Looking for something fun to do at home with the kids in your life during the Christmas season? Here are a few easy crafts you can help those little Christmas elves create. Each craft could turn into a gift, ornament, or just something fun to create together! I think it goes without saying, but all crafts should be done on a plastic tablecloth or in an area where it’s ok if (when) things get a little messy. Have fun crafting!
Pine Cone Christmas Tree Ornament
SUPPLIES: small pine cones, small pom poms, white glue, paper plate, string/ribbon, scissors
STEPS: Pour a small spot of white glue onto a paper plate. Let child dip pom poms into glue and place onto pine cone. Once the glue dries, attach string in a loop to the top of the pine cone.
LEVEL DOWN: Put dots of glue onto the pine cone one at a time and assist your child in placing the pom pom on.
LEVEL UP: Use different objects, not just pom poms (i.e. buttons, sequins, glitter). Let your child be creative.
Popsicle Stick Snowflake
SUPPLIES: 3-4 skinny popsicle sticks, white glue, buttons, hot glue, !Q-tip, string/ribbon
STEPS: First you (the adult) hot glue popsicle sticks together to form a snowflake. (Use cool temp glue.) Put glue on a paper plate and let child dip Q-tip into glue and rub glue onto popsicle stick. Then let child glue buttons onto snowflake ornament. Once the glue dries, attach string or ribbon in a loop on the back of one of the popsicle sticks using cool temp hot glue.
LEVEL DOWN: Use large buttons that are easier (and safer) for your younger child to hold. Place dots of glue on the popsicle sticks for them.
LEVEL UP: Let them put dots of glue directly onto the popsicle sticks on their own. Let your child create patterns on their snowflake with different colors or sizes of buttons.
Cupcake Liner Christmas Trees
SUPPLIES: cupcake liners (white, green or Christmas patterned), glue, paper plate, beads, brown construction paper, construction paper, markers (if older)
STEPS: Let child choose a piece of construction paper to use as the background. Cut brown construction paper into shape of tree trunk and let child glue onto the bottom of background paper. Fold a cupcake liner in half and glue at the top of the trunk. Fold second cupcake liner slightly smaller (tuck one edge under, if needed) and glue just above the first cupcake liner. The liners should be slightly overlapping. Fold the final cupcake liner smaller than the rest and glue at the top of the tree. Put glue onto a paper plate and let child dip beads into the glue and place onto the Christmas tree.
LEVEL DOWN: Create the cupcake liner tree ahead of time and let it dry on the paper. Place dots of glue onto the cupcake liners and help your child place beads (or pom poms, if easier) onto the tree.
LEVEL UP: Use different materials for the ornaments (i.e. sequins, beads, buttons, pom poms). Make the Christmas trees on the front of homemade Christmas cards. Let your child make personalized Christmas cards for their teachers, neighbors, family members, and friends.
What are your favorite Christmas crafts? Please share in the comment section!
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Casey Yates is a wife, mom, daughter, sister, friend and speech-language pathologist. Casey loves all things Christmas, British historical fiction, walks, pie and coffee. Lots of coffee.