Holiday Craft Ideas For Your Children
Whether you're a busy professional or a busy stay-at-home parent, setting aside some time to make holiday crafts with your kids is always a good way to spend time together. From decorations and ornaments to cards and gifts, check out these great crafting ideas for you and the little ones.
Homemade Christmas Cards
Getting your kids involved in card making is a great way to send genuine cards to teachers, friends, and cousins. Bring out the construction paper, glitter, glue and markers, and help them paste together fun and festive cards for friends and teachers. You can make pop-up cards, cut out pictures from magazines, or paste a picture of your kids or the recipients inside. You can even use the same pop-up card method to make interactive or funny books that pop out at the reader - another gift idea!
Popsicle Stick Ornaments
Every craft store has Popsicle sticks, and they are great for ornaments. You can make picture frames and frame your kids' photo with Santa, or even their green and red paint handprint. Another option is to make snowflakes, or Rudolph ornaments with googly stick-on eyes and a red pom-pom.
Pipe Cleaner Candy Canes
This is the easiest Christmas craft of all time! Get red and white pipe cleaners and twist them together so it looks like a striped pole. Bend the top into a rounded shape and you've got an awesome candy cane decoration! It's so easy you hardly even have to help the kids. You can dress these up with paper or felt holly leaves and hang them around the house or use as embellishments when wrapping gifts.
Mason Jar Candles
There are two great ways to make these candles: using a votive or melting wax (great use for old candles with barely a wick left). Both are great options, and whatever your choice, make sure you and the little ones decorate the Mason Jars for the best holiday candles of all! Use ribbon around the top and paint pens and glitter for decorating. You can even make snowmen, Santa and reindeer designs on the outside. You can put a small votive candle on the inside and place them all around your home on end tables, in bathrooms, and even in the kitchen. It will make that discount furniture store table look like it belongs. They also make really great gifts!
Frosty The Snowman Lantern
This is such a cute idea, especially for those of you who never see snow on Christmas. You can make a snowman out of round lanterns and a few different colors of felt: orange for the nose, black for the eyes, mouth, and buttons, and red for the scarf!
Construction Paper Wreath
This one is easy! All you need is a piece of green construction paper, scissors, and a stapler. You could also get red or white scrap paper for making bows and berries. Just fold the green paper in half lengthwise, then measure about 1 inch away from the loose edge (not the folded side) and begin marking straight lines, ½-inch apart, all the way to the fold. You're going to cut along this line, puff it up, and fold it over to staple it. Check out this paper wreath tutorial.
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