Christmas Crafts for Kids

Kids love making holiday and Christmas crafts. Spend some quality time with the children of your family, neighborhood or church and make these terrific crafts to decorate your home, or to give as gifts.

Crafts are a great way for kids to feel welcome at a holiday party- it keeps them busy, entertained, and they can show off their creations to a roomful of adults. These Christmas crafts are easy to make, inexpensive, and lots of fun for everyone.

Christmas Crafts for Kids

Handprint Wreath

Supplies needed:

  • A lot of green construction paper
  • A piece of red construction paper or a red ribbon
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Optional: Glitter or glitter glue

Steps:

  1. Trace the child’s hand on a piece of green construction paper.
  2. Cut out the handprint. Make about 10 paper hands for each wreath
  3. Glue the handprints together in a wreath shape, with the wrists overlapping a little bit.
  4. Glue on a red ribbon bow (or make one from red construction paper).
  5. Decorate your wreath with glitter or glitter glue.

Hand and Foot Reindeer

Supplies you will need:

  • Brown and tan construction paper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Googly eyes (or you can draw your own.)

Steps:

  1. Trace around the child’s foot using brown construction paper. This will be the reindeer’s head.
  2. Trace around the child’s hands using tan construction paper. These 2 pieces will be the reindeer’s antlers.
  3. Glue the handprint "antlers" to the top of the reindeer. Add a bright red paper nose, a paper (or drawn) mouth, and googly eyes (or paper eyes) to the reindeer’s head. Other ideas are drawing the face with crayons or markers, or using red pom pom’s for the nose.

Candy Train Ornament

This candy train is made from a roll of hard candy (like Lifesavers), wrapped peppermint candies, a wrapped caramel, and a wrapped chocolate kiss.

Supplies:

  • Hot glue gun
  • A roll of hard candy (like Lifesavers)
  • 4 wrapped peppermint candies
  • A wrapped caramel
  • A wrapped chocolate kiss
  • A short length of yarn or string

Steps:

  1. Using a hot glue gun, glue four wrapped peppermint candies to a roll of candy; the peppermint candies are the wheels of the train.
  2. Glue a wrapped caramel to the top, at one end the train. Glue a wrapped chocolate kiss on top of that.
  3. Glue a small length of string to the top of the train.

Handprint Christmas Tree

Make an adorable Christmas tree from your child’s handprints. This makes a really neat decoration to put on your child’s bedroom door, or the door to a playroom.

Supplies needed:

  • A lot of green construction paper
  • A piece of brown construction paper (for the tree trunk)
  • A piece of yellow construction paper (for the star)
  • A large piece of brown paper (or use another color)
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Glitter, glitter glue, or paper ornaments to glue on the tree

Steps:

  1. Trace the child’s hand on a piece of green construction paper.
  2. Cut out the handprint. Fold the wrist over.
  3. Make a lot of paper hands (the number you’ll need depends on the size of your tree).
  4. Draw a tree shape (long triangle shape) on a large piece of paper.
  5. Cut out a small rectangle of dark brown paper (this will be the tree trunk).
  6. Glue the rectangle below the tree.
  7. Glue the handprints together in a tree shape, gluing the folded part of the wrist to the background. Start at the bottom of the tree. Starting with the second row, make the fingers overlap the next hand a little bit.
  8. Cut out a yellow star for the top of the tree. Glue it on the tree.
  9. Write a Christmas message around the tree.
  10. Decorate your tree with glitter, glitter glue, or paper ornaments.
  11. You can also make the tree on a triangle shape (so there is no background showing).

Snowman Necklace or Ornament

You will need:

  • White Elmers Glue
  • Paper clip
  • Waxed paper
  • Scraps of construction paper: black, and orange
  • A hole punch (for cutting eyes, and buttons)
  • Scissors
  • Googly eyes (from a craft store) – optional
  • Tiny buttons – optional
  • 2 very tiny twigs (for arms)
  • String or yarn (for hanging from branch, or longer to wear as a necklace)

Steps:

  1. Working on waxed or parchment paper, spread 2 or 3 blobs of white glue in the shape of a snowman. Unfold a paper clip into a V-shape (to use as a hanger).
  2. Cut a tiny hat from black construction paper and put it on the snowman on top of the paper clip hanger. Put the ends of the paper clip into the glue at the top of the snowman. For the snowman’s eyes, use black paper circles cut with a hole punch, or use googly eyes. Put the eyes on the snowman. Add a tiny orange (carrot-shaped) nose. Add a few paper buttons (or small real buttons) down the front of the body.
  3. Let the glue dry – it will take a few days. When it dries, the glue will become transparent. When it is completely dry, peel it gently off the waxed paper.
  4. String the snowman on some yarn for a cool necklace or use a shorter string to use as an ornament.

Pine Cone Christmas Tree

A easy-to-make pine cone Christmas Tree. Use it as a Christmas decoration or as a tree ornament. This is a simple craft that even young children can help make.

For each Pine Cone Christmas Tree you will need:

  • A large, open pine cone (pick one that is tree-shaped and stands upright easily)
  • Glitter
  • A few cotton balls
  • White glue (like Elmer’s)
  • Dental floss and a needle
  • Small beads
  • A small bow or star to top off your little tree

Steps:

  1. Glue a few cotton balls to the bottom of the pinecone. These look like snow and help the "tree" stand upright.
  2. Put a little dab of glue at the tips of the pine cone and then sprinkle on glitter (spray glue works best and gives more, and even coverage)
  3. String some small beads onto dental floss (about 1 to 1 1/2 ft or more, depending on the size of the pine cone). To string the beads easily, tie one bead securely to the string. Then give the floss to the child for stringing. Older children can use a needle to help with the stringing. When the stringing is done, tie off the last bead with a knot. Wrap the beads around the pinecone and glue them to the tree.
  4. Top off your tree with a small bow or other decoration.

Pine Cone Bird Feeder

Don’t forget our feathered friends. This craft is easy, even for the smallest ones.

You will need:

  • Pinecones
  • String or yarn
  • Peanut Butter
  • Wild Birdseed mix (best if poured into large bowl)
  • Plastic spoon or knife

Steps:

  1. First you need to tie string or yarn to the top of the pinecone, so you can hang it from a tree branch.
  2. Then, using a plastic spoon or knife, spread a thick layer of peanut butter all over the pinecone.
  3. Once done, roll the pinecone in the birdseed.
  4. Make sure to press hard, to get the seeds in deep and firm.
  5. Now, go hang it outside as a present for the neighborhood birds.

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