Discover our easy but beautiful Christmas crafts for kids. All of these projects make good use of everyday materials that you can pull together from your recycling box or art drawer.
Cosy up inside and get creative with these stunning festive craft ideas. We've selected projects that are suitable for the smallest of hands, as well as some that will keep older children absorbed for hours, too...
Cork penguins & snowmen
Cover the table with newspaper. Paint corks with white acrylic paint. Leave to dry on the newspaper, then apply a second coat. Once dry, use black and orange permanent markers to draw faces and bodies on your snowmen and penguins. Cut out strips of green felt for scarves and glue into place. Help little ones screw an eyelet screw (the kind you use to hang pictures) into the top of each figure, then thread a stretch of ribbon through each eyelet hook and hang your finished figures from the Christmas tree.
Cookie cutter baubles
Salt dough modelling clay
Toy-box table place settings
Handprinted wrapping paper
Pine cone Christmas trees
Sewing box Christmas cards
Christmas song lyric tapestry
Tweens and teens can make a tapestry of their favourite Christmas song. Start by writing the lyrics on a piece of plain A4-sized cross-stitch canvas with a pencil. Use contrasting colours of cross-stitch cotton thread to sew your design in a simple neat backstitch. Frame your finished embroidery and give as a gift or keep to display on Christmas mantlepiece.
Peg doll & cardboard nativity
Make nativity scene figures by decorating plain wooden peg dolls with craft paints and marker pens. Varnish with craft varnish and leave to dry. Use a small pile of shredded paper for the manger. Create a backdrop of a stable scene with two sides of a used cardboard box – cut out the shape of a stable from one flap, then cut out a window and door from the same flap. Fold at the box’s natural crease to form a supporting base. Cut out a small piece of baking parchment and tape over the back of the window and door. Place battery-powered fairy lights behind the baking parchment to light up the stable. You can tape the cardboard base in place on a tray or shelf once finished and use the battery pack from the lights (or something else with a bit of weight to it) to prop it up at the back. We added a little glue and white glitter along the roof of our stable for snow, as well as a simple star of Bethlehem.
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