Top 10 Christmas Crafts for Children- Fun and Festive!

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Create some magical Christmas memories with your little ones and embrace the month of festive cheer with these creative Christmas crafts!

From yummy treats to beautiful decorations, here are 10 great DIY ideas to have a go at with your tiny tots- and thankfully they’re easy, inexpensive and really effective!

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Hot Chocolate Reindeer Gift by cincyshopper.com

One of my favourite Christmas crafts, this lovely gift designed by cincyshopper would be really cute to give to friends and family!

You will need:

  • 2 Piping Bags
  • 1 serving of Hot Chocolate
  • 2 tbsp Mini Chocolate Chips
  • 1/3 cup Mini Marshmallows
  • 1 Red Pom Pom
  • 2 Googly Eyes
  • 1 Rubber band
  • 1 Brown Pipe Cleaner
  • Glue
  • Ribbon

How to make:

  1. Pour the powdered hot chocolate into one of the piping bags. Twist this bag closed and wrap with the rubber band, then cut off the excess top of the bag.
  2. Put this bag inside the other piping bag and flatten, so that the hot chocolate mixture is kept separately from the toppings. Put a layer of mini chocolate chips and put a layer of mini marshmallows on top of the hot chocolate bag. Twist and tie this with a ribbon and stick on a label, which you can get from cincyshopper’s instructions HERE.
  3. Glue on a pom pom nose, some googly eyes and use a brown pipe cleaner for antlers!

Read more here: http://cincyshopper.com/diy-rudolph-hot-chocolate-gift-free-printable-label/

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Handy Christmas Tree by Coleen Bassett

It’s always nice to have a go at  Christmas crafts that are unique to your children- Coleen’s Christmas tree is a wonderful way of displaying your little one’s hand prints and will be a beautiful decoration to look back at in years to come.

You will need:

  • Canvas
  • Paint
  • A small child’s hands!

How to make:

  1. Put the canvas on a piece of newspaper
  2. Dap your child’s hand in some green paint, making sure the whole palm is covered. Place the hand print down on the canvas and repeat this until you’ve made a triangle shape (something like 4 or 5 handprints on the bottom, decreasing up to one)
  3. Paint a brown trunk at the bottom and a gold star on the top!

Read more here: http://www.iheartnaptime.net/preschool-christmas-crafts/preschool-christmas-crafts8/

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Olaf Snacks by Sandra Denneler

Sandra’s adorable Olaf snacks would be the perfect addition to a family-friendly Christmas party, or fun for a wintery Christmas crafts afternoon activity!

You will need:

  • Crackers or rice cakes
  • Blue-tinted icing
  • Large size marshmallows
  • Medium size marshmallows
  • Small sized marshmallows
  • Black icing tube
  • Black liquorice string
  • Orange jelly sweets
  • 1/2-inch cake decoration eyes or use mini marshmallows again

How to make:

  1. Make some blue icing and cover crackers/rice cakes
  2. Cut large marshmallows in half for the bottom of Olaf’s body. Use the other half for the head by cutting the corners off to make a diamond shape
  3. Cut medium marshmallows in half for the middle part of the body
  4. Place the 3 marshmallow pieces onto the cracker, adding a couple of little marshmallows for the feet
  5. Add some liquorice string to make Olaf’s hair and arms
  6.  Use the black icing tube to make Olaf’s mouth and buttons and to stick on his eyes
  7. Cut an orange jelly sweet to look like a carrot nose and use a leftover square of marshmallow for the front tooth!

Read the full instructions here: http://www.sheknows.com/food-and-recipes/articles/1023031/olaf-the-snowman-snacks

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Star Suncatchers by Simple Fun for Kids

These sun catchers from Simple Fun for Kids are really simple to make and look beautiful hung around the house! Add some sparkle for an extra Christmassy feel.

