MixTape Giveaway!

MixTape arrived in the nick of time yesterday. Amelia was having a no-school day due to a heavy cold but of course around 9.30am she was bored out of her mind, and driving me out of mine. Our friendly parcel postman left a delightful package on the front deck and it was opened to reveal MixTape zine’s Kids Issue. Inside we discovered a quick and easy, super cute tutorial for making Yumstie Felt Brooches and Amelia, with her very rudimentary sewing skills (but only a little help from me), immediately whipped out three. Her favourite bit was choosing the buttons to coordinate with the felt flower and then her next favourite bit was presenting them as gifts to people with great flourish.

And there’s lots of other awesome stuff in this MixTape issue – The Crafty Lady profile is of Amber Carvan who is one of my heroes – (20,000 subscribers Amber?? Holy MOLEY!) (and who is selling her newly revised for 2008 Christmas Craft book which is totally worth buying and downloading), I want to make the Naughts and Crosses Pouch, and put together a nature table, and grow some grass hair, and make puffy paint… and all that!

Nichola and Justine have sent me five copies of The Kids Issue to give away to five Loobylu readers (because I did the cover!) so leave me a comment letting me know what your favourite Christmas craft or activity for kids is and I will randomly pick five lucky recipients. Comments will be closed on Friday afternoon at 2pm (Melbourne time).

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131 Responses

  1. Katy says:

    We have a craft activity every day in our advent calendar… it’s better than chocolate (well only just) but I think our favourite one is making a gingerbread house and decorating it with candy! Is that crafty enough? Second choice would be the beautiful snowflakes for our window!

  2. amanda says:

    my kid is still a toddler so no fun christmas activity for her yet. but for me, I guess it would be the giftwrapping.

  3. Liane says:

    The gingerbread houses have been a fun tradition so far with my kids.

  4. Isabelle says:

    I love baking tons of cookies and giving them to everyone I can!

  5. kimberly says:

    We love making Christmas Dreamcatchers. Overlap 2 icypole stick into an ‘x’ shape. Weave with scraps of wool, cotton, fabric etc. Sprinkle with glitter or add beads if desired. Because you can never have too much sparkle!

  6. Stacey says:

    Ooh, felt brooch is so cute – and I can use stuff that I’ve got at home already! Our favourite Christmas crafting activity so far is making paper star garlands, but we’ve also got plans for some popcorn garlands to hang on the tree and making biscuits for the dog (ok, that’s not so crafty, but still fun).

  7. Krissy says:

    What I do with my nieces is go over to the pine trees across the road from my parents’ house and collect pine cones that look intact and un-eaten by cockatoos. We clean them up a bit and put red, gold, silver or green glitter paint on them and string them up around the patio. The kids love it!

  8. Laura says:

    How adorable. I have several favorite activities with kids, but the sweetgum ornaments we made today are currently at the top of my list. Come look! Thanks for the giveaway!

  9. Prue says:

    My favourite Christmas craft for kids is making and decorating gingerbread cookies. The kids don’t feel the need to decorate them perfectly, and even if they end up looking like a dogs breakfast, recipients of the cookies know that the kids had fun doing it!

  10. Annika says:

    My boy is still a big small for crafty stuff, but I remember when I was a girl I loved making paper garlands at Christmas time.

  11. Tabs says:

    Hiya, favourite Christmas activity as a child was making the Christmas Tree Fairy out of paper with a cone for the body covered in silver glitter, a head glued on top, paper wings and a wand made from a silver tinsel pipe-cleaner (or a halo if your Fairy is an angel!). Another favourite was making cone shaped hats with painted patterns and pictures glued on for all the rellys to wear – so much better than the paper crowns in crackers.

  12. Carm says:

    I love your site and I’d love a copy. The cover looks great! 🙂

  13. Pinry says:

    Good on Amelia for inheriting the craft gene! Kids craft is a bit of a stretch around here with newborn twins on the scene, but tomorrow I am going to get my 3yr-old to help make these decorations: http://www.designspongeonline.com/2007/11/diy-wednesdays-modern-paper-ornaments.htmlIn his favorite colours of orange, red and yellow of course!J x

  14. Erica says:

    even though the first comment never gets picked, i’ll still share :)as i kid i was all about the paper-ring advent calender. i’d start as soon as i noticed the season was coming up (sometimes way before december even started; i was an eager little one). i would run to my mother’s closet and pull down several sheets of construction paper (red and green, of course) and start cutting and gluing away. when i finished, my mother would hang the garland around the kitchen doorway (she had the legs, you know) and i would get the job of tearing one each morning before my routine cereal bowl. 🙂

  15. jen says:

    i love any holiday craft, for kids. Especially the ones they can use and run down until there;s basically nothing left. you know they’re well loved that way.

