It feels like this year has flown by, delivering us at the beginning of the holiday season. Chances are, many of you are staying home for the holidays, or having a low-key holiday celebration. With the extended amount of time at home, this is the perfect opportunity to start a craft day with your kids, keeping them busy and entertained and allowing you some great bonding time with them. Christmas crafts with your kids are also an excellent time to talk about Christ and relevant bible stories about the holiday! Keep reading for instructions on a few of our favorite kids Christmas crafts. If you’re looking for a Christian child care center in Rosemount, then contact us today!
Christmas Crafts You Can Make With Your Kids
Salt Dough Handprint Ornaments
This craft is easily one of the most sentimental gifts you could make with your kids, not to mention, they make great gifts and can also be used for other holidays! You will likely be holding onto these ornaments for years to come, as they capture your kid’s handprint, reminding you of the tot they used to be, maintaining the raw and natural shape and print of their chubby little grabbers. Here’s what you will need:
4 cups of flour
1 cup of salt
Large mixing bowl
Water to moisten the dough
A tad bit of oil
A small rolling pin or wooden dowel
A drinking straw
A plate for a guide
Instructions: In your mixing bowl, gradually blend in your flour and salt with water. Add the water gradually so the mixture isn’t too wet. It should be easily moldable. Take out the chunks of dough and form medium-sized balls. Roll out the balls on a lightly greased surface — you can roll it out on the cookie sheet if you want. Think thick pizza crust for this. Using a straw, form holes at the top of each rolled-out circle before your child makes their handprint in it.
Place the baking sheet in the oven at 150 degrees Fahrenheit for an hour. You can also air dry over night for 24 hours or more. Once dry, tie your ribbon through the holes, making sure you make the loop big enough to hang on the Christmas tree.
Paper Plate Christmas Tree Twirlers
We all love Christmas trees, and this 3D Christmas tree is adorable and so easy to make. It can be a great kids’ room decoration, a classroom decoration, or mantle decoration. It’s one of those projects that you can spend as long or as little time on it that you want, going as much or as little into detail! The materials you’ll need are as follows:
A paper plate per tree (if you are short on time, you can get green paper plates, but if you have more time, get regular white ones so you can paint them later)
Green paint and brushes
Colored paper (feel free to use paper scraps, but colored construction paper works just fine)
Single hole punches
Bakers twine (or another kind of string)
Instructions: Paint your paper plate a Christmas tree green. Let it dry completely before painting the reverse side. While your paper plate is trying, you can start cutting some circles out for the “ornaments” that are going on your tree. It’s more fun to have an assortment of all kinds of colors, but really any colors will do! Also, cut out two stars for the top of each tree.
Once your paper plate is dry, get your scissors and cut a spiral into your paper plate to make a Christmas tree twirl. It should look a bit like a snail shell. Note that the thicker your twirls are, the more compact your Christmas tree will be, and the thinner the twirls are, the more elongated they will be. Take a piece of string and make a knot at the end of it before stapling it into place at the top of the Christmas tree twirl. Glue your paper stars to the string at the top of your Christmas tree, making sure the string is between the two stars.
Next, take your hole punch and make holes into your paper ornaments, as well as into your Christmas tree where you want to place the ornaments. Try to spread them out evenly, but creative interpretation is up to you! Tie on each ornament with a piece of string, being sure to knot them so they stay on.
Pom Poms and Pinecones Christmas Ornaments
These pinecone ornaments are ridiculously easy, but very cute and surprisingly beautiful! The best part about them is that they are foolproof, and are quite easy for children of all ages. The materials you need are as follows:
String or ribbon
Hot glue gun
The pom-poms you need are really small, and you should be able to get them at a dollar store or a hobby and craft store. They are the perfect size to fit the pinecones too. If you are collecting pine cones from outside, make sure you clean them first, or at least get all the dirt off of them so the glue sticks and the final product looks amazing.
Start by adding a small globe of hot glue to the underside of the pine cone branches. While the glue is still tacky, place a pom-pom on the dab of glue. Repeat this for all of the pinecone tips. The little pom-poms are just like tiny ornaments hanging from a tree, and look so cute hanging on your actual Christmas tree. Once you have added pom-poms to each pine cone branch, take about 11 inches of string or ribbon and glue the loose ends to the bottom of the pinecone, the flat part, not the tip of the pine cone. Be as generous as you want with the glue until you feel that it is secure. Once it dries, place it on your tree!