Christmas DIY for kids

It’s scary to think that Christmas is around the corner once again! But for kids this means family, presents and crafts!

Here are some great DIY Christmas ideas for kids – the ideal way to keep them busy over weekends and during the long summer holiday.

Christmas DIY

Christmas DIY

Make your own tree ornaments:

Collect all the old buttons lying around at home and create your own tree ornaments from that. Glue them together and tie a pretty ribbon around them to hang it on your Christmas tree this year.

Make your own rustic Christmas tree:

Pick up some branches from your garden. Remember to use different shapes and sizes. Fill a vase (preferably glass) halfway with pebbles or stones to help anchor your Christmas tree. If you want to paint some of the branches, remember to sand them first to remove all dirt and loose bark. Use a white undercoat if you are using bright colours. You don’t have to paint all of the branches – be creative and dip some of the branch tips in glue and glitter or even acrylic paint for a modern look. Plant the branches in the vase and hang a few Christmas decorations to finish off your rustic Christmas tree.

Decorate your own Christmas wish can:

Christmas gifts are always something to look forward to. Decorate your own Christmas wish can and whenever you think of something you would like to have for Christmas, write it on a piece of paper and put it in the can. That way Father Christmas will know exactly what to give to you on Christmas evening.

Make a Christmas gift for your teacher:

Need some brownie points? Bake a few brownies and fill a mason jar with it. Tie a red or green ribbon around it with a note that reads: Merry Christmas! Toffee apples are also a good idea for Christmas gifts.

DIY gift wrap:

With gift wrap being so expensive during Christmas time, why not make your own? This way the gifts you hand out have an extra personal touch. Take blank sheets of wrapping paper (brown, white, green, red, silver or gold) and paint your own creative shapes and pictures onto it. Make thumbprints, draw Christmas trees, make hand and foot prints and make pictures from it. Think out of the box and have fun with paint and paper!

Kids can also enjoy some of these DIY craft activities at the Riviera on Vaal Hotel & Country Club’s Murphy’s Clubhouse. Contact Reservations on 016 420 1300 or for more information. Maccauvlei on Vaal also offers a kiddies playroom. They can be contacted on 016 420 2000 or

Compete with your pot and shop ‘til you drop

Compete with your pot and shop ‘til you drop at Matt’s Foundation’s annual Potjie Day and Garage Sale taking place at Maccauvlei on Vaal on 16 November 2013.

Potjie Day & Garage Sale

Potjie Day & Garage Sale

Enter your team of four at a cost of R120.00 per team and show us what you’ve got cooking in your pot. Teams are expected to bring their own meat and vegetables for the Matt’s Foundation potjie competition; rice, bread rolls and salad will be provided. Cooking kicks off at 09:00 and your potjie should be ready for adjudication at 14:00.

The day promises to be great fun for everyone, including the ever-so-popular Garage Sale, a beer tent and a jumping castle for the kids, as well as live entertainment and loads of exciting prizes. For those who don’t want to take part in the competition, potjiekos will also be sold at R30.00 per plate.

Matt’s Foundation is a non-profit organisation in the Vaal Triangle providing in the basic needs of underprivileged children in the community. This annual Potjiekos Day and Garage Sale assists the organisation in raising funds to be able to treat these kids with Christmas presents at the end of the year. The community is invited to be part of this great initiative.

To enter your potjiekos team or to volunteer, contact Ilza-Louise on 016 420 2245 or

Riviera on Vaal’s Tree of Life

Share and tweet to win one of five Matthews vouchers

Share and tweet to win one of five Matthews vouchers

The Riviera on Vaal Hotel and Country Club has put up their Christmas tree in celebration of the festive season this year and it is currently one of the favourite focal points at the resort.

