Jennifer Henderson of Love JK and Alex Shaw of The Inspired Occasion, have created a few fun and easy DIY Christmas food and craft tutorials which your kids will love to help you with over the festive season.

Pinecone Craft

Fun DIY’s using pinecones that will keep the kids amused and look amazing. These simple pinecones can be found in lots of parks and gardens and the kids will love hunting for them and then decorating.



What you will need

  • Pinecone
  • Coloured paints
  • Other decorative items such as glitters, diamontiese, stones can be used to jazz up your pinecones
  • Paint Brushes
  • Newspaper or drop sheets
  • Fishing wire or twine
  • Hot glue gun
  • Decorative vase or candy jar
  • Name tags

How to

  • Head down to your local park and collect pinecones
  • Lay down drop sheet
  • Paint and decorate pinecones
  • Allow to dry over night


To create a centre piece place painted pinecones in decorative jars and finish with colour coordinated ribbon.

Table Place Cards

To create table place settings, slide in name tags and place on table (a small amount of hot glue gun may be required to affix tag) Feel free to download Love JK’s place card template here


To create hanging ornaments use hot glue gun to attach fishing wire, once dry hang on tree.

Written by Alex Shaw, Owner & Founder of The Inspired Occasion ~ www.theinspiredoccasion.com.au
Photographed by Jennifer Henderson, Chief Kiddo of Love JK ~ Personalised Stationery & Gifts www.lovejk.com.au

It’s A Wrap!

Head to your local craft and habidashery shop to get a selection of ribbons and embellishments to help brighten up our gifts this festive season. From bias binding to lace, there are lots of alternative options to your standard range of ribbons. Attach one of our free gift tags to finish your gifts off. Download here


Written and photographed by Jennifer Henderson, Chief Kiddo of Love JK ~ Personalised Stationery & Gifts www.lovejk.com.au

Delicious gifts: Personalised Chocolate Bars

The personalised chocolate bars are yummy and easy gifts which you can make with the kids at home. Simply, download, print as many as you like onto regular white paper, cut and wrap around small chocolate bars. They are super easy to cut, so if your kids are old enough, get them to help you too. They make great gifts for their friends at school! Download here

Written and photographed by Jennifer Henderson, Chief Kiddo of Love JK ~ Personalised Stationery & Gifts www.lovejk.com.au
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  • I love handmade crafty projects. I gave so much fun making things with my kids, it never gets old or becomes a chore


  • that last idea is fab. i think that it would be cool to make your own bars like that.


  • We have a pile of painted pine cones sitting in a basket under our Christmas tree – I now finally have a better use for them! Thanks!!!


  • there are some awesome ideas here. cant wait to try them this christmas


  • I’m already so looking forward to next year! :P


  • Thanks for sharing this article and information; good ideas.


  • great ideas thank you!


  • what an awesome idea, thanks for sharing


  • I love the pinecone idea. All 3 of my kids would love doing it.


  • great ideas, thanks for sharing


  • I cannot believe its nearly Christmas again only about 17 weeks to go where did the year go


  • I like the personalised chocolate bars, they’d be good presents for school friends.


  • Each year we make a Christmas decoration for the tree.


  • I do love the place card pinecone – so easy and imaginative. You have totally inspired me to gather some up, paint them and use as decorations this year, always looking for something different and creative for my window displays – thank you very much.


  • A personalised chocolate bar, great!


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