This morning I snipped some greenery from a bush in our garden and popped it in a vase, wanting to create something slightly Christmas feeling to go on our table.
It looked nice - but it was...lacking something.
So we decided to do some crafting. One quick google search later I had the information required to make salt dough (half a cup of salt, half a cup of water, one cup of plain flour) and the wonderous information that three minutes in a microwave would harden our creations the way that three days sitting on a surface used to be neccessary to achieve.
We made some dough, rolled it out and cut some stars and some hearts.
After three minutes in the microwave the shapes were ready to be decorated - which is just about perfect for the attention span of my preschooler!
I realised after we'd started that I had no paint in the house - but I DO have a huge collection of nail varnishes, which is perfect for this kind of job - as long as you sit in a well ventilated area and don't mind spending a while picking it off your finger tips later.
A little time, a needle and thread and lots of fun later this is what we achieved - far more Christmassy, wouldn't you say?