Somethings are certain.
#1 Lovely baby’s birthday is a few days before Christmas
#2 Lovely girl will expect some presents under a tree
#3 I’m broke – and lets be honest, lovely baby doesn’t really sleep, so I’m also knackered.
So in honour of the above facts I thought I would round up some ideas of presents and things to do at this giving time of year.
#1. Natural Music set. £0
Go outside. Find some nice sticks. I got three. Rhythm sticks are great fun for babies – and very, Very, easy to make – lets face it they are just nice sticks sanded smooth. I’ve added a larger stick with grooves cut into it so she can wizz the rhythm sticks up and down it too. I finish all my baby wood projects with olive oil. It keeps the wood nice and obviously if baby gums on it its all lovely and natural.
#2 No cost. No fuss tree. £0
Yes, I expect we will buy a pine tree, but right now we have this beauty.
This is just a wind fall branch and a log. Drill a hole, wittle the end of the branch to fit. Decorate. Done.
#3 Decorations. £0-3
Right. Check out Redtedart’s jumbo lists of dec’s: here
…Mostly you can use loo rolls and paint.
We made some fairies recently here
If you have kiddos really you can do your whole tree with stuff they have made at no cost. And they will love it. Fact.
… And if not just go get some holly and ivy and hang it Everywhere!
#4 Door Wreath. £0 (if you add ribbon and you dont have any that would cost you.)
Get ivy. Get holly or anything else you can find. Twist the holly round and round to make a cirlce. Wrap it over and under, in and out, to make that ivy circle the base wreath you’ll join everything too. If its not round just crush and squeeze it until its right. You can leave it there if you like – or add holly and whatever else you can find to make pretty. Hang. Done.
#5 Patchwork dolly blanket. £0.
I’m rubbish at patchwork. No patience and little time… But I did steal enough 5mins to make a small patchwork blanket for lovely girls bears. I used one of lovely hubbies old shirts, left overs from an apron and an old bit I found in my box of scraps. Cut squares. Sew together. Then I just used the back of the shirt to back the patchwork. . Just sewing the square (wrong sides together) then turning out and sewing up the hole. Its hand sewn so that I could do it as the girls play. Its not quite square… But I dont think the bears will mind.
#6 Dolls. £0 (unless you buy fabric – I bought scarfs from the Charity shop – so £3.75)
I used a sock for the head inside. Draw string around to make eyes and nose. Add a bit of stuffing for a nose. Then covered with jersey material. Then get your material for body. Make a triangle with rounded bottom edge and arms. Gather at chest level. Sew all around. Add little round hands. Add a stitch to make fingers if you want. Add a little stuffing and a hat. Im not going to write full instructions.because the are tons on tje web written by people who are great… Just google “make a doll” or “free doll pattern”. Just remember it doesnt habe to be hard with loads of parts. Simple can be beautiful.
Thats it for this round up.. The might be another. I don’t just live Christmas this way for money reasons I do this for my soul. Christmas is not actually about the things. Its about love, giving, finding a light in the darkness and being happy. Lets all be honest pur kids dont really care what they get so long as they have us and something to open – theyre going to play with the box anyway!!