More than any other time of the year, the holiday season is nothing short of magical for kids. Along with the excessive amount of baked treats and goodies they get to enjoy, there’s usually a plethora of craft projects in the works as well. Below are six fun holiday craft ideas that you can work on with your kids to add even more magic to this special season.
1. Pine Cone Christmas Trees
Your child can transform a humdrum pine cone into a work of art by decorating it as a Christmas tree. With a handful of art supplies such as glue, glitter snow, pom-poms, beads, sequins, pipe cleaners, tiny bells, etc., your child can let their creativity loose and create a miniature Christmas tree that can make a great holiday decoration. Mel over at Adventures with Mel has the full list of instructions to carry out this fun craft.
2. Fingerprint Christmas Lights (Holiday Card Craft)
Michelle at Crafty Morning offers this simple DIY holiday card craft, which is basically a homemade illustration of a strand of Christmas lights, using your child’s fingerprints (dipped in paint) as the bulbs on the strand. Using a Sharpie, simply draw a black wavy line on a piece of card stock to represent the strand. Now draw black squares at different places along the line for the bulb holders. Next, have your child dip their index finger into different color paints, and then apply them to the spots right above the black squares. Voila – you’ve got a homemade holiday card that is sure to make the grandparents’ hearts melt!
3. Button Snowflakes
Using nothing more than painted popsicle sticks, some glue and white buttons of various sizes, Eva at Handmade Beginnings offers these beautiful button snowflakes that your kids will love to create. After your little ones make a few (or a whole bunch), you can tie string to them and hang them in one of your windows, or on the Christmas tree as ornaments.
4. Shredded Paper Snowman
Any craft involving tons of shredded paper will certainly make the kids’ eyes light up. Using two paper plates, some glue, colored construction paper (for the eyes, nose, hat, and buttons), and plenty of shredded paper for the snow, your toddler can put together a paper plate snowman that will make a great addition to your holiday decor. Tammy at Housing a Forest provides the detailed instructions for this fun craft.
5. Handprint Santa Jars
This colorful craft is not only a great way to keep the kiddos occupied on a busy weekday, but it can also serve as a valuable holiday keepsake, or even a gift to family and/or close friends. The creative folks at All Free Kids Crafts offer a step-by-step guide (including materials) for making these fantastic homemade Christmas decorations.
6. Cupcake Liner Christmas Tree Ornaments
If you’re looking for a holiday craft project with a little less mess (i.e., no paint), Nessi from One Perfect Day offers these neat little Christmas ornaments made from decorative cupcake liners. They’re simple to make, yet they can really add some visual flair when hanging from your Christmas tree.
Okay, you’ve got your marching orders for the holidays. Now go forth and get crafty!