Wednesday, December 10, 2014

DIY Homemade Christmas Kids' Crafts and Decorations

Written by, Bernadyn Nettles


Christmas is in 15 short days!   As we prepare for the big day, we have been busy over here with crossing things off our Advent List (not in any particular, organized order) and we haven't actually made our advent calendar yet but we are just doing random activities we think of every day!  One of the Christmas activities we enjoy doing now that the kids are older is making crafts and DIY projects with them.  Over the weekend, they made decorations and gifts for others while expanding their creativity.  These projects helped with teaching them about being generous and to think of others.  This is also part of our Acts of Kindess during this month to help celebrate Christmas and teach the kids that Christmas is about giving and being self-less.

These projects are super easy and great for children of all ages.  Many of the items you may already have at home or you can improvise with what you have, making these green and Eco-friendly, yay!

The first one we have is one my little girl really enjoyed because she loves the color purple right now and glitter.

DIY Christmas Tree Ornament

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What you need:
  • 3 craft sticks (popsicle sticks)
  • Several pom poms, big and small
  • Glitter (we used gold because that's what we had but you can choose the color-scheme you like)
  • Glue (I used a hot glue gun - do NOT allow kids to use since it gets very hot!)

How to Make Christmas Tree with Craft Sticks:

  1. Glue the 3 sticks together, connecting them to shape a triangle.
  2. We wrote the kids names on the back.  You can do this now before decorating the tree so you don't forget later.
  3. Let kids place pom pom balls around the tree and add glitter if they like. 

This makes a great ornaments or gift for grandparents, friends and relatives.  Our kids made two sets each, one to hang as an ornament on our tree and another as a gift for someone else.

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This is a smaller Christmas Tree Ornament made with small craft sticks.  Red pipe cleaner is used instead of a ribbon to hang it.  

DIY Reindeer Ornament

This is a cute craft that the kids adored because it's Santa's reindeer.  It always comes out cute no matter what!

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What You Need:

  • 3 craft sticks
  • One pom pom ball
  • 2 craft eyes
  • Short ribbon
  • Green construction paper, optional
  • Red glitter, optional
  • Glue

How to Make Reindeer Ornament:

  1. Similar to the Christmas tree with craft sticks, glue the three sticks to form a triangle but this time, place the top, center stick about an inch down from the other sticks.  This one stick will be the antlers for the reindeer.
  2. Glue the pom pom ball at the center bottom for the nose and the two eyes below the top, center stick.
  3. If your child wants to make a holly berry, cut out some green construction paper to make the shape of a holly leaf.  Glue it to the center top and add the red glitter dots for the holly berries.  
  4. Attach the ribbon behind the leaf with hot glue to hang the ornament.
  5. Clothespin Reindeer Ornament

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What You Need:

  • 2 clothespins
  • 1 brown pipe cleaner
  • 1 green, white, red or light brown pipe cleaner
  • 1 small pom pom ball
  • 2 small craft eyes
  • 1 short, red ribbon 
  • Glue

How to make clothespin reindeer ornament:

  1. Take one clothespin and hold it right side up and the other clothespin upside down.  Place one in the front and one in the back, glue together.
  2. Glue the eyes right above the hole opening of the top clothespin and the pom pom ball nose right below the opening.
  3. Cut the brown pipe cleaner to about 3 inches in length to make the antlers.  Fold it in the middle and slightly fold down both ends to completely form the antlers.  Glue to the top clothespin, a little above the eyes.
  4. Next, cut the pipe cleaner for the bow on the front of the reindeer to only about 4-5 inches in length.  Tie it into a bow and glue down at the front of the lower clothespin. 
  5. Pull the red ribbon through the metal loops of the top clothespin and tie a knot at the top to hang it.

Decoupage Ball Ornament

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What You Need:

  • Several cup pieces of different colored tissue paper
  • Gold paint
  • 1 clear, ball ornament
  • Glue
  • Paintbrush
  • small bowl or container to place glue
  • newspaper to place under the project while you work

How to make a decoupage ball ornament:

  1.  Use the paintbrush to paint the glue on each paper as you stick it on the ornament.  Do this until the ornament is completely covered.
  2. You can then paint shimmer paint or glitter with the glue over the whole ornament.  
  3. Paint on the child's name, optional and the year.
  4. Tie a ribbon at the top to hang the ornament.

