10 Easy Christmas Crafts

If you are looking for some seriously simple holiday crafts to have a go at as a family during the festive season, you’ve come to the right place.

The ten projects below can all be described as easy Christmas crafts, but that doesn’t mean the results won’t be impressive. Some of the projects look more complicated than they actually are, and some just look great, irrespective of how easy they are to make.

Popsicle Stick Snowflakes

It doesn’t get easier to make than these snowflake ornaments. But they will certainly bring a DIY charm to your Christmas tree and holiday decor.

Check out the project: thebestideasforkids.com

Christmas Rock Painting

Ideal for displaying together in a bowl or dish, or for adding to the pots of indoor plants to give them a festive lift.

Check out the project: craftsonsea.co.uk

Melted Bead Christmas Ornament

Check out the project: onelittleproject.com

Popsicle Stick Nutcracker Ornament

This classic Christmas ornament is easy to make and will add a classic touch to your Christmas tree.

Check out the project: firefliesandmudpies.com

Pine Cone Christmas Tree

I love the natural look of these pine cone Christmas trees. A whole forest of them displayed together would make a great holiday decoration.

Check out the project: pjsandpaint.com

DIY Christmas Gnomes

Check out the project: rufflesandrainboots.com

3D Paper Christmas Tree Luminary

These are really easy to make and they look really stylish.

Check out the project: redtedart.com

Santa Bottle Boot

I can’t believe that these decorative Santa Claus boots have been constructed around plastic bottles.

Check out the project: fabartdiy.com

Sparkly Icicle Christmas Decorations

So simple, yet so beautiful. They look fantastic displayed together in a spot where they will catch the light.

Check out the project: kidscraftroom.com

Scrap Ribbon Christmas Tree

Love the rustic finish to this Christmas decoration. A great way to use up leftover scraps of ribbon and fabric.

Check out the project: firefliesandmudpies.com

13 Easy DIY Halloween Decorations – Ideas and Inspiration

If you want to give your home a spooky look for Halloween, you’ve come to the right place. All of these DIY Halloween craft projects are incredibly simple, and most of them can be put together in a matter of minutes.

Whether you are looking for ghosts, ghouls, bats, or black cats, we’ve got you covered. So, put on your witch’s hat, grab your crafting supplies, and take a look at some of the ideas below… if you dare!

(1) Paper Skeleton Hands

Spooky, simple and effective. Draw around your hand, cut it out inside the lines and taper the fingers at the ends, then pinch to form the bony knuckles. Easy!

Check out the project: hallmark.com

(2) Spooky Spiders’ Eggs

Check out the project: passionatepennypincher.com

These spider eggs are horrifying. Can you imagine banging your head against them in a dimly lit room? Easy to make, and look great when several of them are hung together in a spider-infested cluster.

(3) Mad Scientist’s Spooky Specimen Jars

Check out the project: paperdollsforboys.wordpress.com

Let your imagination run wild with these gruesome spooky specimen jars. Fill them up with the most disgustingly scary things you can think off. A great way of recycling Halloween decorations that are past their best.

(4) Scary Lawn Ghosts

Check out the project: gailsdecorativetouch.blogspot.com

Imagine glancing out of the window and seeing these ghosts dancing around on the lawn in your yard. Hauntingly spooky!

(5) Trash Bag Spiderwebs

Check out the project: fastforwardfun.com

A great last-minute decoration idea. So simple, but they look incredible and fill a lot of space.

(6) Glow Stick Eyes

Check out the project: kellyelko.com

Another simple idea, but these look great. Place them one-per-step on a flight of stairs to give your home a haunted house vibe.

(7) Ghostly Jugs

Check out the project: eighteen25.com

These work well inside or out. They look fantastic when they’re displayed together, and can be used to illuminate the corner of a room, or to shine a spooky light over a path or down a corridor.

(8) Toilet Paper Roll Haunted Houses

Check out the project: woojr.com

Really easy to make, and easy to customize. Make several and build an entire haunted village.

(9) Simple Yarn Ghosts

Check out the project: hudsonfarmhouse.com

These DIY yarn ghosts are super-spooky and super-easy to make – a great Halloween craft combination.

