I tend to get a little carried away with the Christmas crafts at this time of year! Last year, we set out to make a different tree ornament every day in the month leading up to Christmas. By the time the holidays rolled around, the Hooligans had made enough ornaments that parents were joking that their trees were starting to lean over under the weight of them all. We had a ton of fun making them and they’re all beautiful enough to be displayed with pride. Sadly, there were pictures that are somehow missing in action, but here are some of our Christmas crafts that will hopefully inspire.
simple enough for even the littlest fingers, thread beads onto a metallic pipe-cleaner, and bend into a Chrstmas tree
Cut 2 mittens from felt. Glue a cotton ball to the cuffs. Decorate with buttons and join mitts with a piece of wool.
Paper Mache Gingerbread houses made from juice/milk cartons and colourful foam bits.
Gingerbread Man – I don’t think this needs explaining.
I Spy Ornament: My very favourite! Fill a plastic ornament (I got these at Michael’s) with artificial snow and tiny objects (lego, paperclips, beads, buttons), and attach an I Spy List. So pretty and so fun for little ones.
Poinsettias: wrap a toilet roll with red paper and then cut into 5 pieces about 1 inch thick. Flatten them out to get petal shape. Glue tissue paper to tops and let dry. Hot glue petals together and top with a button.together at center. Glue some artificial leaves to the back. We added glitter glue to the petals as well.
Snowman sticks: I had a foam snowman craft kit so we used the hats, noses and scarves from that, and glued them onto popsicle sticks that we’d painted white. Add some eyes and some buttons and you’re done.
Candy house: Cut house and roof from cardboard and cover with cardstock. Decorate with colourful buttons, ribbon and foam bits.
Cut cardboard stars and wrap with wool, securing with hot glue.
These were the biggest hit of the season last Christmas. I made a set for each Hooligan. Every set had the same cast of characters (Mary Joseph, Baby Jesus in a manger, Wiseman, Angel and Shepherd), but I used different fabrics for each set so everyone’s was unique. Cut toilet roll tubes in varying heights. I covered the face portion with cardstock and the body with scraps of fabric. Decorate with beads, buttons, wool, jewels etc. The manger was a toilet tube cut in half long ways and filled with straw coloured wool. The stable is a shoebox decorated with scrapbook paper. When the kids are finished playing, the characters are kept in the box. These were a ton of fun to make, but stock up on hot glue sticks…I used a LOT!
These were the absolute cutest! Toilet paper tubes covered in quilt batting. Cut hat and scarf from fleece (cinch hat with rubber band and fringe the top). Googly eyes, a felt nose and rosy cheeks.
A few other crafts that we made can be seen here: but I didn’t keep pictures of were:
Star of David: paint 6 popsicle sticks white and glue into a star shape. Once dry, glue sparkly gems on.
Easy Icicles: Have kids thread beads onto a pipecleaner. Bend the top end to form a hook or loop.
Button Wreath: Cut a small wreath out of cardboard and have kids paint it red or green. Glue buttons all around and add a bow.
As I sit here writing this, it’s a warm summer day – kind of hard to get my head around Christmas!