  16. jen says:

    Cute cover and gorgeous brooch! I’ve got 4 weeks off over Christmas and I’ll be doing a scrapbook thing with my son about himself where we put photos and drawings and so on, so when he’s feeling a bit down on himself he can get it out and have a look.

  17. Fuji Mama says:

    LOVE the cover–congrats! I’m an old-fashioned girl at heart, so my favorite kids craft is making and decorating gingerbread cookies.

  18. Stacey says:

    I’ve seen Mixtape talked about on a few blogs and would really like to finally see a copy of it. My favorite Christmas craft with my kids is making their advent calendar every year out of recycled Christmas cards. We make an Initial out of one card, then cut the others into 24 strips and join them as a chain. They cut off one chain every day until Christmas. They get so jazzed about making it, but more about cutting them off.

  19. Michelle says:

    The advent calendars have to be the favorite things in our house. We have four, two for each kid. One has chocolate pieces for immediate gratification, and the other has little felt figures with magnets that get placed on the correct number every day. Both are totally fun and I just get such a kick out of how their faces light up and they get so excited whenever they pop open another door or stick on another magnet.Great illustrations, and your little Amelia is going to be a first class sewist like her mama!

  20. I love making play dough ornaments and baking them in the oven 🙂

  21. cristy says:

    I love making decorations with kids – paper stars, chains, angels etc. And gingerbread of course.

  22. Jo says:

    I’m ashamed to say I’ve never read Mixtape! This might just have to be the one I start on.We are really into making decorations for our tree this year (partly because 3 yr old Ollie is at a destructive age, so the more felt ornaments the better, I say!)

  23. Siew says:

    Making paper snowflakes has got to be hands down my thing for Christmas. It gets a tad bit obsessive actually. My house looks like a paper blizzard has hit it! And none of this eight sided snowflake stuff. My snowflakes are the original thing – six sides and all.

  24. Sheridan says:

    Making paperchains! Easy, not too much mess and you can make them really, really long!

  25. Ellen says:

    I know it’s probably cliche but my favourite holiday crafting with the boys is dressing the tree – I think there’s no better indication that it’s Christmas than a Christmas tree! All those gorgeous ornaments, the sparkly tinsel, and a star on top is a perfect start to the holiday season…

  26. Kirsty says:

    Our favourite are paper chains. We cut up Christmas wrapping paper in strips (eldest child) and link them with the stapler (youngest child). Then they get to hang them in their rooms.

  27. Christie says:

    cover looks great, can’t wait to see what is inside!

  28. Gillian aka Silly Gilly says:

    My name is Gillian and I’ve never read a Mixtape! I’d love to…. please consider me a very grateful beneficiary.Fave Xmas kiddy craft – the playdough, dry pasta, leaves out of the garden sculpture my kiddy brought home from kindy the other day. All spraypainted with silver paint. My first pasta creation from my daughter!!!! I’m stoked. 🙂

  29. Ashley says:

    Gah, the cover looks fantastic!My favorite fall/winter activity we did when I was a kid was to gather pine cones, melt down all of our stubby old crayons of a certain color in a coffee can on the stove, and then dip the pine cones in the wax. They made the best fire starters (better than any you could find in the store) and looked pretty cute in the basket by the fireplace.At Christmas every year, each of us would make a garland of construction paper loops taped together, with one loop for each day until Christmas. It was pretty fun to rip off a loop every day, more satisfying imho than opening an advent paper door (although with less chocolate involved, which is a drawback for sure).

  30. Amy says:

    My kids like making Mini Christmas Puds which involves mixing fruit cake with melted chocolate and rolling it into balls, before dripping white chocolate on top. It’s from the Colin Buchanan Christmas DVD and they taste GREAT!

