Christmas Candy Cane Place Name Settings

Christmas Candy Cane Place Name Settings

My own two ARTventurers LOVE designing the place name settings for our Christmas dinner table every year so we’ll definitely be making these on Christmas Eve!

Your little ARTventurers can put their own spin on them too – with Christmas stickers, glitter, metallic pens…a lovely activity to keep them busy whilst you’re wrapping or cooking.

A full “how to” is below, but it really couldn’t be easier!

You’ll need :

Candy Canes (cellophane wrapped) – 3 per place setting


Rectangle of stiff card


Glitter (or we used some sparkly face snow)



Candy Cane Place Setting

Use sellotape to bind the 3 candy canes together – you’ll need them to be at a slight angle to each other to create a solid base for standing. It’s easier to tape two together first then add the third rather than struggle to hold all 3 in place!

Use pens and glitter to decorate your rectangle of card and add the name

Slot the card into the candy cane stand and tie ribbons round to decorate

Christmas Candy Cane Place Name

Happy Christmas!


Salt Dough Christmas Tree Ornaments!

Salt Dough Christmas Tree Ornaments!

We love homemade tree decorations – and these salt dough fingerprint trees are super cute and a lovely keepsake for years to come!

Our super simple ARTventurers salt dough recipe is below plus step by step instructions on how to make these at home with your own little ARTventurers!

First you need to make a batch of green salt dough. It’s super easy to make :

1 cup flour

1/2 cup salt

1/2 cup water

A squirt of green ready mix paint

Place the flour and salt in a bowl and stir well. Then add the water and paint and stir then knead well.


To make the tree decoration you’ll need :

A tree shape cookie cutter

Some coloured paint – we used acrylic here but brightly coloured ready mix paint will work ok too

Something to create a hole at the top of the decoration – we used the end of a small paintbrush but a pencil or similar would do!

Some baking parchment

A permanent marker (black)

Flatten out the salt dough on the baking parchment and use the cookie cutter to create a tree shape
Using your finger – press fingertip into paint and then make a few different coloured fingerprints in the salt dough shape for the tree lights

Now you need to dry out the salt dough. You could :

1. Bake in an oven at a low heat until hard – at around 100 degrees C for around 2 hours until firm

2. Dry using the microwave. Use a low heat setting and do it in short bursts of around 10 seconds and keep checking until it is firm and dry

3. Air dry for a few days

Once your decoration is dry and cool, use black marker to add the “strings” for the lights

Add ribbon or cord for hanging and hang on your tree!

(If you want to keep the decoration for years to come we strongly recommend you give it a coat or two of clear varnish)