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Much of the fun of the festive season is in the preparation.
Making decorations or cards is a great way to bring the family together and capture some of the magic of Christmas for the little ones.
And it doesn’t take the most artistic or talented person to make some great little keepsakes.
We’ve found some brilliant Christmas craft ideas for kids and adults alike. So why not give these a go?
Picture courtesy of Kathy’s Angelnik Designs and Art Project Ideas
These simple little Santas can be hung on the tree, or displayed as ornaments on the mantlepiece.
All you need to make them are:
Red and pink paint
Red felt or card
White felt or cotton wool
Black and red market pens
Ribbon/string (if you’re planning to hang them)
Paint your corks a third pink at the top, and two thirds red at the bottom.
While they are drying, take a glass and draw a circle in your red felt/card.
Cut out the circle and then cut out three sections. Take a look at how it’s done on Red Ted Art.
Make red pointy hats and glue them to the head of your cork Santa.
Taking your cotton wool or white felt, cut a strip for the brim of the hat, and a little ball for the top. Also make a triangle for his beard. Glue these in place.
Use marker pens to add eyes and a nose.
There are instructions on this and other easy Christmas crafts for kids over on Kathy’s Angelnik Designs and Art Project Ideas.
Handprint Christmas tree cards
It’s a lovely idea for little ones to make their own cards to send to family, and nothing could be easier than this.
All you need is:
Card – in white, green and brown
Beads, sequins or paint to decorate
Trace the outline of your child’s hand onto green card with a pencil, then cut it out.
Fold an A4 piece of white card for your base
Cut a rectangle out of brown card, for your tree’s trunk
Stick your Christmas tree to the white card, and then decorate it
Here’s a great example of how it’s done, on Glued To My Crafts.
Image courtesy of Kelsey Bang
Snowman lightbulb ornament
Over on the Kelsey Bang blog there’s a fabulous idea for snowmen tree decorations. This one will need adult supervision, in case of broken glass.
You will need:
Glitter (the whiter the better)
Black and orange paint
Sticks or twigs
Spray a lightbulb with glue and then roll in glitter until it’s covered
Tie string around the top of the bulb, to hang it from the Christmas tree
Take two small sticks and glue them to either side of your snowman to make arms
Use black paint – or even beads or sequins – to make the snowmans eyes and buttons. Add an orange painted carrot nose.
So, there we have it. Three craft ideas to entertain your kids with over the Christmas holidays, with the added bonus of brightening up your home.