  31. Deb says:

    great giveaway – i am an aussie resident and a long time subscriber to kids craft weekly – go Amber! my favourite thing to do with the kids is card making (just finished and mailed the ones for KCW card swap). their favourite woudl be baking gingerbread cookies which we are doing later this week, but in the aussie heat it is so not christmassy to me (I am american and after 10 years i still fid it weird to be at the beach in December)

  32. alice says:

    Fabulous cover! What a great giveaway 🙂

  33. I love decorating gingerbread houses with the kids. Actually the kids are optional 😀 I love doing it anyways.

  34. last year, and we will most definitely be doing it again, i helped my daughter make chocolate truffles for her grandmas. i was such fun, lucy was covered in chocolate from licking her fingers and the spoon : )

  35. Jenny says:

    My favourite art activity is making christmas trees out of pipe cleaners and ferrero rochers (sp?). fun and yum!

  36. rosa says:

    would love to win this in your giveaway, but if i don’t, where can i get it? my kids would just love this. Is the hard copy available in the newsagencies??

  37. Jillian says:

    My sewing/craft skills are limited to re-sewing buttons on & using a hot glue gun so we’re not too creative in our household.What I do like to do with the kids for Christmas is use the other side of the kids artwork they no longer want or get some brown paper & let the kids stamp the paper to use as wrapping paper. We use a mixture of store bought Christmas stamps, items from nature or Christmas biscuit cutters.

  38. brit says:

    cookie making. Hands down. Because it keeps them entertained for ever and…hello cookies.

  39. Karyn says:

    Hands down my favourite holiday craft was the annual building of the gingerbread house. We’d go out and find the most “construction like” lollies and sweets, then help bake the house, then my dad would gather us and we’d build the house.Most years they were wonky and a little bit ramshackle, but for a family that didn’t really do anything much together it was our once a year thing.

    I’m going to do it with my kids.

  40. kym says:

    My girls love that it’s glitter season. Most of our crafting this year will receive a liberal dose of glitter (except for the silver which accidentally turned our yard into a ‘fairy garden’).

  41. jodie says:

    OOOh very cute brooch 🙂 Favourite Christmas craft with the kids, making biscuits, the same ones that I made with my grandmother when I was there age.

  42. Elizabeth says:

    Without a doubt making xmas decorations..loads of tinsel, glitter & sequins later and the joy of pulling out these decorations each year (3rd year running!) makes it all the more worthwhile…

  43. Me and my girls always reserve a day to make christmas cookies together and decorate them. Messy! Also I love to make ornaments with them each year, and so does their Gramma. I have some glittery new ones they made waiting to be added to a garland over my doorway. I’d also like to try cutting out snowflakes together soon, but not sure the scissoring skills are there yet.

  44. Jennifer says:

    This year my daughter wants to make gingerbread cookies. We usually make paper chains and snowflakes.

  45. pinkpoppies says:

    We love choosing cookies, making a list and then baking them. on alternate days we make decorations. My son has drawn a picture for the last ten years that we use for a card, so we have fun going through the images. I really hope I am lucky to get one of these copies!! pink at google mail

  46. Karen says:

    For me it has to be potato stamping t make wrapping paper.Inexpensive and personal wrapping, what could be better.

  47. Jill says:

    I thought my favorite craft was going to be making a gingerbread house- something we attempted for the first time this year. I had visions of it going well and making it a tradition for our family. We didn’t get past the glue/icing. LOL.A craft that we do evey year with the kids in my family is making ornaments. This years we are using lace and 3 pronged beads and lacing them onto pipe cleaners to make candy canes and wreaths. 🙂

  48. Kari says:

    The favorite around here is cutting paper snowflakes. We have many many taped to windows, and even the simpliest turn out pretty.

  49. oku says:

    fave craft for us – anything with GLITTER!!kawaii cover art!

  50. Kathleen says:

    Beautiful cover ! You did a great job !Thanks for the giveaway !

    The craft we did this week was Christmas magnets, using clear pebbles, magnets & Christmas-themed cutouts from magazines. My daughter can’t wait to give them out to loved ones.

    When i was little, i loved making plastic bag wreaths with my sister (strips of plastic bags knotted to a clothes hanger)!

  51. Tammy says:

    Loobylu was my very first Blog, and now I am addicted! Thank you sharing a sliver of your life and many talents!

  52. Well, our favorite thing to do with Annabelle at Christmastime is make ornaments in one way or another. It’s so satisfying for her to make something which immediately gets put to such festive use. Lately, we like to make them out of sculpey clay or shrink plastic. She is especially impressed by the shrink variety because of the transformation aspect.

  53. divrchk says:

    I like making stained glass sun catchers from clear contact paper and tissue paper.