(10) Painted Stones Eyeballs

Check out the project: makingthingsisawesome.com

These painted Halloween eyes look good on their own, but they really come into their own when displayed together in a dish or on a tray.

(11) Cereal Box Tombstones

Check out the project: soapdelinews.com

Make sure you save all of your cereal boxes in the run in to Halloween because you’ll want to make a whole graveyard of tombstones after trying this spooky craft project.

(12) Black Cat Halloween Wreath

Check out the project: shakentogetherlife.com

Elegant, spooky and simple. These would look great hanging from an inside or outside door, but they’d also work well as wall hangings or strung from the ceiling.

(13) Handprint Halloween Bats

Check out the project: kidscraftroom.com

This kid-friendly flying bat handprint Halloween craft is really simple and quick. Make a whole flock (is that the collective noun for bats?), and decorate an entire wall.

10 Creative DIY Star Wars Christmas Holiday Crafts

If you love Star Wars, Christmas, and crafting, you’ve come to the right place.

Get inspired by the ten Star Wars Christmas craft ideas below to bring a little bit of DIY Star Wars holiday cheer directly from a galaxy far, far away, straight into your home. Whether you are looking for Star Wars ornaments, Christmas decorations, or recipe ideas, you’re sure to find something to get you in the holiday spirit.

Chewbacca Christmas Gift Wrapping

Check out this project: ithappensinablink.com

Really simple, but really effective. Chewbacca’s bandolier is such an iconic design. Can you imagine a pile of these underneath the Christmas tree?

Stormtrooper Star Wars Treats

Check out this project: fatherandus.com

If the Empire manufactured Christmas treats, they would look like these. The unmistakable stormtrooper markings work really well with the white icing.

DIY Star Wars Glitter Ornaments

Check out this project: momendeavors.com

These great ornaments are incredibly simple to make, but they look really effective, especially when several of them are displayed together. Whether you’re a fan of the Rebel Alliance or the Empire, these ornaments will add a sparkly Star Wars touch to your Christmas tree.

DIY Star Wars LEGO Ornaments

Check out this project: coolmompicks.com

If you are a fan of LEGO and a fan of Star Wars (as many of us are!), these ornaments will be prefect for you. Add a TIE-fighter, a Death Star or a Millennium Falcon to your tree, or take these as inspiration and build something new. How about a holiday version of Jabba’s sail barge, or a Christmas Star Destoyer?

Star Wars Droid-Themed Christmas Tree

Check out this project: diycandy.com

R2-D2 and C3P0 are two of my favorite Star Wars characters, so this tree really appealed to me. Again, a really simple idea, but a fantastic way of bringing a bit of Star Wars magic to your holiday decor.

Christmas Wookiee Cookies

Check out the project: homemadeheather.com

If the home planet of the Wookiees, Kashyyyk, held a Christmas market, these cookies would be a bestseller!

DIY Death Star Holiday Ornament

Check out the project: instructables.com

With its high-quality finish, you’d be excused for assuming this Death Star ornament is store-bought. But you’d be wrong. It’s 100 percent DIY, and you can make one too if you by following the simple instructions.

Star Wars Christmas Wreath

Check out the project: rachaeljess.com

Who says holiday wreaths have to be made out of holly and baubles? By adding LEGO Star Wars minifigures and other Star Wars toys, you can transform a simple black and white wreath into a unique Star Wars themed decoration.

Star Wars Gingerbread House

Check out the project: hanielas.com

Making a gingerbread has long been a favorite holiday craft activity, but why not give it a Star Wars theme? Take your inspiration from this project, and let your creativity run wild. You could create a general Star Wars house, or you could focus on a single planet of Star Wars theme. How about a Hoth house complete with Wampa, or an Endor house with snow-coated Ewoks and decorated trees?

Star Wars Paper Snowflakes

Check out the project: wired.com

The Holidays aren’t the Holidays without scraps of snowflake clippings covering the table and floor. So, grab your scissors, find some paper and start making snowflakes featuring your favorite Star Wars characters.

Christmas in Germany: Facts About German Christmas Traditions

How is Christmas celebrated in Germany? Read on to discover all about the traditions, Christmas foods, and festive rituals that are common in German households during the festive period.

