Ages 3+

Holiday Crafts

December 15, 2017

Have you thought about making some gifts this year? Spending time with your children as you plan the craft, buy supplies and create is an awesome wat to bond with your kids and get into the holiday spirit. Making gifts is a wonderful way to give kids a deeper sense of the holidays. Here are 4 crafts you can do with your kids.

 

 

 

Peppermint Ornaments

http://www.onelittleproject.com

Supplies

Metal cookie cutters

Peppermint candies

Parchment paper

Toothpick

Ribbon

 

Instructions

 

  • Spray the inside of the cookie cutters with non-stick spray and line them up on a cookie sheet with either parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Lay a single layer of candy in the shapes, and fill any gaping holes with broken candy pieces.
  • Place in oven at 350F for about 7 minutes. Just enough time to make sure the peppermint has melted and filled the cookie cutters. Let it sit to cool for 2 minutes, and then use your toothpick to poke a hole for the ribbon. Use your non-stick spray on the toothpick to make sure they don’t stick in the candy.
  • Once they’re completely cool, remove the cutter and add your ribbon.

 

Snowman Handprint Ornament

http://fullofgreatideas.blogspot.com

Supplies

Christmas Ball Ornaments

White Craft Paint

Sharpies in Preferred Colors

 

Instructions

  • Pour the white paint into a paper plate, let your child put their flat hand into it.
  • Gently place the palm of their hand on the bottom of the ball and slowly close their fingers around it.
  • Once you child lets go of the ornament, place somewhere safe to dry, like an empty egg carton or some paper towels.
  • Once dry, decorate their fingerprints as snowmen. At the bottom of the ball in their palm, write their name and the year, or whatever message you’d like!

 

Salt Dough Snowflakes

https://artfulparent.com

Supplies

5 cups of flour

1 cup of salt

1.5 cups of water

zip lock bag

parchment or wax paper

rolling pin

snowflake cookie cutter

straw

cookie sheet

ribbon

glass beads (Optional)

glitter(Optional)

craft paint (Optional)

Instructions

  • Mix together flower, salt and water in a bowl until dough is formed.
  • Store in a zip lock bag in the fridge until ready to use.
  • Place a fist-size piece of dough on a sheet of parchment or wax paper and cover with a second sheet of parchment paper.Roll out with a rolling pin to an 1/8 – 1/4 inch thick.
  • Use cookie cutters to cut out desired shapes.
  • Use the end of a drinking straw topoke a hole at the top of each ornament.
  • Decorate the ornamentsby poking a pattern of holes in the dough with the end of a straw, or poking glass beads and sprinkles into the dough.
  • Gently move the sheet of parchment paper with salt dough ornaments onto a cookie sheet atbake in a 275F oven for 2-3 hours or until the salt dough is hard, but not browned. Let cool.
  • Once cooled, you can add a coat of some paint and glitter.
  • Add a ribbon through the hole and hang in the window or on the tree

No Sew Snowman

https://www.easypeasyandfun.com

Supplies

1 white sock

1 colored sock

rice

rubber bands or thread

buttons

ribbon

craft glue or glue dots

markers

pompoms (optional)

 

Instructions

  • Fill your white sock with rice, once you’re happy with the size, wrap a rubber band or thread around the top and close off the sock. Take another rubber band and wrap it in the middle, but closer to the top so the head is smaller than the body.
  • Go ahead and let the kids decorate. Use the markers to draw a face, and glue on the buttons to the body. You can also glue an orange pompom for the nose, or draw it on with a marker.
  • Tie some ribbon around the neck to make a cute scarf.
  • Take the colored sock and cut right under the heel, roll up sides and glue into place on top of the head.