Top 10 Christmas crafts for kids
Make these easy Christmas crafts with the kids as a fun and festive activity – including homemade gifts, Christmas cards and decorations for the tree.
With Christmas fast approaching, it’s more important than ever to have a few indoor activities for kids up your sleeve to keep them entertained. If you’re ready to raid the kitchen cupboard and dig out a few art supplies, we have 10 simple projects that are full of festive magic.
They’re all budget-friendly, and most are simple enough for the kids to make with just a little supervision. Of course, it might look like such fun that the adults want to join in, too!
1. Salt dough Christmas decorations
Is there anything more festive than seeing a Christmas tree adorned with homemade decorations? You only need three simple ingredients – plain flour, table salt and water – to make our easy salt dough recipe, then use biscuit cutters to make your own shapes. Kids can then get as creative (or messy!) as they like with the decoration. Learn how to make salt dough Christmas decorations with our handy guide.
2. Reindeer hot chocolate cones
These fun characters make the perfect quick and easy Christmas gift! Follow our steps for how to make hot chocolate cones, customising them with whatever sweet treats you might have lurking in the cupboard – we went for mini marshmallows and chocolate drops, but glacé cherries or sprinkles would also work well. Kids will love adding the googly eyes and pom-pom nose!
3. Easy potato stamp Christmas cards
Get your little ones to make their own Christmas cards for friends and family this year when you make your own potato stamps. Adults will definitely need to help make the stamps, as you need a knife to cut out the shapes, but once that’s done there’s really no end to the fun you can have with a set of potato stamps and some brightly coloured poster paint. Try other ideas, too – make your own wrapping paper, decorate gift bags or make a picture.
4. Homemade snow globe
It’s easier than you think to make a homemade snow globe – our version uses a few teaspoons of glycerine and some biodegradable glitter to make a snowy scene, but you can also use baby oil. Place any waterproof figurine inside; an old decoration from the Christmas tree works particularly well. Kids will be so proud of their final masterpiece, be sure to display it in pride of place!
5. Fake snow activity
Younger children especially will love this tactile craft project. Learn how to make fake snow using just cornflour and bicarbonate of soda, then let the kids sculpt their own miniature snowmen or make little snow scenes in the kitchen. Best of all, it only takes 5 minutes to make a batch.
6. Pasta wreath Christmas card
After an easy homemade Christmas card idea? Make super simple wreaths with painted pasta shapes and ribbons. Use green acrylic to colour the pasta, leave them to dry, then stick to card in a circle shape (weighing them down with a plate or book will help the pasta bond with the paper). Then stick on a ribbon bow, or pom-poms to create baubles. Festive, foody and fun!
7. Cork penguins & snowmen
These cute little critters are a great use for old wine bottle corks (or a good excuse to crack into a few more bottles!). Paint the corks with two layers of white acrylic, then draw the penguins and snowmen's faces and bodies on the dried corks with black and orange permanent markers. Glue strips of green felt around the corks for scarves, then screw an eyelet screw (the kind you use to hang pictures) into the top of each figure. Thread a stretch of ribbon through each eyelet hook and hang your finished figures from the Christmas tree.
8. Cookie cutter baubles
Decorate your tree with something delightfully food-y this Christmas – gingerbead cutters! You'll need ribbon, festive gingerbread cutters and old Christmas cards or a pack of Christmas scrapbooking paper. Trace the shape of each cutter onto different cards (or paper) with a pencil, then cut out the shapes. Glue around the edge of each cutter (a hot glue gun or tube of strong glue with a nozzle is easiest for this), then stick the cut-out card in place. Leave to dry. Poke a 1cm horizontal line in the card along the top of each bauble with a wide-eyed needle. Thread the needle with a strip of ribbon and pull through the hole of your first bauble, then remove the needle and tie a knot with the ribbon. Repeat with the rest of the baubles, then hang from your Christmas tree.
9. Handprinted wrapping paper
Paint the palms of your child’s hands with red paint and their fingers with white paint, then press onto brown paper to make Father Christmas faces. Leave the designs to dry, then add details with a black marker. As well as handprints, you can also create festive designs with thumbprints: try white thumbprint snowmen (using a black pen to draw on eyes and mouths and coloured marker pens for noses and scarves); black and white thumbprint penguins (using an orange pen for noses); or brown thumbprint Rudolphs (using a red pen for noses and a black pen for eyes and mouths).
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10. Pine cone Christmas trees
Collect pine cones on a wintry walk with the kids to make these mini Christmas tree decorations for your home or child's dollhouse. Cover a table with newspaper and spray the cones with metallic silver paint. Cut little stars from card and spray these with silver paint, too. Once dry, sit the pine cone trees in little glasses or pots, attach the stars to the top with glue and surround with used matchboxes or raisin packets covered in off-cuts of wrapping paper to look like miniature presents.
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