As we head into The Last Week Before Christmas, I decided the entire week (well, OK, at least most of the week) will be devoted to homemade gift making.
The owner is now in a town that's 30 minutes away and we thought about scheduling a day of clay spinning (he still offers occasional classes) so we could make more pottery gifts, but the month got away from us. That's a project that needs to be started months ahead so there's plenty of time for the baking and firing.
Sigh...we sure miss our pottery neighbor.
So I had this crazy idea to make paper mache bowls instead. And we may still get to that project, but I'm not sure it will be in time for Christmas. Instead, this last week will involve some shrinking, some baking, and alot of knitting! Here's some of what the elves are working on this week:
tutorial with printer friendly recipe. The recipe I've used for years and years goes something like this:
3/4 cup cinnamon, 1 cup applesauce, 1 T ground nutmeg, 1 T allspice, 1 T ground cloves. Mix and form dough. Dust work area with cinnamon. Roll to 1/4 thickness. Use cookie cutters to cut shapes. Let them dry in the sun on wax paper or cookie sheets (don't forget to poke a hole with a straw before they dry). Takes about 2 days to dry fully (if you're in a hurry you can bake them for several hours at 250 degrees). Turn to prevent curling. We sometimes put a little glue on them and dust them with glitter and add buttons after they're dry.
Peppermint Bark - to put in decorated jars. Found this picture over at One Crafty Mumma (my new favorite craft blog) and was inspired...and drooling. I can't wait to try it out! The recipe can be found here.
And of course, Shrinky Dinks. We make zipper pulls, necklaces, ornaments, gift tags, etc out of these. The kids never get bored watching them shrink up. Last year we had a tabletop shrinky dink tree. Very cute. More ideas here.
Now get to work little elves!