  54. Erin says:

    My favorite crafting with kids would have to be making ornaments for the tree. Pine cones painted and sprinkled with glitter or even pipe cleaners strung with bells. It’s always a good time and no two ornaments are ever alike.

  55. tulip says:

    Oooh! What lovely flowers! We’ll have to try those this afternoon!We love to make hanging flowers from the millions of catalogs that come in this time of year. Fun!

  56. Crystal says:

    Well my favorite Christmas activity is eating…well, it is the truth. 🙂 I very much like making all the goodies to eat though. Cookies, pretzels with a rollo smooshed on top, toffee, gingerbread…. The holiday season is not kind to my ever increasing butt.I also like to make grand gift plans such as hand knits for everyone!, quilted blanket for my Mom!, sewn clothes for the kids!, a handmade doll for the baby!…. and then come to terms on the 24th that there is now way I will get it all done and have myself a stiff eggnog to make myself feel better. No wait, that is not somethimg I enjoy, but it is something I do every year without fail.

  57. Charity says:

    One of our favourite crafts is making ornaments out of cinnamon and applesause. It’s inexpensive, it’s just messy enough to be fun, but easy to clean up, and the finished ornaments are great gifts, and wonderful on our own tree. :0)

  58. anna says:

    I’m torn between decorating the tree (it’s fun to reminisce about where different ornaments came from and why we have them) and baking cookies.

  59. katrina says:

    the favorite making is always the cookies — my daughter, even at age 2, was so fiercely concentrated when rolling out the dough and then decorating. now, at 8, she is even more fierce; i could watch her for hours as her nose gets closer and closer to the table as she paints on the icing just right… the favorite non-making is the mini drive we make through the neighborhood whenever we are returning home after dark. even though we see the same houses over and over, we still ooh and ahh over the lights and decorations and trees we can see through the front windows, the giant displays in the yards, the wonderful over-the-top displays of color and hope.

  60. caroline says:

    Hello,lovely cover design and it’s a great little zine, I have a few old issues (but not this one!)This year my little one is 3 and i’m looking forward to making a felt christmas pickle with her (yes, you heard me a pickle!) I think it’s a german tradition: you buy, or better still make, a pickle shape christmas ornanment (about the size of your thumb or a bit bigger) we will be glamming it up with glitter and beads but all green as it needs to be able to blend in with the tree. On christmas eve you hide the pickle on the christmas tree and the first to find it christmas morning gets an extra little pressie from under the tree. This will be the first pickle year for us but thought it sounded fun!

  61. Finch says:

    For wee ones – anything involving paint and dipping hands in them.For slightly older children – taking a plate of paint [green] and using string, thread, ribbon, etc. [various sizes encouraged], dip the string into the paint and pull it across another sheet of paper, continue as needed to create a lovely christmas tree with some interesting textures

    Cheers, Loobylu!

  62. Amy Ragland says:

    I love the cover! My favorite kids Christmas craft is doing the gingerbread house! I also like doing snow globes and felt crafts. We make a new ornament every year that my daughter decorates and we add a school picture and she signs and dates the back.

  63. Andrea says:

    What a great cover! I would love a copy.

  64. Aine says:

    Stringing popcorn! An oldie, but a goodie. 🙂

  65. Sarah says:

    This issue would be so perfect to help me with planning activities for my Story Hour at the library.My Story Hour kids really enjoy making ornaments by threading beads on to pipe cleaners and then bending them into shapes! I amused several 4 year olds and a 2 year old for 45 minutes that way!

  66. Carolyn says:

    My baby girl just had her 1st birthday… I look forward to establishing many traditions with her, especially making Christmas Cards and decorations for our tree!

  67. selvi says:

    These heart baskets:http://www.enchantedlearning.com/crafts/Heartbasket.shtml

    They make them a lot in Denmark and hang them on the tree with stuff in them.

  68. Portia O. says:

    My daughter is 3 this year and she’s finally mastered scissors (the safety kind for kids) and so we’re going to make paper snowflakes!

  69. S-Way says:

    I like making the ol’ reliable paper snowflakes with my kids, though just a couple of days ago my 4-year-old daughter and I were inspired to make our own advent calendar. I took a piece of white poster board and drew 24 rectangles on it, and together we made drawings in each one. Then I covered it with a piece of paper and cut out the windows and numbered them at random, so there’s still a bit of surprise to opening them each day…

  70. Laura says:

    I love to make colorful paper chains and popcorn garlands for the tree w/ the smalls. So festive! Next on my list is a gumdrop garland. Sticky fun.

