Growing up, my mom made sure my brother and I always had a Christmas craft to make with my grandma when she would come visit for the holidays. One year it was gingerbread houses. Another year, we covered styrofoam cones in green frosting to make Christmas trees. The popcorn ball snowmen were a particularly delicious distraction.
All of those crafts, though, were edible. The only evidence of our creations are photographs of us posing awkwardly with them, and those photos are probably at the bottom of a box buried in my mom’s closet that will wait another couple years to be discovered.
If you’re looking for a way to occupy your kids during their holiday break from school (because let’s face it, Christmas vacation isn’t really a vacation for parents), try a delicious craft that won’t wind up in the pit of their stomachs: Heidi Boyd’s Sugar Plum Ornaments.
Heidi’s ornaments look so much like real sugar cookies, it’s scary. I’m pretty sure I’d try to eat one at 3 a.m. while deliriously looking for a snack. She’s designed seven different ones all available in a kit, so each kid can make the one they like best. The hand stitching and sequins are perfect for a kid learning to sew. (I probably shouldn’t tell you this, but you could probably cheat with a little hot glue if the kids’ attention fades…)
Here’s how I’d set the scene for a Sugar Plum Ornaments Party, patent pending:
Take a cue from the ornaments themselves with sugar cookies, strawberry cupcakes, or gingerbread cookies. Serve hot chocolate from a teapot.
Think winter wonderland with snow on every surface and snowflakes hanging from the ceiling.
+ Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy from The Nutcracker Suite (to set the mood)
+ All I Want for Christmas is You by Mariah Carey (because kids are never too young to be introduced to the magic that is Mariah)
+ You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch from the 1966 cartoon (to keep things fun and not too serious)
+ All I Want for Christmas is You by One Direction (to regain your kid’s respect)
+ Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow by Dean Martin (to soothe your ears from the vocal assault that is 1D)
Of course, these ornaments also work for grown up gatherings. If your sewing guild, Bunco group or regular girlfriends are looking for some Christmas fun, host a sewing party with these accoutrements:
Eggnog, hot buttered rum and spiked hot chocolate. And a plate of sugar cookies for good measure, I suppose.
“Christmas Vacation” on the TV in the background. Enough icicle lights to make Clark Griswold flip his lid.
+ Christmas in Hollis by Run DMC (to give this party a dose of street cred)
+ Last Christmas by Wham (to warm up your ballad-belting vocal cords)
+ All I Want for Christmas is You by Michael Bublé (to forget your no-good husband who keeps clipping his toenails at the kitchen table no matter how many times you tell him that’s disgusting)
+ Back Door Santa by Clarence Carter (to lighten the mood and remember your husband brought home peanut butter M&Ms yesterday so maybe he’s not so bad)
+ Santa’s My Boyfriend by Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph and Kristen Wiig from “Saturday Night Live” (to share a good laugh)
Of course, don’t forget Heidi’s Sugar Plum Ornaments, which you can get here in Shop Sew It All. Happy sewing and happy holidays!