Get crafty this Christmas and add a personalised touch to your decorating with our 3 favourite simple and inexpensive DIY ideas.   


Love the smell of cinnamon? Why not fill your home with its irresistible scent this Christmas and try this simple DIY cinnamon candle for yourself.

What You Need:
  • Candle 
  • Cinnamon Sticks
  • Glue Gun
  • Twine

Step 1. Start out by gluing cinnamon sticks together using the glue gun. Make sure to glue them to each other, rather than directly onto the candle.
Step 2. Continue gluing cinnamon sticks until the entire candle is covered.
Step 3.  Tie a piece of twine around the candle for decoration along with any extra decoration you like.
Step 4. Light up your cinnamon candle* and enjoy the gorgeous scent.
*Never leave a burning candle unsupervised.


We’re helping take the hassle out of gift wrapping this year with our specially designed Christmas gift tags just for you. Simply follow the instructions to download and hit print.


There’s no age too old for baking gingerbread men! Crafting these delicious treats is a fun activity you can enjoy with the kids and also makes a great gift idea.

Makes 24
·         3 cups flour
·         2 teaspoons ground ginger
·         1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
·         1 teaspoon baking soda
·         1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
·         1/4 teaspoon salt
·         3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter, softened
·         3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
·         1/2 cup golden syrup
·         1 egg
·         1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Mix flour, ginger, cinnamon, baking soda, nutmeg and salt in large bowl. Set aside. Beat butter and brown sugar in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add golden syrup, egg and vanilla; mix well. Gradually beat in flour mixture on low speed until well mixed. Press dough into a thick flat disk. Wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 1 hour or overnight.
Preheat oven to 180C/160C fan-forced. Roll out dough to 1/4-inch thickness on lightly floured work surface. Cut into gingerbread men shapes with 5-inch cookie cutter. Place 1 inch apart on ungreased baking sheets.

Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until edges of cookies are set and just begin to brown. Cool on trays. Decorate cooled cookies as desired. Store cookies in airtight container up to 5 days.


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1 comment:

  1. I enjoy these little snippets of trivia. Thank you Katie's!