From homemade wreaths to silly snowmen, tis the season to begin crafting with the kids! After all, what could possibly get the whole family into the holiday spirit more than sitting down at the table and creating a winter wonderland or a Christmas masterpiece to be cherished for years to come. We have compiled a list of the top three crafts to do with your kids and these crafts are not only inexpensive and easy to do, but they are loads of fun for the kids as well! We hope you enjoy trying them out with your family this holiday season.
Paint Swirled Ornaments
These ornaments are always a blast for the kids, and parents love them as well.
You will need:
Clear Glass Ornaments (These can be found at craft shops or even at The Dollar Tree)
Acrylic Paint (You can find acrylic paint at Walmart or at craft shops for less than $2 a bottle)
To make the ornament, you simply pour a small amount of paint inside the top hole and swirl it around until the inside is coated. Sit on a paper towel and allow the pain to dry overnight. You can stick with one solid color, or spice it up by adding two or three colors to make it festive. Glitter paint looks great when making ornaments for the tree.
Salt Dough Ornaments
These are always a hit with the kids and families have been making these ornaments for many years. You may recall making them when you were young and now is a great time to show your kids how to make them.
You will need:
- 4 Cups All Purpose Flour
- 1 ½ Cups Water
- 1 Cup Salt
- Acrylic Paint
- Wax paper
- Rolling pin or round glass for rolling dough
1.Preheat oven to 300 degrees F
- Combine the flour, salt and water; mix well and knead for 10 minutes. Roll out on a lightly floured surface.
- Cut into desired shapes with cookie cutters or a damascus chef knife and make holes with straws for hanging. Bake for 30 minutes; allow to cool on wax paper,
- Paint with acrylic paint or poster paints. Allow to dry for 2 hours and then spray with clear polyurethane on each side. Hang on tree with thin ribbon or yarn.
Salt dough ornaments are a great way to keep the kids entertained on the weekend and they are also a perfect opportunity to preserve little hands by making salt dough handprints to keep for years to come.
Construction Paper Wreath
One of the easiest homemade Christmas crafts you can do with your kids is to make a construction paper Christmas wreath.
You will need:
- Green construction paper
- Red construction paper
- Fold each piece of green construction paper in half, lengthways.
- Measure a line 2cm from the open edge (Not on the folded edge.)
- Cut from the folded edge to the line 1cm slits all along the length of each green sheet.
- Roll the sheet into a tunnel and combine one sheet to the other with the staple and then bend the whole length around to form a circle shape. Staple the ends together.
- Add red bows or berries with the red construction paper.
Keep checking back with us for more holiday crafts and recipes that you can do with your kids!