  71. Deborah says:

    My favorite holiday thing to do with my kids is what I did as a kid – make and decorate gingerbread men and women. MMMM, yummy!

  72. Anamaria says:

    It’s hard to pick one favorite! I do love popsicle stick stars decorated with buttons from the button box, though.

  73. Jeni Smith says:

    Cookie making is what we do the most of, but I enjoy general crafting time best. Letting them make collages, crazy imaginative things to give away. They are only 5, 5 and 3, we these are awesome works of craziness. And I love them.This issue sounds great…

  74. Rebecca says:

    Thumbprint cookies. Rolling dough into balls with little hands and pressing thumbs for dents to fill with icing? What could be better?

  75. melissa says:

    i have so been wanting to check this zine out! my favorite child-friendly holiday activity growing up was piling into the car with blankets a few weeks before christmas and doing a tour of the christmas light displays on houses in our area. we’d then come home and have hot chocolate. cheap AND fun!

  76. gigi wenger says:

    we used to decorate the 24 matchboxes for our advents calender november 30th with new drawings. gigi

  77. leslie says:

    my favorite Christmas craft to do with the kiddoes is to use paint for plates and make one of those hand and foot print reindeer as a keepsake.

  78. cathygaubert says:

    last year for our christmas cards, my husband, me and the girls did thumbprint stamps onto the cards and then i (but now they are old enough to) drew on the ears, eyes, nose, and antlers to make them reindeer…so sweet! you could also do snowmen, but that white ink is sort of yucky and messy.love the cover of the zine!!! and the brooch will definitely be something to do with my two (3 and 5). 🙂

  79. Crystal says:

    Gingerbread houses are my favorites hands down! Endless creativity, every house/year is different.;)

  80. Greta says:

    I always loved making glittery pinecone ornaments as a kid. I live in southern California now so that’s not really feasible with my toddler… maybe glittery palm leaves? 🙂

  81. CaRho says:

    My favorite holiday craft with my child is making gingerbread houses. It’s something that my mother always did with my brother’s and I during Christmastime.

  82. this year i’m really excited to string popcorn and cranberries for a garland and attach old photographs to our christmas tree with wooden clothespins for a memory filled tree instead of plastic ornaments…i would love a copy of the zine. that felt craft looks fun, i think we will try it. thanks!

  83. Leah says:

    The previous poster summed up my thoughts exactly – cookie baking is great and the decorating possibilities are endless and then you get to eat the results of your hard work – yum! What a neat zine – is it available in the US?

  84. Kirsty says:

    My favourite Christmas craft is cooking with Kinder kids, which I try to do with my daughters class every year. Most years it is mini Christmas puddings. You need a cheap and cheery Christmas cake from ther supermarket, which you crumble into a bowl. Add a dash of orange juice, and mix the cake crumb mixture so it is moist enough to roll into little balls.Roll a teasppon full into a ball, and place into a mini patty pan/muffin paper (this is the “pudding”). Top with a blob of reasonably thick cake icing/frosting (to resemble the cream on the pudding) and add a small slice of glace’ cherry to the top of the icing. Ta da! Mini bite sized Christmas puddings.

    Kids love to both make and eat these, and being bite-sized they are very moreish (as all food bite-sized seems to be).

  85. Darci says:

    Love the brooch – I have been looking for a project for my Leadership class to make for the holidays. Perfect.My favorite holiday activity is definitely making snowflakes and covering the windows with them

  86. O, this would be lovely to do stuff with my daughter! She would love this! (and me too…..)

  87. Heather R. says:

    This year is my first year with a child of my own to celebrate with, our five month old Josephine Jane. My favourite activity so far has been taking photos of her in her “Cuter than Baby Jesus” onesie ready to make Christmas cards with :).

  88. Lisa says:

    We don’t ‘do’ Xmas over here in Israel, but my kids and I love to make no-bake chocolate balls together! A firm favourite any time of the year! Would love to see what MixTape looks like…

  89. Meg says:

    What an ADORABLE cover!! Love it. :)I think my favorite Christmas craft with kids is making paper snowflakes. I even make some for my office at work!