You will need:

  • A baking tray
  • Greaseproof paper
  • PVA glue
  • Star shaped cookie cutters (make sure these don’t leak!)
  • Glitter or beads

How to make:

  1. Put some greaseproof paper in the bottom of the baking tray. Place the cookie cutters on the tray and squeeze a large dollop of PVA glue into the bottom them until the surface is covered.
  2. Sprinkle in some glitter and beads.
  3. Leave to dry- they should take a couple of days to fully solidify

You’ll find loads of other great kids craft ideas on the Simple Fun for Kids blog:  http://www.simplefunforkids.com/glue-star-suncatchers.html/

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Christmas Pudding Biscuits by

These inspired festive biscuits (created by Domestic Goddesque who has an excellent blog!) are effective, quick and easy to make, meaning they’d be great as a contribution to Christmas parties!

You will need:

  • Chocolate digestives
  • A bar of white chocolate
  • Green Jelly Tots/ jelly diamonds
  • Red Smarties/ other small red sweets

How to make:

  1. Place biscuits onto a cooling rack
  2. Melt the chocolate into a bowl
  3. Cut the green jellies in half to make the holly decoration for the pudding and have 2 red sweets to hand for the holly berries
  4. Dribble the white chocolate over the top half of the biscuit, so that it looks like the icing of a Christmas pudding
  5. Stick on the pieces of green and red sweets to look like the holly decoration
  6. Leave to dry

Read the full instructions here: http://domesticgoddesque.com/2011/12/quick-and-easy-christmas-pudding-biscuits/

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Christmas crafts Light Up Snowmen by Paging Fun Mums

A popular festive DIY Christmas crafts decoration idea on Pinterest, Paging Fun Mums have come up with some easy to follow instructions in order to recreate these cute Christmas tree decorations!

You will need:

  • Battery operated tea light (you can get these in many supermarkets and even Poundland type shops)
  • Red ribbon
  • Black felt
  • Sharpie pens
  • Glue gun
  • Scissors
  • Pen

How to make:

For the hat:

  1. Draw around the tea light onto the felt and cut out the circle. Cut out a 3cm x 6cm rectangle and glue into a cylinder.
  2. Draw around the end of the cylinder and cut out. You should have one big circle from step 1, and a smaller circle from step 2.
  3. Glue one to the top of the cyclinder and one to the bottom- trim this with a little of the red ribbon and you’ve made a hat!

For the head:

  1. Cut a piece of ribbon that is long enough to fit around the tea light and to tie a bow at the bottom. Glue the top and sides of this to the tea light and tie the ribbon in a bow.
  2. Cut another piece of ribbon so you can hang the tea light and use the glue gun to stick this to the back of it.
  3. Use the Sharpie pens to draw on a cute snowman face!

Pagingfunmums have got some very clear instructions including step by step photos for guidance, so click for some extra tips: http://pagingfunmums.com/2013/11/28/tea-light-snowman-ornament/

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Wine Cork Reindeer by Makethebestofthings

One of our favourite Christmas crafts for parents as well as little artists! You’ll need some corks for this one, so drink up and then use the leftovers so that your little ones make some of Makethebestofthings’ Christmas cork reindeers!

You will need:

  • Wine corks
  • Twigs (ideally some with fork shaped ends as above)
  • Nail
  • Glue gun
  • Pin with a red ball top

How to make:

  1. Use a nail or other sharp tool to punch 4 even small holes in the bottom of a cork
  2. Cut some of the twigs so that you have 4 small pieces of fairly even length, about 2″ long
  3. Put some hot glue into the holes and press the twigs in, to form the reindeer’s legs. Once the glue has dried, stand the reindeer up to check that it’s legs support it.
  4. Use another cork for the head- cut it in half if it’s not the right size. Punch two holes in the head cork and one in the top of the body. As before, fill with glue and stick in the twigs, with the neck twig at an angle. If you have any forked twigs, use these for the antlers.
  5. Stick the pin in at the end of the head cork to make a Rudolph nose! You can add other decorations if you’d like to.

