Think about Christmas: DIY holiday your own hands

January 5, 2017

Make firecrackers, bake yummy ginger cookies, brew the mulled wine and decorate gifts for relatives, friends and acquaintances!

Decorative firecrackers

How to do it?

  1. Take colored tissue paper and wrapping paper and cut to the size of an A4 sheet. The advantage of homemade crackers is that you can choose wrapping paper that fits your setting and will be an additional element of holiday décor.
  2. Place the center of the flapper sleeve from toilet paper (or paper towels) and I’d like to secure it using double-sided tape. Wrap the bushing with a cloth first, and then the wrapping paper. The ends also connected with duct tape (you can use universal glue).
  3. Twist one end of the flapper, a corner of the candy wrapper, and tie with ribbon. Through the opposite hole pour in the confetti poppers, put small gifts, notes predictions and pleasant wishes.
  4. Clamp the second end of the flapper and tie the ribbon.

Paper flowers

You will need:

wrapping or waxed paper (maps), the old notes.

  1. Cut out the Central petal in the shape of a dome the size of 4×5, see To it to be fixed all the rest. Prepare 4-5 petals of arbitrary shape with a size of 4-8 cm Remember and twist the edges of the petals, giving them a more natural shape.
  2. Apply glue along the edge of the Central lobe and screw it into the wire tube. Attach the remaining petals around the center with glue, starting with the smallest. Spread the petals with your hands.

Ginger cookies on the Christmas tree

You will need:

  • 75 g butter
  • 75 g of brown cane sugar
  • 1 medium egg
  • 50 g of sugar syrup
  • 300 g flour with baking powder
  • 1 tsp spices (ginger, cinnamon, cloves)


Preheat the oven to 180°C and grease two baking trays with butter. Mix the butter and sugar in mixer, then add egg, syrup, flour and spices. Whisk until smooth. Divide the dough in half and press to give it a flat shape. Wrap in cling film and refrigerate for 20 minutes. Then roll out the dough to a thickness of 3 mm. using shape cut out figures and don’t forget to leave them in the hole for the ribbon. Put the cookies in the oven for 10-12 minutes. Wait to cookies are well cooled before decorating it with frosting.

Winter mulled wine

How to do it?

  1. Cut a small flap of mesh fabric (gauze or muslin) size 15×15 cm, Place it 6 buds cloves, 2 allspice-peas, and 2 tbsp of cane sugar.
  2. Connect the corners of the cheesecloth to form a pouch and tie with twine. Attach to the bottle along with a bag of cinnamon stick and fresh Bay leaf. So the wine will turn an ordinary bottle into an original and pleasant gift.
  3. Do not forget to attach blame to the instructions read: “Pour the wine into a saucepan and add bag with spices or pour it. Put into wine 2 slices of orange and heat on a slow fire until it reveals the aroma of spices, 12-15 minutes.”

Branded label

You will need:

old stamps (cards and envelopes), a dense cardboard, a hole punch, glue, string or tape. So you can draw not only a gift label, but also wrapping paper. Will look very stylish!

  1. If the brand is firmly glued to the postcard or envelope, remove it, boil water in a kettle and hold the envelope over the steam for a few minutes. Or just cut to mark the contour of the scissors.
  2. Prepare gift label, cut out of cardboard and doing a pre-hole with a hole punch. Stick a stamp in a random place of conventional stationery glue or PVA. Leave it to dry.
  3. After you pass the brown twine (or any ribbon of your choice) through the hole in the label and tie it to the gift.

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January 2015

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