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DIY Christmas Bunting

We found this fabric last year at Spotlight, a DIY Christmas Bunting fabric sheet.  I have found in previous years this has sold out very quickly, so when I saw it, I grab a length straight away. I then used pinking shears to cut around each triangle.  This saved me time, rather than sewing a seam around each. […]

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  • I love this! We are having a Christmas party very soon at our house and this idea will be perfect.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh wonderful, Briohny.:)ReplyCancel

Organised Christmas 2013 – Day 23

21 days till Christmas Day Daily Cleaning Tasks to prepare for the silly season Christmas organisation, recipes, crafts & more Use ‘The Organised Housewife Christmas Planner’ to help organise tasks throughout the series.  This 45 page planner will keep all your checklists, planners, budget, travel information and more together in one folder.  It is a […]

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  • Kelly Schroeder

    Thanks so much for the Cookies in a Jar idea – I just finished making 7 of these last night…the kids loved helping especially when it got to the M&M stage. Just fantastic ideas, motivation and overall website – I really look forward to my daily email.ReplyCancel

Gift Idea – Christmas Cookies in a Jar

Last year I gave my neighbour a christmas cookie mix in a jar as a Chrissy gift.  She was so thrilled to receive it, because she was having visitors later that week and this would be so helpful to have the mix ready to make a batch of cookies as having a new bub she […]

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  • […] Find more details here on how to make Christmas Cookies in a Jar.  Labels available in my shop. […]ReplyCancel

  • gifter123

    These are terrific! How many cookies will the recipient get out of this recipe?ReplyCancel

  • Larissa

    Anything I can use as a substitute for the coconut?ReplyCancel

  • Alana

    Could I use a 1 Litre Jar? I’m struggling to find a 1.5ReplyCancel

    • Chloe

      I just wanted to let you know, I have an abundance of Mocconna Coffee Jars. And I filled a 400g one with water and it measures out to be exactly 1.5L! My mum used to pull off the plastic seal and place something xmasy that would fit (like a decoration or little holly thing) into the lid and then replace the plastic seal. She’d fill it with baking or chocs or lollies etc and put a xmasy ribbon around the top. I just run the big jar through the bottom of the dishwasher and the labels peel easily off!ReplyCancel

      • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

        Thank you for the helpful tip, Chloe! That is great.:)ReplyCancel

  • Alicia

    Firstly, I LOVE your blog! And I love this gift idea! I’m going to make this for my colleges! Silly/random question, but have you baked these cookies before yourself? Is this recipe tried and tested so to speak? How did they turn out? How many does it make approx? Only because I want to make sure my gift turns out perfectly for my recipients. Thanks!ReplyCancel

    • I sure have Alicia and I love this recipe, I love any cookie with oats in it!! It makes the same amount as a typical cookie batch a good 30 or so. Hope they love them!ReplyCancel

  • This is going to save me some $$$ on Christmas Gifts. I was going to buy these made online and had to buy a few. So excited to try these this year. Thanks again for another amazing recipe idea.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      That is wonderful, Melissa.:) Enjoy making them, would love to see a pic once you have made them.:)ReplyCancel

  • Sheree

    Hi there
    I am in the process of doing a whole lot of the Christmas Cookies in a Jar. I absolutely love the idea. However, I cannot find Christmas M&Ms in New Zealand! I don’t think we have them here. Do you have any other suggestions of what else to use?
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    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Sheree, Hmm oh no, no Christmas M&Ms, not to worry. I would still use the normal M&Ms as it will taste delicious and still look just as effective.:)ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca

    Hi, such a great idea! I’m making these for some of my friends and family. Only problem is that one of them can’t have gluten. I can change the flour to gluten free easily but what about the oats. Is there anything that I can substitute the oats for?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Rebecca, I would suggest using Quinoa flakes. They are gluten free and very delicious.ReplyCancel

  • Elise

    Love this idea! How long would they last before they have to be baked? Thanks.ReplyCancel

  • Elise, as long as the jar is sealed and the jar is clean they should last a good couple of months.ReplyCancel

  • […] and Homemade gifts used to be a little humdrum, but they are having a resurgence in popularity. Cookie mix in a jar like the one pictured from The Organised Housewife. Homemade body lotion. Hand crafted gifts or even Christmas decorations. Make a family photo book […]ReplyCancel

Organised Christmas 2013 – Day 22

22 days till Christmas Day Daily Cleaning Tasks to prepare for the silly season Christmas organisation, recipes, crafts & more Use ‘The Organised Housewife Christmas Planner’ to help organise tasks throughout the series.  This 45 page planner will keep all your checklists, planners, budget, travel information and more together in one folder.  It is a […]