For detailed instructions, including step-by-step photos, visit the Makethebestofthings blog here: http://makethebestofthings.blogspot.co.uk/2011/12/wine-cork-reindeer.html

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Glowing Ice Lanterns by Debbie Chapman

These magical lanterns conjured up by Debbie would look great for a winter’s evening party or just dotted around the garden to amuse the little ones- they’re also really affordable to make, and the colder the weather the longer they’ll last!

 

You will need:

  • Balloons
  • Battery operated tea lights
  • Large freezer

How to make:

  1. Fill the balloons with water, so they become as big as you can get them whilst still being able to fit them in the freezer
  2. Make sure you have lots of space in your freezer and pop the balloons in, or place them outside to freeze if the weather is cold enough!
  3. Once frozen, cut off the balloon and then rest on top of the battery powered tea light. If you’d prefer to have a shell rather than a ball then take them out of the freezer before fully frozen.

Debbie’s blog has got loads of other clever ideas on it just like this one- be sure to take a look: http://onelittleproject.com/ice-luminaries/

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Santa beards by A Little Learning For Two

These adorable Santa beards are a great idea by ‘A Little Learning for Two’ and will look really cute!

You will need:

  • White felt
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Cotton wool balls
  • Either string/ribbon/wool/elastic
  • Paint brush

How to make:

  1. Draw a beard shape onto the felt and cut out. Cut a slit where the mouth will be.
  2. Fold over a small bit of the felt in each corner and snip gently to make a small slit in both the corners
  3. Thread through your choice of string/ribbon/wool etc. You can tie this into a loose loop on each side, to hold the beard in place over your child’s ears.
  4. Dip the bottom of cotton wool balls in glue and stick onto the felt to make a fluffy beard!
  5. Let this dry completely.

Get the full instructions and some other clever crafty ideas by visiting the ‘A Little Learning for Two’ blog here: http://alittlelearningfortwo.blogspot.co.uk/2010/12/making-santa-beard.html

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Pasta Christmas Decorations by The Gold Jellybean

These beautiful decorations by The Gold Jellybean are made simply from pasta and other bits you’ll find around the house, but look really classy and amazing! Who knew??

You will need:

  • Bowtie pasta
  • Paint brush
  • Glue
  • String
  • Glitter

How to make:

  1. Brush pasta with glue, layering on a thick coat
  2. Cover pasta with glitter and leave to dry, then repeat on the other side
  3. Tie each piece of pasta onto the string, around the middle of each piece. Add as many as you want, and secure with a double knot
  4. As an alternative, you could use food dye to colour the pasta before you start!

Find the full instructions including pictures, at http://thegoldjellybean.com/2012/11/diy-bowtie-pasta-garland.html

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**BONUS CRAFT**

Christmas crafts Advent Cupcake Calendar via Janna Oberdorf, Parents Magazine

This gorgeous advent calendar is a great Christmas crafts idea- as seen online by Parents Magazine, it’d make for a special advent countdown, plus you can re-use the baking tin afterwards!

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(Photo by Laura Johansen)

You will need:

  • Adhesive magnetic sheet
  • Glue
  • Plenty of coloured card
  • A pen for writing the numbers
  • A cupcake baking tin with space for 24 muffins
  • 24 tiny toys and treats
  • Ribbon, hammer and nail (optional)

How to make:

  1. Cut 24 circles out of an adhesive magnetic sheet (you can get these from craft shops). Each circle should be around 2 and 1/2″ wide. If you don’t have a magnetic sheet you can use glue instead, however you may not be able to use the pan for baking again.
  2. Stick these on to 24 circles of coloured card, which are of the same size.
  3. Make some little circles, each decorated with a number from 1-24 and stick these to the larger card circles.
  4.  If you want to be able to hang the pan, use a hammer and nail to make two holes, thread through a ribbon and tie.
  5. Put a little toy/gift/treat in each of the cupcake holes and stick each of the card circles over the top.

To read more, click here: http://www.parents.com/holiday/christmas/crafts/best-advent-calendars/

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