Not only is the Hotel’s Tree of Life an exceptional festive focal point, but it also recapitulates the Riviera on Vaal Resort’s evolution over the years. Not to mention its divinity and the fact that it has stood the test of time, which are some of the aspects associated with the Tree of Life. Other aspects associated with the Tree of Life include people, language and culture – three things that form a large part of tourism in South Africa and in effect also the Riviera on Vaal Resort. The Tree of Life is believed to be the connecting medium between people and their ancestors and that is also why the Riviera on Vaal’s Tree of Life fits the part perfectly as it resembles the connection of the Hotel’s visitors with its rich history. Many religions also refer to the Tree of Life as the sustenance that connects people with the earth and once again the Riviera on Vaal’s unusual, yet brilliant Christmas tree resembles that too. The Riviera on Vaal Hotel and Country Club encourages people to connect with what the earth has to offer in more than one way: nature, food, wine, relaxation and also friends and family.

According to James Cameron’s Avatar movie, the Tree of Life “expanded to create life on Earth that evolved to human life with an expanding and ever-evolving consciousness.” That is why we as humans are becoming more and more conscious about our environment and why the Riviera on Vaal Hotel has used this tree as one of their Christmas decorations for 2012. Not only did the Hotel turn 85 this year, but it is also evolving in many ways, including taking on the challenge of becoming an environmentally responsible tourist destination. With the Tree of Life positioned in the Hotel’s reception area, it reminds us where we come from and where we’re headed.

Guests and day visitors at the Riviera on Vaal Hotel and Country Club are encouraged to take photos of the Tree of Life and post it on their social media pages accompanied by the hash tags #treeoflife, #ROVtree and #Rivieraonvaal. Also visit the Riviera on Vaal’s Facebook Page or follow them on Twitter (@Rivieraonvaal) for updates on Christmas and New Year activities and events.

Facts about the Tree of Life:

  • The Riviera on Vaal’s Tree of Life was created by using a fallen tree from the Hotel’s gardens.
  • All lights used for the Hotel’s Tree of Life are energy saving.
  • Plants used for the decoration are all indigenous.
  • Taking pictures of the Hotel’s Tree of Life and adding the hash tags #treeoflife and #Rivieraonvaal might win you a Matthews Restaurant voucher. There are five of these up for grabs.

About the Riviera on Vaal Hotel & Country Club

A Luxury Hotel that’s the perfect all rounder – be it entertaining the whole family or hosting that all important business event – located 45 minutes away from Johannesburg. The hotel offers guests varied options for families with small children, romantic couples or business guests. It boasts a magnificent view and friendly and efficient staff, always committed to giving each individual guest the very special experience they deserve. From water sport to relaxing spa treatments, there’s a lot to be enjoyed. The 18-hole golf course is very popular, as is the 9-hole Pitch & Putt, which is a great activity for couples, families and teambuilding. Also on offer are various restaurant options. This resort offers a very family friendly environment.

Matt’s prepares for Christmas at River Square

Vereeniging – 2 November 2012. Matt’s Foundation will be manning a gift wrapping and donation station at River Square from 5 November until 8 December. All proceeds will go towards creating an extra special Christmas for all the children Matt’s Foundation supports.

A large Christmas tree will be the mascot of the campaign, carrying hearts with children’s names written on them. Shoppers passing by can pick a heart from the tree, representing a child from the Vaal Triangle’s Christmas gift which they can then sponsor. Matt’s Foundation will assist in wrapping the presents and delivering them to safe houses and orphanages supported by the Foundation. Additional funds will also be raised by selling Matt’s mugs, fridge magnets and Christmas tree decorations. The Christmas tree decorations were all handmade by the children themselves.

Matt’s Foundation is in need of volunteers to help man the Christmas station. To offer your assistance, please contact Carmen on 016 455 6100 or email


About Matt’s Foundation

Matt’s Foundation endeavor to assist in making a difference to the lives of under-privileged children in theVaalcommunity, by raising funds, donations and events. Funding community-based organisations – such as foster homes, safe houses and children’s care centres – working with some of our most vulnerable children for their most basic needs like food, clothing, special education needs and medical care. These children have all been made susceptible through circumstances beyond their control.


For more information please contact:

Renate de Villiers

MV Communications

Mario Milani Drive

Vereeniging,Gauteng, 1930

Phone:  016 455 6100

Fax:      016 455 6125