Christmas is all about spending time with family and friends and creating beautiful memories that will last a lifetime – this is especially true for the little ones. Instead of sitting down in front of a Christmas movie with the kids (although we love doing that too!), you can spread your love of DIY Christmas crafts. Crafting for Christmas with kids is fun, and here we’ve rounded up some great DIY projects for you! Let’s get started!
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Craft snowy winter landscape as Christmas decoration
Transform a round gift box into a snowy sleigh scene with styrofoam and figurines.
Round kraft paper box
Floral styrofoam sheets
Artificial snow spray
Artificial snow powder
White spray paint
- Spray the inside of the box with white paint and let it dry.
- Draw the round box on a sheet of Styrofoam and cut it out with the Styrofoam cutter. Glue it to the inside of the box with craft glue.
- Cut out 2 to 3 smaller curved slants from the styrofoam sheets and layer them inside the box, gluing them in place with craft glue.
- Spray the inside of the box with craft snow spray and let dry.
- Glue bottle trees and figurines into the Styrofoam, using craft glue if necessary. Sprinkle with artificial snow powder.
Crafting at Christmas with kids: Christmas craft sticks
These Christmas craft sticks are super fun and easy to make, they make great crafts for elementary and preschool Christmas parties or just for fun, they can even be used as tree ornaments.
Jumbo craft sticks
regular craft sticks
Paint and markers
- Glue your craft sticks together accordingly.
- For this craft, have the kids paint or color the craft sticks.
- For the Rudolf, cut out antlers and a nose from construction paper and glue on the nose, antlers, some wiggle eyes and a red pom-pom nose.
- Glue on some wiggle eyes, a carrot nose, and any decorations for the snowman. Paint on a button mouth.
- For the gingerbread man, paint on a white squiggle around the outer edge and a mouth. Glue on some button cheeks, wiggle eyes and a bow.
- Cut out the penguin and glue on feet, a beak and wiggle eyes. For the ear flaps, glue on 2 large pom poms and a chenille stem to connect them.
- For the Christmas tree, use a chenille stem as garland and pom poms as ornaments, and finish by gluing a star or snowflake to the top.
Make a Christmas tree out of pasta and macaroni
All activities should be supervised by an adult.
You will need:
Fusilli pasta (or any other long pasta, will do).
Small golden glitter stickers
Extra strong glue – a tacky glue is great for gluing macaroni because it is stronger and more durable. Hot glue is also good (adult help required)
White photo cardboard
Acrylic paint – green, white, red and gold
How to make noodle Christmas trees:
- Paint the noodles. Put a bunch of noodles in a bag and then add the paint. Alternatively, the kids can glue the noodles on and an adult can spray paint the finished pieces.
- Pre-draw a triangle shape from cardboard. Cut out the triangle shape.
- Start by gluing the noodles onto the cardboard. Start from either the top or bottom when gluing. It is helpful to lay out your design first to make sure it fits. Glue each piece, being generous with the glue. Be sure to give the noodles enough time to dry before touching or moving them.
- Add a gold glitter star to the top of the ornament.
- Cut a small rectangular piece of cardboard for the trunk and glue the cardboard to the bottom of the tree.
- Finally, glue a piece of string to the back.
Ornament frame craft for Wiehnachten
Turn an old frame into a pretty ornament frame. Remove the glass and backing from the frame and clean it thoroughly. Spray paint the frame green in even coats and let dry. Then cut three pieces of ribbon or cord twice the length you want to hang the ornaments. Thread the ornaments onto the ribbon and attach the ends to the top back of the frame with hot glue, trimming off the excess. Finally, attach a bow to the front of the frame with hot glue.
Crafts to make with kids at Christmas: Jingle Bell Swag
Kids will love helping you make this cute noisemaker. Let them thread the bells onto the ribbon while you tie the bow. Hang them on the front door, over the mantel, or at the end of a bed.
Here’s how: thread large jingle bells onto three ribbons; knot one end of the ribbon. Tie the unknotted end around a small wreath form or piece of wire shaped into a circle. Tie a small bouquet of seasonal greenery and attach it to the wreath or circle form . Then tie an oversized bow and attach it to the wire just above the greenery with hot glue.
DIY Christmas tree garland
This simple Christmas tree garland is easy to craft even for kids! First, cut triangles out of cardboard and glue felt to each piece. Then glue onto clothespins, attach to string and hang.