Every day between December 1st and December 25th, we bring you a new festive ‘how to’ as part of our DIY Advent series.
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What makes Etsy a great place for one-of-a-kind gifts, in your opinion?
Handmade, unique items or products that were made in small batches are always something very special. I believe that you can show your affection much more individually with the products you can discover on Etsy and find something to suit everyone’s personality. If I had a gazillion euros, I would only shop here.
What is your favourite handmade Christmas present?
To be honest, I give more handmade gifts than I receive. I did get a hand-stamped denim blouse from my dear friend Juli for my last birthday though. She refers to herself as a complete failure when it comes to crafting but was determined to give me something handmade. She’d worked on it for days until she created something she found worthy enough to give to me. It is so special to me, especially because of the love and time she put in to it!
Do you have a certain ritual that you do regularly every Christmas?
On Christmas Day I like to open my presents first because it is much more important to me how my family reacts to my gifts. I am always so excited then (probably much more than the presentees) That’s definitely the best part about Christmas.
One of the more extraordinary DIYs I’ve done recently is my Linorigami series – Origami patterns as linocuts, as prints and also as clay ornaments. That’s how I came up with my Advent Calendar DIY: Linorigami cookie ornaments. They are edible and pretty, either for the Christmas tree or table.
You will need:
Small cutting lino sheet (about 12×8 cm)
Lino cutting knife
Idea for a pattern (there a tons of patterns available online), I chose a reindeer
String to hang the cookie ornaments
Optional: graphite copy paper; you can also draw your pattern by hand.
For the cookie dough:
It takes a couple of steps to make these and it also takes some time but the finished ornaments are worth the effort.
1. First, you have to make the linocut. Choose a pattern and draw it on the lino sheet (you can make this easier for yourself and choose a pattern online, print it in the right size and copy it onto the sheet with graphite paper). Origami patterns work best because they only have straight lines. While you are cutting, keep in mind that your cut must be equally deep so that the pattern will have the same height later. And don’t forget to always cut away from you 😉
2. Test on your pattern where you can place the hole later to hang up the ornament. Cut out the pattern the same way you would cut your cookie later, pierce a hole and check if it hangs the way you want it to.
3. Now you have to prepare the cookie dough. Beat 200g soft butter and 200g sugar until creamy. Add one egg and one teaspoonful of vanilla flavour, then fold 400g flour to form a smooth dough. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and let it cool for 2 hours in the fridge. In the meantime you can clean your linocut with a brush. Then flour it so the dough won’t stick. Clean off the excess flour. Repeat this step after each print.
4. Apply oil to two sheets of baking paper so that the the dough won’t stick. Place some dough on your paper and roll it out (around 0.5cm thick). Don’t forget to keep the rest of the dough refrigerated, as warm and soft dough is hard to work with. Place the floured lino sheet on it and roll over it a couple of times in both directions, remove your lino sheet and your pattern is on the dough!
5. Transfer the dough back to the tray and carefully cut around the shape. Use the straw to piece a hole to thread your hanging ribbon through. If necessary, you can smooth the edges with your fingers and some water.
6. The only remaining step is to bake the cookies. Bake them for ten minutes at 180°C. Let them cool out on the tray for five minutes and then place them on a cooling rack. Pull a nice string / ribbon through the holes, knot them and you can hang your edible Linorigami ornaments on the tree!
For those who think that these cookies are too short-lived: you can use clay to make these. Anyway, they make me happy and I hope they make you happy too. Enjoy the rest of the Advent DIYs and Merry Christmas!
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