Christmas Craft

Christmas Craft Ideas For Kids

There’s no better way to get your kids involved in the festive season than to set them some arts and craft projects. It’s a low-cost, fun method of keeping them occupied at the weekends. All you have to do is get in enough basic craft supplies and do a bit of basic supervision – the rest is down to their imaginations. Many schools these days encourage children to bring in their home-made decorations so if you start early you are going to be ahead of the game! There will be something to suit kids of all ages and abilities, for example:

  • Cards: Christmas cards can be a bit samey, so why not just go out and get some card making supplies so your children can make their own? After all, most kids these days like to send cards to their friends during the festive season. If you stick to a simple design, or buy some pre-packaged card making kits then they should be able to make a fairly large amount in a short time so you don’t end up tearing your hair out in frustration!
  • Pine Cone Gnomes: These are an old Christmas classic: go out and collect a lot of pine cones. Then all you need is some red and green felt, some white synthetic fur and some coloured paper. Glue a smaller cone on top of a larger one to make a head and body. You can use the felt to make the hats and then the coloured paper to make stick-on eyes. The white fur can be cut into beard shapes and stuck on. You will also need to make a base with some card so that the gnomes can stand up. If you want to you can also help your child make each gnome slightly individual by adding things like glasses, walking sticks or jackets. It really depends how much time you have to spare.

Christmas Craft

  • Gingerbread: Everyone likes gingerbread so a box of this cut into festive shapes can be a perfect present. They great thing about gingerbread is that it is easy for children to help make and they will enjoy rolling it out and cutting the shapes out. Once the biscuits are cool, let them decorate them however they want with icing, edible glitter, hundreds and thousands or anything else they like. If you want to go the whole hog, they could also decorate the boxes to put them in.
  • Stockings: Many children enjoy making their own stockings to put out on Christmas Eve (just don’t let them get carried away and cut the shapes out too big or you will have to buy a lot of presents to fill them! These are easy to do: just get some felt and cut two bits into stocking shapes, then help your child sew them together. After this they can decorate them with white fake snow, cotton buds, ribbons, badges or anything else they like. If you have pets you could also make smaller stockings to put toys in for them.
  • Home-Made Crackers: Why not forego buying a box of crackers this year and get your children involved in making them instead? They’re so easy to do: all you need to do is get a cardboard tube, put in a toy and a hat (you can write the jokes if you want to) cover it with tissue paper, twist the ends and then put some decorations on the outside. If you want to go the extra mile you can ribbon each end of the cardboard tube, fold it down and then add a special card strip through the centre so it will go with more of a bang, but this is not necessary as they will still look great without it.
  • Snowflakes: These can look really pretty and are very easy to make. Get some bendy tinsel straws in wintry-looking colours (think whites, silvers and blues) and then make a basic five-pointed star shape with one colour. All you have to do after this is add some other coloured twists to each of the five points until the whole things resembles a snowflake. These can be hung up around the house or on the Christmas tree.