  90. corrie says:

    ohhh congratulations on making the cover! how exciting and I’d love a copy of mixtape!Corrie:)

  91. My most favorite Xmas activity when I was a child was crafting homemade decorations to add to the Xmas tree. The homemade decorations added to the character of the tree.

  92. Lainey says:

    This time of year my girls LOVE making cookies with me. They know as soon as I plug in the KitchenAid and pull out the flour that we’ll be baking for friends and relatives.Instead of an advent calendar we have a small “delivery” truck with drawers (an advent truck if you will). I fill the first drawer with the clasps and string for a necklace/bracelet combo. Each day the girls will find beads that they can string. By Christmas morning the necklace is full and they’ll have something nice to wear that they have made.

  93. Randi says:

    I know this one is a repeat, but those paper advent chains are the best. My niece cannot get enough of it, it is the first thing she does every morning. When I was little, my sisters and I would all make one and race to see who would get each days’ ring off first. 🙂

  94. Louise says:

    I don’t have kids yet, but what I liked doing when I was young was making decorations for the tree and paper garlands to hang up around the house. Lots of glitter is essential!

  95. yvonne says:

    our favorite christmas craft is making snowflakes, which we then plaster to all the windows. some of the snowflakes turn out a bit wonky, but, as they say, no two are alike.

  96. sue says:

    I have bought the other copies of Mixtape and they are excellent. I havent seen the kids one yet but it does sound great. I am sure there would be lots in there to keep my 7 yr old daughter from being bored, which I hear constantly throughout the week.

  97. janna says:

    We love to make stockings that represent our unique personalities. It’s a blast and I love to see the end results. Sometimes there’s a highheel, an elf shoe or a hammer.

  98. Diz says:

    Our first christmas craft was using plain circle stickers and strips of colored paper to make paper chains. my 20 month-old duaghter could manage this one, and felt so pleased with the result! We have loved the ‘activity advent” since discovering it on loobylou 2 93?) years ago.

  99. Linnea says:

    Saltdough figures (wreaths, nativity, ornaments) are the best to make with children… or even by yourself :o) Everything is edible and turns out awesomely when baked!

  100. Teresa says:

    My kids are still quite young, but my oldest (4) is enjoying making christmas tree decorations for the tiny tree that we put in her room. We’re cuting out paper drawings and pictures and making some yarn garland. It’s been fun.But the old standby of cookie decorating is great too!Mixtape is on my Christmas list and as I live in the US not sure that you will be sending the giveaway that far – but love your blog! This was fun!

  101. Viv says:

    Snowflakes! Or baking. Or making our own Christmas tags (my next project). Would love a copy of the mag…!

  102. Helen says:

    Peg doll Christmas Angels! With a New Zealand summer theme of little shells and natural matter for hair etc – Pacifica dolls…

  103. Nicole says:

    Cool giveaway!!!I love lots of things this time of year….I think my favorite would be decorating cookies and ginger bread houses. In fact I think we will be doing this asap!

  104. Kit Knitty says:

    My favorite Christmas Craft is gift wrapping! I love to figure out different ways to wrap things without buying new paper.

  105. Sandy says:

    This year we are baking Christmas star cookies (with white icing and little silver edible balls on each point) and and hanging them from our tree with silver ribbon. And the rule is… eat when you like (needless to say the first batch is almost gone and was only put up 2 days ago). Second batch in the oven now!

  106. mrs-p says:

    Im looking forward to cutting a branch from a gum tree, spray painting it silver (or possibly bright pink) and hanging some semi-indestuctable, too big to choke on decorations off it, probably a bunch of felt stuff like birds and roos. This will be my first Christmas with a toddler so its all about baby proofing. In years past when my husband and I were living in a smaller space we would arrange a bunch of wire coat hangers into the shape of a christmas tree and hang it in the large living room window, it would look so pretty at night all lit up with lights and baubles and being flat would take up practically no space!!Cute mixtape cover btw 🙂

  107. stacysews says:

    Making ornaments has to be one of my favorite kids craft activities. It really doesn’t matter if it’s pinecones and glitter or bisque and paint – I love the way they all turn out!

  108. breanna says:

    ooooooooohhhhhhhhh myyyyyy WORD!! my desperate desire for this zine has brought me boldly out of blog lurking and into the commenting light! i’ve got every finger crossed and my breath held and every other luck-bringing thing….my favorite christmas kiddy craft is DEFINATELY the good old fashioned craft paper chain to count down the days until christmas! it’s so fun and simple, and it’s just SO EXCITING to take one ring from the chain every day!

