Do you have a fireplace? If not, have your children asked how Santa gets in?
For years I have hung a decorative key, on my door with a red ribbon. It doesn't open anything, it's an old fashioned ornate looking thing, but it's all part of the magic.
This year, a new idea has cropped up, over social media. If you look up Christmas Fireplace on Pinterest, you will find it.
You build your own frickin fireplace!
With boxes and paint!
Well I just had to have a go....
With the help of Mr.Ojo, and 7 Avon boxes (I know the right people), we were off:
The next job is to cover it with paper. I've recently decorated, so used the wallpaper that was left, but you can use any paper, just don't make it too flimsy.
Then you paint it, brick red obviously. 1-2 matchpots will do it, depending on how liberal you are with it.
Next job it to paint in the bricks. Another match pot, this time in white (side note. Do you have any idea how hard it is to buy a matchpot that is simply white??? I used Antique White). I used a ruler to do the longer lines, then free hand with the rest, using a child's paint brush.
This is my finished fireplace, with the fire playing. My youngest loves it, especially as, when the fire isn't playing, he can sit there and watch Netflix!
This was so much easier than I thought it would be, and I'm incredibly pleased that it has turned out like the pictures I've seen.
I do love Christmas.
Unfortunately (apart from my teen!), the children are not overly bothered. I can't go too crazy, because they find it over-stimulating, so this has been the perfect way to add a little Christmas magic.
Do share your ideas for Home made Christmas with me. I'm loving finding, and creating, new things.