  • In Germany, Christmas gifts are exchanged after dinner on Christmas Eve (24th December).
  • One of the most popular Christmas Eve meals in Germany is potato salad with sausages. Carp is also eaten in some parts of the country.
  • The traditional meal on Christmas Day is roast goose, duck or rabbit, served with red cabbage, dumplings made from potato, and sausage stuffing.
  • In many parts of Germany, St Nicholas is more important than Santa Claus. Traditionally, children in Germany leave polished boots outside their houses on 5th December, and in the morning wake to find them filled with nuts, small gifts and sweets.
  • St Nicholas is thought to travel with a devilish sidekick called Krampus. It is the job of Krampus to scare naughty children into behaving better.
  • Advent calendars have traditionally been used in Germany as a way of marking the countdown to Christmas. Starting on 1st December, a window is opened each day, revealing sweets, small gifts, or parts of a story. Many families make their own advent calendars.
  • An advent wreath is an important Christmas decoration in Germany, and the tradition of burning candles during advent can be traced back to the 16th century. In Germany, advent wreaths are called Adventskranz, and they consist of candles, pine cones and branches, Christmas decorations and dried flowers.
  • Lebkuchen, a type of gingerbread, contains honey, nuts, and a range of Christmas spices. It can be baked hard or soft, and is often decorated with icing and served at Christmas fairs, festivals and markets.
  • Mulled wine (called Gluhwein) in Germany is often drunk at Christmas events.
  • Another German Christmas alcoholic drink is Feuerzangenbowle. Rum is added to mulled wine, making the drink very potent.
  • The tradition of holding Christmas markets can be dated all the way back to the Middle Ages. There are more than 1000 Christmas markets in Germany during the festive period, with stalls selling Christmas food, ornaments and decorations.
  • Christmas angels are one of the most wll-loved types ornaments in a German household. Used to decorate Christmas trees and German houses, they are often made of wood, and usually show the angels playing musical instruments.
  • German Christmas cake is known as stollen. Full of fruit, nuts and spices, and sprinkled with icing sugar, it is enjoyed in the majority of German houses at Christmas time.
  • In the seventeenth century, German families started to bring pine trees into their houses at Christmas time. Early decorations included apples, gingerbread shapes and flowers. By the 19th century, nearly every house in Germany had a real Christmas tree in their living rooms, and this tradition has been carried on to this day.
  • Another traditional Christmas decoration in Germany is the nativity scene, with carved wooden figures and animals.
  • Other Christmas foods eaten in Germany include Christmas cookies (Platzchen) and chocolate Santas.

What next? Find out about how other countries celebrate Christmas, discover some Christmas facts, or learn more about Germany.

Ansu Fati Facts and Information

Here are some facts about the Spanish footballer Ansu Fati.

  • Ansu Fati’s full name is Anssumane Fati Vieira.
  • He was born on 31 October 2002 in Guinea-Bissau in Africa.
  • When he was six years old he moved to Herrera (near Seville) with in Spain with his family.
  • He comes from a family of footballers. His father, Bori Fati, played football in Portugal, and his older brother, Braima Fati, played matches for the FC Barcelona B team and for K. Patro Eisden Maasmechelen in Belgium.
  • As a child, Ansu played for his local club Herrera. After that he played for the Sevilla youth teams, and then he joined Barcelona’s youth academy (La Maisa) when he was ten years old.
  • In 2019 he signed his first professional contract with Barcelona, and on 25 August 2019, he made his Barcelona debut in La Liga when he came on as a sub. He was only 16 years and 298 days old, making him Barcelona’s second youngest player of all time.
  • He became Barcelona’s youngest ever goalscorer when he scored against Osasuna on 31 August 2019, aged 16 years and 318 days.
  • He became a Spanish citizen in September 2019, and he made his debut for the Spanish Under-21 team on 20 August 2020.
  • He made his full international debut on 3 September 2020, and he scored his first international goal on 6 September 2020, becoming Spain’s youngest ever goalscorer (at 17 years and 311 days).
  • He broke his leg when he was thirteen and was forced to miss almost a full year of football.
  • After he made his Barcelona debut, he gained 500,000 Instagram followers in just two days. His account now has more than 4 million and it’s growing all the time.
  • He is a very versatile attacking player and can play in several different positions. Albert Puig (the former technical director of Barcelona’s football academy) said he is able to play as a 9, 11, 7, or 10 (on both wings, and as either striker).
  • The Barcelona contract he signed as a 16-year-old has a €100 million release clause.
  • At the Barcelona academy, he was good friends with Takefusa Kobo (dubbed the Japanese Messi).
  • Ansu’s younger brother, Miguel, is friends with Thiago Messi (Lionel Messi‘s son).
  • In the FIFA 21 videogame, Fati received an 89 score for Agility and Acceleration, an 87 for Sprint Speed, and an 82 for Balance.
  • In September 2020, Algerian rapper BX wrote a song about him called Ansu Fati is Not for Sale.
  • On 27 September, Ansu Fati couldn’t win the Man of Match Award for his performance against Villarreal because he was too young (at 17). The sponsor of the award was Budweiser, a beer manufacturer, and Fati is still too young to drink alcohol.
  • During the 2020/2021 season, Fati wore Nike Mercurial Vapor XIII Elite football boots / cleats.