  109. Tin Lai Wong says:

    I love shrinky dinks. They’re a bit harder to find nowadays but when I do find some blank ones I love to make personalized shrinky dink ornaments out of them.

  110. Jen says:

    My kids are currently (and I mean as we speak) busily painting on large pieces of paper – I’ve given them red and green paints and will use the results as wrapping paper this Christmas! Nothing flash, I know, but it keeps them busy 🙂

  111. Rosalind says:

    My son is still hung up on the cars theme of craft, so we are painting them red and green- throwing a little tinsel in the mix too. We are predictable in our craft topics. : )

  112. Love being inspired by your blog!So far we loved our ‘Dress up for dinner night’the best. The kids love to dress up and we looked like right burks! Great fun!

  113. angelique says:

    We are big gift tag and card makers. A few stickers, some stamps and sparkles can go along way. The cover looks great:)

  114. anastasia says:

    favourite christmas thing to do with my boys is bake – we make a variety of biscuits and they love to cut them out in festive shapes with cookie cutters – lots of mess – lots of fun!!

  115. I always try to keep the stress level low at Christmas time and memory making high. The kids always get to pick something they like doing to minimize doing everything that looks fun. They usually always pick decorating cookies. Memories and the amount of sprinkles are at an equal ratio- a little Christmas math.

  116. brenda says:

    Our favorite Christmas project is making reindeer with my kids hand prints. We hang them on the tree(turn the hand upside down , thumb is head, fingers feet, add a tail and eye. Pipe cleaners for the antlers add a red pompom for nose:)

  117. Rachel says:

    Cutting Tree ornaments out of fabric in shapes of animals!they look like giant animal crackers. And making sugar cookies, thats always gets good reviews among the kids…

  118. rbiggs says:

    The favorite at our house is making wrapping paper out of brown kraft and art supplies. The recipients of the gifts wrapped in this special wrap tend to prefer the wrap to the gifts. Now that the girls are older the messages on the wrap are getting sweeter and more meaningful too.

  119. Tricia says:

    I LOVE to make cupcakes, am quite obsessed with them, so naturally I enjoy making a batch for my nieces & nephews and having them decorate with sprinkles, frosting, candies, etc. Then we get to eat our art, and I hand them back to their parents all sugared up! Happy Christmas!

  120. MzTallulah says:

    My baby girl is too small for me to have any favourite craft activity with her, but I used to help my mum with Christmas cookies and zelten (an Austrian sweetbread) to give away as presents to friends and family.

  121. Miss Scruffy says:

    Making paper snowflakes of course!

  122. Louise says:

    Baking yummy Christmas treats is my favorite thing to do with the little ones. Their delight with each little prebaked nibble!

  123. Magdalena says:

    We love to make gingerbread cookies in different shapes and then hang them on the Christmas tree. Last year our gingerbread people had their eyes made of Cheerios 🙂

  124. Kate says:

    My daughter is 2 and I also have a 5 week old baby, so there’s not as much craft going on around here as I’d like this year. I’m about to make an abridged advent calendar this weekend (hopefully!), but I also did the Kid’s Craft Weekly Christmas card swap with my daughter and have started receiving our cards. It’s been a nice, simple and quick crafty activity for us to do together.

  125. Rhiannon says:

    It’s great to get my son to draw a christmas picture (last year a snowman) this year a quirky robin on a christmas tree. I then scan it and turn it into christmas cards for grandparents and his friends.I hope this weekend to make some tree decorations with air drying clay and gold paint who knows what we will get

  126. Wendy says:

    Well, my favourite Christmas activity is making the Christmas Cards. But I also love making gingerbread men and shortbread stars – although my daughter will end up eating many of them before they make it to the oven!

  127. elissa says:

    My darling 2 year old and I are going to make a gingerbread house next week and we are very excited about it. Hopefully it will become a tradition we can continue!

  128. Melissa says:

    My boys LOVE making the gingerbread house every year. And we’ll be making our gingerbread biscuits with your tried and tested recipe to give to everyone soon – so much to do so little time!!!

  129. juju says:

    Ok, well my new favorite thing is to make colored marshmallow. It’s just hard to wait for them to dry…

  130. moomins for president says:

    We will be making cards using old picture books with personalised drawings over the text by the four year old girle childe 🙂

  131. Sharon says:

    me, me, me!