There are some fabulous patterned papers in the Autumn & Winter Seasonal catalogue called Festival of Prints - they are excellent value too, just £6.25 for 48 sheets. Not all of the patterns are Christmas themed, so they are suitable for many different occasions.
I loved the paper stars in the catalogue, so I made a template and cut out lots of stars and scored and folded them to make them 3D. I used dimensionals to stick them on to a "ring" of heavy card, adding some Lucky Limeade ruffled ribbon and bakers twine to hang it up.
I went on a visit to the fire station today with Philip and his class. It was quite eventful with the engines in and out on calls, but the children really enjoyed themselves especially when they got to squirt the hose!! The fireman explained what happens when a call comes through to the station - at that moment it did - the control room had sent a "call" to the school to help explain what happens. The fireman gave this to the teacher to take back to school, when at that moment there was a call - he told them this was real and the firemen quickly got ready to leave, as we rounded up the children to get them out of the way. So you can imagine our shock when the real call was for THEIR school!!! Thankfully everything was OK, there was a fault in the alarm system and the firemen returned to the station again before the children left to go back to school.