It’s holiday time! But also, a time during which we would rather stay at home than join the crowds of people shopping. So, here are some easy ways to jolly up the house and amuse the kids – while saving the planet. Yip, there is no need to go and spend a fortune on plastic trinkets that get tossed out come January, and eventually land up in our precious oceans.
Here’s how from the team at TastyMoments:
1. Pinecones To The Rescue!
There is nothing that reminds us of December festivities than the simple pinecone. Keep an eye out for some pine trees in your area, and you’re sorted. Some festively coloured water-based acrylics and a brush will finish the job. Now, simply stack these colourful balls on the coffee table as a centrepiece. Some Ital Pizza Minis will be an exciting reward for everyone to share after. If you’re stuck for topping inspiration, try this easy yet delicious dinner idea—a sure-fire way to get the festive spirit going.
2. You Biscuit!
Biscuits are the go-to snack during the holiday season. Why not get the essential ingredients and a recipe online and teach the kids how to bake? The flavours of the month are ginger, cinnamon and cloves. If you don’t have a cookie-cutter at hand, an overturned glass will do. A bit of icing will be the inspiration to decorate the little delights. There are so many things the kids can do with them. For example, they can attach some strings of cotton and hang them from a light fitting or stack them up in the shape of a tree. Give them a few ideas and then let their imagination take over. Dual-purpose decorations, who would have thought?
3. The Front Door Wreath
It is often customary to place a welcoming wreath on the door to your home. Simply take the family for a stroll in the park or along the shores of your local dam. You are sure to come upon a willow tree or two. Willow branches are easy to weave into a circle. And if you can’t find a willow, a humble pine tree will suffice. All you need are a few pieces of ribbon to secure the design, and a bit of tape to stick it on and your home is dressed in her festive outfit.
4. Sock Snowmen
None of us has any idea where that sock thief hides the socks. But what we do know is that we all have a few socks that have lost their partners. Stuff the stockings full of cotton wool (or other lonely socks), cut the toe end off a colourful sock to form a pointed hat, sew a few stray buttons on the front and tie a ‘belt’ around it. The kids can draw the eyes and mouth, and even put a baby carrot through a little hole as a nose. There you have it, snowmen in your living room!
5. The Apple Does Not Fall Far From The Tree
Challenge the kids to build a tree with a bag of apples. You’ll need some florist tools like green floral foam and some “sosatie” skewers. Or just have a look at this tutorial if you can’t picture it. This healthy, wholesome tree can later be used as the main ingredient of an apple pie. Double-awesome!
It’s the season to be jolly, “tra la la la la la la…”
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