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Kids Christmas Craft – Ornament

I was shopping recently and saw some really cute christmas decorations, sadly they cost a pretty penny.  I put on my creative hat and my little girls created their own version, I think I love these more!!  These are a great gift to give grandparents, extended family or keep for your own tree. Below is […]

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{Inspiration} 16 FREE Printable Christmas Tags

 There are so many wonderfully talented people on the web, today I have put together a collection of FREE Christmas tag printables for you.   Make sure you have enough colour print in your printer.  Visit the blogs of these wonderful printables, donwload the tags then print directly to cardstock, punch a hole and then […]

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{Christmas Planning} Gingerbread House

One of our family Christmas traditions is to build a Gingerbread House together.   It’s so much fun building and mostly decorating.  We find though one lolly for the house one for the mouth, lol.  This is a fun tradition and one I know we will continue for many many years. First year we started […]

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  • Kat

    I got some gingerbread house biscuit cutters from spotlight recently – so I don’t have to buy a kit each year! The added bonus is that I can make the gingerbread from my grandmothers recipe, which tastes 100x better than any kit ever has ;)ReplyCancel

    • Ooh wow, I love that idea, I might see if I can find some, thankyou for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous

    I purchased one of the kit ones last year but it was so muggy that the roof kept falling off!! ReplyCancel

    • Ooh no Kirsty. We usually make it the last afternoon Daddy works which is a day or two before Christmas and he magically always arrives home at the fun stage of decorating. Then it’s eaten rather quickly. ReplyCancel

  • Great tradition Kat. I started that as well but am not sure how it will go this year with my very enthusiastic 2.5 year old. We might make gingerbread biscuits (own choice for shape) and decorate them. I then like to leave a couple for ‘Santa’.ReplyCancel

  • Row

    we do this every year too, the first year I bought a kit from ikea and was very pedantic about where the lollies went on it… I have made one ever since, just tastes so much better! I make it cut out, bake it, let it cool and then ‘stick’ it all together with royal icing… there ends my contribution… This is when I let the kids loose on it! I have 3 packets of different coloured royal icing (icing that I have made in a ziplock bag with colour, then snip one of the corners off) And have 3 bowls in front of my three boys, filled with lollies, sprinkles, freckles, whatever yolu want. When they have finished with the house (and trashing mine) then we wrap it in clear cellophane with a bow and it sits in the middle of the table until christmas day when my hubby smashes it! Weve done this for seven years now and the novelty hasnt worn off yet :)ReplyCancel

  • […] Do you make a Gingerbread Houses? Consider if you are going to make it from scratch or purchase the gingerbread pre-made ready for you to decorate.  I have seen the pre-made houses at most department stores.  See here for some decorating ideas. […]ReplyCancel

  • […] Do you make a Gingerbread Houses? Consider if you are going to make it from scratch or purchase the gingerbread pre-made ready for you to decorate.  I have seen the pre-made houses at most department stores.  See here for some decorating ideas. […]ReplyCancel

{Christmas Planning} Decluttering Christmas Decorations

Are you holding onto Christmas Decorations that you haven’t placed on display for years?  It’s time to declutter your decoration collection. When you are decorating your house this Christmas have a look at the items you have left and don’t want to display.  Why are you not displaying them? Is it broken? Do you have the time […]

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  • A-M Russell

    Voted. A-M xxReplyCancel

  • now that is a tough thing to do considering some of those are ones I placed on the tree some 40+ years agoReplyCancel

  • Have been voting regularly. I have decluttered a lot of Christmas things since last year. I have given away a whole tree as I used to painstakingly put up 2 full sized trees. Not any more. I also gave my mum about 6 little ceramic ornaments that she ‘loves’ and a couple of perfectly good soft toys – a little reindeer and christmas teddy. I literally streamlined my stuff. Also last year I gave up the kids paddlepop stick and macaroni ornaments from childhood that I held on to as they were getting tatty and the kids aren’t little any more. I feel liberated and lighter. My tree has all my favourites on it and same with the other decorations. I recommend the in with the new and out with the old philosophy and downsizing is less stressful to pack away and store at the end.
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    • As long as it’s big enough to fit what you want on it :) Packing is the worst of the jobs for sure.
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  • can i keep my glass ones!! just until the toddlers are a little bigger and i have a less chance of breakages :) please!! oh and Jo if you want to sell those vintage decoration i take a look :)ReplyCancel

  • TheModernParent

    I am so guilty of this!! Every year I think I put out less decorations than are actually left in the box. I will definitely throw them out this year. I do have to keep some of the sentimental and homemade ones which I have to admit are looking rather tatty and not very festive! Thanks for reminding me to be ruthless!ReplyCancel

