Here are some fun and simple holiday crafts to make while you're waiting for Christmas to finally arrive! When glue is needed, we've found it best to use the tacky type of glue product as it's thicker and easier to work with. Make sure you have your parents' help and that your work area is set up so that you won't cause damage or make a mess.
Materials Needed: Old Christmas cards and clear contact paper.
Arrange cards onto place mat sized stiff paper, construction paper etc. cover with clear contact paper. These can be wiped cleaned easily and should last for many Christmases to come. A set for a favorite relative would also make a nice Christmas gift.
Materials Needed: Cinnamon sticks, ribbon, berries, bells and leaves to embellish.
Glue three (short) cinnamon sticks into a stack (so that they look like a stack of logs). Tie a ribbon around the stack and tie a bow on top.
Embellish with berries, leaves and whatever you desire. Attach a thread for hanging, or use as parcel fancies. These look cute using tull ribbon and attaching little jingle bells to the bow.
Quick Ornaments-PARENT HELP NEEDED
Materials Needed: Frozen juice lids, ribbon, old magazines, and glue.
We use frozen juice, and save the metal tops. Then the kids cut pictures out of magazines to paste to the tops.
A quick hole made by a drill gives a place for a ribbon, and we have Christmas ornaments.
**You might suggest the kids use a school picture of themselves
instead of magazine cut outs. Parents and grandparents love these
(contributed by Therese Gray) - Thank you!
Paper Plate Wreath
Materials Needed: Paper plates, construction paper, glue.
This one is quick and easy. Cut a circle out of the centre of a paper plate. Decorate the outer circle with cut out holly leaves from green construction paper. Add small circles of red construction paper for berries. Hang by a string.
Materials Needed: Paper towel tubes, old Christmas cards, ribbon, felt, sequins, glue.
Cut paper towel tube into widths to match the width of Christmas ribbon. Wrap ribbon (or felt) around tube and glue in place. Add smaller ribbon trim (strung sequins or ¼" solid ribbon) to outside edges, or a Christmas card cutout to center of felt.
Personalized Christmas Cards
Materials Needed: Christmas cards and envelopes, rubber stamps, stamp pad.
Personalizing Christmas cards is a great family project. With stamps, kids and parents can make individual cards for everyone on their card list and use the same stamps to match the envelope to the card and make their greetings stand-out from the rest of the mail in the box.
Materials Needed: Clothespins, glue, "eyes", small pom-poms, ribbon.
Use three clothespin pieces: two pointing down (4 legs); the third pointing up (ears). Add "eyes", a small red pom-pom nose, a ribbon on the neck, and a pom-pom tail.
Gifts for the Birds
"Stuffed" Pine Cones
Materials Needed: Pine cones, bird seed, peanut butter, ribbon.
Collect pine cones, coat them with peanut butter, roll in bird seed and hang them out on the tree branches with ribbon. Easy and inexpensive and the birds will enjoy their winter treat.
Birdseed Hearts-PARENT HELP NEEDED
Materials Needed: Package of ready-to-bake breadsticks, egg, birdseed.
Get a package of ready-to-bake breadsticks at the supermarket. Open the package and separate the breadsticks, form them into the shape of hearts and pinch the ends to seal. Brush lightly beaten egg or egg white over the surface and sprinkle on bird seed. Bake as directed on package. When cool, tie a festive ribbon around them and hang them from the trees outside.
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