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Christmas Craft Activities: Hanging ‘Stained Glass’ Decorations


Christmas Craft Activities are always a big hit in my house. From around mid-November I generally start putting old christmas wrap, last years christmas cards, bits of ribbon, christmas stickers from the $2 shop and christmas cookie cutters (for tracing around) in the ‘Useful Box’ on our craft table. I generally try to do a few structured craft activities with the kids as well.

My girls and I made these hanging ‘stained glass’ decorations last year and I just pulled them out of the box and hung them up again. They are really lovely and we had so much fun making them and hanging them in the window.

Hanging 'Stained Glass' Decorations


What you’ll need:

  • Coloured paper – we used paintings the girls had done already that they were happy to cut up
  • Christmas cookie cutters to trace around
  • Coloured cellophane
  • Ribbon or string
  • Christmas stickers (optional)
  • Scissors
  • Hole punch

How to make it:

  1. Trace around a christmas cookie cutter then cut out the shape
  2. Repeat step 1 so you have 2 matching shapes
  3. Cut out a hole in the middle of each shape – you can make it the same as your traced shape or let the kids cut out a randomly shaped hole.
  4. Glue a piece of cellophane (that is just big enough to cover the cut-out hole) between the two shapes
  5. You can also make a few solid shapes with drawings or stickers on them to intersperse with the ‘stained glass’ ones
  6. Punch a single hole in the top and bottom of each shape and use pieces of ribbon or string to tie together
  7. Hang in the sunlight and enjoy your handiwork 🙂

Feeding the Funky Bunch: Little Christmas Fruit Cakes


I’ve been making these little fruit cakes for years. They always remind me of a boiled fruit cake my Mum used to make when I was a little girl. Deliciously moist and tasty, they always get made around Christmas time in our house … and quite a few more times throughout the year! The original recipe is from a great cookbook called Simple Food by Jill Dupleix which is now out of print unfortunately.

I’ve included thermomix instructions below for part of the method. I’ve tried mixing in the eggs and flour with the thermomix but the resulting texture of the cakes just isn’t as nice as if you mix them in by hand. If you do want to try mixing it in the thermomix use Reverse Sp 3 for 20 seconds after adding the eggs and 40 seconds after adding the flours.

Little Fruit Cakes


  • 150g butter
  • 150g sultanas
  • 150g currants
  • 200g glace cherries
  • 180g soft brown sugar
  • 1tsp ground mixed spice
  • 1tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1tsp ground ginger
  • 1tsp bicarb soda
  • 250ml water
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 150g plain flour
  • 150g self-raising flour


  1. Pre heat oven to 180C
  2. Place butter, sultanas, currants, cherries, sugar, mixed spice, cinnamon, ginger, bicarb and water in TMX or a saucepan
  3. Mix 6min, 90C, Speed Soft in TMX or bring to the boil in saucepan while stirring then remove from heat
  4. Allow mixture to cool (if you transfer to a large mixing bowl to cool, this will usually take about 30 min)
  5. Add eggs and mix in well with a spatula
  6. Add flours and mix in well with a spatula (I place the bowl on top of the TMX and weigh flours straight in)
  7. Spoon mixture into muffin trays lined with paper cases (makes 18 cakes)
  8. Bake 20-25min