What Was The Maya Civilization?

The term Maya civilization is used to describe the societies and cities founded by the Maya — the indigenous people of Mesoamerica (Mexico and Central America) — before the end of Spanish conquest of the area.

Some historians would say that the Maya civilization came to an end in 1697 when the Spanish attacked the city of Nojpeten, in Itza (in modern-day Guatemala). Others think that the Maya cities had been abandoned long before the Spanish conquistadors arrived, and date the end of the Maya civilization to 1524.

Maya is a modern word and it comes from the name of an ancient city in Yucatan called Mayapan. The term Maya was never used by people of southeastern Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, western Honduras, and western El Salvador to describe themselves at the time. Although they shared some religious beliefs and customs, the indigenous populations lived in separate settlements, spoke different languages, had different rulers, and never banded together to form a single empire.

Maya Pyramid

Although it was traditionally believed that the Maya vanished from the face of the Earth when their civilization came to an end, this is not the case. There are thought to be more than 6 million descendants of the ancient Maya living on the same lands their ancestors did.

The Maya civilization is often praised for the sophisticated writing systems developed during the period, its architecture (particularly the step pyramids), its art, its astronomical symbols and observations, and its calendar.

TT Rockstars Tips: How to Get Better at Times Tables Rock Stars

If you want to improve your Time Tables Rock Stars scores, you’ve come to the right place! Follow these tips and you’ll be a Rock Hero before you know it.

  • Focus on accuracy before you focus on speed. Use Soundcheck to work on accurate recall of the multiplication facts when you are a beginner, then use Garage to build your speed.
  • Most of the best players use the number pad on a keyboard to type in the answers. Develop a style that suits you, and keep working on it. For most people, it’s faster to use two hands, and in order to get your score over 100, you’ll need to be able to ‘touch type’ on the number pad (type in numbers without looking at the keyboard).
  • Keep practising. There’s no getting away from it. The more you play, the better you’ll get. And consistency is important too. It’s better to play TT Rock Stars for 20 minutes a day over a week, than playing for 2 hours on one day.
  • Use the My Stats page to focus on improving your weaknesses. When they start out, everybody has one of two facts that they often get stuck on. Practise these whenever you can.
  • Once you get good, Soundcheck can be an excellent way of testing your reactions. See if you can input the answer before the time bar reaches 1.
  • Only use Studio if you are confident you are going to improve your score. If you start a Studio game and are doing badly, quit the game and start a new one to protect your time.
  • Check out the video below for inspiration.
A score of 505 in 3 minutes – 0.36 Game Speed
186 in 1 minute!

Who knows, with lots of practice, maybe you’ll be able to achieve scores like these?

Barbara Hepworth Facts

Here are some facts about Barbara Hepworth, the famous British sculptor and artist.