  • I am so guilty of this….but it’s all going to change! :)ReplyCancel

  • donate them too the schools hospitals or homeless shelters ect ect spread the spiritReplyCancel

  • We keep our Christmas decorations collection very small – otherwise we’d spend a fortune buying new ones and have to find cupboard space to store them (which is a tough job)!ReplyCancel

  • I’ve just bought the most georgeous Christmas Decorations boxes from Phoenix Trading. I’m a box girl, and love things in their place so I’m v happy :-)ReplyCancel

{Christmas Craft} Blinging up Christmas Baubles

We have made the most beautiful inexpensive Christmas Baubles 1 pack red baubles from Big W for $2 1 packet of Rhinestone strips from KaiserCraft outlet (most craft or dollar stores) for $2.50  Idea found on pinterest originally from bhg.com  Linking up with Blossom Heart, Pinterest Make Me Challenge 

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{Christmas Planning} Items to put in Advent Calendar

We have a gorgeous advent calendar that we have used for years.  As I mentioned yesterday, you can purchase or make you own.  In our advent calendar I place small inexpensive gifts, a lolly or note with an activity we will complete that day.  If the gift I want to give them is too big […]

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  • I made an advent calendar last year, similar to the envelope one in your ‘advent calendar inspiration’ post and it was a huge hit with Mr-23-months-at-the-time. I had Matchbox cars, crayons, chalk, stickers, bracelets (yep, he loved them), the occasional Freddo Frog and other small items. It was exciting for him to have something to open each day but I think he might’ve been just a touch too young. This year will be totally different! Thanks for the list of things to put in. ReplyCancel

  • We do the same thing. I have a Santa advent calendar with little drawers to fit treats. I too leave notes for the bigger things but am loving ur list cause I always run out of ideas! I love the notes instead of treats with things to do together! I also do a shop of small Xmas things on sale from the year before to use – pencils, stickers, Xmas books etc. ReplyCancel

  • Dumb q but you start on 1?ReplyCancel

  • The sleep advising lady that loves to put a downer on someones good work!ReplyCancel

  • I have little Christmas erasers in there as well $2 a pack of $12.ReplyCancel

  • I meant do you start on number 1 on the advent calendar, got my activities printed and ready to go! Thanks’ReplyCancel

  • Hi Kat

    Great activities. We make our own too. Did an envelope version last year but am looking at doing a boxed one this year. Beginning the planning this week.
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    • It is and the kids enjoy the thrill each day, love their faces lighting upReplyCancel

  • Oh! Sorry- must have hit the wrong person before I commented! Dam feeding through the night!- so tired!ReplyCancel

  • Not a silly question Danielle Golding, I think yes you are meant to start on the 1, but last year our countdown calendar broke so we used the Advent Calendar to countdown so started on 24.ReplyCancel

  • K Bridges

    Thanks for the ideas, I’m making an advent calender this year for the first time & this has given me some new ideas of what I can include in it :-)ReplyCancel

  • Samy_savva

    Wow, what some amazing ideas. We have an advent bunting which hangs in the loungeroom. Miss O was too small to understand the idea of the calendar so we used it purely for decoration but this has given me so much inspiration to get things going this year! I particularly love the idea regarding putting notes in it about what we will be doing during the day!

    Thanks again KatReplyCancel

  • Kerry4

    We have simple advent calendars here. Have done the same for the last 2 years and the kids are asking for them again this year (my kiddies are 4 and 5 1/2). I found a download a few years back of a santa face and beard. 24 circles on his beard. Each morning we glue a cotton ball on his beard. When his beard is full, that is the night he visits. Simple, no extra buying of gifts. No lollies…which I love. I print 2 so they have 1 each. ReplyCancel

    • I love it Kerry, looks like fun, do you have a link so I can share it with everybody.ReplyCancel

      • Kerry4

        I don’t remember the original page I got it from. It was a few years ago and I uploaded it into Paint and coloured it in. I can email you the word doc or PDF file of it if you like if you know how to share it that way. It really is fun. And is super quick to prepare.ReplyCancel

  • Anna

    I have an Adairs advent calendar too. I buy small Christmas decorations that fit in the drawers and add them to a mini Christmas tree each day.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for the fab ideas for the advent calendar gifts. I usually run out of ideas after a week and resort to lollies!!! This year though I have your ideas and about a dozen Squinkies ;)ReplyCancel

    • Squinkies is a great idea!! Love it as an alternative to the star wars lego for the girls!ReplyCancel

  • I just bought 2 beautiful wooden advent calendars from Ravissant, and all your great ideas will help me fill them up. My girls are still young and we are having so much fun starting all our own family Christmas traditions, the extra special advent calendars will be one of them. ReplyCancel

