It’s the most wonderful time of the year and a great time to get making some homemade Christmas tree decorations. It really couldn’t be simpler with these easy Christmas crafts to make with the kids.
Dried fruits are an easy and eco-friendly addition to dress your Christmas tree with. This one really couldn’t be simpler:
Fruit (citrus fruit like oranges, lemons or limes work well) Ground cinnamon, nutmeg and/or cloves (optional for fragrance) Kitchen roll Twine/ribbon
Preheat oven to 160c Slice the fruit in 0.5cm thick rings (cross section the fruit) Lay out on kitchen roll to absorb excess moisture Sprinkle with ground spices (optional) Lay out on baking sheets Bake for 4-6 hours, turning each hour Pierce a hole in each ring with a cocktail stick and thread with twine/ribbon
Salt dough delights
You can get as creative as you like with these homemade decorations, and they’re real memory makers as you’ll be getting them out for years to come! You can bake slowly in the oven, or speed things up if you have a microwave.
1 cup plain flour ½ cup salt ½ cup of water Ground spices (optional for fragrance) Christmas cookie cutters (optional) or sharp knife Twine/ribbon Paint, glue, glitter (optional for decoration)
Preheat oven (if baking rather than microwaving) Mix flour, salt, water and ground spices (optional) Roll out to about 3mm Cut out festive shapes, either using cookie cutters or free hand (adults only!) Make a hole in the top of each decoration for the thread Place on a baking tray and bake on a low heat for 3-4 hours until completely dried out. Alternatively, pop them on a microwavable plate and zap them in 1 minute bursts until they’re dried out, but before they bubble up! Once cooled, you can get creative with painting/glueing/glittering your festive ornaments Thread with twine/ribbon and hang on the tree with pride
Pretty pine cones
This one’s simplicity itself. Just head to the woods for supplies and bring the nature back to your festive tree.
Selection of pine cones Paint/spray Glue Glitter Wire
Make sure your pine cones are totally dried out Spray gold/silver for a super sparkly effect, or just paint the tips with white paint for a subtle snow effect. Paint on a touch (or a lot) of glitter to glitz them up. Wrap some wire around the top/bottom of the pine cone to attach to the tree
Good luck with making memories with these children's Christmas tree decorations. Remember, beauty is in the eye of the beholder!
If you’re looking for more festive activities to do with the kids, why not try these festive treats to bake with the kids.