  • Barbara Hepworth was born in Wakefield, Yorkshire, UK, in 1903.
  • She met Henry Moore at the Leeds School of Art in the early 1920s. They became good friends and through their artwork helped to promote modernism in sculpture.
  • Barbara also won a scholarship to attend the Royal College of Art in London.
  • In 1924, Hepworth travelled to Florence, Italy with the sculptor John Skeaping. They got married in 1925.
  • She studied under the master sculptor, Giovanni Ardini, and learned to carve marble.
  • In 1933, she travelled to France, met Piet Mondrian and Georges Braque, and visited the studio of Pablo Picasso.
  • In 1938, following the breakdown of her first marriage, she married abstract painter, Ben Nicholson.
  • She moved to St Ives in Cornwall in 1939, and lived here for the rest of her life. She founded the Penwith Society of Arts and lived in Trewyn Studios.
  • In 1960, Barbara Hepworth bought the Palais de Danse (a cinema building) and converted it into a large-scale studio.
  • She died in a fire at her studios in 1975. She was 72.
  • Hepworth produced sculptures in brass, bronze, stone and wood, and she also produced a series of prints and some pencil and oil pieces.
  • In 2015 Tate Britain staged a big London show of Hepworth’s work, including more than 70 pieces of her artwork.
  • Some of her famous works included: Pierced Form (1932), Mother and Child (1934), Pelagos (1946), Squares and Two Circles (1963) and Curved Forms (1956).
  • Some of Barbara’s earliest memories involved family car journies through the countryside. She was intrigued by the shapes formed by the hills and fields and roads.
  • Her earliest work is often described as naturalistic with simplified features, whereas most of her work from 1930 was abstract.

Keith Haring Facts and Information

Here are some facts about the American Pop-Artist, Keith Haring.

  • Keith Haring was born in Pennsylvania, USA in 1990.
  • His father was a keen cartoonist and Keith became interested in art at a very young age.
  • Some of his early influences included: Walt Disney cartoons, Dr Seuss, Charles Schultz and the animated characters in The Bugs Bunny Show.
  • When he was a teenager, Keith Haring hitchhiked across America selling T-shirts decorated with his own designs.
  • He was inspired by The Art Spirit – a book by Robert Henri.
  • He worked as a maintenance man at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. this gave him a chance to explore artwork by Jackson Pollock, Mark Tobey and Jean Dubuffet.
  • He was also inspired by the work of Pierre Alechinsky, and this made him think about combining writing and characters to form large images.
  • In 1978 he studied painting at New York’s School of Visual Arts.
  • He enjoyed drawing in chalk on unused advertising boards at subways and stations.
  • He went on to organise exhibitions at Club 57, and his work started to incorporate symbols (including barking dogs, hearts and flying saucers).
  • He created more than 50 public works of art between 1982 and 1989.
  • His work featured as the background for the Philidelphia Live Aid stage, and he collaborated with the fashion designer Vivienne Westwood.
  • In 1986 he opened Pop Shop, selling his work to the public at reasonable prices.
  • In 1988 Keith Haring was diagnosed with AIDS, and he died in 1990 at the age of 31.
  • During his life, he formed friendships with many celebrities including: Madonna, Will Smith, Yoko Ono and Grace Jones. He was also very close to Andy Warhol.
  • His work was bold, bright and was heavily influenced by Pop Art and graffiti and street art.

Romero Britto: Facts and Information

Here are some facts about the artist Romero Britto.

  • Romero Britto is a painter, printmaker, and sculptor, and his work is influenced by pop art, cubism and street art.
  • His work often includes bold patterns, bright colours, playful themes and hard-edged compositions.
  • Romero was born in 1963 in Recife, Brazil.
  • In 1983 he left Brazil to go to Paris, France, and he discovered the works of Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse.
  • In 1988 he was selected (along with Andy Warhol and Keith Haring) for Absolut Vodka’s artist showcase.
  • In 1989 he moved to Miami, Florida, USA and set up a studio in Coconut Grove.
  • His work is on display in dozens of countries all over the world, including: United States, Singapore, Israel, South Korea, Brazil and England.
  • Britto is self-taught, and when he was a child he used to paint on any scraps of paper or cardboard he could get his hands on, often trying to recreate the work of Toulouse Lautrec.
  • He has collaborated with many brands, including: Audi, Bentley, Disney, Evian, Mattel, Coca-Cola and FIFA.
  • Romero Britto has illustrated several children’s books.
  • He supports more than 250 charitable causes.
  • He is one of the most licensed artists in history. His work is everywhere!
  • Britto has completed portraits for Elton John, Michael Jackson, Muhammed Ali and Queen Elizabeth.