  • Bec G

    My mum made us an advent calender last year (a material one like the kids you buy from spotlight) and has added beads and stars to make it really pretty.
    We have christmas decorations and I found some little sesame street, mr men and this year some disney princess ornaments…
    I do up a roster and everyone has their turn pulling it out… I pull names out by random so it’s never in the same order! The kids love it and get excited when it is their day to find out what is in the pocket!
    It’s also special because a) my mum made it for us and b) last year was our first christmas as ‘our’ blended family! So a new tradition! ReplyCancel

    • That is so sweet and I love the sentiment that your mum made it :) roster is a great idea!ReplyCancel

  • Hannah

    Last year i made an Advent Bunting with tiny little stockings for each day. We like to mostly steer away from gifts, sometimes treats, but more family/fun ideas. Thanks for your great ideas, I will definitely be using them this year! ReplyCancel

  • […] I ended up using three different sets for the pockets – two of them are printable cards with activities and the third is a set of Bible verse advent cards.  Many of the activity ideas […]ReplyCancel

  • Advent calendars are my fave Christmas tradition, so much fun! I just bought the Kaisercraft DIY calendar from Spotlight. Let’s see if I can dig deep and kick my dormant crafty skills into gear by Dec 01 :)ReplyCancel

  • Amber

    Something else to add to the activities in the advent calendar is having the santa photo taken. We do this as a family each year – including the adults. It ensures that we get at least one photo of any camera shy person (usually me as I’m on the other side of the camera). My kids love the yearly family shot!ReplyCancel

  • […] blogs have talked about putting notes with family, holiday-themed activities, holiday acts of goodwill or trinkets such as key chains and jewelry. […]ReplyCancel

  • […] Items to put in an Advent Calendar (inlcudes free printable) | The Organised Housewife […]ReplyCancel

{Inspiration} Advent Calendars

Advent Calendars I love Christmas, the excitement, build up, anticipation, decorating, family time together, creating, baking and most of all giving. We use an advent calendar each year to give a gift or little note to the kids.  Perhaps it’s not the traditional way an advent calendar is used however it’s how we have the […]

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{Christmas Planning} Organise a little Christmas to do box

A few of readers spied my Christmas box on my hutch in the photo of our big tinsel candy cane asking what is in it. I purchased the tin box from Target a few months ago.  I have put this box in a central location of the house for when I have a spare minute […]

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  • Sevencherubs

    I have the same box that I picked up from target. Love the idea of putting all of the Christmas cards etc in them. N xReplyCancel

  • Kylie Whittaker

    The Target tins are now on special for $8.88!!! I bought one the other day but tempted to go back for another!!!ReplyCancel

    • Regina

      Oh Kylie I was going to try and stay away from the shops today but I think you just changed my mind doh!ReplyCancel

    • I love it, I wonder what I could do with another, that is a great price!ReplyCancel

  • The box is now on special at Target stores for $8.88!!!ReplyCancel

  • Thankyou Kylie, that is such a great price!!ReplyCancel

  • Ange

    I REALLY want to know what you are doing with the marshmallow sticks! ReplyCancel

  • Kate @ Puddles and Gumboots

    ooh I so want that tin! I will have to see if they have them at my nearest target!ReplyCancel

    • Kate, they had them at Target Westfield Helensvale last time I was there. Not on sale, but they are now!! ReplyCancel

  • Purchased two of them today for $6.21…bargain!ReplyCancel

  • Wow this is a fantastic idea and love the box!ReplyCancel

  • Lise

    I’ve got one of those tins too, I use it for my “Errand Station” on my desk next to the kitchen. It is sooo cute, looks much nicer than the wicker basket I used previously. Hmmm, now to think of a reason to buy another one on sale…ReplyCancel

  • Malinda Blair

    I went and bought 2 of those tins today… and the matching 3 pots on a tray… and 2 matching square trays! Not sure what I’ll do with them all but too cute and such a good price to pass up!ReplyCancel

    • ooh Malinda, I didn’t know about the square tray’s I might have to go have a look. Would love to see what you are using them all for :)ReplyCancel

  • […] I like this idea of a Christmas to-do box. […]ReplyCancel

  • Marissa

    Always love your ideas. I have actually followed this one immediately! I too found the tin box for a bargain $6.21 yesterday! It is stocked and ready. I have also included self sealing cello bags to package baked/homemade gifts. Thanks for the tip!ReplyCancel

    • Great idea Marissa, you are one step ahead of me. We packaged some up today too!ReplyCancel

  • JSmith

    what did you do with the marshmallow sticks?ReplyCancel