pop-Up Card Craft for Kids

Easy Pop Up Card Craft for Kids {via Octavia and Vicky}

Easy Pop Up Card Craft for Kids {via Octavia and Vicky}

It was Hubby’s birthday last month and which gave Pebble the perfect excuse for making a birthday card. Previously we’ve made Christmas gift tags, birthday cards and Mother’s Day cards. This time we cut up some old birthday cards to make a brand new birthday card for her Daddy. Pebble loves pop-up cards and books at the moment and wanted to make a pop-up card. This is how we did it.

Easy Pop Up Card Craft for Kids {via Octavia and Vicky} Easy Pop Up Card Craft for Kids {via Octavia and Vicky}

DIY Pop Up Card

You will need:

  • old greeting cards
  • A4 coloured cardstock or coloured paper
  • glue stick
  • sticky tape
  • scissors
  • markers

How to make a DIY Pop-UP Card

  1. Take one piece of A4 coloured card and fold it in half to make the base of your greeting card.
  2. Cut two pieces of coloured paper so that they are slightly smaller than the size of your greeting card (slightly smaller than A5).
  3. Stick the coloured paper pieces on the front and inside your card, to create a place for writing the greeting and also create a nice border around the outside.
  4. Write any messages that you like on the front and inside the card (this is easiest to do before you stick on your pop-ups).
  5. Cut out some cute pictures from the old cards to use for pop-ups. We chose some stars.
  6. Cut a few strips of card board from an old card approximately 15 cm in length and 2 cm wide. They will need to be narrow enough to hide beneath your cut out pictures. Fold the strips of paper into a concertina (zig zag fold).
  7. Stick the cut out pictures to one end of the concertina with sticky tape. Use more sticky tape to stick the other end of the concertina to the card. We stuck our pictures to the front of the card, but you could also stick them inside if you liked.
  8. Give your card to your loved one  :)

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17 Mother’s Day Crafts for Kids

17 Mother's Day Crafts for Kids

Do you celebrate Mother’s Day? Mother’s Day is coming up for us Aussie mums on the second Sunday in May. We don’t really have any Mother’s Day traditions for our little family yet. My first Mother’s Day my hubby woke up with a hangover, hopefully that won’t become a tradition! It’s not as bad as it sounds, he really doesn’t have hangovers very often at all. There must have been some special occasion the night before. Of course I don’t remember that bit!

Last year I walked the Mother’s Day Classic with my Mother in Law, Sister in Law, two nieces and our two kids. It was….. memorable. Baby Rocky needed to stop for feeds, Pebble needed to stop for a toilet break and long story short we came very, very, very last out of thousands of people. Even after taking a shortcut because we were SO slow that the organisers had removed the signs to say which way to walk! I swore then that I would not take my kids again the next year and it would feel strange not being with my kids on Mother’s Day, so no fun run for me this year. Perhaps I’ll do the City to Bay in September…

One thing that we always do leading up to the day is some Mother’s Day craft for Pebble’s two Nana’s and Grandma. It might be a card or a gift or both, but it’s something fun and Pebble is a huge fan of ‘making’. I’m looking forward to inviting Rocky to join us this year. We’ll see how that goes! I spotted some cute ideas in the Kids Co-Op last week and have put them together with some more of my favourite ideas. I also have a Mother’s Day Pinterest Board, you can go and get lots of ideas there too.

17 Mother’s Day Crafts for Kids

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What are your plans for Mother’s Day? 

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Felted Pom Pom Necklace

Felted Pom Pom Necklace {via Octavia and Vicky}

Felted Pom Pom Necklace {via Octavia and Vicky}

Way back when, before Christmas, we made these gorgeous felted pom pom necklaces as teacher gifts for Charlotte’s teachers. They were very simple and fun to make, and can be a great way to practice fine motor and patterning skills.

We bought all our supplies from AnnyMay, which sells eco-friendly, natural products (not sponsored). I couldn’t find an Australian seller at the time, but if you know of one, please let me know :)

Note: I’m not a proper ‘crafter’ or jewellery maker, I made this method up as we went along (as with most things!). Here’s how we made these necklaces.

DIY Felted Pom Pom Necklace

You will need:

  • felted pom poms (ours were 20mm and 10 mm)
  • wooden beads (ours were 10mm)
  • waxed cotton thread
  • a large needle (with an eye large enough for your thread)
  • pliers

To make:

  • Design your necklace. Pebble placed the felted and wooden balls on a piece of paper in the order that she wanted them to go onto the necklace. She spent a long time making sure that she got the colours just right for each person.
  • Cut the waxed cotton thread to your preferred length. As I said, I’m not a jewellery maker, so I decided to tie these off by running both ends of the cord through a wooden bead and securing it with a knot. This meant that we needed our necklaces to be long enough to slip over the head. Just measure against yourself to see how long you will need the thread.
  • Thread your necklace. This is where we hit a little hurdle. The needle was very tricky to push through the dense felt pom poms. I pushed the needle so that it was just through, then used the pliers to pull the needle and thread out to the other side. Unfortunately this meant that Pebble couldn’t help with this bit. Never mind, she busied herself making a wooden necklace instead :)
  • Tie off your necklace. Finish your necklace by threading both ends through a wooden bead and tying a knot . Cut off any long pieces of thread that might be sticking out of the knot, to neaten it up.

Charlotte’s teachers were very thankful for their custom made necklaces :)
Felted Pom Pom Necklace {via Octavia and Vicky}

Felted Pom Pom Necklace {via Octavia and Vicky}

Felted Pom Pom Necklace {via Octavia and Vicky}

Felted Pom Pom Necklace {via Octavia and Vicky}

Felted Pom Pom Necklace {via Octavia and Vicky}

Felted Pom Pom Necklace {via Octavia and Vicky}

Felted Pom Pom Necklace {via Octavia and Vicky}
Want more fun ideas for kids? Just download your copy of the Three to Five Playful Preschool ebook. Watch the 30 second video and buy your copy now or find out more.


Three to Five Playful Preschool ebook - 25+ Playful Preschool Activities

Looking for more home made gifts? Try these:

Homemade Coconut IceDIY Striped Frames - hand made by kids

Christmas Tree Card

Easy Peasy Kid Made Christmas Tree Cards {Octavia and Vicky}

Easy Peasy Kid Made Christmas Tree Cards {Octavia and Vicky}

Do you need a super quick and easy homemade Christmas card to give? Or something to keep the kiddos quiet for a few minutes? Let’s be honest, you probably just need a good lie down before CHRISTMAS is here tomorrow. But I can’t resist sharing these cute cards we made for Pebble’s teachers this year.

Easy Peasy Kid Made Christmas Tree Cards {Octavia and Vicky}

Tree Christmas Card

You will need:

  • Green card
  • A4 Red card
  • Glue stick
  • Scissors
  • Star sequins

Prepare these bits before giving to little fingers:

  • Fold and cut the A4 card in half.
  • Fold each half to make two small red cards.
  • Cut out two triangles from the green card – did this without measuring or ruling, just cutting free hand, but you could draw the trees first if you prefer.

Now hand over to the kids:

  • Stick the tree to the front of the card.
  • Stick the star sequins on the tree.

Tips:

  • older children can fold and cut their own cards and trees.
  • if you don’t have star sequins you could use glitter, empty the back of your hole punch and use up the little round coloured bits of paper, or children can draw on their own decorations.

As you can see, Pebble was quite enthusiastic with her use of stars :)

Easy Peasy Kid Made Christmas Tree Cards {Octavia and Vicky}

Did you make your own cards this year?