Holiday & Christmas craft ideas

As we enter the silly season and start feeling festive, it’s a great time to make your home look merry and bright. With school holidays starting, a fun way to keep them busy is making Christmas crafts together.

We’ve put together a few ideas for you to make with the little ones, or if they are old enough, help get them started and let their creativity flow. Ps. You don’t have to be a kid to enjoy these fun activities. Put some cheesy Christmas music on and get crafting!

Salt dough ornaments:

This is a lovely way to make special ornaments you can keep and hang on the Christmas tree year after year – and they also make extra special Christmas gifts. If you don’t already have Christmas cutters at home, you can pick them up fairly easily at most shops and supermarkets – and the bonus is, you can use them to make Christmas cookies too!

Of course you can also cut your shapes free form yourself – or trace around a cutout of some printed pictures you find online or in a magazine.

Here is a simple recipe:

Combine 4 cups all-purpose flour, 1 cup salt, and 1 1/2 cups of warm water in a mixing bowl. Knead until the dough is firm and smooth. Roll out dough and cut desired shapes (use a straw or a chopstick to poke a hole for hanging). Bake at 150°C until dry, approximately 1 hour; cool completely.

Once you have baked and cooled your ornaments, the fun begins. Paint them with your choice of colour and design, then tie a ribbon through and hang them on your tree.

If you have a baby or small child, a cute idea is to make fingerprint decorations for Grandparents. These can be painted and given to them as a special gift.

Painted pinecones:

With beautiful pinecones starting to drop around now, it’s a great time to take the kids on a pine cone collecting adventure so you can make festive decorations out of them. Paint them in your favourite colour or match this year’s Christmas theme. Once dry, you can add some glitter by brushing the tips with wood glue and rolling them in a tray of glitter to cover all sides. you can place them under your Christmas tree or around the house as part of the décor.

If you prefer a more natural style, you can decorate them to look like mini Christmas trees. Using a wooden block or cork as a base for your “tree”, choose your decoration, source some berries, beads, or pom poms as well as a star, from your local graft shop. Stick your decorations on the tips of the pine needles, as you would with real decorations. Place a good coating of glue onto the bottom of your pinecone and hold it firmly on the base of your choice until it has set. Glue the star on top and enjoy your adorable pinecone Christmas tree. Don’t worry if anyone makes a mess – these tips for crafty stain removal may come in handy right about now.

Festive treat jars:

Find yourself a medium sized glass jar: either a recycled jam jar or purchase some inexpensive jars from a discount store. You should also be able to pick up some fun things there for your children to decorate the jars with, such as Christmas stickers, stars and glitter. You can also make a reindeer jar, by using superglue to stick brown pipe cleaner antlers to the lids, with googly eyes and a fluffly pom-pom nose on the side to make its face. Once your jars are decorated and dry, full them with your favourite treats or cookies and tie a ribbon around them. These make great gifts for teachers or party favours for Christmas day.

Twig ornaments:

Everyone should have some twigs in their garden or on the street in front of your house. Send the kids out on a hunt for twigs while you get some work done. Once they have collected them, choose some wool, fine wire or twine and wood or craft glue and get creative. Break the twigs according to the size you want for the shapes you choose. Eg: Make a Christmas tree by gluing three twigs together to make a triangle and then use a small one as the base/stem of the tree. Or you can make a Christmas tree shape by placing the sticks a few centimeters apart, getting shorter as you move up the tree, and wire them or tie them together so they hang in the shape of a tree. Thread some coloured twine or wool around the twigs to decorate theme, and add any other decorations you have, like some old beach shells or a few pieces of broken tinsel. Tie some ribbon around the top and hang it in a window, or on your wall. If you want to paint your twigs too, then go for it! Another idea is to make some twiggy stars and paint them, or cover them with glitter, and hang them by your windows or door.

Christmas cards:

Homemade cards are very special and are appreciated by so many, especially Grandparents. If you have young children and want to go the simpler route, fingerprint artwork is a great option. Use finger paint and create a string of colourful fingerprint ‘lights’, these will brighten any card. Slightly older kids might enjoy making a paper Christmas wreath card, by cutting out different sized circles (which is great cutting practice too), using offcuts of wrapping paper. Feather the edges and stick them together in a circle with the edges fluffed up, to create a beautiful wreath. You can even recycle old Christmas cards by cutting out the pictures from the front and sticking them on some new cards, then drawing a picture or design around them. For the more advanced options, a pop-up snowman or Father Christmas is a fun option, or why not try making a Christmas village silhouette.

Once you’ve finished making and decorating your home with all your new crafty Christmas creations, prepare your home for visitors with Poinsettia plants and Christmas lights, give your carpets a clean and prepare for the silly season in style!

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