Hand-printe Plate

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What You Need:

  • 1 ceramic plate
  • Paint, any color you like
  • Plate stand
  • Paper plate, newspaper or other container to pour paint in

How to Make Hand-printed Plate:
  1. Have child dip entire palm of hand in paint and carefully press onto front of plate
  2. Paint on child's name and year
  3. Obviously, do NOT eat from this plate or wash!

Personalized Ornaments

These make great gifts for the tree and to add to the recipient's gift bag or wrapped box.  

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What You Need: 
  • 1 ball ornament of any color, preferably solid colors
  • Glitter of same or color that would compliment the ball ornament's color
  • Glue gun

How to Make Personalized Ornaments:

  1. Use glue gun to write letter of recipient's first name on the front of the ornament.
  2. Then, sprinkle glitter over the letter, dust off excess glitter and allow to dry.

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Christmas Characters Using Recycled Toilet Paper Tubes

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What You Need:
  • Various colors of construction paper
  • Cotton balls
  • Small pom poms and/or craft eyes
  • Felt in various colors
  • Glue

How to Make Christmas Characters Using Recycled Toilet Paper Tubes:

You can get as creative as you like with this as I did with my kids!  We tied a ribbon around the snowman for a scarf and you can use felt for Santa's belt (we just used black construction paper) and for his hat.  We ran out of craft eyes so we used small pom poms instead.  The penguins were made during World Penguin Day several months ago but I figured they work well for Christmas season, too.

Paper Wreath Decorated with Pasta

This is a fun project for kids since they get to play with their food!  It makes for a great decoration and you can make them small or large.  This one is a small size wreath.  I think these would be cute to be displayed out of your windows during the season or if you have stairs, hang several of the along the railing.

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What You Need:

  • Paper plate
  • Wide wire Christmas ribbon
  • several dry, uncooked pasta shells.  Try to find Christmas-themed ones or bow ties, shells and macaroni ones work well, too.
  • Green and red paint, optional
  • Glue
  • 1 short thin ribbon for hanging
How to Wreath Decorated with Pasta:
  1.  Cut out the center of the paper plate.  You can do this by folding plate in half and cutting out the center that way.
  2. Glue all the pasta around the wreath and allow to dry.
  3. Paint over all of them with all green or you can do red and green.  The red can look like holly berries, if you like.
  4. Glue the large ribbon to look like a bow at the top.
  5. Attach the small ribbon in the back, top for hanging.
Paper Plate Wreath

This is another paper plate wreath but this time it uses red and green tissue paper to decorate it.

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What You Need:

Paper plate
Several square pieces of green tissue paper
8-10 pieces of cut square red tissue paper, depending on size of the plate
Red bow
Small ribbon for hanging

How to Make Paper Plate Wreath:

Glue all the green tissue paper around the wreath.
Crumple up red tissue paper and space them out on wreath as you glue them.
Glue on the red bow.
Attach ribbon to back, top of wreath to hang


Hand-print Angels

This is a beautiful and sweet gift or decoration to make. 

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What You Need:

  • Yellow or gold paint
  • blue paint
  • Paint to match the child's features or you can choose whatever colors you like for the face and hair of the angel.
  • Gold glitter
  • Glue
  • Solid color fabric, about 1 foot long and 1 foot wide
  • Thin wooden rod
  • Gold ribbon 
  • Newspaper, plate or other shallow container to pour paint into

How to Make Hand-Print Angels

  1. Have child press one of their palms into the blue paint for the angel's body.
  2. Place the hand onto the fabric with fingers facing down toward the bottom.
  3. Place both palms into gold paint and line up hands next to the blue paint, fingers facing down again and slightly facing outward for the wings of the angel.
  4. Using the paint for the face, paint a round head and face.
  5. Paint in the eyes and mouth.
  6. Use the gold paint to paint a halo over the head.
  7. Allow to dry, then, place fabric over the wooden rod and glue down with hot glue.
  8. You can glue ribbon to ends of rod or tie a knot at each end to hold ribbon in place.

 Painted Christmas Pictures

These are great for kids who enjoy painting.  My son made these in art class last year.  

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If your kids love to do arts and crafts, these are great projects to keep them occupied during the winter break.  They also are green-friendly since you can use materials you already have at home and give them out as gifts to loved ones when they are done making their creations!  I plan to hold onto the ones the kids made for us so we can still display them in our house every year as they grow.

What kind of craft projects do your kids like to work on during the Christmas season?

Happy crafting!

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