A very quick Christmas Eve post to share some recent festive makes with you, as promised! They are all very simple to create, so you could even have a go this afternoon if you have an hour free! Personally, I’ll be enjoying some (relative) peace and quiet with a mince pie, mulled wine and the carols on the radio!
Scandi Dala horse decorations, made from white fimo (oven-bake) clay, cut out with a horse shape cookie cutter and decorated with red ceramic paint. I painted both sides, so that they look extra pretty as they hang on the tree. Remember to make a small hole for a hanging loop before baking – I forgot to do this with the first batch!
The house is decorated with natural greenery from our garden and the surrounding fields. The beautiful mistletoe was a lucky find from our local farm shop, where they were very generously giving away bunches to all customers – small acts of kindness like this are what Christmas is all about for me, and whilst this is important throughout the year, somehow these small gestures feel a bit more magical during the festive season.
A garland made from dried orange slices and star anise (just in shot) and the Dala horses packaged up in gift boxes. Als0, a batch of apple strudel vodka, recipe thanks to Elinor, Beach Hut Cook, who shared it on her site recently. It is the best! I am really looking forward to experimenting with some apple strudel cocktails over the holidays.
I decorated the bottles with more of the dried orange slices and cinnamon sticks – I thought they might be nice added to Christmas cocktails or mulled with something! The gift tags were an online printable, found via Pinterest, which I personalised using PicMonkey editor and then printed onto white cardstock.
A little homemade gravadlax experiment, which I am trying for the first time. It smells amazing, and will hopefully be ready for Christmas day snacks before lunch. I mixed loads of fresh dill with salt and sugar and covered a fresh salmon with the mixture. It has been marinading for two days in the fridge and looks almost ready.
Using fresh rosemary and sage from the garden I made several mini wreaths. Each one only took ten minutes to make, and was so satisfying – I love easy projects like this! I used some green florists wire as the base and wrapped the herbs around this, carefully tucking in the ends of each stalk. I have hung the wreaths around my house; by a mirror, on a blackboard and in the kitchen and they provide a gentle herby scent to the house. I have also made some festive-scented hessian bags of dried orange, cloves and star anise, and place these by the radiators in the evening. Again, these provide a lovely subtle Christmassy scent to the whole house.
And of course, it wouldn’t be Christmas Eve without a mince pie. Made with Mia and Joe’s help, although they both mainly wanted to eat the raw pastry!
I hope you have a wonderful Christmas (or non-religious festive celebration) and enjoy the rest, cosiness and time with loved ones that this time of year allows. Wishing you peace and love for the New Year xx