Easy Christmas Crafts for Kids
Before Santa makes his annual drop-in, set aside time for some simple Christmas crafts that really celebrate the season. Spending a couple of hours (that’s the most time you’ll need!) creating these DIY projects not only teaches kids important skills (patience, creativity, thoughtfulness), but also provides a time-out for the whole family to get together and bond. You’ll only need a handful of supplies to complete these projects, which means they’re budget-friendly, too. (We think that’s very important during such an expensive time of the year!) If you’re thinking crafts are never as easy as they seem, we hear you—but promise these festive ideas are as easy as can be. (Yep, amateur crafters really are welcome.) From sparkly ornaments and holiday hats to functional advent calendars and personalized gift wrap, there’s something that’s sure to be just right for every age, interest, and holiday need. So, what are you waiting for? Prepare the hot cocoa, crank up the holiday tunes (if you need some recommendations, we can help with that too!), and get ready for a memorable—and maybe slightly messy—day of holiday craft projects. Or, for those who want something a little more luxe, try your hand at another one of our craft projects instead.
Festive Ornament Fillers
Dreaming of trimming a colorful tree, but sick of those gorgeous vintage glass baubles falling and breaking? So are we. The kids will have a ball filling plastic ornaments (available at craft stores) with their favorite finds like ribbons. Try ribbons, strips of leftover wrapping paper, pom poms, tinsel, garland, or even tiny toys. There’s no glue involved, so this is the perfect craft to set up for the kids to complete while you’re taking care of other household chores. Try this idea for a holiday party, too—just set up a “crafting bar.” Set out one large plastic bowl that’s filled with the empty ornaments and other various plastic bowls with all the trimmings. Then let kids get to work.
O Christmas Tree Cards
The massive holiday mailing may have already gone out (phew), but the kids might have some cards they'd like to give out at all the holiday gatherings the family is set to attend. To help them make cards for all the special people on their lists (friends, teachers, cousins), all you need is construction paper and stickers. Simply use a pencil to trace trees onto green construction paper (though bonus points for creatively colored pink, blue, or purple trees, too!). Then, cut the shapes out and then decorate each one with stickers from the office supply store. Let them write a note on the back.
It's a big night for Santa. Rumor has it that he really enjoys those plates of cookies waiting for him but.... sometimes even his belly gets full. So stop looking for easy crafts and send Santa off with his own goody bag (in case he gets hungry on the road). The kids will love the idea of giving the man in the big red suit a little something special this year. All you have to do is pick up some festive treat bags, cut a rectangle from white copy paper to fit, then glue or tape it on the bag. Then, have each child write sweet messages with crayons, stamps, or even stickers. Fill the bag with cookies—and don’t forget to add some treats for his reindeer, too.
Chances are the kids don’t need any help getting in the holiday spirit, but choosing a few easy crafts to do together can make the whole season feel even more festive. This one gives kids the opportunity to enjoy the fruits of their labor every day for 25 days. The only catch is you’ll have to have the forethought to plan this DIY project in November. Then, kick off the month by opening door number one. It’s easier than it looks: Wrap plain white boxes with leftover wrapping paper or craft paper. Pop on number stickers (one through 25) and then, when the pile is complete, Mom and Dad can fill with surprises.
Who says Santa is the only one who gets to wear the fancy headwear? Party hats are required at the kids’ table. First, pick out the patterned paper you'd like to use for the project. Create the cone-like shape by adhering one side of the sheet of paper to the other side with glue. Punch two holes on opposite sides of the base of the cone (the base is the wider portion). Finally, string ribbon through and add a pom pom on top.
Candy Cane Garland
Yet another clever use for paint chips. Have kids trace and cut out candy cane shapes from leftover paint chips. Using twine, string them together and hang along the mantel, stairwell, or on a bedroom wall.
Perhaps a tad too small for the front door. Wrap pipe cleaners around an embroidery hoop and let the kids embellish with pom poms and felt leaves.
Need help setting the holiday table? Recruit the kids by giving them creative ownership over the napkins. Roll up linen napkins, tie with a thick satin ribbon, and then top off with traditional bows (you know, the ones with the sticky backs).
Sparkly Winter Scene
Not crazy for DIY projects that make a mess? This winter scene is worth every last piece of confetti. Build sparkling snowmen (get the how-tos) and shimmering trees (get the how-tos) in no time. If you’re okay with a blizzard blowing through (that’s where the confetti comes in), then we’d suggest setting your project up on plenty of tabletop space.
Want the kids to help with the piles of presents that need wrapping? Let them pitch in with the presentation. Strings of paper lights make unexpected touches to solid gift wrap. Start by creating bulb-shapes out of construction paper, cut out, and adhere to a twine.
No snowflake is alike. And no snowflake is quite as spectacular as this bunch of flakes. The secret ingredient behind putting these together? Leftover coffee stirrers glued together.