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Homemade Christmas decorations

A Christmas biscuit on a table with berries around

In total British families spend an eye watering £21 billion on Christmas food, drink, decorations and of course, presents, every year.

This year, why not try creating your own personal decorations, and get the whole family involved with these homemade options that won’t break the bank.

Some can be used as a family memento to be displayed year after year, others as a tasty gift for special grandparents and friends.

Christmas biscuits for the tree or for the tummy

Original recipe from Food Network

Not only are these biscuits delicious and super easy to make, they can be used as a novel way to decorate your Christmas tree.

To make the cookies you will need

• 250g unsalted butter

• 140g dark brown muscovado sugar

• 1 egg yolk

• 300g plain flour

• 1 tsp mixed spice

• 1 tsp ground ginger

To decorate

• Coloured icing

• Silver balls

• Ribbons

How to make them:

1. Before you start, preheat the oven to 180°C.

2. Mix the butter and sugar together until you have a smooth pale finish. Once mixed, add the egg yolk.

3. Stir together the flour and spices before folding into the butter, sugar and yolk mixture.

4. Wrap the dough in cling film and place in a fridge for at least two hours to chill.

5. Once chilled, roll out the dough to around a ½ cm thick and cut into Christmas tree shapes.

6. Make a little hole in one of the points of each shape, through which you’ll thread the ribbon to hang when cooked.

7. Grease a baking tray. Position all shapes on the tray, around 5cm apart. Place the tray in the fridge for around half an hour to stop the biscuits spreading as they bake.

8. Bake in the pre-heated oven for 12 minutes. Remove from the oven and leave to cool.

9. Once cooled, it’s the fun stuff – decorating! You could try silver balls, coloured icing, hundreds and thousands – the only limit is your imagination. Thread the coloured ribbon and your biscuits are ready to hang from your tree.

Salt dough decorations

Original recipe from All Recipes

If you want something a little more permanent, these easy to make tree decorations provide a cute keepsake for your tree that can be re-used year after year.

To make the salt dough you will need

• 1 cup plain flour (note please don’t use self-rising as it will cause the ornaments to bubble up)

• ½ cup salt

• ½ cup warm cup water

To decorate

• Non-toxic acrylic varnish

• Festive shaped cookie cutters

• Acrylic paints

• Glitter

• Ribbon

How to make them:

1. Preheat the oven to 250F.

2. Combine the flour, salt and water in a mixing bowl.

3. Knead the dough for a good 10-15 minutes, until it’s soft and pliable. Add more flour if the mixture is too sticky.

4. Slowly roll out the dough.

5. Using a cookie cutter to cut out festive shapes. Make a little hole in the top of each shape, through which you’ll thread the ribbon to hang when cooked.

6. Place in the oven and bake for 30 minutes – 1 hour, until the shapes are completely dry. Turn once while baking.

7. Remove from the oven and allow to cool before decorating.

8. Decorate your shapes how you like – use coloured paints and glitter. Once they are fully dried, coat with varnish to ensure the decorations last for years.

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