The holidays are here! That means extra time with the kiddos, much of it likely spent indoors. Rather than more time in front of screens, try out these five creative craft ideas that’ll keep your kids busy and be something you’ll actually want to put up in your home. No more cheap crafts that will end up in the trash after one holiday season.
If you’re looking for a cute craft to make with your child and proudly display, look no further.
Let your child use a black sharpie to draw a face on the tea light. Cut the pipe cleaner into pieces that are 2-1/2 inches long. Next, put two dots of hot glue on the tea lights and apply the pipe cleaner, so it looks like your snowman is wearing earmuffs. Depending on the age of your child, it might be wise to apply the glue yourself.
Have your child cut a ribbon that’s 10 inches long, loop it through the pipe cleaner, and tie it. Finally, they can color the tea light wick with the orange sharpie. For a fun variation on this craft, use the black felt to make little hats for your tea light snowmen.
This ornament is easy to make with children of all ages.
Have your kiddo tie the ribbons down the cinnamon stick or twig. Bunch the ribbons together so they’re touching. Use scissors to trim the edges so it resembles a Christmas tree. To prevent frayed edges, use a match to melt the edges. Use a hot glue gun to adhere to the twine and hang your ornament.
If you’re looking for a craft that isn’t an ornament, here’s a fantastic option for a snowman decoration.
Help your child fill the white sock with rice, then tie the top with a rubber band. Take another rubber band and fasten it around the top of the filled white sock, creating a head for your snowman. Use the glue gun to fix the buttons, ribbon for a scarf, and orange pom-poms for the nose. Let your child use the black sharpie to make the snowman’s face. Finally, cut the heel portion of the patterned or colored sock to act as your snowman’s hat.
If you want to take your ornament game to the next level, try out this craft.
Preheat your oven to 350ºF and spray the inside of each of your cookie cutters with baking spray. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone sheets. Get your kiddo involved by having them unwrap the peppermint candies and place them inside the cookie cutters in a single layer. Try to avoid gaps. If you find you have empty spaces, cut the sweets in half to fill them in.
Put the trays in the oven for six to nine minutes. Keep an eye on your ornaments and remove them if they start to bubble. Let them sit for two minutes, then poke a hole at the top with the wooden skewer so you can hang them on your tree. Allow your ornaments to sit for an additional 15 minutes, then gently remove the cookie cutters and push out the peppermint candy.
Who doesn’t love sweets around the holidays? And why not have a cute way to display your holiday treats?
Start by having your kiddo paint the mini flower pots. Depending on the character they wish to create, you’ll need different paint (white for a snowman or skin tones for an elf or Santa). Let the paint dry before proceeding. Next, add your googly eyes, pom-poms, pipe cleaners, and ribbons with a glue gun. Allow your child to get as creative as they want with their characters!
The Best Holiday Crafts
These Christmas holiday crafts are an excellent way for you and your child to get creative together. You’ll also be proud to show off your creation on your tree or mantlepiece!
Cora Gold is the Editor in Chief for Revivalist.com, a women’s lifestyle magazine covering life, adventure, style and more. She loves sharing her passions and experiences and finding inspiration from others. You can find her on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.
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