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Holiday Crafts for Kids

Around the holidays, there is much to be done. Cooking, cleaning for visitors, wrapping gifts, and decorating the house are just the beginning of the long list of holiday tasks that keep parents on their toes all through the Christmas season. With parents caught up in the holiday hustle and bustle, children often feel left out of the action, and have been known to pepper their parents with questions: “What are you doing?” “Can I help with that?” “Can I mix the cookie dough?” “Where is the wrapping paper?” Here are some of our favorite crafts to keep your kiddos busy and feeling involved this December.

1. Tea Light Snowmen

(c) One Little Project

These adorable little snowman ornaments make excellent gifts for your little one to give out to friends and family.

Time: Approximately 1 hour.

Supplies: 

  • Battery powered tea lights
  • A black sharpie
  • An orange sharpie
  • Red pipe cleaner
  • Red ribbon (two types)
  • Red pom poms
  • Black felt
  • Glue Gun

 

Steps:

  1. 1. Carefully color each of the ‘noses’ orange with an orange sharpie. Make sure the candle is rotated so that the tip of the flame is pointing upward to resemble a carrot for the rest of the craft.
  2. 2. Using the black sharpie, draw on the snowman’s ‘face’: using two dots for the eyes and four for the mouth, as seen in the picture.
  3. 3. Next, tie 11′ of plain red ribbon in a loop. Using a generous glob of hot glue, place the knot in the glue at the top of the snowman’s head.
  4. 4. To make a bow tie, cut about 4.5′ of decorative red ribbon, and cross one side over the other to make a classic ribbon look. Glue where the ribbon overlaps.
  5. 5. Next, place a small line of glue on the inside of the loop created by the ribbon. Attach to the back of the tea light, under the snowman’s ‘chin’.
  6. 6. To create earmuffs for your new snowman ornament, cut 2.5 inches of red pipe cleaner and glue over the top of the snowman’s head, covering the knot of red ribbon created in step 3. Then, attach a red puffball to each end of the pipe cleaner, and Viola! A snowman wearing earmuffs.
  7. 7. To create a black hat for your snowman, cut out the shape of the hat in proportion with the snowman’s head. Cut a small piece of red ribbon and glue across the hat, carefully tucking the rough edges behind. Finally, glue the hat to the snowman’s forehead, and Viola! A snowman wearing a hat.

 

Creativity credit to One Little Project.

2. Melted Candy Ornaments

(c) One Little Project

Put those pesky peppermints no one ever seems to eat to good use with this adorable ornament craft. All it takes is a little time, an oven, and some cookie cutters to create a beautiful gift your children will love to make, and people will love to receive.

Time: About 30 minutes.

Supplies:

  • Peppermint candies
  • Metal cookie cutters
  • Cooking oil
  • Baking sheet
  • Parchment paper
  • Tooth pick
  • Ribbon

 

Steps:

  1. 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit. Line baking sheet with parchment paper, and arrange metal cookie cutters about 1′ apart.
  2. 2. Fill cookie cutters with unwrapped peppermint candies. To fill in any large gaps, cut peppermints into pieces to fit.
  3. 3. Bake for 7 minutes, or until melted.
  4. 4. Once fully melted, remove from oven and allow to cool for two minutes.
  5. 5. Take a toothpick dipped in cooking oil and poke a hole for the ribbon near the top of each ornament.
  6. 6. Gently pull the cookie cutter away from the ornament, removing any excess while paying care to keep the ornament in tact.
  7. 7. Once they are fully cooled, thread ribbon through the hole to finish your adorable new ornaments.

 

Creativity credit to One Little Project.

3. Candy Cane Reindeer

(c) One Little Project

These candy cane reindeer are a fun and adorable gift! Not only are they delicious to eat, but also they double well as a Christmas ornament, using the curve of the candy cane to hook this precious treat to a branch of your tree.

Time: About 15 minutes.

Supplies: 

  • Peppermint candy canes
  • Hot glue gun
  • Brown pipe cleaner
  • Small googly eyes
  • Red pom poms
  • Optional: red and white ribbon

 

Steps:

  1. 1. Wrap brown pipe cleaner around the topmost part of the arch of the candy cane. Be careful to center the pipe cleaner so your reindeer’s antlers look neat.
  2. 2. Use a finger to wind the pipe cleaner into the shape of antlers, and gently remove your finger, leaving the spiral shape. Repeat on both sides.
  3. 3. Using hot glue, place two googly eyes on the front of the candy cane’s hook, and a red pom pom at the tip to create a nose.
  4. 4. Optional: tie red and white ribbon around the middle of the candy cane for an extra festive detail.

4. Pine Cone Christmas Trees

(c) Elementary Fun

Beautiful, easy, and eco-friendly, these adorable pine cone Christmas trees will be a hit around your home during the holiday season. Have your little ones create as many as they can, and arrange into a forest for a fun and festive display.

Time: About 1 hour.

Supplies:

  • Pine cones (store bought, or just found on the ground outside will do!)
  • Green and white paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • White glue
  • Silver and/or gold glitter
  • Parchment paper
  • Bucket of plaster
  • Optional: Beads or pom poms as ornaments

 

Steps:

  1. 1. Paint your pine cones green, or white to look like flocked forest trees. Allow to dry.
  2. 2. Glaze the ‘branches’ of the painted pine cones with white glue and sprinkle with glitter. Allow to dry.
  3. 3. Optional: Decorate your trees with beads and pom poms as ornaments. Hot glue is recommended.
  4. 4. Mix up a bucket of plaster according to instructions. Then, make generous globs on parchment paper to look like snow. Let your little helper place their ‘trees’ in the white ‘snow’, and allow to dry.

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