We all know that Christmas is an incredibly busy time to be a parent, so when Vita Coco Kids challenged me to come up with three hacks that could reduce costs and add fun to the festive prep, I was happy to take on the challenge.
Here are my ideas for three activities you can do as a family to save money and enjoy yourselves at the same time.
They're designed for young children to be able to get involved with, so read on for crackers for the tree made from old toilet rolls, mince pies without the faff of a pie tray, and potato printed wrapping paper. Enjoy and good luck!
Make mince pies without a pie tray by pressing between two layers of pastry and cutting into squares
You’ll need two sheets of ready roll puff pastry, a jar of mincemeat, milk, some sugar, a sharp knife, a fork and a baking tray.
- Unroll the first pastry sheet and dot 1 tsp mincemeat at 1 inch intervals.
- Brush around with milk, then top with the second sheet and press round.
- Cut into squares and press the edges with a fork.
- Brush with milk, sprinkle with sugar at bake on a tray at 200C until golden brown.
Make hangable crackers from old wrapping, tied around toilet roll tubes filled with sweets
You’ll need to save all the bits of ribbon, tissue paper and bows that come off any gifts you get early in the season, plus toilet rolls and little sweets or other trinkets.
- Put sweets or trinkets inside toilet roll tubes and roll up in the paper.
- Tie off the ends with spare string or ribbon.
- Stick or tie a bow or pom-pom to the front – whatever you have spare!
- Tie some more string or ribbon around the middle to hang your crackers with.
Make potato-print and finger print Christmas wrapping paper with the kids
You’ll need red paint, green paint, white paper, a potato and a sharp knife.
- Cut the potato into a holly shape.
- Dip the potato into the green paint, pressing on the paper to create holly leaves.
- Dip a finger in red paint and dab to create the berries.
- Repeat until the paper is covered.
Will you give these little ideas a go?
Let me know what you’re doing to save time and money on festive prep. I’d love to hear your ideas.
This is a commissioned post for Vita Coco Kids, makers of naturally flavoured coconut water drinks for kids.