The lead up to Christmas is the perfect time to whip out some fun kids’ craft activities. It gets your little ones excited for the big day and is a thrifty way to update your festive decorations. Check out the simple ideas below. They might not be fancy, but they’re filled with love and I’m proud that my children made them. Plus, I didn’t have to buy a thing!
Black cardboard adds a whole new dimension to a homemade Christmas card; besides, Santa only comes out at night, right? We used stick-on pearls for stars, cotton wool for his beard, and black ribbon for his belt. Why not flick white paint and create a snowstorm? Be prepared to clean up!
Toy Snow Globe
The receptacle for this little masterpiece was a washed out coffee jar. Using waterproof glue, we stuck a plastic toy and a twig to the lid, and then screwed it back on. In the meantime, we filled the jar with tap water, a glug of baby oil, and some sparkly red glitter. Substitute this scene for any Christmas landscape. We love our Yeti though, and can you believe, that it doesn’t even leak?
Kitchen Roll Santa
An oldie, but a goodie. Decorate your halved kitchen roll with red crepe paper, cotton wool balls and googly eyes. The miniature Christmas hat was a novelty wine bottle cover, but you can make your own with an unwanted red sock. With a ready-made hole in his bottom, we slotted ours straight over a branch of the Christmas tree. I love his shocked expression, don’t you? 😉
Christmas Paper Chain
I’ll be honest with you here, the children watched me make this one, but I’m pretty happy with the result. I covered some flattened cereal boxes with last year’s Christmas paper, then cut the sheet up into equal-sized strips. After stapling them all together, I couldn’t believe how good it looked. Make the chain as long as you like, but make sure it’s light enough to hang.
This was our favourite craft activity. After scoffing a pack of mince pies (yes, that was my favourite bit), we decorated the empty tin wrappers with googly eyes and scrunched up red paper noses. The girls drew on funny faces with a marker pen, then I made holes for cut-out antlers and attached wire for hanging. Dangling from a coat-hanger, they crack me up every time I walk past.
So there you have it. It’s amazing what you can do with stuff that’s lying around. We had a blast making these, and I hope you do too!