Getting crafty is a great way to fundraise as you can sell the items you make to friends, family or even online (for example on social media or marketplaces such as Etsy). Alternatively you could gift your items instead of buying expensive presents and donate the money that you might save.

The things you make will make a difference! The money you raise will ensure that we can be there for families that turn to us this Christmas and into 2021. As an example, just £14.50 could pay for our bereavement helpline to provide advice and support to a first-time caller, whether they are newly bereaved or the bereavement was many years ago.

You might already have a hobby or skill but for some inspiration, take a look at the ideas below – they don’t need many materials and can be great to get children involved with.

String art cards

Potato and finger print cards and gift tags

Salt dough decorations

String art cards

You will need:

  • Blank cards
  • Thread and needle
  • Pencil and ruler
  • Decorative items such as beads, metallic pens or sequins and glue
  1. Draw the outline of your design onto the front of your card. Simple, symmetrical shapes are easiest, such as a tree or star.
  2. Punch holes at equal intervals along the outline of your shape, using your needle. Erase the pencil outline, leaving just the holes.
  3. Thread your needle and tie a knot at one end. Begin stitching from the inside of the card out through the first hole then back into another hole. You can experiment with creating different patterns inside your design, for example you could stitch in and out of the holes in a random pattern or starting at one hole, stitch into an opposite hole and work clockwise around your design in this way.
  4. If you’re adding beads to your design, thread these on at regular points while you’re stitching.
  5. Once you’ve threaded through all the holes (finishing on the inside of your card) tie a knot in your thread. You might like to stick another piece of card into the inside to cover the back of the string design.
  6. Add any final decorations to your design such as sequins or a handwritten greeting.

Potato and fingerprint cards and gift tags

You will need:

  • Blank cards or gift tags
  • Paint
  • A few potatoes
  • Googly eyes and glue (optional)

These instructions are for a robin but if you use black and white paint instead you can make a penguin!

  1. Cut your potatoes in half. You may need to press the insides with some kitchen towel to remove moisture.
  2. Take a larger potato half and press it into some brown paint with the flat side to cover it. Press it onto your card and leave to dry.
  3. Take a smaller potato half and press it into some red paint with the flat side to cover it. Press it onto the brown circle that you’ve already created. Leave to dry.
  4. Stick some googly eyes on and draw some legs on with pen. You can also add a beak with paint.

Using your fingers, create some fingerprint snowballs with white paint or holly sprigs with green and red paint.

Salt dough decorations

You will need:

  • 200g plain flour
  • 150g table salt
  • 150ml water
  • Cookie cutters in christmas shapes
  • Rolling pin
  • A straw or wooden skewer
  • Paint or nail varnish
  • Ribbon
  1. Pre-heat your oven to 100c.
  2. Mix the flour and salt in a bowl. Gradually add the water and keep stirring until the dough comes together. You may not need all the water as you don’t want the dough to be very sticky or wet.
  3. Flour a surface and then knead the dough until it is pliable.
  4. Roll out the dough to a thickness of a bout 0.5cm and cut shapes out using your cutters.
  5. Place your shapes on a greaseproof paper lined tray. Use your straw or skewer to make a hole for the ribbon in each decoration.  You may also like to add any patterns or words here by using a toothpick or skewer.
  6. Bake your decorations for around 3 hours – they need to be on the low heat to dry out but not rise. Turn them over half way through to ensure an even bake.
  7. Once baked, leave them to cool. You can then paint them if you like with acrylic paint or nail varnish or you can keep them plain. Thread ribbon through the holes and tie.