I have been making Christmas Crafts for a teacher's hamper as part of a sponsored post for Collective Bias®
For me this is a key time for my children to learn the importance of giving and receiving gifts at Christmas. Creating gifts is a fantastic way for children to understand the effort that creating thoughtful gifts take, and will hopefully help their appreciation of those presents they are fortunate enough to receive.
The other great thing about creating gifts is that it helps manage the build up to Christmas, that different elements can be created until the hamper can finally be assembled.
I took lots of inspiration from Pinterest and then spent ages reducing my wish list to things that would go together and fit the hamper idea.
Of course a trip to Hobbycraft was pivotal to our concept. Between getting involved with the #GreatBloggersBakeOff and enjoying craft time with the children a trip to Hobbycraft is turning into a weekly visit as it does seem to have everything under one roof.
I had decided our hampers would be a mix of edible and decorative gifts. Deciding to include a bar of chocolate as my sure thing as homemade might not be everyone's cup of tea.
We started with blackberry jam. The blackberries came from a recent foraging trip and had been frozen. For a bit of certainty I relied on jam sugar. Hobbycraft stock lots of jam making equipment including the fab little Tala jars and ribbons. The covers were created with gingham fabric.
Next on the list was a decorative element, I loved the Christmas decorations using buttons and with the children's help it meant they were able to get involved in sorting the colours and sizes as well as threading them.
I think they do look absolutely gorgeous and were so simple to make.
For both age groups there was lots of enjoyment- the boys loved sorting colours and playing with the pom poms. Squeaks needed more support but loved the reward of the completed pom pom being set free.
With gingerbread she can get involved in all aspects- making the dough, cutting the dough and decorating the biscuits.
And then mummy had lots of fun trying to create Christmas cards after seeing another fab Pinterest inspired idea.
I hope the children's teachers will enjoy them as much as we are enjoying creating them!